Throughout our lichen study, we have worked both collaboratively and independently, practicing Calyx agreements and social and emotional literacy to enable rich collaboration and to meet our individual needs. needs met. We learned the three main groups of lichen and practiced counting and categorizing specimens found on the trails. We made observational drawing of different lichen types and wrote similes to describe the different lichen we observed.
Diversity of Greens
As part of a larger expedition into understanding and recognizing diversity, Calyx children record the diversity of greens they observe in the forest. By putting all their work together, this "Diversity in Green" quilt showcases our student's diverse perceptions and creative expressions.
Winter Term, 2020
In Peace Council we cultivate conflict resolution and restorative practices, as well as explore peace within and outside us. This term, we have begun with a series of Thich Nhat Hanh inspired meditations. First a drawing meditation, the a stone mediation. Last week, we made meditation bags for our stones to help us with our practice.
November 6, 2019
Inoculating Logs with our Favorite Mushrooms
With the help of a local mushroom expert (and a kind donation of supplies), Calyx students spend the morning hard at work, drilling, plugging, and labeling mushroom logs!
We are building our knowledge base of mushrooms and how they connect to us, our community, and to the earth.
Fall Term, 2019
Mushrooms as Mentors
Our daily explorations on South Whidbey State Park trails have led us into the world of mushrooms. Student interest in mushrooms and mycelium are prompting a foray of interdisciplinary learning experiences in our forest, indoor classroom and beyond!
September 20, 2019
Calyx Kids Participate in Climate Action
Some of our Calyx families joined forces with Whidbey Island Climate Activists, voicing their concern for clean water and clean air.
As part of our sustainability curriculum, Calyx students learn about how they impact their environment with their actions and words.
The 347-Acre Classroom in South Whidbey State Park