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The Lunch Room

One of the interesting things that Voyagers’ students get to experience on a regular basis happens in the lunch ‘classroom’. Here’s what that looks like: I arrive at our dining room for lunch and look for my place-mat. Mine is neon pink and green geometric designs that I made in the beginning of the year. Each community member designed a… Read More

Emigrating from Russia

Late 19th Century US Immigration West 2 students played a simulation game that allowed them to imagine what it would have been like for a Russian Ashkenazic Jewish family to flee their country and come to America in 1882.  In order to meaningfully engage students in this historical experience,  6 stations were set up around the Arboretum. Each station contained… Read More

Blog Action Day

Blog Action Day (link http://www.blogactionday.org/ ) is a yearly event which brings together bloggers across the globe to use their voice to take action on a specific topic. This year the High Schoolers participated as a part of their Humanities experience. Over the course of two days, students explored the idea of #raiseyourvoice, learning about how there are people who… Read More

The Outdoors Comes In

Nature provides a magical place for the imagination to thrive. Children are innately drawn to the tactile experience of interacting with natural materials. During recess, some of the children began creating a fairy world outside in the back of the school near the playground. They centered it under some low lying cedar branches, adding to the secrecy and mystery. Rocks,… Read More

Romeo and Juliet Come Alive Again

The 9th grade literacy class has finished reading the original text of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. At first, the reactions from the students were a little less than enthusiastic. “My mom says that it is really hard. I don’t think I want to read it…” “Do we have to read it in the ‘Old English’?” “Can’t we watch… Read More

Steel Drum Wildlife

Our Room 2 students, along with a few Room 1 elders, have joined the Voyagers’ Outdoor Program for one morning each week. Middle School students have taken on the role of leading younger students on hikes around the property and generally serving as ambassadors to the natural environment. After being led by their interests and the interests of their classmates… Read More

Tree Identification

  Students in the Outdoor Program have been studying the trees for their Science section. Each student has chosen a tree that they have adopted as his or her own. This was not done in one class period. In fact, students hiked through the Arboretum multiple times, observing, drawing and recording data on multiple trees in learning tree identification. They… Read More

Establishing Routines: Math Workshop

Math Workshop has been focused primarily on setting the tone for routines, and establishing habits of learning for the school year. During our first classes each student was invited to explore the math manipulatives the teachers would be introducing during upcoming math classes. Starting a new math program, Investigations, calls for careful planning, particularly because it requires children to use… Read More

Learning About Labor Unions

​Students are studying complicated and controversial Global Studies subjects like capitalism and socialism through role-play and interaction. ‘Forced’ to perform menial tasks, such as breaking sticks and collecting acorns, for inadequate ‘wages,’ they experienced firsthand the plight of the working class in late 19th/early 20th century America, where unionizing was considered by many to be akin to communism. One student… Read More