Life at Valley

Dispatches From the Playground

This week during recess something spectacular happened! The first graders found long boards and combined them with the swings to create thrilling, dynamic seesaws. Watching them experiment with how to make these new toys work was a treat. Great questions spilled out of the first grade tinkerers: Where should we balance the board? Where should we each stand to make this work? Can we add different numbers of people to each side? Can we swing and seesaw at the same time?
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Curriculum Corner - Science Lab

In the science lab, Valley scientists are encouraged to practice curiosity and ask questions. Students learn that science is all about asking questions and then designing experiments and conducting research to answer those questions.
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The Terrific Colorific Experiment

Our science lab is bustling with the excitement of a new year! Students are exploring the lab and making it their own by adding to our list of field notes (animals and plants that Valley students observe in the wild) and putting questions on our “I wonder…” wall.
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Curriculum Corner: BRAIN LAB

Valley School 4th Graders Dissect Sheep Brains
Stinky. Awesome. Scientist. Wow. Fun. Maybe. Smelly. Slimy. Smooth. Weird. Surprising.
These are some of the words our fourth graders used to describe their hands-on science lab this week after they dissected sheep brains in the lab with Katie-Rose and Erica.
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By early October, I know each of the children at my school. As Head of The Valley School in Madison Valley, I get to greet our students by name each morning at the gate and ask questions that let them know I care about them.
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“Happy soul; begin and end your day with music.” 
― Lailah Gifty Akita

Music Matters. It ignites all areas of child development.
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Have you witnessed the smiles on the faces of Valley students as they wander, play, and imagine on the lower school playground? Money raised through the November 2016 Fund-A-Need at our FUNdraiser allowed us to make some exciting improvements to the playground, and we are not done yet!
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