Phase II of the Project Approach

Students are busy delving into Project this month.  Phase two of the Project Approach centers around sharing stories and discovering what children know about student-centered topics.  This phase also involves planning fieldwork (leaving the classroom for discovery) and inviting experts to the classroom to speak with students.  On Wednesday, Junior and Senior Kindergarten students engaged with Rena Black, an expert on pollinators, butterflies and plants that would attract them, as a start for Project.  Ms. Black has a vast amount of experience working in gardens.  Her career path has taken her from Litzinger Ecology Center to the Museum of Transportation where she manages the pollinator garden. Information she shared will be used by the Senior Kindergarteners to determine what plants and flowers they want to grow in their garden. Ms. Black provided a list of plant ideas, blooming cycles and how much sun and water they require. She also brought seeds to the Senior Kindergarteners to use to start their Project. 

Simultaneously, First, Second and Third Graders were absorbed during their time with Mr. Kevin Cochran, who serves as the Human Resources Business Partner for Schnucks (and he just so happens to be Mrs. Knobbe’s brother). Mr. Cochran shared information regarding his job overseeing store managers, fun facts about Schnucks (Did you know there are exactly 100 Schnucks stores in five states?), and answered the students’ many questions about grocery stores. 

During phase two, faculty focuses on new experiences for the students and collecting resources – which may include a fieldtrip.  Real objects and processes are investigated, questions are answered and explanations are posed.  Students gather data in a vast array of avenues and represent their findings and reactions to the information.  Student work is displayed on walls and shelves around the classroom for all to see and discuss. This phase can take up to six weeks to complete and is filled with creativity, innovation and problem solving.

Phase two piques the interest of the students and sets the stage for learning, discovery and innovation. And as a parent, you might be called upon as an expert regarding your passion, interest or hobby – what a great way to volunteer at the School.

All the best,

Sam

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