HOUSTON — Hardin-Houston Elementary School students are reaching for the sky with an Earthlab program.
This program gives after-school instruction to kindergaten through second-grade students on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the third- and fourth-graders participate in the program.
The program focus has been on creating fun and unique ways to have the Earthlab students be actively engaged in reading, writing, math and science. Instructors have incorporated physical activity, art, current reading topics, outdoor adventures, problem solving applications and computer programs to keep the students engaged in learning about the subjects.
At this time, 60 students involved in this program. Each student receives a snack after school and bussing is provided for those that had requested it.
On Dec. 18-19, family nights were held for the Earthlab participants and their parents. At first it started off with just the students being lead in making a snack that involved a physical change. The students enjoyed making and eating the “dirt” snack. When the parents arrived at 4 p.m., the students were excited to share their knowledge with their parents. The students took an active role in exploring the world of bird beaks and how each beak is different and how they are alike. As the event came to an end each Earthlab participant was given a special gift.