This Month at Heartworks Williston

November's Themes

The school-wide theme for November is “Science.”  The classes are studying the following topics within that theme:

Children with Sarah and Amy - Transportation/Simple Machines
The classes are exploring various modes of transportation on land, on water and in the air. 

Children with Erica and Amy - Health and Our Bodies
The classes will learn about physical components of the human body including how food we eat affects our wellness.  
Children with Georgia – Five Senses.
They will be exploring the importance of each one of our senses, and how our body adapts based on the senses being used.

Children with Cassie  - Weather
Cassie’s class is studying the various types of weather that we see, and even some extreme weather which we don’t usually experience here in Vermont.

Children with Maria, Leah and Caila - Solar System
The Pre-kindergarten classes are focused on Outer Space this month. They will be identifying and learning about each of the planets, including the order that they are aligned in, and features of each planet.  They will be discovering facts about the stars, the sun and the moon.  They will be discussing what it would be like to be astronauts.

Afternoon STEAM Program
The STEAM classes will be connecting thankfulness and giving with Science. The focus will be on how nature works in harmony to support all living things as we prepare for the winter months ahead. Concepts of harvest and hibernation will be covered in a variety of activities.  

October’s Themes

During the month of October, children with Sarah and Amy learned about Life in the Forest. They took advantage of the “Magical Forest” on our property. They discussed what a forest is comprised of and who lives in the forest. They were able to make observations about the changes that occurred in the Magical Forest over the course of the month. They created crafts with items from the forest including beautiful leaf rubbings and a leaf collage. They also made a wonderful bear cave filled with a happy family of bears!

The children with Erica, Georgia and Amy discovered Life in the Desert. They discussed the difference in climate between Vermont and the desert. They learned where some deserts are in the world. They discovered plants and animals that live in the desert including rattlesnakes, camels, elf owls, scorpions, wolf spiders, and roadrunners; and they learned how these things survive in the desert environment.

Children with Cassie learned about Mountain Life. They discussed how lucky we are to be surrounded by mountains in Vermont. They talked about different activities that people do on mountains, including camping! They learned about different animals that live in the mountains. They created a giant mountain mural and adorned it with mountain goats, bears and soaring bald eagles.

Maria, Leah and Caila focused on the Rainforest last month. They pinpointed where in the world rainforests grow. They compared and contrasted rainforests to forests in Vermont. They identified and artfully represented the four layers of the rainforest on murals and discovered the exotic animals and plants that inhabit each of the layers.  

STEAM Class with Cassie engaged in some wonderful seasonal experiments. They went into the Magical Forest to engineer animal homes out of materials they found in the forest. They learned about static electricity and rubbed a balloon on their head to generate enough static electricity to raise a ghost and bat off the table!

STEAM with Maria was focused on weather and trees. They did experiments to answer inquiries such as: How much water can a cloud hold before it starts raining? Which style of paper airplane flies best?  Why do leaves change color?

STEAM class with Leah also studied weather and trees this month. They engineered weather vanes and windsocks and tested them outdoors and with a fan. The children also had the opportunity to use real screwdrivers and hammers to screw and nail pieces of wood. Everyone was incredibly focused on this task!