Welcome to the Headmaster's Blog where you'll find updates, thoughts, and events regarding Saint David's School, the education of boys, and other items of interest. This is by no means meant to be a complete account of all that happens at Saint David's. Please refer to the school's website for more complete details -- it's more a Headmaster's musings.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Boys are Out and About: N-Y Historical Society Partnership - Year Five

Today our Sixth Grade boys left for a two day overnight trip to Ramapo for high and low ropes outdoor leadership and team building experiences.  Our Seventh Grade boys return tomorrow from a week-long experience in marine biology and ecology on the Cape and last week, Second Grade boys had their first in a series of sessions with an educator from the New-York Historical Society.

The boys are learning about life in early New York City. For the next couple of weeks, their teachers and the N-YHS expert will lead them in hands-on learning  activities related to the Lenape tribe of early Manhattan--or Mannahatta--"the land of many hills."

In the first session, they were given samples of Lenape artifacts and then worked together in small groups to try to determine their artifact's purpose through careful examination and observation.

Guided by their teachers and the N-YHS educator, the boys are now creating seasonal models of Lenape communities complete with longhouses and wigwams.

Educators and curators from the N-YHS will continue to visit the boys' classrooms at specific times throughout the year, and the boys will be making special planned visits to the Society.

Through our partnership with the N-YHS--now in its fifth year--the boys benefit from having access to artifacts from the museum's collection and the expertise of an expert in the field. Saint David's also partners with N-YHS for a First Grade unit on mapping, in which the boys study the historical maps of New York City and explore how to create a map using the techniques of cartographers.

Learning out of the classroom is as important as learning inside the classroom.  Saint David's boys are out and about.

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