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Circuitry Workshop Information for Parents

By Kate Shapero

Dear 3rd and 4th Grade Parents, We were immersed in Circuitry Workshop for the last few weeks of science.  This unit focused on basic information about electricity, circuits and safety, but the primary purpose was to cultivate a “workshop mentality” in the science room.  The emphasis was on trying out new ideas, persistence, collaboration and using materials with care. Many parents have asked for a list of materials and resources so that their children can continue experimenting and building circuitry projects outside of school.  Here are some basics if your family is interested in keeping things going at home. Circuitry … READ MORE »

Science Show News

By Kate Shapero

The Art and Science Show is on Tuesday, May 3rd from 5:30-7:00.  Nursery through sixth grade students are invited to share a project or invention with the community in the Moore Building.  This could be something that they worked on in school or at home.  Each piece should be accompanied by a submission form that explains the work and will be displayed next to it.  This form is available below for downloading.   Though we have not focused on inventing as a curriculum topic this year, many students are planning to develop their own creations to share at the show. … READ MORE »

You Only Need One Little Seed

By Kate Shapero

  Tiny Harvest Put some seeds in your pocket  Feel the promise of what may come after the winter has had its say Know that this bounty was made possible by the hunger of little ones  and the sweet allure that drew them near Nature’s gifts are on full display at Miquon.  This fall, students explored the cornucopia around them through experiences designed to engage the senses.  They touched, smelled and tasted herbs from the garden; baked butternut squash and fried eggplants; they cut down tall sunflowers, rubbed the dried petals away and then listened to the delightful “ting” sound … READ MORE »

Turning the Unknown into Your Own

By Kate Shapero

As a relatively new mom returning to teaching, I thought this would be the year that I leaned heavily on all of my previous work as I figured out how to juggle responsibilities at home and wholeheartedly engage with children during the school day.  I imagined implementing trusted curriculum that I had struggled with and refined through previous experimentation.  The plan was to conserve intellectual energy (a.k.a. brain power) while still delivering the goods.  I found out that it doesn’t work that way–energy and enthusiasm are not things to be hoarded for later use; instead, they are continually generated through the process … READ MORE »