The latest engineering challenge: robo-wheels! 1st grade has been experimenting with various size materials to see which can store the most energy and perform the best in races and bowling! #PotentialEnergy #KineticEnergy
Using mats that incorporated sight words and math problems, both kindergarten classes worked on coding their bots to reach an end point. #InterdisciplinaryLearning #Robotics #Math #LanguageArts
Innovation Evening was a fantastic opportunity for parents and students to spend time together while creating, designing, and engineering. Plus, parents got a peek into what innovation looks like around school. Catapults were launching, parachutes were floating, towers were growing, and robots were roaming!
Love was in the air at the preschool Love Shack Cafe this week. Parents transformed the Little School cafeteria into a bustling restaurant, complete with menus and fabulous decorations—the room was bursting with color! After their lunch, which was served by parents, preschool students used play money to pay for their meal at the cash register.
1st and 2nd grades were looking for inspiration in famous artists—painting the world like Clementine Hunter and constructing pieces to decorate like Tyree Guyton and his Heidelberg Project. We all need a little inspiration sometimes!
On the students' days off this week, our auxiliary program offered optional child care. Preschool through kindergarten spent a fun day of activities, games and craft projects on campus while 1st - 8th grades ventured out to the new St. James Athletic Center and Disney on Ice!
Congratulations to not one but TWO of our expert teachers for being published in The Virginia Association of Independent School's Winter Magazine! Maura Rice, Jr. Kindergarten, and Evie Hinrichs, Grade 2, both wrote articles about active learning in their classrooms.
On Music Share Days in kindergarten, students are invited to share something musical with the class…a song, play an instrument, a dance, written music, and more. We want them to find & share the ways they personally love & connect to the arts!
Small group activities are a great structure for learning, especially for the younger grades. In jr. kindergarten, students rotated through 4 learning centers, working on number and literacy skills. This small group work allows for individual teacher and student interaction. The teacher can then offer extra support to students who need it, and advanced challenges for students that are ready for more.
Preschool students in Mrs. Welty and Mrs. Collins' class enjoyed a physics lesson this week. They created a pyramid of plastic cups and used a home-made catapult to lob different materials toward the cups to see which materials traveled the farthest. They used cotton balls, Styrofoam balls, and golf balls and examined how far each traveled based on its density and weight.
1st grade took a trip to the Children's Science Center Lab and rotated through 4 different stations exploring STEM activities. We love using the resources not only on our campus, but in our community as well!
If you were in the Big School on Thursday morning, you would have seen 2nd graders on all 3 floors in search of arrays—arrangements of objects, pictures, or numbers in columns and rows. They discovered all kinds of examples and then came together to share their findings!
Happy Lunar New Year! Coach Kim held a special celebration where she explained the Lunar New Year, showed her kindergarten - 2nd grade students traditional Korean dress, and even taught them the traditional Korean New Year greeting.
This week during flex period, kindergarten - 2nd grade came together to learn about Ashley Bryan and his career as an author and illustrator, read his book "Beautiful Blackbird," and became authors and illustrators for themselves!
During morning meeting in jr. kindergarten, students become the teachers. Taking turns, the students go to the front of the class and ask their classmates questions to get their day started. What day is it? What month is it? It's a leadership role that all the students love.