Literary Pumpkins are a time honored tradition here at Taylor School. With a partner, the 3-4 students each designed and decorated a pumpkin to mimic a favorite character from a book that the students buddy read together.

To conclude the 7-8 study of the Progressive Era, students researched an American city to learn about the industries that formed it; afterwards, creating maps about what they learned. Each student approached their map differently: from telling the story of the fashion industry in Los Angeles, to railroads in Philadelphia, to cemeteries in Albany.  Students had a gallery walk when the maps were completed to learn about these cities and industries and draw connections between their histories.

PreK and K took a tour through the packing house, pet and feed farm animals, took a trolley ride through the vast orchard and got to pick a bag of apples. As a bonus we enjoyed apple cider donuts and fresh apple cider. Then we played on the playground. We capped off our day by having a picnic lunch together under the pavilion.

PreK has been learning how to sew! We made paper pumpkins. Sewing helps PreK students to develop fine motor skills, build self-confidence, and teaches patience. 

Students in grades 5-8 are working with the physical education candidates at Sage College as part of Dr. Scott Doig’s PED 310 Course. This course, Measurements & Evaluation in PED, teaches college students how to examine various ways to evaluate motor abilities, fitness skills, and cognitive abilities with developmental understandings. The Taylor students are enjoying this unique opportunity!

The 7-8 Class took a historic walking tour with the Hart Cluett Museum around downtown Troy. We learned about the prominent industries and people that helped build the city. We also learned about important movements in social reform, like the Women's Suffrage Movement, that took place here. It was a beautiful day for a very local field trip! 

Based on the book Judy Moody by Megan McDonald, each 3-4 student made their very own 'Me Collage' to share with the class. It was fun learning and practicing presentation skills and techniques. We learned so many new and interesting things about each other. It was a great project to kick off the school year!

The PreK apple investigators are using their five senses to explore all things apple. The apple paint stamping, taste test and sensory table were big hits!