Perspectives After School (PAS) is a weekly enrichment program for elementary students at the Vinalhaven School. It offers a wide range of experiential learning activities that are hands-on, creative, and fun.
Perspectives serves three age groups, grades K to 1, grades 1-2, and grades 3 to 5, that each meet one afternoon a week for 31 weeks during the school year.
Offering a balance of place-based learning activities in fields such as nature and the environment, creating with the arts, healthy living, community service, technology, and problem solving, Perspectives enables children to try new things, build new skills, and meet new people, all while having fun.
Sponsored through a partnership between Vinalhaven Land Trust (VLT) and Partners in Island Education (PIE), Perspectives is run by a team of educators who collaborate to design activities and recruit community volunteers to share their own interests and expertise. The Vinalhaven School enthusiastically supports Perspectives, providing it with a home base at the school.
In past sessions, students have studied the winter sky, learned about ice, tracked animals through the snow, made sushi and learned about the science of bread making, practiced yoga, deconstructed household machines, bound their own books, learned about composting, and sorted redeemable bottles and cans to raise money for Vinalhaven Eldercare Services. Perspectives will continue to offer such diverse and constructive activities throughout the school year.
VLT is excited to help bring these opportunities to our school children, opportunities that help them broaden their perspectives and gain an appreciation for their community—the land, the wild creatures, the people—and their place within it.
With snow on the ground, students got outside and planted garlic. Sometimes fall planting in Vinalhaven requires a little layering!
Some indoor activities on those stormy, windy days. Leaf rubbing art and rubber band bracelets.
They mixed shaving cream and paint, to create a marble effect. It was super fun working with shaving cream, and they made some cool art!
Learning about yeast is fun, and yummy!
In honor of Thanksgiving, this art project had students thinking about what they are thankful for.
Gardening with Grades 3-5.
Crafts with leaves, shredding leaves to extract colors, and making lanterns from leaves!
What a great year for apples. Grades 3-5 picked apples and then cut them up for snacks. They loved learning to use a knife (plastic!)
Kirk G. took kids in Grades K-2 for a walk in the woods and found lots of critters: slugs, salamanders, and even a snake!
Kelly came in to help out with all kinds of fun games.
In December, PAS took a trip to the library, made solstice masks, learned some yoga poses with yoga instructor Danielle Poole, and made gifts for the birds.
In January, we had fun making puzzles, music teacher Mr. Trevaskis helped us make some noise, we had a science fair with science teacher Ms. Cohn, and Kirk G. brought in some cool animal bones and brought us into the woods to check out the animal tracks.
In February, we made heart-healthy valentines with Holly, we learned about getting balanced and made our own mandalas, and we took a field trip to the Conlan's for maple sugaring!
In March, we went on a fun treasure hunt and played some board games and cards. We had two weeks off for vacation, hopefully everyone had a relaxing time off from school!
In April, we will take a mindful walk at Kelwick Farm, plant sunflower seeds, and honor Earth Day by going to Lane's Island for a beach clean-up. Spring is finally here!
In May, we will be making baskets with Patti Burgess, visit residents at Eldercare and help out with some gardening, visit the library, and make a mural of our adventures during this past year.
Our last two weeks in June will be a couple of fun outdoor activities to close out the year. We will explore the woods with Kirk Gentalen, looking for signs of habitats, and early summer plants. Our annual fairy house build will be our last day of the year. A great way to send us into summer!