Tuesday, May 27, 2014
This article in Mind Shift, What Schools Can Learn from Summer Camps hits the mark on something I like to think about: how at Parker we try to make school a lot like camp. Camp is fun and spirited. Kids pick things they are interested in: rockets, outdoor survival, LEGO robotics, cool chemistry, or cartooning to name just a few. They sing together and play in the woods. They bond with friends and counselors. They love camp!
At its best, school is like that, too. Exciting and interesting - a place where you can take on something you're not sure you can do. Friendships are forged in the throes of shared experiences, working out conflicts, and when teams figure out how to work together. Students find out that taking a risk has huge rewards, whether they are successful or not.
At Parker, we are so fortunate that the natural elements are in place: the creeks and woods, the pond and meadows. We have developed a program that turns those features into benefits: capitalizing on the natural world to help children develop their tolerance for risk-taking, life-long curiosity and the courage and confidence to explore.
Friday, May 16, 2014
~ Guest Bloggers Peyton and Jet, Heads for the Day
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The 4th and 5th graders at Doane Stuart were very receptive. The waggle dance, part of the game wherein correctly answering bee questions earned each hive-team some pollen, was a big hit. 9th grader and Parker grad, Jack RP was on hand. He originated the bee project at Parker.
He loved seeing himself in the slide show - and gave the advice, "No matter if you are young or old, if you work hard, you can do anything!"
It was fantastic to see the kids take their learning beyond the classroom - purposeful action in action!