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.

Meet the Teachers

An axolotls that the seniors picked out today for their class pet
This Thursday, September 25, is Meet the Teachers Night. From 5:30 to 7 pm you can drop in and meet the teachers, and other parents in our community. It’s a great opportunity to ask the questions you want to ask, and meet everyone you don’t already know. We will serve light snacks. Come and bring your family.

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

Conceptually closing the summer gap

At The Children’s House, we emphasize mastery of concepts and information. We don’t pour information into students with a pressure hose and expect it to be expeditiously and permanently regurgitated. We aim to plant concepts in students; we encourage students to value them inherently and nurture them accordingly.

Recently, I reviewed the major bones of the human skeleton with one of my six-year-old students. Her initial hesitation yielded to joy (and a little dance) as she discovered that she was still able to identify them all with remarkable accuracy. Crucial to this student’s successful retention was the fact that she felt a sense of ownership of the material going into the summer. When this student mastered the human skeleton last spring, her profound sense of accomplishment resided exclusively within herself.

Students develop a sense of ownership, and understand that ideas and information are valuable and meaningful only insofar as those ideas and information exist and live in the students themselves. In a learning environment such as The Children’s House, things learned in the past are always ready to be recalled, to blossom again, and to spread out into new ideas.