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...

May 4, 2018

Can you see above the table when you are hiding below?  Brie’s group began the week making adjustments to their periscopes with more reflective mirrors.  They played a game where they hid and used their periscopes to identify colored magnet tiles above the table!  Wond...

April 28, 2018

Constructivist learning requires that students have experiences and draw connections between them. Making observations and reflecting on what we learn are central practices at the Sycamore School.  Brie Tompkins gives her students many opportunities to interact with th...

April 22, 2018

Brie’s group will be exploring Light and Colors this semester!  Their investigations over the coming weeks will deepen their understanding of light, shadows, reflection, refraction, and colors.  Their research began with asking questions.  What do you wonder about?...

April 15, 2018

Shape Ninjas are up for the challenge!

Brie's ninjas rose to the challenge to define shapes together.  They were asked, “How do you know it is a square?”  With one hand at all times on their connected rope, they shared ideas and made suggestions to each other about how...

March 25, 2018

"How do people come together to do great things?"  

Over the past few months, Sycamore students have explored this guiding question from many perspectives.  Their collaboration has taught them to think more deeply about how they learn best as individuals and how everyon...

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