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At Paramount Brookside we accentuate alternate learning perspectives in how subject matter is presented to students. Learning through traditional “teach and preach” models is NOT within Paramount’s structure. Sensory integration and observation are two fundamental ways in which children learn from their environment. At Paramount Brookside, we believe in academic culminations involving integrated sensory learning whereby students may touch, see, taste, hear, and smell what they are learning. Students can understand life cycles and growth patterns in the EcoRoom as they monitor and groom greenhouse plants and practice in the growth and release of butterflies. The EcoRoom features a green landscape, grow wall, large floor planters, lizard terrarium, demonstrative beehive, and a butterfly hatchery.
The goal of the environmental education program is to teach how natural environments function and how humans can connect to their environment in ways that create a more sustainable ecosystem. We want to increase our understanding on its interconnection and demonstrate how to connect and care for the world that sustains us. An integral component of the Environmental Education curriculum is the Paramount School Farm. The farm provides hands-on visual learning for students and is an important tool for teachers.
The environmental education team aims to introduce environmental topics and natural subject matter applicable to each grade level. Whether through gardening or through interacting with our chickens, our students can see their classroom lessons played out in real life. Students have the opportunity to partake in various programs offered on our school farm.
Student participants have the opportunity to care for the dairy goats on Paramount’s farm. The importance of responsibility is learned through milking the goats on a daily basis and tending to their everyday needs. The milk from our goats is used to for onsite cheese making. Our cheese is sold at four different artisan markets through the city of Indianapolis. Students gain a sense of accountability and earn a respect for nature and animals.
Select students will the learn the art of beekeeping in our four-hive apiary. Participants become apprentice beekeepers and learn how to manage a hive, and harvest honey in the fall, which will be available at our weekly farmers market held at the school. The incredible world of honeybees will also be integrated into the classroom curriculum at various grade levels.
Summer mentoring program that allows chosen students to continue to connect to the natural world, even when school is not in session. Participants take on various tasks around the farm, with the majority of the focus on our food garden. The ability for students to sow seeds, nurture their plants to maturity, and harvest food for sale at our on-site market is an invaluable lesson in patience and cause and effect. This experience gives students a better understanding of where food comes from along with a respect for the hard work involved in sustainable food production. It also provides a wonderful opportunity for learning how pollination works and how ecosystems are dependent on one another.
Located inside Paramount Brookside, the Time and Space Discovery Center utilizes a teaching and research space, Solar System room, and planetarium to offer a comprehensive educational experience for youth and adult visitors.
State of the art digital projection system
Powerful surround sound audio
40 MacBook Pro Laptops
Multiple HD LED monitors with Apple Air Play Interactivity
High Definition live NASA HDTV
Scaled replica of the Solar System
6’ internally illuminated rotating Earth Ball
Life-sized astronaut display