As part of the Lower School’s study of Spain (this year’s “Global Focus” country), students recently participated in the celebration of a Valencian festival called “Las Fallas.”
Each home station in the Lower School spent weeks creating a Spanish themed “Falla” out of paper mâche for the event. EC made a cactus, K-1 created animals native to Spain, 2-3 whipped up Spanish food, and the 4-5 Fallas depicted Spanish sports. On March 19, Spaniards in Valencia burn their Fallas during the final event of the festival called “La Cremà.” The Lower School had a Cremà of their own. Students watched their creations burn as they enjoyed Paella Valenciana cooked over an open fire.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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