Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Parker Day

If you have heard the "denim" commercial for Target, you will get the song that one of the advisories performed today at the Robert C. Parker Day assembly:

Spoken:  Hey kids, you're not only here to get one of the greatest educations available in the world, but you're here to have the full Bob Parker experience, too!

Sung to piano accompaniment: 
Never content with complaining, impatience, or laziness
Mountain climbing, enthusiasm, and passion
Crew and trumpet and grammar

Shout: He hated bad grammer!

Excitement, fun, and energy
Parker, Parker, Parker, Parker

Yell as a group: Cheers to Robert C. Parker!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wide open spaces

How lucky we are to have beautiful space and the freedom to use it!  Fitting in Exercise between Math and English tells about the lengths some city schools must go just to find a time and place for kids to run. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Stream to River - Hudson River Day

Parker students participated today in the Day in the Life of the Hudson project organized by the DEC.  3,000 students from Troy to NYC collect data on this day each year to help assess the health of the river. 

Parker students in grades 2-3 and 6-7 have participated for several years.  They extend their study through our Stream-to-River project, and during the course of the school year, add data from Parker's creek and Crooked Lake.  They become knowledgeable about interconnected water systems as they advocate for clean water practices.  Plus, it's fun!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Autumn's treat

The smiles tell it all!  Fall Festival was a wonderful time.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Why kids need to play

Playing gives children self-confidence, decision making practice, and teaches them how to get along with others, among other life skills.  Kids really need time for unencumbered play.

"Freely-chosen play is a testing ground for life. It provides critical life experiences without which young children cannot develop into confident and competent adults" says Peter Gray, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology (emeritus) at Boston College.

Read this article in the Atlantic about how declining play among children is leading to depression and anxiety.  And about all the reasons play is essential!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Outdoor parents, outdoor kids

Turn off the toys and tune into the outdoors!

Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids is a new resource about getting your kids outside for adventure and learning.  As blogger Geek Dad says: "if you’re looking for a book that is inspirational, educational, and entertaining, this is the book for you."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gotta be outside!

Where else should you learn but outdoors in this glorious weather?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Music in the world around us

Students were enchanted by musicians from Heard, who played a wonderful variety of international sounds in a concert here on Monday.  They held a workshop for middle school, who created a performance in about an hour!  Pre K was inspired to improvise their own rhythms.

Check out this TED Talk by Louie Schwartzberg award winning film maker who has been inspired by pollinators.  The slow motion shots of hummingbirds, bees, bats, and butterflies are simply astounding!