The first in a weekly series of nature classes in the Outdoor Classroom involved gathering natural materials in small groups and using them to create a scene or picture. The groups then told a story about what was going on in their nature scene.
Before April Vacation, all of the teachers attended a really cool workshop that explored different ways to reconnect children with nature. One of the activities that we thought the kids would love involved bringing a bunch of play-doh outside and using it to create faces on the trees. They were told to gather any natural supplies they could find around the trees to use as their face's features. This activity really brings out the kid's creative sides while also letting them explore nature.
Kids in all grades participated in Michael and Elif's "Charity Craft Craze" class during the last few months, and they created many beautiful crafts that they sold at our first ever craft fair on Thursday, April 6.
It was a huge success, and the children raised $208 for the MSPCA. Thanks to everyone who came to the fair and supported the cause!
One of our awesome 4th graders Connor Huang came up with the idea of starting an in-house hockey league at Upper Falls. He took it upon himself to create a sign-up and recruit kids of all ages at the center to join. He also arranged the teams so that each matchup would be a fair and an exciting game to watch. Conor showed an impressively mature side of himself by being able to organize the logistics of the league with little help from the staff. It was extremely empowering for him to be able to do something like this, so we wanted to give him a big shout! Go Connor!
Yesterday Edward and the kids started placing the trees along the streets of the Upper Falls mural. They cut sponges into the shapes of trees and used them as stamps. Take a look!