Archive for December, 2013

WINTER WONDERLAND LEARNING AT HIS

December 19th, 2013

Our bright morning of learning at Henderson International School was a great success! On Dec. 6, our new enrollment open house for pre-school and kindergarten classes invited parents and potential students for a day of developmental activities for children ages 2-4. Craft activities included a donut snowman, snowflake paint collage, sponge snow, tissue paper snowman and homemade play dough. The activities were fun and engaging for the children and showcased how we incorporate visual, tactile and sensory learning into everyday activities at Henderson International School.

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Donut Snowman Snack – Tactile learning

Assemble as shown in video Materials: One large powdered donut, one mini powdered donut, one powdered donut hole, two pretzel sticks, one fruit roll-up (8 inch piece cut along the middle in a zigzag pattern) and one Hershey kiss

Watch the Winter Wonderland Video here: http://youtu.be/hjXhfT50YJM

Snowflake Paint Collage – Visual learning

Dip bottle brush tip in paint and press snowflake shapes on dark paper. Materials: dark construction paper, white paint, sponge bottle brush

Sponge Snow – Sensory learning

Spray the snow with water to allow kids to feel the difference in texture. They can also fill buckets of “snow” using sand shovels to improve gross motor skills. Materials: small white sponge pieces, water spray bottle, sandbox pail and shovel

 Tissue Paper Snowman – Sensory learning

Crunch up tissue paper to create eyes, buttons and corn cob pipe. This stimulates auditory and gross motor skills. Materials: Two white circles of construction paper, yarn to tie circles together, black construction paper hat, orange construction paper carrot nose, red and black 2″x2″ squares of tissue paper

Homemade Play Dough – Tactile learning

Cook on stovetop following this recipe http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Playdough-Play-dohMaterials: flour, salt, water, vegetable oil, cream of tartar, smooth plastic holiday cookie cutters

 

For more information about our preschool program, any of our Winter Wonderland activities, or to inquire about our next open house, please contact Aimee Romero at admissions@hendersonschool.com

blog arts7th Grade student Sheen recently attended the The New York Meritas Art and Film Festival. Let’s hear about the experience from Sheen:

The New York Meritas Art and Film Festival was an interesting experience, to say the least. It was tons of fun, being busy, learning, and enjoying food all packed into one event. Overall, it was a great experience, and I learned a ton of things about art.

On our first day, we headed to the Leman Manhattan Preparatory School where we had dinner in their huge ballroom. Dinner included chicken and mac n’ cheese, and it was great! After dinner, we got into groups and created an outfit using only paper. I think it came out okay, considering it was made by 12 year-olds! After a quick fashion show (there was one high school boy who modeled for us – he was the best), we ate ice cream, headed to the hotel, and got ready to sleep.

The next day was jam-packed. This was also the first day where the art and film groups would be separated. We ate breakfast (I had pancakes) and then, we went to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which was a huge religious building. It was amazing. After we went downstairs and did some activities, we explored the whole cathedral, floor by floor. We even went up to the top of the roof.

After lunch, we skimmed through the Metropolitan museum and marveled at all the art. Then, we met back up with the film students at Jekyll and Hyde, a sort of entertainment/show restaurant. The film students bragged about their shopping spree at Times Square while the food came out.

After Jekyll and Hyde, we strolled around the streets for a bit and went to the Empire State Building. The top was extremely cold, but the view was fantastic! Once we were finished with the spectacle, we returned to the hotel and got ready for the next day.

Right after breakfast, we went to MoMA, or the Museum of Modern Art. I loved it. Everything was amazing, and there was some pretty awesome stuff, like a model helicopter and the original Starry Night. I only wish we had gotten some more time to explore it, as I heard there were more exhibits, but the gift shop was amazing.

After MoMA, we went to Bubba Gump, a shrimp/fish restaurant based on the movie Forrest Gump. The fish and chips were the best thing ever. They were so delicious.

We went to Leman Manhattan once more and did some activities. We made little booklets that showed the New York skyline. Then, we went to the Spirit of New York, a cruise, for dinner, where we met up with all the film kids. After dinner, I went and spent most of my time on top of the ship. It was cold, but the view was very nice. We could even see the Statue of Liberty.

The last day was really nice. As soon as we woke up, the art people went to the Converse store and had a makeshift breakfast there. Then, we designed our own shoes and had a nice time.

After the shoe designing, we went to Times Square, had a five-minute shopping spree in a tourist gift shop and went to John’s Pizzeria. It was delicious pizza, and I had about four slices!

Then, we stopped at a hotel for a restroom, and went to The Ride, a showlike tour around New York in a bus. It was very, very good.

It was then time to go home. We had packed our stuff early in the morning, so all that was left was for us to go to the airport. Once we arrived, we had a small dinner at Panda Express and said our farewells to New York.

It was a wonderful learning experience, and was tons fun. We viewed a lot of art, I met some pretty cool people and I had a great time. And that’s pretty much all that matters, isn’t it?

The Games Have Begun!

December 4th, 2013

HIS games

Henderson International School athletes are visiting Florida, Windermere Prep school this week, Dec. 3 – Dec. 7 to complete in the Meritas Games. Students from all over gather to compete in the multi-sport tournament which includes baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Our facilities at our school have prepped our athletes well! We are lucky to have full size football, soccer and baseball fields, a pool and tennis courts for our athletes to excel not only in academics but also in the playing field.

We know our student-athletes will put forth their best effort and we can’t wait to congratulate them on their tournament achievements when they return!

To learn more about the Meritas Games, please visit http://www.meritas.net/games.