Flint Life Lately, A Very Hands-On Edition

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Time for another photo-dump! Here's a peek at just a small portion of the hands-on, experiential learning that has been going on in our classes for the last two weeks!

The Upper School history classes (and a few of the Grammar school classes too!) learned about the development and uses of gunpowder. And obviously we're going to take any opportunity to incorporate fire into our lessons! 

The pre-k and kindergarten went next door for pumpkins to study.

They also had a class party to celebrate their completion of Winnie The Pooh

And listened to a violin demonstration by one of the upper school students as part of their composer study about Vivaldi.

The fifth grade made masks as part of their study of the kingdoms of West Africa in the Age of Explorations...

And began creating maps to chronicle Christian's journeys in Pilgrim's Progress.

Upper school students learned to make and use inclinometers...

And overall we've just really enjoyed each others company! 

Flint Life Lately

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Heres a little glimpse (with WAY more pictures than a normal person would describe as little) of what we were up to this past week! 

The third and fourth graders made self portraits...

The high school history class made charts of the components of a Renaissance Man...

 The fifth grade sketched Giotto's Bell Tower (which the high school students are carving in clay, I can't wait to take pictures of the finished products!)

The high school students had a fabulous lesson on preposition phrases in their language arts class...Mrs. Dailey had them make paper airplanes to fly on the playground, then describe the movements of the airplanes with prepositional phrases, and then write poems using their phrases!

The girl's volleyball team had two games, supported by a VERY enthusiastic fan base!

The Green Cord participants spent their Friday morning volunteering at the adult daycare center near our school...

And the football team had a Saturday game two and a half hours away, so we had a little road trip!


No wonder they're tired out!

Frequently Asked Questions: Animals at School

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

If you've spent more than five minutes at Flint you've probably noticed that there are a lot of animals running around the school. It's on purpose! You've also probably noticed that we don't shy away from mess and chaos if we know it will improve our kiddo's experiences, and this is definitely one of those cases.

Having animals on campus is therapeutic for many of our students, lowering blood pressure, and giving children a living creature to connect to and care for. Children who struggle with social interactions or anxiety disorders especially benefit from this policy, but it's positive for all of the students. They are getting all of the empathy and nurturing and regular old FUN that comes with being around pets regularly, plus it adds another level to the home-like atmosphere that makes school feel more comfortable.

And okay, we're obviously a little bit partial to dogs, but can you blame us? I'm fairly certain that I didn't get a picture of every single dog that regularly attends. 

This is just teacher dogs, but we have plenty of students bringing their dogs on a semi-regular basis. Dogs really just make awesome study-buddies! We have a few fairly severe cat allergies, not to mention a few escape-artist rodents, so no cats for now. Which is too bad, because cats are amazing. We DO have guinea pigs and bunnies and some pretty adorable lizards...they live in a little atrium and can go visit classes for nature study lessons or just for fun.

That's all fairly predictable, but we also have an iguana who routinely elicits startled gasps of, "OH my gosh, it's REAL!" from visitors.

And a giant tortoise who spends nice weather on the playground and chilly days roaming the hallways. 

So it's a little extra mess. It's totally worth it! 

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