Hamden Hall Country Day School

Educating students in PreSchool through Grade 12

Welcome to Hamden Hall's Digital Resource Center

Hamden Hall is a leader in educational excellence, and we were excited to share digital resources with the greater community while our own students were engaged with our distance learning model, "Virtual Halls Under the Pines."  Our 2020-2021 school year commences on September 1, and we look forward to welcoming our students back to campus.    
 
For our prospective families, please note that we welcome you to virtually visit and discover our halls.  Click here for a virtual tour of our campuses from the comfort of your own home!  Our Admissions Team is also able to provide a more personal virtual experience upon request.  Click here to learn more.
 

Digital Learning Resources


Upper School students with a strong grasp of algebra and geometry should grab a pencil with an eraser to tackle these classic and unique math puzzles that are sure to challenge even the most adept mathematician. Click above to view.
 

Using an everyday kitchen item - a wooden spoon! - Lower School art teacher Susan Bennett proves that there's a creative adventure around every corner in our homes. This art project is suitable for the whole family. Click above to view.

Lower School science teacher Steve Jewett teaches about the human ear and hearing by demonstrating how our eardrum works. Students get hands-on in this lesson plan by building a model of the human eardrum using a piece of plastic wrap, a bowl, and some salt or pepper. This project is for students in Grades 4-6. Click above to view.

Sing along with Hamden Hall's Lower School music teacher, Rachael Jungkeit, as she delights first-graders with her rendition of My Little Puppy. Movement and motion are also incorporated to fully engage children as they discover the story of Rags the puppy. Click above to view.

Hamden Hall Lower School Librarian Pamela Wilonski  creates "Flip Flap Jack" out of fun breakfast items that can be found right in your kitchen! Children will enjoy singing along with this engaging video. Click above to view.

Read along with first-grade teacher Emily Anderson as she reads the nonfiction book, "Sleep Well: Why You Need to Rest," and discusses the concept of making meaningful connections when we read. Click above to view.

Engage in some fun at-home activities that are easy to implement and, best of all, promote movement and recreation. Ideas provided by Hamden Hall physical education teacher Ann Kohler. Click above to view.

Science teacher Claire Rich demonstrates how children can start their own mini garden with just a couple of "ingredients." All you need to participate is some seeds, soil, water and the bottom of an empty egg carton. Click above to view.

Senior Chavon Patterson reads the children's book  Nutra Fruit Heroes to the Rescue by Damian X. Fulton. A powerful team of fruits known as "Nutra Fruits," led by "Shakes-Pear," come to the rescue of a lunch that is void of fruit. Click above to view.

Create a "Zen" art project with instructions from Lower School art teacher Susan Bennett. Art enthusiasts will learn about the Zentangle Method of doodling while creating beautiful butterfly masterpieces. This project is suitable for students in Grades 4 and higher. Click above to view instructions.

Take a virtual trip to our nation's capital with Grade 4 teacher Kathy McNeiece. Adventures include a visit to Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the White House, and if there's time, the zoo! Have fun participating in the scavenger hunt during each of your stops. Click above to view.
Middle School Challenge: Backyard Obstacle Course


Our Middle School faculty provide a weekly challenge to students that can incorporate myriad elements, such as community service, physicality, creativity, and more. Click above to view an example of the recent backyard obstacle course challenge. Try your hand at creating an obstacle course for your family using everyday resources from around your home, such as snow tires and athletic equipment!

Hamden Hall's Swain Library and Barbara Olin Taylor Learning Commons is pictured above. Our librarians suggest the following student resources:

Good Reads from the Middle School Book Club

  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    a Canadian philosophical novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist is Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, an Indian Tamil boy from Pondicherry who explores issues of spirituality and metaphysics from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger which raises questions about the nature of reality and how it is perceived and told.
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia / a historical fiction novel by American author Rita Williams-Garcia, published in 2010. The novel is about Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern, three sisters, visiting their mother in Oakland, California, during the summer of 1968.
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
    a detective novel by English writer Agatha Christie featuring the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. It was first published in January 1934. The elegant train of the 1930s, the Orient Express, is stopped by heavy snowfall. A murder is discovered, and Poirot's trip home to London from the Middle East is interrupted to solve the murder.

It’s important in our Hamden Hall community to continuing connecting with one another. As such, we’ve developed community-building events into our distance learning curriculum.

Consider doing the same from your home:

  • Lunchtime with Friends – use Zoom or some other video conferencing application to set aside time at lunch to chat online with friends.

  • Mystery Reader Pajama Party – ask a family member or friend to videotape themselves reading a children’s book. Load the file onto a laptop and connect the device to a large-screen television set. Just before bedtime, don your PJs and sit and listen to the story with a big bowl of popcorn!

  • Perform an Act of Kindness – being a smile to someone’s face by creating a notecard with a personal message that you send in the mail. It can be a loved one or someone you don’t know who may be going through a difficult time. Nursing homes, healthcare workers, police and fire officials, and more appreciate receiving thank-you letters.

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