May 4 Home Communicator – If you’ve driven or walked past the elementary building on Oak Street lately, you’ve probably seen a little project shaping up in the nature space. Just before spring break, the 4th grade teaching team and their students worked through a project-based learning experience about gardens. They brainstormed what they already knew, researched using a variety of materials, and learned from master gardeners in our community. Students then worked in groups to create garden models and presentations to share their ideas. And now, thanks to a generous donor and the hard work of several of our talented staff members, the garden beds and surrounding area are taking shape! The 4th graders have been working hard inside the building and out, planting seeds and watching with excitement as they begin to sprout. This project has opened our eyes to the wonders of God’s creation and has helped students see themselves as caretakers of His world.
One other exciting nature tidbit to share is that we are slowly starting to expand our Nature Based education program! We currently offer a Nature Based 4 School option, but we’ll be building on that by adding a Nature Based Special for all students in Young 5s through 2nd Grade starting in September! Our hope is to expand this Nature Based class into the upper grades and the middle school in the coming years. Growing the Nature Based Program is one of the goals from our recently developed strategic plan, which was created using feedback from staff and community members. We are thrilled to be able to offer not only Art, Music, Physical Education, Library, and Spanish classes, but also a Nature special where our students will get to experience creation and learn about the Creator in a hands-on and meaningful way.
“The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.”
Tricia Kiepert, Elementary Principal