Wolf Trap Foundation is dedicated to creating excellent performing arts experiences for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences. As part of its Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts Family Involvement Workshops, Katherine Lyons, a master teaching artist, will lead a free interactive session at Green Hedges School in Vienna on January 10, 2020, providing children of preschool age (2-5 years old) and their parents an opportunity to share a stimulating live arts experience on the School’s campus.
Ms. Lyons will present a story dramatization of Ask Mr. Bear on January 10 with the goal of exploring simple math concepts and learning how to bring stories to life. Children will use body movements, props and chants to explore ordinal numbers, counting, sorting, sequencing, and problem-solving and meet farm animals and learn about the gifts they give us. Ask Mr. Bear is a wonderful story for all children and their families about the gift of love!
The program is free and will take place at Green Hedges School on January 10 from 10-11am — thanks to their sponsor Star Cypress Partners for its support of this event.
Space is limited! Reserve your spot by completing the registration form here.
[Note: This is a Sponsored Guest Post contributed by the staff at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, MD.]
Are you searching for the perfect school for your child? If you are seeking a unique educational experience that provides small classes and personalized learning; an inquiry-based approach to academics where our hands-on (project-based) curriculum takes place inside the classroom and across our beautiful 140-acre campus; and a character-based education that fosters critical thinking and empowers students to make the world a better place, then you should check out Sandy Spring Friends School.
A Personalized Approach
Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS) enrolls just over 600 students from age 3 to 12th grade, a “just-right” size that allows students to be part of a diverse community of learners (including a robust international student population in the Upper School), while also allowing for an intimate classroom setting. With class sizes maxing out at 16 students, our first-rate teachers can offer personalized attention and cultivate each student’s talents and interests.
Teachers at SSFS know their students well and along with guiding them toward success in the classroom, they can help direct students and families towards in-house support they need to help them thrive. From a Student Resource Team to our Learning Resource Collaborative, support staff help students achieve academic success as well as improve their skills in self-awareness, self-advocacy, and independence.
Hands-On and Experiential Learning
At SSFS, the curriculum is informed by the latest scientific research on how the brain works and learns best. With continual professional development on mind-brain education, our teachers learn to effectively apply these best practices into their classrooms. When the mind-brain approach to teaching is combined with the benefits of learning in nature, you experience the magic that is Sandy Spring Friends School.
The 140-acre campus provides many unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. Wide-open spaces and a natural playground are used daily for exploration and play. Additionally, the campus includes a farm, a pond, an old-growth forest, a stream that feeds into the Anacostia Watershed, six miles of cross-country trails, and an aerial adventure park adjacent to the School.
The Lower School program takes advantage of these assets through a variety of learning activities. Students tap maple trees and re-enact the Oregon Trail experience in the fall, and make regular visits to the pond throughout the spring to see for themselves how tadpoles develop into frogs. A Farming Program engages students in inquiry-based learning as they reflect on their explorations, record their experiences, and formulate their own conclusions.
Classes in all divisions use the campus environs not only to expand students’ scientific thinking but also to further develop their understanding of stewardship and continual care of the earth. Seventh graders spend time studying sustainable agriculture methods on our campus’s organic farm. Upper School students use the farm and school land for scientific field study in Biology, Geology, and AP Environmental Science courses. Upper School students even utilize the farm for athletic conditioning (not many other DC-area school athletic departments can boast a “Farming for Fitness” class!).
A Values-Based Education
Strong academic, arts, and athletics programs are vital components of a college preparatory school—and indeed, SSFS seniors are accepted at selective colleges and universities across the country and around the world. However, for Sandy Spring Friends School, our education extends beyond what our students know and focuses on who our students become.
The School’s values are rooted in Quakerism, which has a long history of commitment to social justice, equality, integrity, and peaceful resolution of conflict. SSFS focuses on instilling the Quaker SPICES— Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship— into each child, from preschool (age 3) all the way to senior year. SSFS offers distinctive programming that integrates the SPICES throughout the school year:
Each division participates weekly in Meeting For Worship, a meditative practice which offers time for quiet reflection for students.
Students participate in social-emotional education that teaches students from an early age how to navigate conflict peacefully and respectfully.
Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools have a student body government, where students using consensus to select leadership.
A Senior-Buddy Program pairs up 12th graders with Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st-grade students. The groups get together several times throughout the year for lunches and playdates, forming special bonds of friendship between the oldest and youngest students on campus.
A “Community Day” in the fall and an “Our People, Our Planet Day” in the spring bring the entire preschool–12th-grade community together for environmental stewardship projects, reflection, team-building games, and opportunities to learn more about the various cultures represented by the School’s diverse student body.
Come and See Us In Action!
Fall Open House | Sunday, October 20, 2019, 1-3:30pm
Preschool-12th grade families are invited to come and meet our community of scholars, performers, thinkers, and doers. During our Open House, you will have the opportunity to tour our amazing 140 acre campus, meet our dynamic faculty, students, and parents, and visit our classrooms and facilities. Can’t make it to the open house? Schedule a private tour by emailing us at email@example.com
Snapshot Days | November 12 & November 19, 2019 • 9-10am
Preschool and Kindergarten families are invited to join us for a Snapshot Day on our beautiful campus! Snapshot Days allow a first-hand peek into our Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms for you and your child. Your little learner will spend one hour exploring our classrooms while you have an opportunity to speak briefly with teachers, administrators, and other parents; ask questions; and see our program in action. You may also sign up for an optional campus tour.
This post is sponsored by Sandy Spring Friends School, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.
If you are considering private or independent education for your child in the DC metro area and feeling overwhelmed by the choices, processes, and everything in between, DCschoolHUB is here to help. Over the past year with the help of admission experts and DMV admission directors, DCschoolHUB has developed the Private School Playbook, an online course that will take you from start to finish with confidence and provide you some secret insider tips you won’t find on any school’s website.
Giveaway: DCschoolHub wants to give away two courses of the Private School Playbook to two KidFriendly DC readers! For a chance to win one, all you need to do is register for the 3rd Annual DCschoolHUB Preschool & Private School Fair taking place on Sunday, October 20 from 1-3pm at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in NW DC. Learn more about the fair here.
This post is sponsored by DCschoolHUB, however, I only promote programs, events, and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.