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Russian painter, Wassily Kandinsky and French artist, Henri Matisse were both great masters and innovators of color. Both artists created abstractions of nature by using color and shapes to build compositions filled with symmetry, rhythyms and life. Explorers in Pre-K 4, Kindergarten and First Grade have been learning about these modern masters and are using their iconic works such as Kandinsky's painting, Concentric Circles and Matisse's collage, The Snail as inspiration. Look for the influence of these great artists in the works of our young Explorers.

 

 

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"Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." -Pablo Picasso

In this Pre-K thematic unit, children learned that if you can imagine it, you can make it! Learning was centered on how imagination and creativity shape our world. Pre-K 4 Explorers learned from the hero of imagination: Harold from Crockett Johnson's beloved classic Harold and the Purple Crayon that they can draw their own reality (check out their purple crayon masterpieces). Inspired by the bunny from Antoinette Portis' modern classic, Not a Box, Pre-K 3 Explorers learned that a box is just a box..unless it's not a box! See boxes transformed into rocket ships, robots, race cars and firetrucks all by the power of imagination. Finally, Pre-K 4 Explorers prove that you really can make anything you imagine- even your mom! Each child's interpretation of her or his mother is a testament to the power of imagination and creativity. In the eyes of children, moms are heroes, teachers and even fairy princesses!

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How are people around the world alike and different? How does culture influence the stories that we tell? First Grade Explorers set off on a Flat Stanley adventure and gained the understanding that the world is a big place. Our young Explorers wrote letters to their loved ones, tucked Stanley (he is flat, after all!) inside the envelopes and mailed him to destinations around the United Sates and beyond; he even made it all the way to Sydney, Australia! 

Explorers received letters, photos, and mementos from North Carolina, New York, Florida, and cities and towns trhoughout Connecticut. Stanley returned to Ross woodward ready to share his experiences. His travels taught the first graders about life in different parts of the state, country, and world.

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Kindergarteners can show 100! Please enjoy The 100th Day of School exhibit created by Kindergarten Explorers and their families. Each visual representation shows individuality and ingenuity. From Legoes to pennies, to pasta- we've learned that we can represent, see and celebrate 100 many different ways.

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Did geography greatly affect the development of Colonial America? To answer this question Fifth Grade Explorers put on their (tri-cornered) cartographers' hats and tried their hands at making maps.  Mr. Flynn built on the kids' knowledge of the colonies by helping them plot the colonies, taking into consideration size and proximity to one another. He also taught them the technique of antiquing paper in order to make the maps appear as actual historical artifacts. 

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