Open Hearth After School is in its fifth successful year, providing care, support, and enrichment to the children of the Mad River Valley.
The outdoor education program,taught by North Branch Nature Center,continues as part of our after school
Wednesday Early Release Days. We are excited to have Amy Butler return to teach us about our surrounding environment, take us on outdoor adventures, and support our understanding of the natural world of Vermont.
Dear Waitsfield and Fayston Families,
Welcome to another Vermont Spring!
As we hopefully watch the outdoor temperatures, but revel in the bright sun and longer days, we know that springtime is coming; mud season is on the way. Soon all thoughts of arctic blasts will be of the past. Cold weather and chilly winds do not keep our after school kids down, and we have had a fun time being outside playing, sliding, and exploring, and an active time indoors engaged in our STEAM activities.
For the past few weeks, Katie Doherty has been teaching our scientists about air pressure, Jessica has been working with our engineers to create Doodlebots (motorized robots with an artistic flair:), and Samantha has been finishing up a giant box of Crayola crayons, each color creatively designed by one of our talented artists.
As spring approaches and we head into our last tri-mester of school, our after school staff is planning and preparing several week long theme-based activities designed for grade level groups and addressing our science, technology, engineering, art, and math learning goals.Our 4th/5th and 6th graders will continue with their Tuesday cooking club, planning, creating, and serving the afternoon snack/meal to our entire program. I will work with this group each day to explore food science, nutrition, design, and art.
Jessica will be working with the K-1 group exploring the amazing world of bugs, and Samantha will combine art, science and engineering teaching her 2nd and 3rd graders all about flowers.
We plan to have a community event sometime in May when you can come in, visit, taste our homemade cuisine and view the many amazing things we’ve done this year in our after school program. More news about this will follow in our next newsletter.
Thanks for all your support!
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