Our Programs
Our programs contain scaffolded concepts that build upon each other within learning blocks. We work with each school to build a science framework for children within the culture of your school.  Classes are typically between 30 minutes for our youngest children up to 45-60 minutes.

 Science for Nursery to Grade 3

Our program integrates scaffolded units covering a wide range of science/art  concepts.

Afterschool Program: Our afterschool program offers three approaches:

  1.  Our base program of scaffolded science learning blocks.

  2. Our  maker program integrating nature studies, engineering and play with long term projects.

  3.  Pure art programs.

  • Camp Program: KidSCOUTS 

  • Our program pushes in to your camp to create a Maker space with process oriented projects integrating nature, engineering and art. 

 

 

 



Scaffolded Learning Blocks: 

 

  • Fall Findings

  • Signs of Spring

  • Geology to Outer Space

  • Human body and Evolution of Life on Earth

  • Inventions

 

 

Fall Findings: Students create leaf and seed guides, act out the life cycle of  a tree, delineate between trees in age appropriate play/learning, and practice  classifying.  They begin to familiarize themselves with the local woodland animals and birds and their connection to seasonal changes through play, investigation of natural materials, and model and diagram making. In conclusion students are introduced to weather and meteorology through dramatic play, puppetry, diagram making,  basic chemistry and exploration of meteorology equipment.  The arcing concept is for students to begin to understand their place in the macrocosm through examination of the microcosm. 

 

  1. Local leaves

  2. Tree seeds

  3. Woodland animals

  4. Animal signs 

  5. Birds and migrating

  6. Weather/Water cycle

  7. Wild weather

  8. Snow

 

 

 

Signs of Spring: WonderHUT encourages all grades to loop Fall Findings with Signs of Spring each year. In this way students build on previous discoveries to develop a deep sense of wonder for the cycles of nature and their place within it....There is always something new to understand! Students examine insects and other small creatures, seeing the importance of composters, and connecting their work with fall and spring cycles. Students see the work of flowers and remember the tree seeds they examined in the fall. Examination reminds them of the beginning of life through eggs, which in turn reminds them of the migrations they studied in the fall. Students begin to see their place within the cycles of our world. 

 

  1. Eggs

  2. Seed dissection and planting 

  3. Flower dissection and planting

  4. Worms and composting 

  5. Insects 

  6. Bees and other pollinators

  7. Insects and their friends

 

 

 

Geology to Outer Space: Students practice sorting and classifying while developing vocabulary for describing and examining geological specimens. They begin to understand the job of geologists while examining and handling 500 million year old  fossils and creating their own fossil models. Students learn  about dinosaur adaptations and use kitchen chemistry to erupt volcano models. They create diagrams and work from them to build  models, practicing science method through chemistry experiments. In conclusion they leave the earth to explore ideas about outer space, history and our solar system.  

 

  1. Rocks

  2. Fossils

  3. Dinosaurs and fossils

  4. Volcanoes

  5. Earth models 

  6. Land structures and mapping

  7. Kitchen chemistry 

  8. Outer space

  9. The space race

  10. Our solar system 

 

 

 

The Human Body and Evolution of Life on EarthThis complex subject is made comprehensible for young children  through storytelling. Young scientists first learn about the human body and the systems in their own bodies. Following this, instructors tell the story of life on earth in an organic way, asking questions such as why did fish grow legs and climb onto land? By teaching this way, classification becomes clear and the purpose of evolutionary changes becomes apparent. Through this animal study unit, students compare their own bodies to animals as they classify, model, diagram, and examine scientific artifacts to develop respect for the diversity of animal life on our planet. 

 

  1. Human body 1

  2. Human body 2

  3. Senses 1

  4. Senses 2

  5. Teeth

  6. Invertebrates then and now

  7. Cambrian sea creatures

  8. Seashore invertebrates

  9. Insects and exoskeletons

  10. Small land invertebrates

  11. Fish evolution 1

  12. Fish evolution 2

  13. Amphibians then and now

  14. Reptiles then and now

  15. Dinosaur adaptations

  16. Birds then and now

  17. Local birds

  18. Mammals 1

  19. Mammals 2

 

 

 

Inventions: Students begin with the first inventions, learning about the Lascaux Cave and the inventions of the cave people. They continue on, traveling around the world in their imagination, building an understanding of  how our world changed from a natural environment to an the modern world with every fathomable invention. In this way they begin to understand how inventions inform our way of life.  Students learn about design and engineering using a variety of materials. They develop autonomy and resiliency through emotional work around problem solving and innovation. 

 

 

  1. Cave people and the first tools/Lascaux, France

  2. Lenape inventions/New York then and now

  3. The wheel/Egypt 

  4. Wheel 2

  5. Chemistry

  6. The invention of writing

  7. Simple machines/life sized 

  8. Invention of houses/castles

  9. Ancient Rome/Medieval times/simple machines

  10. Invention of metal/Iran, Iraq, Fertile Crescent

  11. Medieval celebration

  12. Magnets

  13. Static electricity

  14. Current electricity 1

  15. Current electricity 2

  16. Flights and kites 1

  17. Flights and kites 2

  18. Floats and boats 1/carpentry

  19. Floats and boats 2

 

 

 

 

Our afterschool science maker program is a Reggio inspired program. It is child centered in a way that allows our instructor to work with children on long term projects to develop new discourse each semester. 

 

The program is maker-heavy, emphasizing hands-on, project based learning. As naturalists, we also deeply explore variations. Following are examples of past projects:

 

  • Rube Goldberg machines

  • Caines Arcade and cardboard arcade game building

  • Brushbots and swarming

  • Fossils, geology and prehistoric creatures

  • Spooky science house and simple machines 

  • Egg carton gardening

  • Survivor: how to survivive in the wild/ animal signs etc.

  • Strawbees and simple machines/strawbees and Buckminster Fuller

  • Working human body model

  • Electricity: switches and motors/robots/ spy machines etc.

  • Chemistry and the glow brother

Our art program includes a variety of art learning throughout the semester including:

  • Projects based on art history and other artists' work we learn about.

  • Art styles and art vocabulary we learn about.

  • Traditional skill level art.

  • World art.

  • Processes and material exploration.

Our summer Camp program brings you KidSCOUTS. We focus on experimentation, creation, and learning new skills and processes to enhance nature awareness. For an extra fee we will order hats and provide badges to mark the skills children master.  

 

Nature Awareness:

  • ​Bird skills

  • Bug skills

  • Compost and worms

  • Survivor skills: how to survive in the wild

  • Animals signs

  • Flower skills

  • Tree skills

  • Planting and seeds

  • Seed picnic

  • Seashore finds

  • Egg carton gardening

 

Maker Space:

 

  • Carpentry/boats and floats

  • Make it fly/flights and kites

  • Rockets: Alka seltzer, stomp

  • Contemporary art show: Calder, Pollock, Goldsworthy, Bourgois, Lichtenstein, Basquiat, Warhol.

  • Traditional World Art: Egyptian hieroglyphics/African power figures/Pacific northwest totems, etc. 

  • Rube Goldberg machines

  • Caines arcade: Making a cardboard arcade

  • Chemistry and the glow brothers

  • Electricity: motors, switches, robots, spy machines

  • Brushbots 

  • Spy games

 

Turn of the Century

 

  • Soap making

  • Leather work

  • Metal stamping

  • Candle making

  • Herbs and spices and perfume making.