What do jellyfish and volcanoes have in common with the Maine State Legislature, the Renaissance and the earliest humans?
They are all topics of great interest to our third-year Elementary students, who recently completed their yearlong studies. The “yearlong” study is a capstone experience for the Lower Elementary children in which they spend months researching interesting facts about their topics, putting their findings together in a report, completing a related project or activity, and presenting their report in front of their peers and parents.
What a great experience for a 9-year-old to explore a subject they love and then share it with their classmates. They learn how to dive deep into a subject in an age when so much information gathering is about skimming the surface. The experience of sharing their knowledge with the class is inspiring to others, and allows them to see themselves as experts on a subject they love.