Adventures in Teton Teaching: Summer Edition
Nature Art: A week for our Kindergarteners to explore self-expression with natural materials.
From our Instructors, Naomi and Katie:
- The students were excited about exploring and observing nature through magnifying lenses.
- Short nature scavenger hunts were successful challenges.
- Students loved narrating stories through their paintings.
- The students had a lot of fun identifying scat while exploring their surroundings. They also loved learning about composting and recycling at the recycling center.
- Students were excited to identify macroinvertebrates and to play in the stream.
- Students were very engaged in the exploratory activities, learning and practicing making scientific statements such as “I notice…” “I wonder…” and “It reminds me of...”
- Everyday seemed like a full educational day.
- Playing camouflage was the kids’ favorite part of the week.
- The semi-structured exploration of a riparian zone for animal signs went really well.
- We managed to keep student morale high, even though the hike was long. Students had fun splashing water on their heads at the lake.
- Students loved seeing animals in the field and making watercolor art.
- “Are we going to keep complaining or are we going to keep hiking?”
- Our favorite parts of the week were making friends, touching fish, seeing animals, field trips, and playing games.
- Our children thought the instructors were fun and kind.
- Every day, my child came home excited with what they did and learned.
- In true summertime Jackson fashion, the hike was going really well before it started thundering and raining. Talk about weather challenges to survival!
- The students loved learning about American Indians and early European settlers at the historical museum and had tons of fun making necklaces and eating bison stew.
- Making water filters out of charcoal, cloth, and plastic bags was a fun, hands-on activity.
- Favorite parts of the week were building forts, playing camouflage, and eating s'mores on “Fire Friday.”
Forces of Nature: A week of 3rd and 4th graders observing and exploring - both up close and far away - the fire, ice, and geology that shaped our valley.
From our Instructors, Laine and Caitlin:
- We used our observation and Science Circle Investigation skills to identify and understand the three rock types - igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary.
- We made observations about Mt. Moran and the geology that we could see from the trail, aiming to answer the question, “how were the Tetons formed?”
- [My child] cried after the Friday celebration because she was so sad it had ended.
- The levels of professionalism, education, [and] fun are HIGH!
- Some of the quieter students brought ideas forward during the Challenge Course.
- Pictured here, 5th grader Caroline conducts two things at once: her group’s attempt to collectively balance the Whale Watch, and a rendition of “Happy Birthday,” sung to Josh Kleyman, of our development office.
- [Our favorite parts were] working together on the low ropes of the Challenge Course, orienteering, shelter-making, and canoeing!
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