Healthy classrooms are integral to the St. Peter’s educational experience. Our space is ample, organized, and comfortable; we use amazing technology like Promethean smartboards and tablets in our daily instruction; and, of course, we employ passionate, dedicated, world-class teachers.
However, classrooms are most effective in context. When students encounter a range of learning experiences in a multitude of environments, their use the calmer structure of the classroom environment to reflect on other experiences and, importantly, to imagine new and exciting things to explore. To provide this healthy context for our excellent classrooms, we developed WonderQuest.
Fully integrated with our curriculum, WonderQuest gives students chances to explore core subject matter outside the classroom. As with all St. Peter’s programs, we tailor methods according to the collective personalities of each class, but staples of WQ include:
- Tucker’s Tipi, a 25ft tall, 22ft diameter outdoor learning environment where students explore history and culture in context of primitive Native American living;
- The Wonder Garden, where students study biology and natural sciences while growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and plants;
- Trailwise, where students explore Native American culture through collaborative outdoor activities.
- The STORM Lab, where Science, Technology, Organics (garden), Related Arts, and Mathematics come together providing children opportunities enhancing their skills in problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, decision making, leadership, entrepreneurship, and acceptance of failure.