For kindergarteners learning Spanish, the school year began with their teacher learning something about them! Tania Carpio, who joined the Dwight family this year, distributed "About Me" bags to her students and asked them to bring back a few items from home that would provide clues about their interests and what makes each one unique — unearthing early sparks of genius. "I wanted my new students to share these with me and their classmates," she explains. "Finding out what students had in common also helped to build a sense of community. Once we had discovered what each student liked doing, I introduced the Dwight School crest by explaining that crests are a way to show others how a person or a family is unique."
After Ms. Carpio described the meaning behind the symbols — crescent moon, lion, and cross — on Dwight's crest, it was time for students to create their own. They dove into the exercise, using three or four symbols — "simbolos" — and different "colores" to express themselves. The results are as varied as they are! "It was great to see their final projects and just how confident they are in their abilities and strengths," says Ms. Carpio, who looks forward to more creative projects designed to showcase and share her students' unique interests and talents.
Check out some examples of their projects: