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.
During fall 2017, the children built, painted, and named a red giant they called Krok. As the months passed, Krok’s family grew, and the three creatures became the focal point of a wide-ranging, special investigation that spanned ideas of self, family, and community, caretaking, accessibility, the body, and the brain. As an interest in boats and fishing took shape, the final stage of the investigation evolved into preparation for a fishing trip for Krok and his family.
In the fall of 2016 through to May 2017, the Purple and Green Rooms collaborated on a school-wide investigation of dinosaurs, prompted by their interest in extinction and why it happened to the dinosaurs. This investigation included scientific research on real dinosaur species as well as imaginative creation of their own.
The Purple Room's 2015-2016 coral reef investigation originated in the children’s interest and curiosity in many unique types of animals. The children were particularly fascinated by all the different sea creatures that existed and how they lived with one another, and so we chose to study the coral reef. Each child made a sea creature and helped to make the coral habitat for their creatures.
The Space Investigation stemmed from the common interests of the Blue Room and the Green Room. Together the classrooms embarked on a variety of projects surrounding ideas of space, from studying the solar system and learning about rocket ships and concepts such as how things move through space. From March through May 2016 we studied planets, built them, and engaged in dramatic space play.
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.”