A pioneer unit is a favorite among our kindergarten students. They study the journey and lifestyle of the pioneers and take a walk back in time to experience a different way of living. They enjoy writing on their slates and trying their hand at some quilt work. A visit to a one-room school house in the country is a highlight for everyone.
First grade students study community and end the school year by designing their own "Rainbow City." This requires teamwork to help plan and lay out the city in the most beneficial way for the most people. Making a case for what should be included in the city and where it should be constructed is quite a conversation. Girls develop ideas that could be used for a model city anywhere in the U.S.
The World Cultural Festival is one of the highlights of the second grade year. Girls work in class and with their families to research their ancestry and learn about the journey to arrive in the United States. Girls are intrigued with the past and fascinated to hear stories from relatives about individual experiences. After the research is gathered and written up, girls write a brief summary to share with the community. The culminating event is a festival sharing each child's heritage through costume, food and special items.
Each year our third grade students become pen pals with an alumna who graduated from Hathaway Brown 50 years ago. The pen pals write letters back and forth and eagerly look forward to Alumnae Weekend when they meet and spend some time getting to know each other better. Third grade girls thoroughly enjoy hearing about what HB was like fifty years ago.
Our fourth grade students developed friendships with students from the San Filippo School in Italy. The relationship began two years ago when they collaborated to create a mural for Peace. Sending ideas back and forth they soon decided on a picture. Our girls painted half of the mural and then sent it to their friends to paint the other half. The mural will be displayed in Egypt next year as part of an Art for Peace project.