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Category: Primary Years Programme

First-Graders Explore Different Habitats At Blue Heron Lake

With clipboards and pencils in hand, students across first-grade adventured around Blue Heron Lake, letting their inquiring minds lead the way as they searched for habitats near the water.  While one first-grader stood on her tiptoes to observe the spiderweb she spotted in a tree, another got down on his hands and knees to watch the ant colony moving through a sand mound. As each student came across a different environment, they moved toward it carefully to... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, October 22, 2020

Second-Grade PYP Unit Heads to Blue Heron Lake

For their first Primary Years Programme (PYP) Unit of Inquiry, Choices, students learn how their decisions impact each other, different resources and the environment. As a culmination, second-graders spent the afternoon at Blue Heron Lake rotating between canoeing, enjoying healthy popsicle treats, and shooting off energy rockets while wearing masks and remaining socially distant. "Second-graders have worked hard on the understanding that the choices humans make impact the... Read More
at Tuesday, October 6, 2020

PYP Unit Encourages Pre-Kindergartners To Learn Through Play

We love beautiful days on campus! Especially when it inspires out littlest Lynx to venture beyond their classroom walls for an afternoon on the lawn learning through play. To encourage the physical play week of their current unit, How We Express Ourselves, Pre-Kindergarten students in Ms. Boyd's class challenged themselves to an outdoor obstacle course. The unit's central idea supports play as a tool for expanding our ability to think, create and express ourselves. Today's... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Students Celebrate Becoming Stronger Readers

In honor of first grade wrapping up one of their most recent PYP units of inquiry , the students held a Reader's Celebration. First-graders have been practicing good reading habits and learning strategies to help them work through hard words as a part of their Reader's Workshop curriculum. "We loved having a Reader's Celebration to give them recognition for all the hard work to become stronger readers," said first-grade teacher Christina Mewborn.    ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, September 24, 2020

Second-Graders Explore Solar Energy Through PYP Unit

Recently, Ms. Fessler's second-grade class took advantage of a sunny day on campus and headed outside to explore solar energy and the benefits it can have on the environment.  Students learned how to connect cables to the positive and negative terminals on a hand-held solar panel to generate electricity. The second-graders used their device to watch a wind turbine spin, listen to a music box play and see a lightbulb light up.  "It was such an awesome learning moment... Read More
at Wednesday, September 23, 2020

First-Graders Explore Their Campus Community For PYP Unit

As a part of their  Primary Years Programme  unit, Who We Are, "Many Faces, Many Places," our first-graders explored their school community this week.  Their journey began with visitors, including Nurse Jo, Officer Walsh, and learning specialist Dr. Sailors, stopping by the first-grade classrooms throughout the week to explain how they help the community, followed by a campus tour with Headmaster McCathie to learn about Lausanne's history.  The... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, September 11, 2020

Lower Schoolers Explore Different Holidays Around The World

The Lower School Hallway buzzed with excitement as students lined up outside different classrooms. The first and second-graders were eagerly waiting for their turn to have their hand-made passport stamped by the teachers at each door so they could explore the country being represented inside the classroom. The students were participating in the yearly tradition of  Holidays Around the World , in which first and second-graders learn about different national and international... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Second-graders Learn About Different Traditions Around The World

As a part of their current unit of inquiry, students in second grade have been learning about traditions and relationships and how they contribute to shaping our identity.  To help make a connection between the curriculum and the world around them, two guest speakers stopped by this afternoon to share some of the traditions in their homes with our second-graders.  One of the visitors spoke about St. Barbara's Day and the grains her family cooks with as a part of her... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Fourth-Graders Learn About Immigration From Lausanne Family Members

Lausanne Fourth-graders are currently learning about the causes and effects of immigration as a part of their PYP unit of inquiry. To help gain a better understanding of the topic, Lausanne families were invited to share their immigration experiences.  In the library, students attentively listened while family members spoke about the different paths they took or their ancestors took to arrive in the United States.  As students listened to the visitors talk about their different... Read More
at Thursday, November 14, 2019

Students And Families Gather In EPAC For Fourth Grade Exhibition

A group of parents read over the colorful presentation displayed in front of them as students discussed the ways to stop food waste. As a part of the fourth grade exhibition, Lausanne families and Lower School students had the opportunity to walk around to different exhibits in EPAC to listen as the Class of 2027 discussed earth’s resources and how our actions can impact other living things for their Primary Years Programme (PYP) unit Sharing the Planet. In the final year of the... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Science Teacher Creates Joyful And Challenging Learning For Students

Cheers and laughter erupted from a group of fourth-graders, as they watched their science lab creation. “It’s working,” exclaimed a student as she high-fived a member on her team.    Dr. Frassinelli, the Lower School science teacher, loves creating an educational experience for students filled with unique labs and experiments that challenge students to become inquirers who use their critical thinking skills while having fun and enjoying what they are learning.... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, April 18, 2019

SK Takes Trip To Memphis Botanic Garden

Senior Kindergarten (SK) took a trip to the Memphis Botanic Garden to explore, hike and learn about sharing the planet. The field trip went along with the Primary Years Programme (PYP) unit, Sharing the Planet, the students are currently working on.  "The central idea of the unit is living and nonliving things go through change," senior kindergarten teacher Cristy Buziak said. "Students learn that animals can be classified into groups, living things have wants and... Read More
at Friday, April 12, 2019

First Graders Study Habitats On Blue Heron Lake

As part of their Primary Years Programme (PYP) unit, first graders took a walk to Blue Heron Lake on Monday to observe habitats around the water. "We used an observation sheet to draw things we noticed,"first-grade teacher Tabatha Whittaker said. "Then we looked for natural versus human-made objects." While doing their observations, students noticed that along the right side of the lake there are homes and along the left side there were trees and woods. As they... Read More
at Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Lausanne Second Graders Learn How to Make Energy Induction Motors

Lausanne second graders surveyed Dr. Frassinelli's every move as he showcased a copper coil spinning on a class-made electric induction motor. A light connected to the end of the contraption blinked steadily.    “Now it’s your turn,” Lower School Science Teacher Dr. Frassinelli expressed, and the students quickly grabbed the equipment needed to create their own spinning coil. The young scientists departed to different areas of the room and carefully... Read More
Posted by Drew Smith at Tuesday, October 9, 2018