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Spring Study Week
Andrea Soto

Spring Study Week is a learning experience unlike any other in Lower School--a true highlight of the school year. This year we went “Into The Wild” during our exploration of the national parks. As is typical, the workshops and assemblies were collaborative, hands-on, and showcased experiential learning at its finest! If you are a Lower School parent, you are no doubt already familiar with some of the learning that occurred during this action-packed week.

Spring Study Week is a learning experience unlike any other in Lower School--a true highlight of the school year. This year we went “Into The Wild” during our exploration of the national parks. As is typical, the workshops and assemblies were collaborative, hands-on, and showcased experiential learning at its finest! If you are a Lower School parent, you are no doubt already familiar with some of the learning that occurred during this action-packed week. For example, you may have heard about the visit from a slow loris, spelunking through multiple caves, or the twenty-four-foot-high climbing wall. In our classroom, students returned to kindergarten often talking about microbes and geysers, as well as deserts, oceans, and arctic animals and their habitats. The depth and breath of the curriculum covered, while extensive, is only one part what makes Spring Study Week so magical. Perhaps even more impressive, is the light it shines on the beauty of the Crane community.
 
The success of Spring Study Week is dependent on everyone adopting a willingness to come together and do their part to make it happen. Gayle Sandell, as Head of the Lower School, is tireless and steadfast in the planning process and seems to welcome any unforeseen difficulties with her creative solutions and a smile. Planning and prepping begins almost a year in advance, but the campus is truly abuzz with excitement the weekend before Spring Study Week begins as teachers gather to help one another transform classroom spaces to match the year's theme. And the students shine in their new learning environments and with their new classmates for the week.
 
A fine example of this is the fifth grade class and their role as leaders of the Lower School. Each year, fifth grade students are asked to lead the way in demonstrating appropriate audience behaviors during assemblies and relied on to lend a helping hand during workshops. Kudos are due to this year’s fifth graders for their positive can-do attitudes and ability to consider the needs of those around them. As obstacles arose throughout the week (weather challenges, scheduling snafus, etc.) the fifth graders continued to demonstrate flexibility and cooperation. They looked out for the kindergartners and first graders as they navigated their first Spring Study Week and provided an excellent model for future fifth grade leaders.
 
Undoubtedly, the wheels have begun turning to prepare for next year’s adventure. Themes will soon be debated and discussed, workshops researched, and experts consulted. While the topic will be kept a secret until next spring, we are sure to be treated to another memorable week thanks to our fabulous community!
 
Andrea Soto
Kindergarten Co-Teacher

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