Through a variety of hands-on activities, our Upper School and Montessori students moved from center to center learning how songbirds, hummingbirds, woodpeckers and water fowl find and eat food. Beaks can crush seeds and nuts, pump nectar from flowers and blossoms, and filter water. Amazing!
Our latest STEAM activity featured a selection of “scent-sational” evergreens in ART class. Our young artists learned the technique of “stamping” using sprigs of southern pine, yew, fir, cedar and boxwood dipped into paint (and in the process observed that yellow+blue=green). Their class conifers will be part of the decorations for the Winter Concerts. Our JK and Kindergarten students applied gold and silver paint and glitter to magnolia branches to create truly magnificent decorations.
In addition to enjoying a unique experiential art process, the students learned some scientific facts about evergreens. Many evergreen species (like conifers) existed before the dinosaurs, and magnolias have been around since dinosaurs roamed the Earth!
Our WonderLab STEAM activity with the Kindergarten class focused on the subject of owls! Our scientists discovered how and what these nocturnal creatures eat by dissecting owl pellets and matching their discoveries of skulls, vertebrae, hip, rib, leg and shoulder bones, to bone sorting charts. So, just what does an owl eat? Lots of rodents (mice, moles, voles and rabbits), birds, and sometimes snakes!