Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Kindergarten Field Trip to Minnehaha Falls

One of the gifts of being a teacher in a Quaker, progressive education school such as Friends School of Minnesota is to have the freedom to shape learning and curriculum with the student’s interests and needs in mind. Teachers use their creativity, instinct and intuition, reflection, and knowledge of their student’s interests to create and facilitate learning. Ideas for study can come from many directions and guide learning that is.. Read More

Environmental Education at FSMN: Walking in our Purpose

Environmental education at Friends School of Minnesota seeks to prepare students to become citizens and stewards of the earth. Whether on a week-long trip to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, a nature walk in the park, or collecting the school compost, environmental education is woven throughout FSMN’s K-8 experience. Here is some great news that demonstrates our community’s commitment to environmental education. Presenting FSMN Environmental Education Work Last month, members of.. Read More

Middle School’s New Environmental Service Club

After a recent discussion at FSMN’s Environmental Education Committee meeting, science teacher, Steve Moe, and I decided to offer a new club to middle school students at FSMN. Our goal is simple – to provide a time and place for kids that are interested in helping the environment to mobilize and take action by working together on several projects throughout the school year. We will meet monthly, and there is.. Read More

Composting: 6th Grade Community Service

As a community service project, FSMN sixth grade students are responsible for running the school’s composting service. This means that every day right after lunch two 6th grade students gather up food waste from all of the school’s classrooms and lunchrooms and bring it outside to one of our compost tumblers. There it gets mixed together with leaves gathered from around the school yard. In the fall, sixth grade students spend.. Read More

River Field Trip #2: Climate Change

It was a busy week as Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders headed out on their second River Trip. We returned to Fort Snelling State Park on Friday, October 30 for a special event organized by the National Park Service, Minnesota State Parks, and Will Steger Foundation (now called the Climate Generation). The topic was climate change and the students participated in the following activities: Introduction to park.. Read More

2015 Wolf Ridge Calendar Fundraiser

Friends School of Minnesota middle school is selling fantastic Wolf Ridge calendars as a fundraiser. Sales will help pay for the environmental education field trips we make every year to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and other great places.

Big River Journey 2015 – 5th and 6th Grade

Last Friday, Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders took a trip called “Big River Journey”. This was an extension of the field trips that 6th graders took last year as part of our “River Year.”  We started the day at Fort Snelling State Park doing land-based activities before boarding a riverboat for a science-based afternoon onboard the boat. We ended the day at Harriet Island in downtown St Paul. Activities included: Artifacts Soldier Hike Cultural.. Read More

Wolf Ridge Trip 2015

Each autumn, Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders head north to spend a week at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minnesota. We do this trip to learn about the natural environment of the area and to build community. Students challenge themselves on the rock wall and outdoor ropes course. They take classes and study streams, wetlands, and geology. At night, they do astronomy and a night hike, led by science.. Read More