Upcoming Earth Week Activities!

Published On: April 11th, 2024 | Categories: Food for Thought, In The Classroom |

Earth Week 2024

With Earth Day just around the corner, Powhatan School is buzzing with anticipation for a lineup of exciting activities that embrace sustainability and environmental awareness. Everyone is excited for the Storywalk buddy experience along the Nature Trail on the Crocker Conservancy. For more hands-on learning, our Mud Kitchen offers a playful opportunity to connect with nature and explore the wonders of messy, outdoor fun. Kindergarteners will get a helping hand from their eighth grade buddies to paint the new Mud Kitchen. We’re thrilled to welcome a dynamic speaker who will delve into the world of green energy, inspiring us to harness renewable resources for a brighter future. Creativity takes center stage as students learn to express their passion for protecting the Earth through various artistic mediums, using their voices to ignite change and spread awareness. Buddies will embark on a fascinating Foraging Walk through the Crocker Conservancy, discovering the bounty of our local ecosystem and learning about the importance of biodiversity. Get ready to celebrate Earth Week in style as we come together to honor and protect our planet!

Buddy Activities:

A number of the Earth Week activities across campus are Buddy Activities. The Buddy program pairs students at different grade levels together for learning activities and plenty of fun. It provides big buddies with leadership opportunities and teaches patience. Little buddies gain confidence and feel a strong sense of community, a sense of place and a deep sense of belonging.

Building relationships with new children each year contributes to the social and emotional well-being of each member of our Powhatan community, and we feel strongly that this is an essential part of all children’s education.

The buddy program is one more example of how we live our mission: We learn not for school, but for LIFE.

NEAL:

At Powhatan School we use an approach called Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning (NEAL). NEAL is a lens through which we can teach any or all components of our curriculum. We use it to bring our students outside into the natural world and to bring the natural world indoors to our students.

Some people may have the impression that NEAL is an “add-on” to our science curriculum or an outdoor education unit in our physical education program. Although both are good assumptions, NEAL (Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning) is far more unique and important than a unit or special trip. It is one of the many ways a Powhatan education is set apart from curriculums at other schools.

Teachers create lessons that utilize nature to supplement classroom materials in order to engage the students. Lessons are designed to incorporate nature, regardless of the subject. The cross-curricular opportunities are abundant. It might be a field trip that combines language arts and survival skills taken directly from the novel Hatchet. Or a science and history collaboration along the nature trail.

Guest speakers and scientists are hallmarks of the program. They work directly with the children in a real-world setting.

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