Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Homegrown French Fries!

Friends School of Minnesota kindergarteners enjoyed organic french fries last week. By organic, we mean grown right here in raised beds at Friends School of Minnesota with our school-created compost and no pesticides! Last May, the Environmental Action Club planted some potatoes in the garden beds by the playground. We went out and harvested the potatoes a couple of weeks ago and then weighed them. We ended up with 15.. Read More

First Day of Kindergarten 2016-17

There is nothing better than the first day of school! Seeing the new kindergarteners digging into their next adventure renews all of us at Friends School of Minnesota. We look forward to another great school year watching all our students grow and learn. \

Making Meaning Through Experimentation in Art

Experimentation in art class is an important part of learning to use materials. When students make discoveries about the properties of a particular material or tool, the experience becomes a meaningful part of their education. Sure, I could demonstrate how to use a particular tool or material (and I sometimes do), but when the discovery is made independently of me, excitement ensues. This kind of playful inquiry is what makes.. Read More

New Art Studio in Action!

Lately I have been reflecting on how the new art studio has affected my teaching. I am still in awe of the space and realize that it has become what I used to dream about—an inspiring creative space for discovery, exploration, deep thought, and joy. It is truly an art teacher’s dream room! The kindergarten class has been working with clay and thinking about two questions: “What things can be.. Read More

Buddies: Kindergarten and 3rd/4th Grade

We believe children learn best in community and our buddies program is one way we build and strengthen our school community. Buddies is a time for older and younger children to play together and learn from each other. It also provides an opportunity for friendships to form that can last from kindergarten through eighth grade. This year, the Bayou class 3rd and 4th graders are buddies with our kindergarten. (Next year, Bayou students will have.. Read More

November Visitor Coffee

On November 26, twenty five family members and friends attended the second of four 2013-14 Visitor Coffees at Friends School of Minnesota. The visit started with coffee and a chat with Head of School Lili Herbert. Then our guests visited classrooms to see FSM in action. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend this event!                     Upcoming Visitor Coffees: Wednesday, February.. Read More