Monday message 02.03.2020

Alakai O Kauai POL

Project-Based Learning at Its Finest!

Last Friday, January 17, 2020, our 4th grade learners were able to present what they learned about a Hawaiian Cultural practice. Leading up to the Presentation of Learning, their 4th grade facilitator, Ms. G., described their driving question and its outcome as follows:

What value did the Wa’a (double hull canoe) have in ancient Hawaii and what about its design made it functional? By completing the project, the learners will learn about navigating, the design of double hull canoes and why they were so valuable in ancient Hawaii. Learners will be involved in various activities to complete their project, which includes designing and engineering an authentic canoe that can hold a coconut. At the end of the project, learners will test their canoes in the pond and even hold a contest to see which canoe can hold the most weight.

All of our 4th grade learners were fully engaged in the process and developed a deep understanding of the concept. It was also good to see the number of parents who came to view their children’s presentations and actually see and hear them explain what they learned over the past six weeks. The ability of the 4th grade learners to explain what they learned is a true testament to the value of Project-Based Learning and what makes Alaka ‘i O Kaua ‘i Charter School special.



Frederick A. Birkett, Ed.M
School Facilitator  

Alaka’i O Kaua’i at Kukui Grove Center’s Gifts from the Heart Weekend Event!

We will have a table at the Kukui Grove Center this Sunday, February 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to make Valentine’s Day cards with the keiki and do outreach for our school during the Gifts from the Heart Make & Take Craft Event. We hope to see you there!

Project Based Learing

Our Learners Exhibit Habit #5: Seek First to Understand!

Last Friday, we had an assembly to honor each of our learners for exhibiting Habit 5 of the 7 Habits: “Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood.” Learners and staff are working to implement all of the habits from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and it has been a rewarding andRead more

Classroom Alakai O Kauai

Exploring Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School Culture: Habit 3 of the 7 Habits

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of articles on the pillars of Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School’s educational philosophy and approach. You can find more articles by clicking here.  This week, we look at Habit #3: Put First Things First. This habit, which all of us at Alaka`i O Kaua`i are working toRead more