“Hooray! It’s the project we’ve been waiting for in Grade 3, and it is here!” These were the words echoed by our Grade 3 students this year, as they were assigned the much awaited project of building a “3D Pioneer House”. The project assigned to them was done in three parts, where students were expected to research 1 of 4 types of pioneer homes, build a model of the home with a surrounding landscape, and prepare an oral presentation of the finished model in front of classmates and a green screen. The Grade 3 students could barely contain their excitement as Presentation Day began. Within minutes, the classroom started to take the shape of a mini gallery, with intricately decorated projects on display. Seen below is a student presenting her 3D shelter in front of a green screen.
Projects (whether a homework project or a classroom project), offer children the chance to be imaginative. They open the door for students to fully discover their artistic talents and creative skills, and to demonstrate their knowledge of the material learned in class. The oral presentation component of this project encouraged the generally timid children to build-up their public speaking skills, as they presented to a familiar audience of classmates.
As the students explored the lives of early settlers in Canada, it was evident by their enthusiasm and curiosity, that the 3D Pioneer House project was the highlight of their yearly learning experience. Their positive attitudes and yearning for active hands-on learning, was a clear indication of the success of Rowntree Montessori Schools’ award-winning approach to teaching, and our continued commitment to educating the next generation.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
– Albert Einstein