Archive | April 2015

#EC1photo Collaborative Art Show

The EC-HS art show was a great success! The Caterpillars were so excited to see other students and teachers viewing their photo art. Some of the children were interviewed by those who visited, explaining why they chose their photos and what was happening in the photo. The Caterpillars were beaming with pride and they smiled as they received complements on their pieces.

Some of the elementary students left thoughtful comments on the children’s art, praising them for their hard work. These thoughtful reflections from community members added another layer to this project. EC1 teachers have seen how the project’s value deepened as the SIS community, shared their reflections, making stronger connections than we initially thought would happen.

Several grade levels did not get a chance to view the art show and requested that we extend the timeline of viewing. All photo art pieces will be hanging along the ECLC stairwells and Hallways. If you missed the opportunity to see your child’s or the other students’ pieces, please take a stroll through the ECLC building and enjoy all the art.


The Caterpillars have been exploring counting and one to one correspondence in fun, hands on ways.


Sharing Our Photo Art Show With Our Families

The Caterpillars and all of the other ECLC1 students were very excited to share their photo art work with their families. The whole morning on Friday, they kept asking ” Is Mommy and Daddy coming yet!?” As a teach it was great to see such a turn out and to see how genuinely interested parents were with their child’s art and the entire project.

Learning Comes Alive

Learning Comes Alive is a great opportunity for parents to spend time with their children in their learning environment. For young students, parents can get a better sense of their child as a learner when they see them engaged in hands-on activities, rather than observing them in a more formal lesson.

Making creations with different objects is something we do often in The Caterpillar room. Young learners show their complex thinking and problem solving skills when they use the recyclables to create from their imagination.

Setting Up Our Art Show

SIS Director of Learning Innovation, John Burns, came this morning to document EC1 students choosing where they wanted to display their art pieces in the Secret Garden.

Having our young students be an active part in the set up process of the EC-HS art  show has been important for their understanding in recognizing their part of the collaborative process.  The students developed a sense of pride and ownership, the responsibility and engagement that they experienced has helped them make valuable and personal connections with this learning experience.

How Can We Fix Our Lights?

We discovered a problem in our classroom. We had several light bulbs that were not working. We had a discussion, asking the children what we should do. We knew that The Guppies class was good at fixing things, so we also asked them. All the children agreed that we needed the SIS workmen to come with their ladder.