Sunset on January 16 to January 17 marked the Jewish holiday, Tu B’Shevat or the New Year of Trees. The one-day festival lends itself to activities and projects that celebrate trees and nature, which Grade 1 teacher Beth Messina 1996 integrated into her classroom lesson.
The Early Childhood Program approaches learning in a play-based, hands-on manner allowing students to foster their creative and personal skills. In an effort to support the learning and play environment, teachers in all three PreSchool and PreKindergarten classes created student identity blocks.
It’s the holiday season for many families and November 28 marked the beginning of the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights. To commemorate the holiday, Lower School teachers organized an array of classroom activities and projects for students to learn more about the history, traditions, and stories associated with the eight-day holiday.
The rhythmic tapping of a hammer against heated steel echoed in the courtyard as fifth-grade students learned the art of blacksmithing. The workshop program is part of the school’s partnership with Mystic Seaport for students in Grades 4 and 5.
Immigration and family heritage are the first curriculum topics in Grade 4 history classes this academic year. To close out the unit, students staged a live outdoor presentation filled with songs, art work, and costumes for teachers and parents.
Hamden Hall Country Day School is a nurturing and inclusive community with a dynamic learning environment that promotes academic excellence by understanding each child and fostering their individual growth.