Friday, November 9, 2018

After School Goes Trick-or-Treating By Maudie James

It’s a Lake and Park annual tradition to head out trick-or-treating with the after school students on Halloween evening.
The excitement is felt by students and teachers alike, as the school day comes to a close.
Excited trick-or-treaters exploring the neighborhood.
This outing is a chance to get to know our neighbors a little better each year. As we navigate our way
through the streets ringing doorbells, we enjoy each other’s company.
One stop on our journey is a house that the children have deemed “legendary.”
This house is a favorite because of the carefully arranged decorations that fascinate
the children at every turn as they go up the stairs to receive a king sized bar of candy.

The older children lead the group and are not discouraged if no one answers the door.
They often start a chorus of one of our favorite Halloween songs “Hey Ho, Nobody's Home”
and head to the next stop. You will find the lyrics below.  

Hey, ho, nobody’s home
Meat nor drink nor money have I none
Still I will be merry,
Very merry

Hey, ho, nobody’s home
Meat nor drink nor money have I none
Still I will be merry,
Very merry

Older students help younger children navigate the paths.

I am already looking forward to next year!

Monday, November 5, 2018

The City is Our Classroom by Quynh

At Lake and Park we want to get out and be out in the community.  How do you (the class) get around if you don’t have your own vehicles? is often a question I get from curious folks.  The answer sometimes surprises-- we walk and/or use public transportation.

Buddies waiting at the for the Light Rail.

Our Mount Baker neighborhood provides many places for us to travel on foot. You will find us at
local parks (we so most days), in the nearby meadow, our garden at Colman P-Patch, or on
the shores of Lake Washington. We are named Lake and Park for this very reason.

Children at Lake and Park learn early on how to navigate mass transit. We build up to it-- children in
the Beginning Room travel with the more experienced commuters in the North Room. A “buddy
system”  helps the younger children get to the bus stop and to get on and off the busses. It also
strengthens interpersonal connections across the grades. Earlier this year, we rode the Link Light
Rail from the Mount Baker Light Rail Station to Pioneer Square and hopped on a ferry to head over
the Bainbridge Island.

En route, we meet people wondering and asking about our whereabouts.  Children are used to this
query and excitedly respond with not only our destination but how it connects to our current unit of

Rose and Vivian sketching the Seattle skyline from the Bainbridge ferry.

Buddies keeping eachother company while sketching the Seattle skyline. 

Often we take the King County Metro busses. Taking the bus is not always perfect and reminds
me that bus ridership has many built in lessons.  On a recent trip to Smith Tower, we missed
the #14 bus near Pioneer Square. Rather than wait for the next #14 to come in 20 minutes, we
made the decision to take a different bus, the #7.  Teachers knew that the route would be different
and involved a bit more walking, but it would get us to our destination in a more timely manner.
Whilst traveling down Rainier, one of the wires got caught around the pole, disabling the bus.
Coincidentally, another #7 was right behind us and we transferred over. It’s times like this that I
am reminded that as a bus rider, you must be a planner, you must have patience, and you must
be flexible.
Big Room children playing a game while riding the Light Rail. 

When it is not possible to take the bus or Light Rail, we ask parents to drop off or pick up at a
specific location--often, families arrange a carpool!  We are so thankful for the flexibility of Lake
and Park families, in this way, children experience for themselves that there are many ways to get

Buddies posing in historic Pioneer Square during the Seattle history unit.