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Where to Bounce, Climb, Swim, and Play When It’s 27 Degrees!
by Robin Gellman and Jess Rosenbaum, current parents, Lowell School
As we all hurtle toward winter break, you may be planning a “staycation” on the basis that there’s no shortage of cultural and historical activities for your family in our nation’s capital. After all, folks come from all over the world to avail themselves of DC’s history, arts, and culture.
But hold on! What if your kid is just not wired for an all-day outing to see the original Declaration of Independence, the Van Goghs and Picassos at the National Gallery of Art, or Duke Ellington’s hangouts in DC?
If your kid is the one who, after 60 seconds in an art museum, says, “I’m done,” then we’ve got some great ideas for you. For those of you whose kids do better climbing, bouncing, and playing than touring museums or standing in line to visit The White House, we present the DC Staycation Winter Break List—a range of high action activities in and around DC.
Compiled by Lowell parents with active kids, these places are tried and tested!
And, of course, culture and action are NOT mutually exclusive. Try mixing it up—a morning of climbing and an afternoon of museums, or an afternoon of swimming followed by an evening of theater. Consider your time, budget, and the “family-sanity quotient” and choose things that make the outing successful for everyone.
Whatever you do, have a marvelous break. And now…the list: READ MORE
By Joseph E. Powers, The Woods Academy, Head of School
Learning is messy work. Teaching “learning” is just as messy. I started off our school year with this message, “Embrace the mess.” I recently read a blog post about embracing messy learning at Edutopia, a tremendous educational resource from George Lucas (Yes, the creator of Star Wars. And yes, the new movie comes out in exactly one year. I may declare it a school holiday). I digress.
I read the article and it got me thinking about why learning is so messy. So, bear with me for a paragraph or two regarding my “two cents” on the topic. Learning is messy because there is nothing uniform about learning. Contrary to the way most of us adults were taught, in straight rows with one way to solve a problem and everyone was required to learn material the one way it was taught. While that is a mouthful, it genuinely sums up my experience as a student. The teacher taught material one way and everyone was expected to learn it that way. This is a great way to build a car, not a child.
As I write this post, I am with my math class as they take a test. They are solving division problems using the algorithm that is most comfortable to them. Some will use traditional long division, while others will use the partial quotient method. Add the lattice method in there for multiplication and we have successfully taken us parents out of the equation for “helping” in math. Can any parents solve this problem (100% of the kids in my class prefer this method)? READ MORE