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Early Childhoods students view of Erickson Woods Skokie Lagoon in Winnetka

Wandering Wednesday #16

Today, we were joined by a group of middle school students working to make a movie about Wandering Wednesdays. That’s pretty cool, so we were planning for a memorable day. And, if you’ve talked to your kindergartner, I’m guessing you’ve heard about the big event of Wandering Wednesday #16…but before we get to our adventurous

January Musings: Habits of Mind for the Future

“Allow for the possibility that the best stuff is still ahead of you, waiting to reveal itself. Prepare the way, bit by bit.” -Lin-Manuel Miranda The habits of mind common to January is best embodied in the figure of its namesake, Janus, the two-headed figure of classical renown. One gaze is oriented to the past,

Early Childhood students dynamic learning in Evanston

Wandering Wednesday #15

Today, we had our first experience taking the “el” together as a class. More than half of the children said that Wandering Wednesday #15 was their first time ever on the train (or at least that they could remember). They were very excited to look out the window and find things along the way that

Wandering Wednesday #14

It struck me today as we were outside in the frigid (new vocabulary word) weather, that the experience of braving the cold to get outdoors is an incredibly valuable one.  Sadly, in regions of the world that go through many months of winter, the majority of people spend their entire day indoors going from fluorescent

Second Grade private school students community learning project

We Are Community Minded Second Graders

From sign making to policy making, second graders have been community minded activists this week. Our week began with a walk to a historical marker on Ridge Road, about a five-minute walk from school.   The marker explains that this area (where our school is located and where many of us live) was once the

Kindergarten learning from Wandering Wednesday in Wilmette
Preschool students demonstrating executive function
Kindergarten students at Penny Park in Evanston dynamic learning

Wandering Wednesday #12

It felt good to be back wandering again! With our Thanksgiving break it felt like a long wait for this Wednesday. Today’s Wandering Wednesday was about two things: learning about architecture/building and picking out all the places we could play with the letter P! Today we took the CTA 201 bus again, but this time

Middle School girl in chemistry class

Making a Better World: Nurturing a Child’s Love of Science

  Children are natural scientists: they are curious about how the world works; they ask big questions; and, they find great joy in observing the natural world. All students should enter classrooms where this natural proclivity toward science is integrated into the curriculum. Yet often when children go to school, their love of science diminishes. Students