Students in Waynflete’s 4-5 program visited the Portland Museum of Art on March 1. To prepare for the trip, Daniel Kany—an art historian and critic for the Portland Press Herald—gave a presentation entitled, “How to Appreciate Art in a Museum.” Dan shared with us that he has written more than 500 art critiques for the Press Herald!
One of the highlights of our year in 2-3 is the “Kids’ Choice” study in January. After brainstorming ideas, students vote for the topics they would like to study. This allows us to narrow down the list to four choices—one to be taught by each 2-3 home station teacher. This year’s topics were astronomy, big cats, cartooning, and cooking.
Waynflete art department chair Judy Novey was recently recognized by the Maine Art Education Association in its annual Art Educator Awards and Recognitions Program. Judy received the Association’s “Outstanding Commitment to the Profession” award.
Early childhood students recently celebrated Spain (the subject of this year’s Lower School Global Focus week) with a retelling of the story of “Medio Pollito” (“Half Chicken”).
Check out some fun photos below!
In K-1, we have extended our Identity and Expression unit into conversations about the geography of where we live. We read books and drew maps of our rooms and of our K-1 space, and began a project where we drew pictures about the many places we live—starting small and getting bigger. Our first smallest circle was ourselves, then our house, our town, our state, our country, and finally our continent. We have put maps of our state, country, and world up in the classroom for students to explore.