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Caught in The Web

They're caught in a web.

The Downtown School, located in Des Moines, Iowa, is a "nongraded elementary based on research and the best practices in elementary education." They are also actively investigating the use of technology as a tool for learning.
The five- and six-year-old students in Mrs. Williams' class were studying plants. Their thematic approach led them to consider plants as represented in art. This led them to Claude Monet, who liked to paint impressionistic pictures of flowers and plants. So, the students selected pictures of plants or flowers from magazines and then painted their own impressionistic images, in the style of Monet. The resulting gallery of their artwork, published online, is spectacular. Each of the students' pictures is quite extraordinary. Take special notice of the paintings by Lynn, Kayla, and Drew. One of them may just be the next Monet.
Ms. Donovan's class projects display a variety of talents. The students, ranging in age from seven to ten, have created a fine collection of artwork, poetry, and prose. Tom, age 7, has written a wonderful poem titled "My Dog." Abbie, age 9, shares her portrait of "Blue Violets." Max, age 9, tackled all four seasons in free verse. Notice his excellent use of similes to represent seasonal scenes.
In Ms. Tucker's classroom, Brady's acrostic poem is also worth a look. The acrostic expresses characteristics of "Nolan Ryan." Notice the creative solution for the letter "y."
Be sure to take time to visit The Downtown School this month. It will be time well spent.

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