Environmental Education Coordinator Kris Bennett summarizes what Friends School of Minnesota has been up to this fall in environmental education. This school year, Kris is collaborating with teachers school-wide to further develop and integrate environmental education into our curriculum. Here’s a summary of what we’ve been up to.
As part of our immigration unit in social studies, 3rd and 4th grade students went on a field trip to an Afghani restaurant, the Khyber Pass Cafe in St. Paul. We talked with owner Emel Sherzad and learned about his immigration experience. We took the city bus to the restaurant. This was the first time on the public bus for some students in the class. Emel Sherzad, owner of the Khyber Pass Cafe and a.. Read More
This year, kindergarten students have been studying food, gardens, and farms as a theme. Collaborating with other teachers, we have been exploring our theme through all sorts of activities. These explorations have fueled a deep curiosity about bees. As our bee project unfolds, it is a wonderful example of progressive education in action.
Middle school advisories paired up to sponsor three large Twin Cities families in need by purchasing Christmas gifts for them. We worked with Twin Cities Catholic Charities Sponsor a Family program.
Friends School of Minnesota 3rd and 4th graders went on a full-day field trip to Fort Snelling State Park on Wednesday, October 24th. It was the first of four trips to the Mississippi River this year.
Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders went on a half-day field trip to the Coldwater Spring site of the Mississippi River National Park on Thursday, October 18th. The excursion was part of the 5/6th grade river unit.
Class trips like the annual 7th-8th grade trip to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center are a cornerstone of progressive education. Middle schoolers spend an autumn week in northern Minnesota immersed in nature exploration, cultural history, outdoor skills, team-building, and personal growth. Parent volunteer Wendy Lutter shares their adventures.
Kindergarten, first and second graders had a great trip to Zweber Family Farm last week. The weather was perfect and all the children had a great time running and playing at the farm and meeting all the animals.