Friends School of Minnesota kindergarteners have weekly art class. This fall, we have been focusing on tools and processes using a variety of materials. During each class, I give them a “provocation” or question to focus on while they work. Some of the provocations they have explored: What happens when I use water to mix materials? Which materials blend together and which materials stay put? What new forms can you.. Read More
“Do you think gardens are an important part of community? Why or why not?” This was a question posed to Friends School of Minnesota kindergarten students before a neighborhood hike to the community garden. I asked them to hold that question while we walked and sketched. We would discuss their ideas after their experience.
It’s a great first day! Here we go! The anticipation (and perhaps dread for some) is over, the school year has begun. I have spent the day circulating among classrooms, meeting students, and observing teachers and students set expectations for the year. There is a very positive energy in the air, and today, no one is absent! I know I am biased, but this is an amazing school full of.. Read More
What a beautiful day to welcome our new kindergarten class. The seventeen new students spent the morning learning their new routines and getting acquainted. Then it was time for everyone’s favorite time of the day: lunch!
Last night, new families and ambassador families spent the evening at the Friends School of Minnesota chatting, digging in the sand, pumping water, swinging on the monkey bars, and getting to know each other.
One of the great things about working in a progressive education school like Friends School of Minnesota, is that learning and teaching remain fresh, vibrant, and full. Our school supports teachers and learners to take risks and expand their creative vision, and knowledge base. In this spirit of trying out new and exciting ideas, I introduced kindergarten students to a new structure for learning called Story Workshop. FSM K-4 teachers have been.. 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.
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.