Garden Hills EarlyAct is a school-wide service club for elementary students, sponsored by the Champaign local Rotary Club. Students at Garden Hills in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades are encouraged to participate. EarlyAct provides young students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, students are encouraged to be caring and helpful. Their minds are open to recognize the dignity and worth of each individual which builds respect of others. EarlyAct engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit the school, local and global communities.
Students in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade will build exciting new friendships as they learn to set goals, build up their self-esteem, encourage a growth mindset, learn to take part in and lead conflict resolution initiatives to support them as they become college and career ready. As participants they will have opportunities to team build, enjoy guest speakers, take part in community service projects, engage in field trips, and more.
Students in 4th and 5th grade will be able to engage with a beginner level sewing club and no sewing experience is required. We will teach students to use a needle, stitch a line, and sew on buttons by hand. We will also learn how to use a sewing machine and make a pillow! In this technology integrated club, we will also be using conductive thread to sew a circuit from a switch to a lightbulb.
Students are elected by their classmates to represent their class through a variety of leadership based school tasks. Some of the tasks are giving school tours to incoming families and community stakeholders as well as leading community engagement events such as family night. They meet twice a month and are dedicated to serving the school of Garden Hills Academy.
STEM Young Explorers
Students in 1st and 2nd grade will engage in fun, innovative opportunities to experience STEM with a larger focus on the engineering component. Students will be working with Rokblocks, iPad Osmos, small robotic kits, Lego Kits, experience coding, and will do a variety of design challenges. They will engage in several problem-based learning projects throughout the course this year.
Students in 3rd-5th grades will engage in a 5-7 week module co-facilitated by Orpheum Children’s museum staff to learn to build and code using Nintendo Labo on the Nintendo Switch. We will also engage in innovative opportunities to experience STEM with a larger focus on the engineering component. Students will be working with lego kits and robotics, spheros, and dash robots as we learn to build, code, and interact with problem based projects during the course of the year.
Tone Chime Ensemble
Students will learn tone chime playing skills and will later perform their skills to show-off what they have learned. Students will practice after school to perfect their skills and be ready to tackle music from across the world and the ages as a team/ensemble.
Students are working to develop a show choir that will be ready and able to accomplish a variety of performances as the year continues. This may include a play or smaller version as a culminating event for students to showcase their skills in singing, dancing, and performing.