January 28, 2020

The truth is, I’m not a gamer.  I do not have the depth of experience playing games like true gamers do.  Yet, over the past few years, I’ve discovered a real love for designing games with my Kindergartners!  Making games with young children is a process rich with imag...

January 15, 2020

How can we engage students instead of boring them? How do we elicit what they already know while challenging them to understand new concepts? At The Sycamore School, we start by asking two simple questions, “What do you notice? What do you wonder?”

This year, the fifth...

December 4, 2019

Patterns are everywhere: in nature, in art, and in stories. First and second graders have been exploring patterns, identifying different types, and then extending them. At the beginning of this theme unit of patterns and algebraic thinking, most students were only fami...

November 13, 2019

I should start by saying a big thank you to our educators. As a Leadership Team, we can get tunnel vision around new and fresh ideas…always wanting to mix things up and give things a try. It’s important to us that our community be inspired by the work, projects, and ev...

November 12, 2019

What do you notice when you get up close to the soil in your garden?  Kindergartners find life. They study the slow-growing roots of seeds, examine pesky aphids, and follow slug trails.  They breathe the smells of fresh organic soil, budding flowers, and aromas of herb...

October 7, 2019

Hello All!!

Today was a beautiful day for expanding important life skills through some hands-on wilderness survival exploration!!

Our 2nd through 5th grade students were challenged to stretch their cooperative muscles in order to bridge the gap between what they already...

September 23, 2019

How do we engage the minds of our youngest students?  At Sycamore, we believe in the development of growth mindsets, which help to build gritty, empathetic, curious, and reflective learners. 

From the first day of school, Kindergartners are thinking critically, tak...

June 13, 2019

In the very first week of the school year, I gave my students a maker challenge to create their own shoes using only paper grocery bags and tape. First and second graders worked in small groups of two or three. This project was an all day affair, and one that my studen...

June 11, 2019

As we wrap up an engaging year in the 5th-grade, it has been remarkable to look back and see how students have taken ownership of their education. From our discussions about autonomous learning during the Global School Play Day to the introduction of independent work b...

June 11, 2019

For the 5th-graders' first semester exhibition, students examined the essential question, "What does it mean to be an explorer?" As part of their inquiry, they brainstormed the many areas, both physical and conceptual, that someone could explore. This included the fron...

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