Hands-On Learning

Oak Hill Academy is a place where "Magnificent Minds Thrive";  a school where students with learning differences will learn from teachers who teach differently.  Hands-on learning activities fill our curriculum and allow our students to use their creativity and critical thinking skills to explore each subject in a manner that is as fun as it is effective.

5th Grade Memorizes Helping Linking Verbs from Oak Hill Academy on Vimeo.

Mrs. Hurtt's 5th Grade Grammar class memorized this little tune to learn the 23 Helping Linking verbs.  Music and rhythm is often a great way to help students remember facts.

Soutwest Airlines Adopt-A-Pilot Program

 

Last year, students were privileged to participate in a fabulous program from Southwest Airlines that allowed them to learn directly from a Southwest Airlines Pilot, Captain Ed Givens.  Captain Givens shares his thoughts on this program in his blog below.

Rain Gutter Regatta

The Oak Hill Academy hosted a campus wide Rain Gutter Regatta.  Students of all ages designed, built, decorated and raced their hand-crafted boats in the first ever Oak Hill Academy Rain Gutter Regatta.  Thanks to our amazing Dad's club for taking Mr. Coffey's concept and creating a watery race track for our competition. Though the weather was truly chilling, the spectators and competitors bundled up and cheered throughout the morning of nautical education.

 

Raingutter Regatta from Oak Hill Academy on Vimeo.


Germs Gone Wild

The following video was researched, written, performed and created by our Upper School students under the direction of Science Teacher, David Coffey.  In addition to the health and science content, students learned collaboration, communication, and team work while producing this video to educate and encourage younger students on the benefts of proper hand-washing.

Click on the slide below to see the student production of "Germs Gone Wild."

 


Marshmallow Launch

Students campus-wide gathered in the OHA Learning Garden for a fun day of friendly competition at Oak Hill Academy's Marshmallow Launch this spring.  Middle and Upper School students worked in small teams, while each class from grades 2 - 5 collaborated their Physics knowledge and creativity to design a catapult to launch a marshmallow across the field. Following the competition, everyone enjoyed some delicious s'mores to celebrate the winners in each division.

 

      

 

Marshmallow Launch from Oak Hill Academy on Vimeo.

 

 

Montessori Contracts

Handwriting and fine motor skills are honed through many tactile experiences using various manipulatives.  Oak Hill Academy incorporates a Montessori approach in their teaching philosophy that involves students working independently on contracts to re-inforce math, language arts, sensorial and fine motor concepts.