Exploration and Creativity Make Learning Fun at FCDS



Forsyth Country Day School was excited to welcome 800 students to campus on August 19 for in-person learning. With invested teachers and engaging classes on campus, students are having meaningful interactions, engaging in valuable learning, and developing essential skills for the world ahead.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening all over campus:

Preschool

Students are developing their social and communication skills through sensory play. Sensory bins—containers filled with carefully selected materials and objects to stimulate the senses of children—are hands-on tools for children to explore their world through their senses. Filled with kernels of corn, beans, rice, shredded paper, sand, water, and small toys and tools, these bins aren’t just fun, they’re an important part of any early childhood learning experience. Because of COVID-19, teachers have small individual bins in their classrooms.

Lower School

Kindergarteners used their sense of taste to determine if there is a difference between green, red, and yellow apples. Other Apple Day activities included cooking, investigating, building apple wagons, and creating the life cycle of an apple.

First Graders are learning engineering! They built paper airplanes, made a perfect square, created tin foil people, and saved a very lucky worm named Fred. 

Second Graders celebrated the end of a reading unit by wearing PJs, reading with flashlights, and munching on popcorn. The students have been choosing “just right” (not too hard, not too easy) books, building their stamina, and writing “stop and jots” (short summaries) after reading.

Third Graders developed their writing skills by adding dialogue and dynamic endings to their stories during Writers’ Workshop.

Fourth Graders created comic strips during science that demonstrated their understanding of magnetism. Once the comics were complete, they practiced their public speaking skills by presenting them to their classmates.

Middle School

This year, the Middle School introduced exciting new classes called Exploratories. In Public Art & Storytelling, students made self-portraits as they discussed the role of storytelling in art. Students delivered handmade birthday cards they created in Serving the Community class.

The Out of the Box class designed Very Tiny Houses while discussing the environmental benefits of such a small footprint.

The excitement was palpable as students in Can’t Solve This, a game theory and design class, analyzed classic board games to determine the best strategy to win. Creative Exploration class used flowers to make beautiful insects and arachnids out of natural materials.

Upper School

Civil Discourse.  Head of School Gardner Barrier and Lily Cochrane with the Wake Forest Center for Private Business are co-teaching this new class. It focuses on listening to understand versus listening to respond, the value of thought-provoking questions in discussion, methods of practicing self-reflection, the power in diversity of thought, and role-playing exercises around controversial topics.

Fury Broadcasting Network.  Created by students to feature athletics, interview players, and live-stream games. These high school students are honing their video, editing, planning, design, and interviewing skills.

At Forsyth Country Day School, our priority is a safe and engaging learning environment that truly prepares students for what’s ahead. From the joy of playing an instrument to the discovery of hands-on science, our individualized instruction fosters curiosity and creativity—setting the stage for lifelong learning.

Check out FCDS.org to learn more, or give us a call at 336.945.3151.

 

 


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