Lincoln families have enjoyed participating in the Family Creative Learning Series, a partnership with Lincoln and WQED/PBS, that brings families back to school for some fun, hands-on learning projects.
Once a week for four weeks, 15 Lincoln students and their parents returned to school to enjoy a meal together, followed by STEAM activities that centered on a particular theme.
Previously, Lincoln families have learned how to code together using PBS’ Scratch Jr. Program and learned science principles with the PBS character Ruff Ruffman. This year Lincoln was going to be one of the first schools in the country to use the newest PBS program, but the curriculum wasn’t ready in time for the Spring Session.
Never fear! Lincoln First Grade Teacher Mrs. Douds and Librarian Mrs. Pazuchanics wouldn’t cancel the sessions. Instead, they developed their own curriculum centered around the Lincoln Community Garden, which provides fresh vegetables to the South Hills Interfaith Movement’s Food Pantry.
Students and parents were able to learn how gardens not only sustain communities, but they also help the environment. Some of the fun things attendees were able to work on included, developing their own salsa recipe, making a butterfly feeder, decorating pots for plants, creating worm composting bins, making wild seed dumplings and container gardens. Other activities included conducting a seed exchange, where every family got to take home a seed packet; and making smoothies out of things from the garden, using some expected and some unexpected ingredients!
PBS was so impressed with the curriculum developed by the Lincoln teachers, that they are considering adapting it for nation-wide roll-out.
The focus of the Family Creative Learning Series is to build community, learn together and focus on the students.
All Bethel Park elementary schools are offering a Family Creative Learning Series this school year. Please click here
to see some photos of the Spring Family Creative Learning Program.