Jill conducted our tour with the true spirit of an educator. This was clearly not her 'first time at the rodeo' as she demonstrated an impressive understanding of how children learn. New information was thoroughly scaffolded with prior knowledge and students were encouraged to ask questions. It is obvious to me when adults respect (and genuinely like) children. There is a light that shines in someones eyes that my words cannot capture, but is instantly recognized when seen. She was patient, accommodating to our requests and downright fun.
An added bonus on this excursion was that Kimy was able to join us. She has an insightful, creative eye for images and captured most of the photos included below.
The hour long guided tours include time for the children to sit and sketch some of the artwork and artifacts of their choice. This is probably the most popular activity of the day (other than lunch in Central Park and a jaunt to the playground). There is something so wonderful in watching a group of 6-and-7-year-olds focusing on these ancient pieces and rendering it through their eyes and talents. Some of their precious drawings are included in the slide show.
Two days after our visit we got a lovely handwritten letter from Jill who wrote "I'm still smiling when I think of the wonderful children you brought to the museum yesterday! You are just remarkable - something I've heard from my fellow guides for a long time - and I was so fortunate to spend an hour with you and these exceptional children!" Sweet of her, no? She also sent us some follow up materials including a copy of the book 'Who Built the Pyramids'.
As I have mentioned before, each week Lauren and I choose a poem to read in class. Our weekly spelling words are chosen from this poem and a videotape is made to put on our class web page. The poem below, 'Egypt', was our selection for the week. The ever fascinating scarab beetle with it's dung ball provided much entertainment for the young set.