Project-Based Learning Week
Our learning environment reflects an appreciation for—and recognition of—children’s unique interests and capacities. As children experiment and explore, answering questions of real relevance, they develop skills of inquiry and reasoning, problem solving, and communication. Students experience a dynamic learning environment on our fields, in our gardens, in their classrooms, and in the community.
Children on the River Campus learn by doing, whether it’s in one of our raised garden beds with the Environmental Education faculty, sketching the architecture of one of our landmark buildings with an art teacher, measuring the campus with a math specialist, or digging their own version of the Hudson River on the playground with their kindergarten class.
During the 2012-2013 school year, we launched Project-Based Learning Week, during which all classes participate in a variety of hands-on activities and projects that are age-appropriate and integrated with the curriculum. Due to its success, Project-Based Learning Week has now become an integral part of the Lower School curriculum. In 2016, activities included drumming, yoga, creating cartoons, Latin dance, and forensic science. In this video, a kindergarten class creates a room-sized model of the Hudson River.
During Project-Based Learning Week, a kindergarten class imagined what lies below the Hudson River.