One of our stand out themes so far this summer happened just last week. We decided to incorporate architecture into the curriculum because Norfolk has so much to offer in this category! There are so many gorgeous buildings here in town, and what child doesn't like to build things?
We began the week with a visit from Norfolk architect Kate Johnson. We had an interesting age range that day and Kate rose to the occasion, providing information about her career and photographs of the houses she has built around town. One child recognized a house and was able to give a detailed description of how to get there! They sure do keep us smiling. Kate was so kind to bring house plans for the children to cut out, decorate and put together into a 3-D model.
On Wednesday, we embarked on a beautiful walk to the Norfolk Historical Society. Ann Havemeyer was our personal tour guide for the field trip and was amazing with the children! We could have stayed all day, there was so much to see. We learned about buildings in town and what they used to be and the kids particularly loved the fact that there was once roller skating where Infinity Hall is today. Their other favorites included a silent movie filmed at Tobey Pond, the general store, ringing the bell on the third floor and trekking into the basement to see the old jail! A great time was had by all! Here's a few pictures...
A Great Big Thank You to everyone here in town that supports & encourages us!
Throughout the week, we utilized our amazing Lego collection (generously donated by a neighbor) and sat down with the children to design our very own Lego City. Here's a glimpse of our city, entitled "NELC" (pronounced "Nell-see" according to the kids!)
We ended the week by incorporating a bit of enchantment into our architecture! The children went on a short nature walk and collected supplies to build their very own fairy house! Using all natural materials, we spent the afternoon building and decorating these magical little dwellings. We had a blast (and the kids did too)! If you haven't done this, we highly recommend you give it a whirl!