Monday, February 11, 2019

Bird Dream House Designs

If you were a bird, wouldn't you want to live in a Bird Dream House? That was the question Miss Angela, our art specialist, posed as we were studying birds.

Here's a sneak peak into the life of our Seabury classroom. We had just finished making our Bird Dream Houses and were very proud to show each other our creative designs! Click video below or here

To see and hear about more videos of our creativity, click here and here.

A bird dream house with lots of beds in the bedroom

Of course, a Bird Dream House must have a garden on the roof 
and swings on the sides.

This one has a lot of perches.

Our MakerSpace has a large variety of materials 
to incorporate into our designs.

For birds only!
Notice the blaster on top to blast predators. 

Lots of tapestries and cozy rugs 
for the owners of this dream house.

Integrating art into our science curriculum enables our students to experience and play with our topics (in this case birds) from a different angle. Much fun and learning were had by all!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Tacoma's Treasure Hunt: Monkeyshining

Can you find the pig?

For the second year, Seabury School participated 
in Tacoma's city wide treasure hunt, Monkeyshines. 
Local artisans (and Seabury students!) 
produced and hid various glass art pieces 
and other trinkets around the city. 

It was a great opportunity for the students to discover 
the joy of giving and, for a few, receiving

The yearly event coincides with the Chinese Lunar New Year. 
This year was the year of the pig.

We spent our All School (PreK-8) Gathering making pigs.

Ms Monkey's workshop

Golf ball pigs

Each so unique 

Perler bead pigs and painted rocks


Each student has something to hide.

A perfect place to hide and seek, Browns Point Light House Park

 Here's a good spot.

A beautiful place to find treasures and only 5 minutes from school

Bright sun, brilliant blue skies, smooth water, diving birds, 
majestic Olympic Mountains, slight breeze, a few pockets of leftover snow - a perfect day to go treasure hunting!

Found! Beautiful glittery painted rocks!

Fun with friends

Local history - the 100+ year old cottage

Even if we didn't find our own treasure to keep, 
the day was a success. 
We experienced the old adage, 
"It is better to give than to receive."

To find out more about "Why Monkeyshines Tacoma is Awesome", click here

Maybe next year we'll find one of these, 
an official Monkeyshine glass globe!

We'll be back to try!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Our New Friend from China

For the month of January, the Navigators hosted a foreign exchange student from China. 

Who gets to do that!? The kids at Seabury School do!

Meet Emily!

It was a wonderful opportunity to gain a new friend and to learn from each other. 

The kids say it best in these friendly letters:

再見,艾米莉和你的小妹妹艾瑪。 我們希望你能在明年回來。
Goodbye, Emily, and your little sister, Emma. We hope you come back next year! (Thanks to Google Translate.)

Monday, February 4, 2019

School on Saturday? Yes, Because SEABURY ROCKS!

Does your child learn something NEW in school every day?
That is the question we often ask at Seabury School.

On February 2, the Seabury teachers hosted an action-packed 
Super Saturday morning  for kids from all over the community. 
They got a good feel for what it's like to be a Seabury Student!

Before we even started, the kids had their noses in rock, gem, and mineral books. 

Many of the kids already had a passion for rocks. 

We started the day with a rock sort.

Groups sorted rocks according 
to color, size, "veins", texture, type, etc. 
Each group had a different way of sorting 
and discovered that there are a lot of different rocks!

One group even made a mountain of rocks. 

They asked a lot of good questions.

We then had an inquiry based rock investigation. 
"How can you know what type of rock this is?"

Is it magnetic?

Does it float?

Can you scratch it with a knife? 
(using the Mohs Hardness Scale)

Does it have crystals?
What shape are the crystals?

Sometimes the process of elimination works. 

Checking out the scratch test and thinking!

Gathering together to share ideas.

Each student went home with a geode, a baggie of interesting rocks, and a further knowledge and passion for rocks. 

A solid rock time was had by all. 


Be sure to check out our 
Summer at Seabury
and Seabury Squared activities
at our website,

Plus come to our free gifted education seminar:

Annual Seabury Gifted Education Seminar

February 28, 2019 7:00 PM

Renowned expert on giftedness, Linda Kreger Silverman, PhD, will speak at the Annual Seabury Gifted Education Seminar on "The Unique Inner Lives of Gifted Children." 
"Intricate thought processes and complex emotions are held in delicate balance in the gifted individual. Idealism, self-doubt, perceptiveness, excruciating sensitivity, moral imperatives, desperate needs for understanding, acceptance, love – all impinge simultaneously. Gifted children develop more asynchronously than others, and often feel unable to relate to age-mates. When they are forced into a mold that doesn’t fit, they begin to experience their differences as deficits. All who interact with them must understand their unique characteristics.  Then they can learn to appreciate themselves and develop their own unique paths. We will explore the emotional needs and social realities of gifted children and discuss ways to nurture their full development."                     – Linda Silverman
Dr. Silverman founded and directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development, and its subsidiaries, Gifted Development Center (GDC) and Visual-Spatial Resource in Denver. For nine years, she served on the faculty of the University of Denver in counseling psychology and gifted education. She has been studying the psychology and education of the gifted since 1961 and has written more than 300 articles, chapters and books. The time of her talk will be 7 p.m. at the University of Washington Tacoma, Carwein Auditorium. FREE!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Oil Spill: First Graders Save Plants and Animals "for the Greater Good!"

The Seabury Navigators literally had an oily, hands-on, authentic learning experience as we re-enacted the book, Prince William, with a tub of water, a pristine environment, an oil tanker, crude oil,  Dawn dish-washing soap, and lots of compassion and passion.

The book is about the recovery of the Prince William Sound oil spill and the rescue of its namesake, a one day old baby seal.

See our reactions in the above video, 

First of all, we made pristine environments using tubs of clean water and items from the MakerSpace.

We included many plants and animals in our ecosystems.
Notice the sting ray, the floating nest of eagle eggs, 
and the rocks on the bottom of  Prince William Sound.  
Our ecosystems were thriving until one day... oil tanker hit the rocks at the bottom of the sound 
and its hull was torn open.
Eleven million gallons of crude oil 
began spilling into the sound. 
(We used a mix of vegetable oil and cocoa powder.)

Immediately, we tried to contain the spill with a boom 
but it was spreading too fast!

So we moved into rescue mode. 
We used our "blankets" to try to clean our animals.

This stellar jay looked awful!

It was a race against time.
Our hearts swelled with compassion.

We rescued all the animals we could 
and then tried to get rid of the oil in the water. 
Trying to scoop it out seemed impossible. 

We wondered if there could be other solutions.
We watched as a squirt of Dawn dish-washing soap 
caused all the oil to spread to the edges of the tub.
Could this help clean up an oil spill?

Using warm water and Dawn, 
we set to work cleaning our animals.
Could they be saved?

We washed all the rocks.

We carefully washed the "coral".

We tried really hard to save the stellar jay. 

We looked at the birds' feathers up close. 

We remembered that barbs and barbules 
are essential for flight and for insulation.

We looked to see if the barbs and barbules zip up.

When we were all done cleaning our oil spill, 
we cleaned our desks. 
We discovered that even with all of our washing, 
there were still remnants of oil. 
How long would it take for it all to go away?

And we couldn't quite get our stellar jay back to its original state. 

In this inquiry based, hands-on, authentic experience, the Navigators not only gained knowledge of animals and plants in an ecosystem, they discovered the heart behind conservation.

As one student so eloquently exclaimed, let's do this 

"for the greater good!"

For more information and inspiration, watch the following videos.
The Navigators loved them, and so will you.

Bird Dream House Designs

If you were a bird, wouldn't you want to live in a Bird Dream House? That was the question Miss Angela, our art specialist, posed as we ...