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Literature Projects in MS

  In English class, students finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird. My favorite student comment was “Mrs. Lapon this book is so good I just don’t want it to be over.” Each student made a Character Tin Box Project that thoroughly explored one of the characters in the book. Students created objects to put in

Peace in the Forest

Peace in the forest “One day I had the idea of using silence to test the children’s keenness of hearing, so I thought of calling them by name, in a low whisper…. This exercise in patient waiting demanded a patience that I thought impossible.”— Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood  It is always energizing to be

Owl Exploration on Forest Friday

Our primary students have been learning about owls and their adaptations.   Like all creatures, Owls are uniquely adapted to survive in their habitat.  Previously they explored the amazing ways that an owl’s body is adapted to hunt for food, defend its home and raise its babies.  There are eight species of owls in Massachusetts

Forest Friday: Fresh Tracks

With the fresh frozen layer of snow students were able to observe many different animal tracks preserved on their walk. Students crunched through our nature trail observing the many changes winter has on our environment. This week children also learned how to use a compass before heading out. They were able to observe new animal

Kindergarten Extension (Egg–cellent Engineering)

  This week our Kindergarteners joined Ms. Sundstrom and Mrs. Bracken in conducting a NEW EGG science experiment. They performed an egg–cellent engineering exercise. K students tested the strength of a nature arch shape: the shell of an egg. The children stacked book after book on a platform supported by a single egg to test its strength. The shell

Kindergarten Curriculum Extension (D-Lab)

This week our students visited the d-lab and learned first hand from Mrs. Huffman what goes on in the innovation center! “We talked about what the dLab is and what students do in the dLab. I showed them some examples of student projects involving engineering and creation. Students then made their own creations using straws

Forest Friday Winter Adventure

“What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” -John Steinback     On January 12th,  the Forest Friday crew spent time in the play space (before heading outside to the winter wonderland) working as teams to identify animal tracks using a field guide. We also looked at a real

Kindergarten Curriculum Extension

This week our Maple and Oak Kindergarteners joined Ms. Sundstrom and Mrs. Bracken in conducting a science experiment. They performed the experiment “Elephant’s Toothpaste.”  The children couldn’t contain their excitement as we mixed a few ingredients and created an amazing chemical reaction. By mixing hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, hot water, food coloring and yeast we made a

Head of School’s Reflection

Dear Riverbend Community,   It gives me great pride to offer some early impressions from my Riverbend introduction. I have now been at Riverbend for just over a month. What have I gleaned from this relatively short amount of time? First a little context.   I have been in education for close to thirty years.