Explorations is an opportunity for Birches students to participate in six-week mini-units of their covering a variety of topics. 

Each child ranks the session they want to participate in and are assigned accordingly. Every Wednesday from 11-12, students split into their Explorations groups and delve into their studies. These six week sessions give students the opportunity to explore a topic outside of our daily curriculum. It also allows the school to offer a wider range of electives than we would be able to provide as a traditional after-school program (and they’re part of the regular school day!)

Some past Explorations have been: 

  • Improv
  • Chess
  • Geography
  • Lego Robotics
  • Fairy House Building
  • Knitting
  • Running Club
  • Healthy Snacks & Smoothies
  • Electricity & Simple Circuits
  • Costume Design
  • Printmaking
  • Choir


School meeting Share on explorations
February 11, 2016
WRITTEN AND Presented by students in 2nd - 5th grades

To begin every drama class we do different movements and take a series of deep breaths to help get our body and voices ready to sing. Next, we sing songs and play different games. Some of the games we play include the Elevator Game and Robot Machine. Also, during this time we practice parts of the upcoming Birches School play, The 13 Colonies. This Drama explorations section has been a lot of fun and we all can’t wait to perform the play for the Birches community. 

In printmaking, we have been working to create our own prints by using cork board to cut out our own designs on and glue them on cardboard. We then use the prints to make different designs by covering the prints in ink and then pushing them on onto different colored construction paper. Everyone received their own plexiglass board that we then covered in ink with a roller.  We then drew in the ink with various materials to make our own picture. Lastly, we put rice paper on top of the plexiglass board to get our picture onto the rice paper. This art explorations has been a lot of fun and we look forward to whatever happens next!

In world geography, we have been studying the names continents, countries, and capitals of the world. We start by learning the names of countries found in one continent. When we’re ready, we quiz ourselves by trying to identify the names of all of the countries without making a mistake. Once we have done that we then move on to learning the names of countries of another continent. Recently, we have started to practice our skills through the board game Geo Dice. This game asks us to name as many countries as possible that begin with certain letters. This has been a challenging experience, but we have enjoyed learning about countries from around the world.  

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