March Highlights from Heartworks Shelburne

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
We had a wonderful time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as a school community! What a treat it was to have so many families join us to see the mischief those silly leprechauns had caused. The children are always shocked and excited to see what they do in our school late at night. They even turned our water in the snack pitcher green! It really was a wonderful day!

Classroom Morning Theme News from March
The children taught by Sherri and Sandra really took advantage of their Water is Fun theme this month. They created some amazing art work painting with watercolors and ice paint! The children had a water drop race on wax paper using eye droppers. It was amazing to see the control they had while using the eye droppers. The children were scientists while performing a sink or float experiment as a class and even made their own predictions!

The wonderful children taught by Kaylah, Hunter, and Danielle dove into learning about Rivers and Streams this month. They went on many hikes through our woods searching for rivers and streams. The children created their own river murals which they added plant and animal life to each day. The friend’s in Kaylah and Hunter’s class learned about beavers and created their own adorable beavers out of paper plates. The children taught by Danielle painted beautiful river fish using watercolors to add to their classroom mural. 

The children taught by Hilary and Haley explored the depths of the Ocean! This month they created a wonderful mural of the plant and animal life that make the ocean such an amazing place. They conducted a number of experiments testing if salt water would freeze and played sink or float. The class enjoyed pretending to be baby sea turtles who had just hatched out of their eggs. It was so sweet seeing them move so carefully around the classroom together. 

The friends taught by Angela and Amber were focused on Lakes and Ponds this month. The classes each created beautiful murals that displayed plant and animal life they were learning about daily. A big focus for the children was the life cycle of a frog. The children created amazing models of frogs in each of their stages of life.  They also made adorable cat tails, and  really enjoyed playing Lake and Pond animal charades having the chance to act out an animal and guess which animals they are pretending to be. 

Afternoon STEAM Highlights from March:  
The children taught by Haley, Danielle, Amber and Angela have been hard at work in the afternoons.  The teachers have spent the month focusing on projects and experiments that have the children working collaboratively.  Our afternoon STEAM program has been filled with hands-on learning investigations in each of the five different curricular areas.  

A highlight from Science Monday was making large bubble wands in small groups and testing to see which design of bubble wand would create the largest bubbles. The children loved making a prediction chart, drawing out their designs, creating the wand, and finishing the experiment with testing to see which design would work to make giant bubbles.  

On Tuesdays for Technology, the children  have been working in teams to come up with their own machines made out of recycled materials. This project began with a discussion where the children brainstormed what they wanted to make.  They finished the day with  creating large robots using many different tools. The children have also explored a variety of tools including a magnifying glass and most recently the  ruler.  

On Wednesdays, the classes have  been busy engineering and working as part of a team to build bridges. During this particular activity the children were put into groups of three. They were able to  work collaboratively with their peers to build strong and sturdy bridges. Once completing their bridge, the children then enjoyed acting out the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, using the bridges they had built and the three pretend goats in the classroom. 

On Thursday’s the STEAM classes have enjoyed putting on puppet shows, cooking, and making art projects through wonderful art exploration. On Fridays, the children have seemed to really enjoy the fun and interactive math games that we’ve been playing together. These games have encouraged the children to practice taking turns as well a variety of important math skills.  It was such a wonderful month working as a team!