The Orchard School uses art and woodworking to make lessons more meaningful for their students.

Teachers from The Orchard School demonstrate how they have had success using art and woodworking to make lessons more meaningful for their elementary students.

Scott Weaver, 4th Grade Teacher at The Orchard School talks about the success he has had using hands-on learning at The Orchard School.  He shares their Simple Machine Unit, a devise that involves math, engineering and their much beloved Pinewood Derby.

It starts with not being held to such tight standards so it allows you to work freely and when you do that you are going to produce a lot better results.”

Tracey Gallion, and Elementary School Art Teacher at The Orchard School explains how she works with all of the teachers in their elementary school to integrate their lessons with art.

Parents see that their kids love art and are cultivating a love for art that is going to last their lifetime.”

For their Service Learning at The Orchard School the student participated in an Empty Bowls Dinner. Kindergarten through third grade classes made gorgeous ceramic bowls and plates in art class. The November Empty Bowls Dinner The Orchard School campus was a huge success. For $10, people got soup, bread, a dessert and a ceramic piece of his/her choice. All of the proceeds went to St. Vincent de Paul’s food pantry and they were pleased to announce that they raised more than $3,400!!

OP bowls pre     OP bowls

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