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The Carden Method

The Carden Method is a vital educational philosophy with proven teaching techniques applied to a curriculum concerned with the development of the whole child. Using a highly individualized approach, Carden meets each learner’s particular needs. Children receive the sound, well-rounded education they need to realize their full potential in life. Carden believes that life is a joy, and so should be learning. This attitude promotes a life-long love of learning among Carden students...

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Selle Valley Carden School added a new photo to the album: Water Festival 2017 — at Riley Creek Recreation Area. ... See MoreSee Less

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Selle Valley Carden School added 40 new photos to the album: Water Festival 2017. ... See MoreSee Less

A great day was spent by all as we traveled around to 6 stations which pertain to the water shed of our area. Station one was Fur trapping - We learned about our early map maker Mr. David Thompson, the fur trapping era, studied some furs, traps, and guns, and finally learned to make a fire with flint and steel. Next on to water quality. Studying the difference between a clean, cold, fresh water macro invertebrate, and a warm, stagnant, marshy macro invertabrate habitat. How to tell the difference between clean fresh water and dirty water by what is living in it. Station three was about fisheries. The students learned about several native species of fish, some of special concern; some have been discovered that when found in the same bodies of water they produce sterile offspring, some of problematic concerns, and how to identify each of the species. The students had the opportunity to touch real fish of different species and then played a game to help tie the whole concept together. Station four was watershed. The children were put into a situation where they were in a town and had to care for it, from the fertilizer on the grass, to the manure in the forest, from the landscaping and clearing of land, to the changing of oil and leaking of gas; Everything we do has an affect on our watershed. Station five we spent the time learning about wild animals, how they move through the forest, what their tracks look like, and the different classifications for each animal. Following the lesson, the children made animal track bandanas which they sported the remainder of the day. Station six was all about compass reading and map making. The students did a great job and really enjoyed making their own map of the area. At the end of the program, we learned about the different critters that roam the land around us. From the weasels, to the snakes, and several birds. They got to see several species. They even had live birds to show off as well as a snake. After the program the students spent some extra time talking with the different groups in both the wildlife area and the fisheries. They had a great time, learned a ton, and were so appreciative of the extra time the rangers gave them.

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Selle Valley Carden School added 40 new photos to the album: Water Festival 2017. ... See MoreSee Less

A great day was spent by all as we traveled around to 6 stations which pertain to the water shed of our area. Station one was Fur trapping - We learned about our early map maker Mr. David Thompson, the fur trapping era, studied some furs, traps, and guns, and finally learned to make a fire with flint and steel. Next on to water quality. Studying the difference between a clean, cold, fresh water macro invertebrate, and a warm, stagnant, marshy macro invertabrate habitat. How to tell the difference between clean fresh water and dirty water by what is living in it. Station three was about fisheries. The students learned about several native species of fish, some of special concern; some have been discovered that when found in the same bodies of water they produce sterile offspring, some of problematic concerns, and how to identify each of the species. The students had the opportunity to touch real fish of different species and then played a game to help tie the whole concept together. Station four was watershed. The children were put into a situation where they were in a town and had to care for it, from the fertilizer on the grass, to the manure in the forest, from the landscaping and clearing of land, to the changing of oil and leaking of gas; Everything we do has an affect on our watershed. Station five we spent the time learning about wild animals, how they move through the forest, what their tracks look like, and the different classifications for each animal. Following the lesson, the children made animal track bandanas which they sported the remainder of the day. Station six was all about compass reading and map making. The students did a great job and really enjoyed making their own map of the area. At the end of the program, we learned about the different critters that roam the land around us. From the weasels, to the snakes, and several birds. They got to see several species. They even had live birds to show off as well as a snake. After the program the students spent some extra time talking with the different groups in both the wildlife area and the fisheries. They had a great time, learned a ton, and were so appreciative of the extra time the rangers gave them.

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A few more photos from today! I am beyond proud of all these children. They worked so hard and deserve every bit of this. ... See MoreSee Less

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All their hard work and practice paid off!!! Congratulations to these four winners! We are so proud of all of our students. They did a fantastic job today. We received so many compliments at how knowledgeable every single one of them were. Good job children. The youngest group of competitors, and for many of them their first year, they deserve a huge pat on the back. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Experienced Teachers

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Stacy Rief

I am a native of Sandpoint, the oldest of four children and was raised on the ranch which SVCS is located. I feel very fortunate to give to the students some of what I enjoyed as a child...

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Melissa Peck

I spent my childhood playing and working hard on the very ranch that SVCS sits on. I grew up exploring the outdoors, always looking for a new adventure, and could only imagine what our next discovery would be...

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Angie Cates

I was born and raised in the Selle Valley, on the Wood V-X Ranch, where I grew up loving the outdoors. Being raised on a ranch and in a large family has been a huge blessing in my life and has taught me many life lessons that couldn't have been learned otherwise...