Is it possible to celebrate a holiday so present for the children and still maintain an environment of calm, of independence and of learning in the classroom? Our highly trained and talented teachers crafted their own individual ways to do just that, catering specifically to the developmental needs and interests of the children in their classrooms.
Wednesdays in the Adolescent environment center around opportunities for creative expression. Students continued their work on stop-motion projects, music making, and they expanded their study on the evolution of dance through the decades. In honor of romance and the study of literature, the Adolescent students wrapped up their day with a reading of Romeo & Juliet and their lessons in French.
In one classroom, students had the opportunity to complete their daily work as well as the choice to work on Valentine’s Day inspired science experiments. The students brainstormed ideas for activities, planned a going out to shop for the necessary materials, and happily participated in activities such as geometric shape creation and catapult design.
Below, you see students experimenting to create a catapult to launch flying hearts as far as possible, recording measurements for distance and angle as well as analyzing and graphing their results.
In another of our Elementary rooms, morning work and valentine box creation happened side by side. Stations, for each design element, were set up, allowing children to work as they saw fit, to create a box, unique and special to them. Upon entering the room, a quiet hum of focused work could be heard, as some painted, some glued, and others kept up the daily lessons that most appealed to them.
To cultivate thoughtfulness and care in gift giving (and to reduce superfluous “stuff”) our third Elementary classroom participated in a secret valentine exchange. Names were drawn and lessons were given on how to think about choosing or making a gift their selected classmate would enjoy.
In the Primary rooms, protection of the morning routine met the children’s need for order. Teachers explained when the celebration would be happening and went about the business of creating calm, with purposeful work, and lessons.
The opportunity to bake treats was a wonderful way to pair work with celebration of the holiday.
At the end of the morning work period, students gathered with their class to lovingly pass out their Valentine cards.
Beautiful table settings and quiet classical music filled the air as the primary children celebrated together.
Toddler aged children have an even stronger sense of and need for order. To respect that need, their teachers ensured classtime followed the expected daily routine. They had a work period, circle-time, a snack, and headed outside to enjoy the warm weather with playground fun and bubbles.
We hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our day, how did you commemorate the holiday with your children?