The parents and siblings of Miss Megan’s 3rd and 4th grade class were delighted with their end of unit presentation on Medieval Times. For the 3rd and 4th graders this was their moment to showcase their learning. For Miss Megan, it was her moment to try something new and design an Open House with her class in a different way. What a success it was! Miss Megan was able incorporate the elements of what her class was learning, not only in the classroom, but in all areas here at PRS and most uniquely with the specialists. Miss Megan’s goal was to present the true picture of what her students engage in while studying a 6 week Themed Unit. She said, “Our end of unit Open Houses are designed to highlight all the good learning and doing that each child in the class has done over the course of the unit.” She continued, “I have tried many different formats of Open House to try and achieve this goal. I have tried ones with food, one with big presentations, ones combined with other classes. None of them felt like parents left with a true perception of the well-rounded education their children were getting. It occurred to me that I was missing a crucial piece. The specialists.”
“By including the specialists, parents got to see the colorful, and joyful art created with Ms. Jeannie. Parents had an opportunity to see a Medieval fire making demonstration from Ms.Genevieve. Mr. Neil had a catapult demonstration where he told us about the purpose of the catapult in Medieval times. Ms. Sonya had students demonstrate the ancient art of archery. Then parents were invited to experience the lesson for themselves and got to shoot a few arrows. My hope is that parents left feeling positive that their child is in the best learning environment possible. A learning environment that doesn’t just include time in the classroom.” said Ms. Megan.
The response from the students was enthusiastic. Nathan said, “It was awesome! We learned a lot about how they built the castles. We learned about the parts of castles. like the great hall, the keep, and the drawbridge. We also learned about some magic and the parts of armor on knights and other things, like their weak spots. I really liked to draw pictures of castles in art, archers and knights, and we also got to write in cursive.”
Deka also liked the hands-on project of making castles, ”We did learn a lot about knights and stuff…and how they used to build castles. Now they build it out of stones. I liked that a lot of the parents came and looked at my castle. It was fun!”
The “Themed Unit Book” was Avignon’s favorite part, he said, “probably making my feudalism page, because I felt really good about it when it was done. I had a lot of fun learning about castles. It was fun to share the castles with parents and do the archery thing.”
All classes and teachers were invited to come and see the students’ display of castles. The other classes were inspired, moved and awed by the work they saw coming from these remarkable students.
Our Themed units capture the children’s attention for the times and people of a particular age. This Unit offered a glimpse into the Medieval Times for these students to understand, learn, be inspired by and engage in the activities from our specialists. This wide variety of learning is fun and can only broaden their knowledge base and offer them more potentials for their future. For photos click here. For a short video of students presenting their castles click here.