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...

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...

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...

May 19, 2019

Kindergartners are currently exploring this complex driving question:  How do we use sound to communicate? 

Who knew a study of sound would lead to so many inquiries?  Physics, biology, technology, culture, music, and story-telling!  

How does sound travel?

Students...

February 27, 2019

Kindergartners use critical thinking and imagination to explore the past.

December 17, 2018

We see our students as creators.  Through design challenges, free builds, and inventions, our students learn that they are capable.  They embody an “I can” attitude.  Believing in themselves provides space to embrace mistakes and motivates them to try and try again....

October 17, 2018

It all began when one student announced, “Let’s make our own dice!”  This moment is what I live for as a Kindergarten teacher.  No other plans are as important as the opportunity to dive head first into a student’s curiosity...especially when there is limitless learnin...

June 6, 2018

End of year learning exhibitions are a huge part of what we do here at Sycamore. All year our garden expert and parent, Carolyn Day has been working with the students to help them understand how things grow. This Sunday, Sycamore students shared their knowledge about g...

May 17, 2018

Wondering why we are playing with representing numbers in all grades from K through 5?  We believe that children need opportunities to internalize many different ways that number are represented.  Not only does this practice build fluency with number recognition, but i...

May 10, 2018

It’s never too late to slow down.  You’ll be surprised what else you see when you just pause.  Believe us…we tried it!  

As summer approaches, we feel warmth and excitement in the air.  Lately, the energy in Brie’s room has matched the squawking of the parakee...

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