January Highlights from Heartworks Shelburne

It was a busy and exciting month for each class. The school wide theme was “Animal Homes and People Homes.” Each classroom enjoyed learning about life in a different region. They discussed the animals that live there, the people, special stories from an area, and enjoyed creative art projects related to the region.

Children in class with Sherri and Sandra spent their month exploring Life in the Forest. The children enjoyed going on bear hunts around the classroom and even created their own bear cave to hibernate in! Their classroom transformed into a campsite with a real tent. The children were thrilled to get to “sleep” in the tent and roast marshmallows around the campfire. 

Children taught by Kaylah, Hunter, and Danielle took an adventure through the Hot and Cold Deserts this month. The children learned about where deserts are located in the world and the different animals that live there. They went on many hunts for polar bears around the classroom, used their handprints to make prickly pear cactuses, and created sandstorms with paint and sand.

Children taught by Hilary and Haley learned about Life in the Mountains. The children learned about animals that live in the mountains, pretended to be bears hibernating in caves, and squirrels gathering food for the winter. The children even created their own beautiful mountain collages to display in the classroom. They even used their carpet squares to demonstrate how plate tectonics move to create mountains! The children especially loved going on bear hunts and exploring the life in the high mountains. 

Children in class with Amber and Angela explored Life in the Rainforest. Each classroom grew their own rainforest by creating murals adding plants, animals and insects to the layers of the rainforest. The children baked muffins and breads using ingredients that grow in the rainforest. They were thrilled to use their math skills to measure the distance tree frogs jump as well as the length of a quetzal's tail feathers! 


The STEAM classes taught by Amber, Angela, Haley and Danielle have been hard at work. The children have enjoyed a month filled with experiments, projects, building, inventing, observations and predictions.

Some highlights from the month include: Science projects that involved building rocks, planting seeds, walking water, and cloud observations. The Technology projects included using stumps and tools, technology charades and telephones. Wednesday Engineering highlights were using blueprints to create structures with blocks, creating towers with solo cups, and creating a water system using straws and tubs. Thursdays the children enjoyed an afternoon of creative arts! They loved reading Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzbery and creating their own “beautiful oops” projects, water coloring, and reading Elmer By Donald Mckee and making their own special colored elephants. A highlight was Danielle’s class performing a production of  “Swimmy” by  Leo Leonni for Haley’s class.  Math on Fridays have been filled with matching, size differentiation, color hunts, and playing board and card games.