One last Friday at Opal School
It’s the last Friday of the year at Opal School, and classes are buzzing with reflection, creation, and communication.
Early K has spent the year exploring how people might wander into imaginary worlds together. M is delighted to find a caterpillar in Staircase Land. Like the students, she supposes, he must have thought it was real!
In Opal 1, children and families share books the children have written before sending them out into the world. We wonder what a librarian in London will think about O’s lightning story.
In Opal 4, groups construct panels communicating their ideas about rivers crossed, past and present – of America’s crossing from colonies to nation; of the children’s crossing from this year as a class into the future – and about how to be a translator across cultural divides.
Loris Malaguzzi said that children who experienced such an education would leave with a gem in their pocket that they could call upon throughout their lives. Saying goodbye to this school year, we know that we are all stronger for it.