4-5 Art Step-Up Day

4-5 students recently accompanied Lower School Art Teacher Mary Rehak on a visit to the three Middle-Upper School art classrooms where they met teachers and became familiar with the spaces. Pictured above: Upper Schooler Ellis Dougherty explains her book arts project from the “Word and Image” class taught by Lorry Stillman and Judy Novey.

Emergent curriculum in Early Childhood: a gateway to community collaboration

Waynflete’s Early Childhood program is inspired by Reggio Emilia and embraces an emergent or “negotiated” curriculum. We never study the same thing twice. We don’t know when we may need a dock (study of lobster boats and lobstering), a squid to dissect (study of cephalopods), or—for this year’s study of the desert—saguaro cacti.

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Novel Engineering in the Lower School

Students in Waynflete’s 4-5 program engage in the design thinking process

How can Peter keep his snowball from melting? What will Nanette do to resist eating the baguette on the way home from the store? How will Mr. McGreely stop rabbits from eating his garden vegetables? Inspired by the characters in Ezra Jack Keats’s The Snowy Day, Mo Willems’s Nanette’s Baguette, and Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas’s Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, students in Waynflete’s 4-5 program recently immersed themselves in the “design thinking” methodology.

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