The art and science of imagination

In the Classroom 11/6/2016

El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) As part of our Spanish program we celebrated the Day of the Dead this week in traditional Mexican style, with tamales, Pan de Muertos (bread of the dead), Alfeñiques (sugar skulls), and of course the Ofrenda, the altar where loved ones who h

In the Classroom 10/29/2016

  Early Childhood Moment Peeling a quail egg helps develop dexterity and certainty in the hands. 1st Grade: Woodland Story First grade chalkboard drawing from a woodland story. Observation of nature and seasons, along with the magical stories of the tiny creatures are the beginni

5th & 6th Grades: Starved Rock State Park

5th & 6th Grades: Starved Rock State Park The fifth and sixth graders enjoyed a trip to Starved Rock State Park near Oglesby, Illinois this week, enriching their study of geology with real-world exploration. They enjoyed hiking French Canyon and Tonty Canyon (especially the waterf

In the Classroom 10/21/2016

Hike Day Hike Day in Sunflower Garden. Wonder Garden Glimpses Miss Kelly providing a bit of TLC to start the day—soul food! 1st & 2nd Grades: Extra Lesson Extra Lesson brings “Wool Winding” to first and second graders. This exercise develops both a sense of left and ri

In The Classroom, 10/14/2016

Moving Along From the youngest in our school to the oldest, the children learn to carry along what they need, to be innovative, and to be strong. Early Childhood: Knighting Ceremony In the spirit of the Michaelmas season, some of the early childhood classes are singing a song about ta

In The Classroom, 10/7/2016

Early Childhood: Apple Picking and Dragon Fire Early childhood families went to Royal Oaks Apple Orchard on Monday, October 4. A good time was had by all and many apples were picked. Many apples were also eaten! On Tuesday, early childhood had a bonfire that was referred to as “

In The Classroom 10/2/2016

Early Childhood Our early childhood children are enjoying the time we all share together on the playground in the morning and afternoon.  Visit our blog to view larger images. 1st Grade: Fairy Tales   First graders hard at work with images from fairy tales. From these stories a living

In the Classroom 9/18/2016

1st and 2nd Grades: Cooking Class The first and second graders enjoyed cooking class this week, making use of our new “teaching island” outside the kitchen. They loved preparing their birthday celebration meal, which consisted of lemon-herb bread and homemade ice cream! 2n

Michael Hedley Burton at DVWS

Storyteller, author, and playwright Michael Hedley Burton visited our school this past week and treated the children and faculty alike to his storytelling. Originally from New Zealand, he now makes his home in Sydney, Australia. Students from Early Childhood through eighth grade were

5th Grade Pentathlon

The study of ancient civilizations in 5th grade culminates in ancient Greece. As part of this study, the students learn discus throwing, javelin throwing, long jump, Greek wrestling, and relay foot racing in their movement education classes. They then join other 5th grade classes from