We were honored to have many fathers join us for a morning in the life of their Walden student! Dads were able to experience real Walden classwork and see special projects made just for, and with, Dad. For the occasion, 3/4 presented a wax museum of historical figures of their choosing, 5/6 showcased a digital biography, and 7/8 demonstrated a mock trial!
Our classes pair up with their "buddy class" for a special time of reading Dr. Seuss books together (with our younger children sometimes reading to the older!). They followed up their time by watching a Dr. Seuss movie. The result is unique to a preschool-grade 8 school: older students take pride in their care of younger friends while preschool classes follow the excellent example of their wise older pals :). Just check out those expressions! Priceless.
Students were treated to a brief presentation and performance by Walden alumni Chris Dahlke and Isaiah Kim (currently a sophomore at Strath Haven High School) and friends. Isaiah is the Philadelphia Regional Director for a program called The Back to BACH Project that brings classical music into elementary schools with the intent to teach kids the value of hard work and passion. The project is run by high school students and advised by students from The Juilliard School. For more information about the program: http://www.backtobachproject.com/
The students shared their assigned president one-on-one with the older students, giving grades 1/2 the chance to stretch their public speaking abilities and connect with the middle schoolers, who are demonstrating great interest in and care for their younger friends!
Benjamin Franklin visited each class of The Walden School and the children were mesmerized by his many stories, fun facts, lively conversation and props that brought history very much to life! A special thanks goes out to the Graham family and Benjamin Franklin Portrayal.