Early Childhood

Beginners Explore Light and Shadows at Lantern Walk

New Canaan Country School Beginners put on their annual Lantern Walk celebration with shadow puppet plays and a lantern walk. The evening was a much-anticipated event which culminated a study of light and dark. View photos. 
The unit began with questions: What is light? Where do you find it? How do you make it? Students and teachers talked about the difference between day and night and experimented with shadows.
“They are so curious and keep asking questions and making connections,” said Beginners Teacher Carin Walden.
This exploration led to the creation of shadow puppet plays and the making of lanterns. Students were divided into four groups and worked together to create original plays. During this process, they used their language and collaboration skills to discuss ideas and come up with their stories. The four stories performed at the celebration were: The Tree and Zoo Story, Animal Friends, Animal Beach Party and Peaceful Animals. The lanterns were made with balloons and translucent tissue paper.
“It was hard work,” said Beginners Teacher Jeannie Bean. “They had to make everything themselves. The end result, though, was that they felt so invested and proud of every part of the project.”
After the puppet shows, the students sang “Walk With My Little Lantern” with Music Teacher Diane Scanlon and walked around campus, one hand holding onto their parent, the other holding their lantern.
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