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Kak Jarvis - Third & Fourth Grade Teacher

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Overnight at the Science Museum

Last week, thirty Friends School of Minnesota 4th and 5th graders stayed overnight at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Camp-In. After arriving at the SMM, students donned their green t-shirts and began their exploration of the some of the museum exhibits. Then came supper: a delicious pizza buffet. And then they were off again for another three hours of museum exploring. Students were able to work in the cell lab,.. 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

4th Graders Tackle “Go Math”

For a lot of parents, the way math is taught these days is pretty different from what we remember. Watching your child solve long division problems using a “new” method, for example, can be baffling… or enlightening. At progressive education schools like Friends School of Minnesota, there is a greater emphasis on conceptual understanding and mathematical literacy. As FSM is not academically selective, our students’ math abilities vary quite a bit… Read More

Within a Gem: The 3rd and 4th Grade Play

Last month, Friends School of Minnesota 3rd and 4th graders performed their original play Within A Gem,  a musical mystery which takes place at Plumnut Academy for super heroes. The kids did a wonderful job throughout this whole process. Yes, we put on a play.  But students also learned a great deal about working together and depending upon one another. They learned about timing and comedy and memorization. They learned how to.. Read More