ENRICHMENT CLASS OFFERINGS
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR Third TRIMESTER
Cooking by the Book
Cooking by the Book has ended for the summer. We had the best time pairing some wonderful books with some delicious recipes. We also learned to become amazing chefs in the process. We learned new vocabulary like; folding and grating. We riced potatoes and hulled strawberries. Not to mention the we read some incredible books. It was a truly wonderful learning and taste experience. Can’t wait to start again in the fall.... hope you are hungry!
Roots & Shoots
This semester in Roots & Shoots, the students planted a Cherry Blossom tree on our playground! With the help of Amy Anderson (of Plymouth Church) and Jesse the Gardener from New Eco Landscapes, students in Roots & Shoots planned, raised money, and planted (in the rain!).
de Puerta a Puerta - Spanish Language and Culture
This semester en clase de Español, we learned about the importance of océano and the many animales that live within the aguas. Together we explored what made each animal unique and different from one another. We embarked on a journey where we discovered that many animales del océano swim, dance and play just like we do.
Cave Painting to Current Making: Hands-on Art History
This trimester in Art History the students explored art from prehistoric cave paintings all the way to contemporary installation artist Yayoi Kusama. They learned how cave painting related to Egyptian hieroglyphics, which in turn influenced Picasso’s cubist work and how Klimt and Johns used pattern as camouflage. The students learned about eight important art historical figures and used them as inspiration to create eight of their own individual works.
The final trimester of science enrichment focused primarily on the properties of liquids. We talked about evaporation and investigated what would happen when water and paint was dropped on to cellophane paper and then left outside in the open air.
Then we discussed color separation utilizing paper chromatography. When a black marker is applied to a coffee filter and then the filter is sprayed with water, what can we notice? The scientists enjoyed this so much that we tried the same investigation the following week with pencil lines, a pink marker and a wax crayon.
In truly spectacular fashion we learned about nucleation (how gas bubbles are attracted to solids in a liquid). Dropping mentors into Coca-Cola bottles produced stunning geysers! We performed several experiments and played with the numbers of mentors added, sizes of cola bottles used, and degrees of flatness of the soda to see what would happen.