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.
As part of the Lower School’s in-depth study of Spain, local flamenco dancer Lindsey Bourassa returned to campus to perform on Monday, April 29. She was joined by guitarist Andreas Arnold and singer/dancer Barbara Martinez who dazzled lower schoolers with the traditional dance and music from the region of Andalusia in southern Spain.
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.
In 2008, when daughter Sophi ’20 was in elementary school, Waynflete parent and Bates College Professor Krista Aronson found her worlds as a psychologist, scholar of racial identity, and parent colliding. As her town’s majority-white public school district rapidly diversified, Krista—a mixed-race mother raising a multiracial family—turned to research with children’s picture books for answers to the difficult questions her young daughter had begun asking about her own identity (read more here).
We are thrilled to announce that Waynflete has received a matching $250,000 Educational Leadership Grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation. The grant will enable the school to build on the success of the The “Can We?” Project, which brings students from disparate communities together to learn dialogue skills and practice collaborative decision-making across political divides, and the New England Youth Identity Summit. The grant also allocates funds for the development of new programs and partnerships.