Here's this week's glimpse into what's happening in our Kids Niche Programs! These feature lessons, activities, and saunters from a different classroom each week.
Today’s Feature: Beargrass Saunter for Civic Engagement
In the past month, Beargrass has gone on some fun and educational saunters. Before Thanksgiving the 4th and 5th graders went on a trip to the Vespiary, in the University district. We watched Audra Loyal, the owner of the shop, make a hard cover book and learned about the different types of bindings and processes that go into book binding. We also learned about the name of the shop; a vespiary is the name of a paper wasp nest--we have our own vespiary in the museum at Clark Fork School! Being book lovers, this field trip was one of the tops. The 3rd grade Beargrass students get to visit Audra in a couple of weeks, and pick up the book we, the 4th and 5th graders, watched her make--we bought it to support local businesses as well as to make a scrap book about our Beargrass saunters, and include notes and photos of all of our trips and adventures!
On the same day, the 3rd graders went to AniMeals, a trip the 4th and 5th graders went on a few weeks prior. Both groups volunteered their time to help with jobs that needed to be done around AniMeals, along with volunteering cuddle time with the cats. They were inspired to do a food drive for the shelter, and collected money and items that the shelter needed. We've been focusing our saunters around giving back during November and December, as part of our place-based theme of Civic Engagement. We're excited to go back to AniMeals in the spring, to see the feline friends we've made, though ultimately we hope they will have been adopted in the meantime!
Let the adventures continue!