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St. John’s Episcopal School Olney, MD
by Robin Gellman and Jess Rosenbaum, Lowell School
Top Tips to Make Your Spring Break Full of Fun & Adventure
Spring has finally broken, and it can be the best weather of the season here in the nation’s capital. Why spend hundreds on plane tickets and hotels and have the hassle of airports and long, stifling car rides? Why not try a Washington DC Staycation and do a little family bonding in the sunshine while touring the sights…taking in a show at the Kennedy Center or flying on a zip-line? Create new adventures for your entire family right at home, in Washington, DC, and the surrounding area.
Here are some kid-friendly activities for your springtime Washington, DC, staycation. Search the web for coupons and use your AAA Card for discounts when you can! Oh, and even though the snow has melted, take a sweatshirt!
EVENTS AND EXHIBITS
Annually, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. Peruse the festival’s events page for featured activities that get you walking around our majestic city. View the cherry blossoms while floating around the Tidal Basin in a paddle boat. Boat rentals start on March 20, 2015. Don’t forget the Blossom Kite Festival—on the grounds of the Washington Monument, Saturday, March 28.
A builder’s paradise! Kids of all ages will enjoy designing their own castles or be inspired by the baby dragon and four model castles built by LEGO designers. Older builders will enjoy testing defenses with a LEGO catapult. Hop in the car and spend the day in Baltimore!
Kennedy Center: NSO Family Performance of “The Magic Horn” Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm
- Come early for the Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” in the lobbies of the Eisenhower Theater. Young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they’ll see played on the stage—from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion.
- Stay after the 4:00 pm concert for a Kids’ Chat. Young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.
by Dr. Caroline Chapin, Head of School, Christ Episcopal School
The honest answer is that you do not have to feel forced to make a choice. It is, indeed, possible to have it all, especially during the early childhood and elementary school years. The fact is that any good educational institution, serving the needs of preschool through elementary school children, is going to have well-established, rigorous and engaging reading, writing and mathematics curricula (the Three R’s). These three subjects should serve as the strong foundation of the entire academic program. However, along with these critical academic components, focusing on nurturing close, personal relationships; providing for the healthy growth and development of a child’s self-confidence; and training these young children in the ways of living full, productive lives in their communities are also critically important skills.
Is having a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) program also important for young children in order to be ready for their adult lives? Yes and no! Certainly, exposing young children to these areas of content in meaningful and engaging ways is important. Often, it is through the study of these subject areas that a teacher can find content that is especially engaging for children, and therefore inspires a child’s desire to learn more. Increasing a child’s reading, writing and mathematics skills as they plant seeds in a garden, build bridges with blocks, watch a video about orca whales, count their Halloween candy, create a piece of artwork or perform in a play is what makes going to school fun and engages the imagination. It brings context and meaning to the academic skills.
The core of a STEM or STEAM curriculum, however, is more than these discrete content areas. A true STEM/STEAM program provides students with opportunities to work in teams to solve unique problems. The problem is that many schools are adding amazing academic content in the STEM areas without teaching children how to work on a team. Students are put in teams without possessing the skills necessary for doing successful team work: work in which every member of the team has a voice and is able to make a meaningful contribution. The extroverts take over the work, and the introverts sit quietly and watch. That is not team work. That is group work done with one powerful leader. READ MORE