Children are brilliant!
If we provide them with rich experiences, tangible connections between aspects of our curriculum and seamless instruction they will consistently step-up to plate.
The brilliant part of all this is that even when instruction is less than stellar they still pull all of their experiences together and make sense of things.
In one of my doctoral classes we are reading this book. One passage reads:
"From a student's perspective, school work should ideally have a cohesive, cumulative quality in which specific activities and their goals can be seen to form part of a greater whole, as part of a purposeful educational journey" (p.114).
An aspect of our curriculum is, of course, adherence to the state & city standards. In mathematics a geometry strand involves shapes.
And I applaud the myriad ways this is supported by the fine educators at our school.
In art the students are exploring spheres using balloons, glue and yarn (see above). Next they will create cylinders out of clay while they continue to examine the difference between 2D and 3D shapes.
In Physical Education (not gym as our P.E. teacher likes to stress) the students are playing with spheres, cubes and pyramids.
I applaud these educators for allowing our students to use multiple intelligences to deepen their understanding and enjoy "a purposeful educational journey".