The Students Present Their Case. Save the Planet, Save the Elves, Save the Holidays

A Holiday Message from Santa's Elves | Video | Youth Power Indianat 9.25.54 AM

Jim Poyser, of Earth Charter Indiana, was our partner this semester for the Climate Change immersion at The Children’s House.  His latest project was a video he produced, in collaboration with the intrepid Math Roomers, who generated the idea for this chronicle, through conversations during our various workshops with Jim, regarding the safety of Santa in light of the melting icecaps.  Jim remained faithful to his work, and gave them the creative space to act out their ideas, fears, and concerns about what is happening on their planet.  This video is the end result.  Many thanks to Jim Poyser, and to the cameraman, Ryan McCracken.

For more information on what you can do to help, contact Youth Power Indiana or Earth Charter Indiana.

Holiday Wishlist: A Call for Hula Hoops.


The below open letter to the parent community of The Children’s House asks the parents to donate any hula hoops to the school for children to play with. At the Children’s House, we take these requests seriously as these types of activities can have a great benefit to a child’s learning and overall well being. We thank you for any donations you may have.

Dear Parents,

Can you please donate hula-hoops to The Children’s House? The kids want to play with hula- hoops. We will take care of them. They will not get broken. Please send hula-hoops for The Children’s House.

Thank you,
Lukas Newlin
Age: 6

(a student at The Children’s House)

For more information on how to donate any hula hoops you may have, contact us or call (317) 253-3033

The Children’s House Annual Meeting

Jim Puser talks to the students about  climate change

Families and friends of The Children’s House, please join us for our Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, November 25. We will be meeting at the Marian Library Auditorium, on the Marian University campus, 3200 Cold Springs Road. We will start at 6:30. Students will be performing musical pieces, and the Reading Room and others will be doing a theater presentation. We will have a special guest, Jim Poyser, executive director of Earth Charter Indiana, who will address the assembly to update you on our nine week Climate Change Focus, and highlight some of the work produced by our students during that time. We will also be attending to school business, nominating and voting for new members of our Board of Directors. We look forward to seeing you all there.

You can find out more information by checking out our Facebook event page

For more information, contact us or call (317) 253-3033

Learning About Nature and Our Impact on It.

“On Monday, students from the Math homeroom enjoyed a field trip to the White Pine Wilderness Academy, arranged by Jim Poyser, our Climate Change educator, and hosted by Matt Shull, director of the academy. Students had the opportunity to learn more about nature, animals tracks, and fire making. This field trip was part of Jim Poyser’s partnership with The Children’s House this fall, as students participate in educational enrichment concerning climate change. Mr. Poyser will join students at the school on Friday, November 14, for an edition of his well-known Climate Change Game Show!

Bird Day: A Children’s House Discovery of Our Winged Friends

Bird Day was an idea initiated by a student, who wanted all the students to go to Eagle Creek to look at birds.  So we made a plan and went!  We saw Great Blue Herons, Cormorants, Egrets, Blue Jays, Gulls, and many other birds.  We made it back before the rain.  Just one of our many delightful field trips this fall!

Earth Charter Indiana Partners with The Children’s House to Educate Our Students about Climate Change

Jim Poyser of Earth Charter Indiana talks to The Childrens House about climate change

The Children’s House students spend the first nine weeks every fall semester focused on an “immersion” topic.  We have studied Egyptian Culture, mapped the chronology of language, learned about architecture, and researched the evolution of transportation.  Students research, read books, build projects, make art, write papers, and go on field trips related to our topic.