Agamographs

The kids did a super job when making their own version of Yaacov Agam’s kinetic art forms come to life!  Take a look at the great work they did:

HydroPower – Renewable Energy

After talking about renewable energy and hydropower in particular the Sprout kids made their own simple machine using water to pull up small objects. Some of the kids were asking to see some videos of hydropower and how it works, please take a look at these videos: Energy 101 The Three Gorges Dam We wereContinue reading “HydroPower – Renewable Energy”

Cardinal Directions

After making homemade compasses and understanding the Earth’s magnetism that pulls the needle to the North, the Sprout kids followed cardinal directions to find their way to the ending point of their routes.  Then some of the Sprout kids made their own route for their peers to follow. Lincoln Square– the rainy day led us to some interestingContinue reading “Cardinal Directions”

Poetry

After talking about what does poetry mean to the kiddos, we read poems from children authors Shel Silverstein and Jack Pretlusky, along with collections that we pulled from the library.  The students listened to some of my favorite poems and we discussed how each was different from the next.  Then they split up with a partner andContinue reading “Poetry”

Science of Character

Our focus today was really amazing!  We not only talked about all of our character strengths but we also watched a film.  Take a look at the inspiration for today’s activity: http://www.letitripple.org/films/science-of-character/ The Sprout kids really were engaged and participated in identifying their character strengths and honed in on character traits that they want toContinue reading “Science of Character”

STIXPLOSIONS

Thanks to the creativity of Ana Dziengel at babbledabbledo.com the Sprout kids and I were able to enjoy a great STEM activity!  Stixplosions!!! This activity allowed us to focus on patience, perseverance, fine motor skills, trying new things, exploration, applying knowledge, working with a partner, and following multistep directions. 

Build a Dam

After discussing the recent flooding that has occurred in parts of the U.S., the Sprout kids set to work on building a water dam to withhold the strong current of water about to take over their town.  We had some success in this activity but it was a really difficult.  Most had to really channelContinue reading “Build a Dam”

DIY Games

After looking at the objective and rules of some of our favorite Sprout Board Games, the Sprout kiddos created their own.  They had to come up with the design, materials needed and the rules of the game.  There was lots of collaboration and hard work put into this activity!  Some of the kids requested toContinue reading “DIY Games”

Suminagashi

The Sprout kids participated in the Ancient Japanese Art of Marbling: Suminagashi (墨 流 し). Suminagashi translates to mean “floating ink.”  The Sprout kids will participate in the creative process of marbling rice paper with water and ink to transform it into a masterpiece of vibrant colors.  This art form began in Japan as earlyContinue reading “Suminagashi”

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