The Light Project

The Light Project - an acronym for literacy, inquiry, getting outside, having fun and time spent with family. The program was inspired by Richard Louv's book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. The Light Project aims to get Darke County first graders interested in science and exploring the environments around them. The Project was created by Angela McMurry, K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist with the Darke County ESC and is a program that is funded and supported by The Light Foundation.

The idea is that when children are immersed in nature, the experience can inspire creativity, provides a blank slate for fantasy, offers a healing place for a child living in a destructive family or neighborhood, helps them to gain confidence, provides freedom and privacy for reflection. For families, nature discovery provides an opportunity to reconnect with each other and disconnect with the stresses of technology around them. For students, this program connects the standards for science with trade-books for children. The activities and journal writing encourage critical thinking, encourage real-world connections to classroom standards through use of science tools and challenge students to be change agents within their school buildings and communities.

                                                      DSC_0411.JPG

 

2018-2019 Program Information

Dear 1st Grade Parents,

 

Your child has the opportunity to participate in a Darke County program, the LIGHT Project.  The Darke County Educational Service Center and the Light Foundation, sponsor this project.  The goals of this project are to encourage: literacy, family engagement, science inquiry, and being outside, and this project is completely FREE for your district and first grade students.  The Project aims to get Darke County first graders interested in science and exploring the environments around them.

 

The idea is that when children are immersed in nature, the experience can inspire creativity, provides a blank slate for fantasy, offers a healing place for a child living in a destructive family or neighborhood, helps them to gain confidence, provides freedom and privacy for reflection. For families, nature discovery provides an opportunity to reconnect with each other and disconnect with the stresses of technology around them. For students, this program connects the standards for science with trade-books for children. The activities and journal writing encourage critical thinking, encourage real-world connections to classroom standards through use of science tools and challenge students to be change agents within their school buildings and communities.

 

Project Supplies Each Classroom With:  

  • 72 reading science-related books that are in line with 1st grade learning standards
  • Investigation activities and responding in a science journal
  • The program offers teacher directed classroom lessons
  • Monthly Saturday "Family Fun Days"
  • At home family activities
  • A bag with scientific tools and opportunities to utilize scientific tools
  • Awesome Incentives - Students earn prizes along the way, with the biggest prize of spending the night in the Yurts and having a day full of adventure at Chenoweth Trails!

Class Field Trip To Chenoweth Trails:  The field trip will take place on September 18, 19, or 20th depending on the scheduled day for each district.  During the field trip the 1st grade students will be introduced to the LIGHT Project and will  also get to enjoy several outdoor activities at The Light Foundation’s Chenoweth Trails facility.  Parents are welcome to attend as well.  More information will be sent home soon regarding the field trip soon.
 

At Home Activities:

This project will include reading science themed books and completing investigation activities, responding in a science journal and using science inquiry tools. The project has had great success and is as easy as 1, 2,...3!

  1. Find a comfy spot and read with your child the science book your child will bring home in their LIGHT Project backpack.
  2. Read the activity that is listed in the book with your child. Complete the activity using the science tools when noted.
  3. Help your child complete the journal entry, sign the entry, place the journal, science tools, and book back it the furnished backpack and send it back to school where it will be exchanged for a new one.  Your child will earn prizes for every 5th book completed.

** Additional instructions will be provided in the journal that will be coming home in the furnished backpack after the class field trip to Chenoweth Trials in September.

Added Bonus - FAMILY FUN DAYS!

Family Fun Days are OPTIONAL…but full of added bonuses!!  Each month we will focus on a specific theme with science and literature-based activities for your WHOLE FAMILY to complete and enjoy! All of the activities will occur outside, so please dress for the weather.  Children that attend the Special Saturday Family Fun Days will earn 2 EXTRA STARS on their classroom LIGHT Project Book/Prize Chart, each time they attend. The dates and times for these FREE events are listed below:

 

              KICKOFF EVENT - FAMILY FISHING AT CHENOWETH TRAILS

Ponds, Frogs and Fish: September 22, 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm (Kick-off)

Rear Entrance of Chenoweth Trails, 6336 Hillgrove Southern Rd, Greenville,

 

Spiders and Insects: October 20, 2018, 10:00am- 12:00pm

Main Entrance of Chenoweth Trails, 440 Greenville Nashville Rd, Greenville

 

             Bird Migration:  November 10, 2018, from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Main Entrance of Chenoweth Trails, 440 Greenville Nashville Rd, Greenville

 

Special Event At Darke County Parks: December 8, 2018, from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Fish Discovery Center, 404 N Ohio St, Greenville

 

             Winter Exploration: February 16, 2019, 1:00pm-3:00pm

             Main Entrance of Chenoweth Trails, 440 Greenville Nashville Rd, Greenville

   

            Welcome Spring: March 16, 2019, 10:00am-12:00pm

            Main Entrance of Chenoweth Trails, 440 Greenville Nashville Rd, Greenville

 

Earth Day/Final Celebration: April 27, 2019 10:00am-12:00pm

Main Entrance of Chenoweth Trails, 440 Greenville Nashville Rd, Greenville


 

Please direct any questions to your child’s teacher, Angela McMurry / 937-760-1771 / mcmurry.angela@gmail.com or April Brubaker /The Light Foundation / 937-316-6352 / 937-417-3049 / april@mattlight72.com.

 

Don’t Forget to like us on Facebook

The Light Project & Chenoweth Trails!

 


 

                                                         

 

 

  • Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

    Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

  • Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

    Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

  • Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

    Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

  • Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

    Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

  • Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

    Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

  • Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

    Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

  • Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

    Fishing Family Fun Day 2016

  • October Family Fun Day 2016

    October Family Fun Day 2016

  • October Family Fun Day 2016

    October Family Fun Day 2016

  • October Family Fun Day 2016

    October Family Fun Day 2016

  • October Family Fun Day 2016

    October Family Fun Day 2016

  • November Family Fun Day 2016

    November Family Fun Day 2016

  • November Family Fun Day 2016

    November Family Fun Day 2016

  • December Family Fun Day 2016

    December Family Fun Day 2016

  • December Family Fun Day 2016

    December Family Fun Day 2016

  • 2015 Spring Family Fun Day

    2015 Spring Family Fun Day

  • 2015 Reward Winners Night Camping at Chenoweth Trails

    2015 Reward Winners Night Camping at Chenoweth Trails