Outdoor School - Grades 6-8

  • Monmouth County Middle School – Voyagers’ Outdoor School

     

    In Grades 6-8, are increasingly aware of their talents and interests and show a higher level of critical thinking. This is a time of personal, academic, and worldly discovery. These children begin to know themselves; confidence reaches new heights and they don’t forget how much there is to learn.

    Emergent, Nature-based Learning Environment

    Our Outdoor School, created to facilitate students’ learning and personal growth and development, is key to our success.

    By venturing outside, children are able to witness first-hand how the local environment is constantly changing and impacting their surroundings in significant ways.

    Using a scientific and hands-on approach, students learn how the human connection to nature has changed throughout history.

     

    For about 10 hours each week, the faculty and students enjoy:

    • nature walks
    • hikes
    • boating
    • fishing
    • orienteering and
    • environmental and history studies

    They study traditional content in Science, Global Studies, Math, and Literacy. The learning continues when they return from their outdoor lab to the classroom.

    Research shows that learning outside of the classroom, through skilled teaching and facilitation, provides a more direct and motivating experience. Outdoor learning becomes a stimulating source for active thinking and problem-solving, as well as cooperative interaction.

    Whether experimenting through sight, sound, smell or touch, learning in a natural environment allows students to gather data in real-time and capture real results. This enables them to respond to challenges and responsibilities in ways not possible in the classroom.

    By broadening horizons and stimulating new interests, students discover their potential. Inspiring students to cross traditional boundaries, and learn from personal experiences, is what our middle school classroom and our Outdoor School lab are all about.

    Connected Math

    Our Outdoor School math curriculum is built upon standards that define life readiness. The curriculum, Connected Math, is designed to be rigorous, innovative, and to challenge students to think critically and to effectively to solve problems.

    Foreign Language

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    French

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    Sign Language

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    Geometry

    This year-long class is designed to enable upper-level middle school students and high school students to learn the fundamentals of Geometry through a combination of hands-on activities, group discussions, and lectures. Students will build by proving a set of precepts that can then be relied on to prove more advanced concepts,

    Global Studies

    From the age of the American Empire, through the class struggle, and up to the war on terror, this class will begin where last year’s Human Nature class left off supported by A Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, as a general outline of American History.

    Literature

    Behind the science and utility of nature, there is poetry and creative prose. As we tune into our five senses, we will record our feelings and experiences in words. We will introduce shorter forms of writing, such as the novella, poem, and short story. Students will continue to write their own creative works, using naturalistic elements while considering each other’s work and the work of famous writers for inspiration.

    Environmental Science

    Students in this class will begin training to become natural navigators. Tristan Gooley’s work with natural navigation is a mix between ancient history, science, geography and environmental education. The Natural Navigator: The rediscovered art of letting nature be your guide, is a great jumping point for our new natural location.

    STEAM

    The purpose of this class is to allow students to study and understand the use of technology across several disciplines, specifically Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The focus of the class is to allow students to work in both small groups and individually to understand how technology is used in these disciplines both now and in the future.

    Electives

    Electronics

    Students enrolled in the Electronics class will spend the session designing and building either individual electronic projects or working on larger projects. They will learn soldering, basic electronics, and the use of Arduino based microcontrollers.

    Jewelry Making and Beading

    Practice the skills and techniques of jewelry-making. Students will use different materials to design and create their own jewelry pieces. Projects will range from simple to complex: from simple string beading, pendant making, rope braiding to the use of wire or leather.

    Cross Country

    The F. Bliss Price Arboretum is one of Eatontown’s hidden gems. In this class, we will use this natural resource and preserve to our advantage in multiple ways. We will get outside and enjoy immersing ourselves in nature while being active and building physical fitness.

    Essentials

    Eatontown High School Essential Classes
    Essentials classes offer skills and challenges

    Our Essentials Classes enables us to invite local professionals, parents, grandparents, community members, and even fellow students to teach or co-teach classes. We offer a wide variety of topics that reflect the interests of our students and offer skills and challenges that we feel are important.

    Areas of study have included arts, music, games and sports, creative writing, community service, gardening, technology, engineering and much more. 

    Community Service Club

    The Voyagers’ Community Service Club seeks to introduce students to the importance and the rewards of participating in community projects to help others and the environment

    Upcycled Clothing and Crafts

    Do you have a drawer full old t-shirts or jeans you’ve outgrown and would like to learn how to either freshen them up or turn them into something completely different?

    Disc Golf

    Disc Golf is a sport that is very similar to regular golf with a twist. Rather than hitting a ball with a club into a hole, players in disc golf see how many throws it takes to make a frisbee disc land in a target.

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