Young Learners: Science Adventures!
Teacher: Amber Buchele
Class Fee: $240 or $230 /trimester if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into 3 equal payments.
Materials Fee: $35
Contact us to find out how to attend for FREE!
HuckleBerry’s Young Learners program is a project-based experience for early learners. We understand that children learn best by doing, by investigating, and by having the freedom and support to learn at the rate that is comfortable for them. At these ages, learning needs to be tactile, engaging, and highly differentiated. HuckleBerry has been using our small class hands-on approach to learning since 2007, and we are excited to expand our offering to our youngest learners!
Our program will focus on social-emotional development and emotional intelligence, which includes fostering a positive sense of self, identifying emotions, initiating peer play, focusing attention, following rules, managing impulses, and resolving social conflict.
Our schedule for Young Learners classes:
9:00 - 9:30 - early drop off - open play on our beautiful playground!
9:30 - 11:15 - Our Young Learners Writing Class!
11:15 - 11:45 - Lunch time and Play time!
11:45 - 1:15 - Our Young Learners Science Adventures class!
1:15 - Pick Up
In this class, we will begin to practice the scientific method (observe, question, predict, record), weather changes, seasons, collecting data, categorizing animals and plants, comparing elements from the earth (sand and rocks), and learning about physical properties of objects. Fall quarter will cover our anatomy unit; different body parts, senses, facial expressions, etc. We will be making a model of our lungs and learning how to control our breath. Winter quarter will cover our taste of engineering unit. We will draw the blueprints for our very own clean-up machine and explore the basics of STEM challenges. Spring quarter will bring about our environmental science unit – The Environment and YOU. We will learn the importance of recycling, what/where pollution is, how to conserve water, and about disappearing islands! We’ll make our very own PLANTable paper and construct a dam!
There will always be a component of physical education and art in our classroom!
Week 1: We will tie our previous term’s learning in with our new term by engineering our very own dams to understand the environmental impacts of diverting water to learn about our first natural resource – water.
Week 2: Earth’s Rising Water: Students learn about the different sources of water and then make a model comparing all the Earth’s water to available freshwater. We’ll then expand and learn about melting polar ice caps and disappearing islands.
Week 3: Water & the ways we use it: Students will then reflect on all the different ways they use water in a typical day.
Week 4: Earth Day Celebration, Reusing resources: We will be reusing old paper to make our own PLANTable paper! We’ll turn these into Happy Earth Day cards, when your friends plant their “Earths” they will be greeted with blooming flowers!
Week 5: We need Trees: Students watch a video that details different products that we get from trees and learn the effects of deforestation.
Week 6: Fertile Land: We will learn the importance of fertile soil and how pesticides impact the environment. We’ll be doing a blind taste test to taste the difference between organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables.
Week 7: Pollution: Students will watch short videos showing the effects of various forms of pollution – noise, water, soil, air, light, thermal, radioactive. We’ll discuss ways that we can curb pollution.
Week 8: Plastic Products Scavenger Hunt: Students go around HuckleBerry and look for products that are made from plastic.
Week 9: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Students learn about the 3 r’s through literature and video resources and then think of one thing they can do for each of the 3 r’s.
Week 10: Conserving Natural Resources: Students review what natural resources are and think of ways they can conserve these resources and make posters to spread awareness.
*Subject to change
Winter 2019 A Taste of Engineering
Week 1 – Civil Engineering. We will read the Big Bad Wolf, then construct 3 houses and “blow them” down, just like the wolf does in the story!
Week 2 – Chemical Engineering. How much water will make it explode? What’s causing the lid to fly off? Using Alka-Seltzer Tablets we will figure out how to make the cap of a film canister fly off as high as possible!
Week 3 – Aeronautical Engineering. With the use of balloon rockets we will learn about Newton’s 3rd Law: every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
Week 4 – Computer Engineering. Through the use of colored candies, we will represent computer code. This special code will be the only way that we can “communicate” with Sparkey – our student actor!
Week 5 – Biomedical Engineering. Build a device to help you communicate with a classmate who is far away.
Week 6 – Mechanical Engineering. Let’s make a rollercoaster! Can you get a marble to defy gravity?
Week 7 – Environmental Engineering. Would you still drink your favorite drink if there was a bug or dirt in it? What if you were really thirsty?! Brainstorm ways to clean some dirty rock-filled water.
Week 8 – Electrical Engineering. Students will see that the UFO Ball will light up when conductive materials are part of the circuit and that the UFO ball will not light up when a non-conductive material is part of the circuit.
Week 9 – Civil Engineering. Help the piggies get across the river by building bridges.
Week 10 – Review & end of class party. We will gather all our knowledge from this quarter to design a machine that can clean up our toys for us!
Spring 2019 The Environment and YOU! Environmental Science
We will be reusing old paper to make our own PLANTable paper! We’ll turn these into Happy Earth Day cards, when your friends plant their “Earths” they will be greeted with blooming flowers!
We will also be constructing our very own dams to understand the environmental impacts of diverting water.
And so much more to come!