Throughout the year, children work independently and collaboratively as they engage with and investigate their world, think creatively, and solve problems resourcefully. Here you'll find a selection of student work that reflects these values.
Our investigations curriculum is grounded in our commitment to exploring questions and areas of interest that emerge from the children’s play, work, and interactions with each other and with teachers. In order to keep our curricula emergent, after an initial question and/or topic of interest is identified, we develop long-term investigations that can last for months and are continuously propelled by a cycle of exploration, questioning, and experimentation.
How did an investigation of sound emerge from the collaborative work, play, and questioning of the Green Room kids in the fall of 2015?
In the fall of 2015, the Purple Room kids became fascinated with with the street sweepers and garbage trucks that roam Columbia Street every day. This initial fascination and curiosity allowed us to co-create an emergent investigation of machines that captivated the Purple Room kids and teachers for the first months of their school year.
The Blue Room kids were naturally spending a lot of time in the early weeks of the school year thinking about their home and their family. Together, teachers and children wove these early interests into an investigation of houses, homes, and forests!
The Green Room children and teachers took a deep interest in monsters, folktales, and storytelling and turned it into a fantastical investigation of a family of giants called The Odon Family. An RHP parent and filmmaker, Lena Beug, helped the Green Room kids make a movie of their investigation in the spring of 2015.
An interest in making collaborative three-dimensional sculptures, combined with Purple Room children's discovery of a major snowstorm in the city of Buffalo, NY, led to an exciting decision to build a city in their classroom. City-building began in late November 2014 and continued until the end of the school year, in June 2015!
WORDS FROM OUR STUDENTS
"I wish I was scary. If I put on a dinosaur costume, you would think I was scary."
"If you knock down a block structure, you should tell what's true, if you did it.”
"Hey, remember in the Green Room last year, when I didn't like my self portrait? I just kept going and going and going until I liked it. I never stopped.”
"They're making a teamwork!”
"This was a very good idea, but it didn't work.”
"I see the planet I live on. It's called Brooklyn.”
"I am so excited to work in the Green Room today! I love working in the Green Room.”
"There are 58 planets, that's how much I think.”
"I’ve never been scared, but I would be scared of monsters. It lives in the woods. A monster is really big, bigger than a person. It’s body looks like a color. It has scales. If you touched it, it would probably be soft. They walk on two legs.”
“[I like pigs because] they say oink and oink, I love seeing them. It’s like, ‘Can I give you a kiss? Can I hold you?’ I’ve never seen one because I’ve never gone to a farm and they only live there.”
"It's like light makes all the colors more colorful.”
"Also we should make gravity on the moon. It's brown and scratchy and made of ingredients.”
"I was the leader. I was telling everybody what to do and they did so great. They did the swings so great and the tire swing so great and the slide.”
“Love. Love makes me special.”
“I’m really good at rolling my eyes. Also making art. I make designs, like spirals. I like making art because it’s fun.”
“I know how to work with blocks. You just put them together. And I know about owls. They’re happy. They live in trees and their body looks like a tree also.”
“Special about me is that I know how to build blocks with other children. I have very good eyes at buildings. My eyes tell me what the next part to build is.”
“I know how to dig some dirt. I do it with my shovel. I hold the shovel with my hands. I dig it up, and I found a worm.”
“I’m good at making a ‘K’. Also E, L, O, P and Y. Also, when I sleeped I grew, now I’m big and I can write. I can write my name!”
“My ‘fridgerator has a clear door. It for food so it can stay cold and not hot.”