Earth Day and Sustainability at Trevose Day School
The beauty and bounty of nature knew no bounds at Trevose Day School this month as our young environmentalists put their hearts, minds and spirits into a dedicated celebration of Earth Day!
Sustainability is a vital part of our school culture, and all of our classrooms utilize creative approaches in the arts, sciences and technology to awaken our children’s natural curiosity. We believe that a strong connection with the natural world helps foster mindfulness of the communities and ecosystems we live in. Our recent addition of a flock of fabulous chickens is just one of many long-term initiatives that we’ve embarked on to raise responsible earth stewards.
The photo above offers a visual metaphor of how closely our students hold their love of nature. The second and third graders of Mrs. Buckley’s classroom crafted artful “Earth Day Necklaces” using soil, glue and paint. These delicate orbs weren’t just a chic fashion statement; they also provided musical inspiration as the students held them each morning and sang “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” while accompanied on guitar.
During lessons focused on recycling, the children wove mats out of old newspaper. The weavings not only diverted paper from the landfill — once laminated, they were transformed into wonderful mats for children to sit on in our outdoor classroom.
Once outside, Mrs. Buckley’s students focused on observing, recording and illustrating the ecosystems they “circled” with hula hoops placed on the ground.
In Mrs. Fulton’s class, students also explored the great outdoors by searching high and low for objects in an Earth Day-themed Scavenger Hunt. Natural treasures on their list included a winged insect and a bird’s nest. Once the hunt concluded, students gathered to take inventory of all that they discovered, classifying items into living and non-living things.
The fourth and fifth graders of Mrs. Worrall’s class tuned into their smart phones and used two augmented reality apps that enhanced their learning of nature! Leafsnap gave students the ability to identify playground trees by their leaves while Disney Nature superimposed wild animals of the world onto their classroom environment.
These apps, in addition to classroom tools such as Smart Boards and iPads, provide us cutting-edge ways to incorporate the vast libraries of technology into our lessons. Not ones to live solely in the virtual world, Mrs. Worrall’s growing gardeners also planted a variety of delicious vegetable seeds to be planted in the school garden this summer.
Our efforts in sustainability and environmentalism don’t end with Earth Day. We look forward to sharing news with you about our composting, butterfly and garden efforts very soon!