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Four Winds at Jericho Elementary


Four Winds

Four Winds is an environmental education program designed for elementary aged children and taught by parents and other community volunteers.  The program is an offshoot of the ELF Program, which was developed by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), and enriches the JES science curriculum.

The Four Winds program teaches students through entertaining puppet shows, fun hands-on activities, and outside exploration.  We utilize the school grounds to discover wonderful happenings right in our own back yards.

Four Winds encompasses five ecological concepts:  Habitats, Cycles, Adaptations, Designs of Nature, and Earth & Environment.   We focus on one concept each year as a school-wide theme, so that in the five years your child is at JES, they will have explored each concept.  This year's theme is Earth and the Environment

Children love Four Winds because the activities are playful and fun.  Volunteers enjoy Four Winds because it gives them a meaningful role to play in their school and with their children, while enriching their knowledge of the environment.  Schools value Four Winds because students learn hands-on natural science in direct support of education standards. 

Four Winds at JES is made possible thanks to funding from Partners in Education (PIE), enthusiastic support from teachers, and the tremendous involvement of our parent/community volunteers. 

 

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Earth and the Environment - Exploring our Physical World
To develop a sense of place we need an understanding of the Earth itself – the ground beneath our feet, the air we breathe, the water that fills our lakes, streams and oceans, and the other living things that share our planet. Throughout the year, we will study the physical environment that supports life on Earth and the forces that shape the ever-changing landscape in which we live. We’ll look at the Earth’s geosphere when we study rocks and erosion, at the atmosphere when we learn about the blanket of air that surrounds us, and at the hydrosphere when we learn about the water cycle, winds, clouds and weather. Throughout, we’ll consider the biosphere, the living things in our world, and explore the interactions between the living and non-living components of the world around us. Students will also practice important skills including: listening actively, asking questions, making and recording observations, and communicating findings.


How You Can Help

Four Winds absolutely depends on parent and community volunteers to ensure its continued success. You can help by:
- Volunteering in your child's classroom, sharing materials & activities.
- Coordinating the program in your child's classroom / grade level.
- Filming training sessions.
- Preparing materials needed for monthly trainings.
- Putting together newletters, bulletin board displays, etc.
All help is welcome and appreciated. Participation can require only a small time commitment and it is a great way to be involved! Please contact one of the Four Winds Coordinators:
Janice Shade - janiceshade@gmail.com
Eliza Kramer - eliza@reks.org
Amy Levi - amyklevi@gmail.com

Four Winds Trainings
Four Winds trainings are held to review the lessons, activities, and materials for each monthly topic. Trainings will be video taped and made available to those who can't make the training in person. A brief orientation for new parents will be held at the first training--Monday October 13, 2014 at 8:00am in the art room. Check out the training schedule in the files below, and we hope to see you there!
Four Winds Board Members
+ Bianca, Wendy
+ Burkins, Derek
+ Combs, Katina
+ Gale, Paul
+ Graber, Kristen
+ Klein, Kristi
+ Kramer, Eliza
+ Levi, Amy
+ Limoge, Regina
+ Sears, Lupe
+ Shade, Janice
+ St. Amour, Carrie
+ Vasserstein, Anna
Click on name to see details.

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