As each semester concludes at The Children’s Guild schools, the students put together a showcase of their work and what they’ve learned called the Museum Project. Each student works both independently and with their class to create work within the theme of the semester’s project. At our Prince George’s campus, the Fall semester’s theme was “Building a Zoo”.
Parents, family and students toured the building and classrooms, with each classroom providing a new learning experience for their guests. The hallways and classrooms of our Prince George’s campus were transformed into zoological exhibits that were compelling, unique and inspiring.
One classroom transported its guests to the artic. Polar bears and seals could be spotted throughout the room while the children gathered on an “ice cap” to learn about the wild creatures that roam in our coldest climate. While another classroom took on Madagascar and provided a tour of an animal sanctuary complete with lemurs, leopards, snakes and more. Each child from the classroom became a guide through the sanctuary and taught the guests about the different animals on exhibit. In both cases the transformation of each classroom was spectacular and the efforts undertaken by faculty, staff and students alike were evident at every turn.
The final part of the Museum Project tour concluded on a far-away planet, CGC15. Here, students created new breeds of animals that were presented in their natural habitats. The animals were constructed from papier-mâché and the habitats were constructed around them. The imaginations of our children are unparalleled and that was most evident on planet CGC15. There was a chickear- a chicken/bear combo whose enemy was the wolf. The Dolfmermaid is part dolphin, part mermaid and it’s gestational period is 15 months long at which time they birth litters of 10. The X-ray Cat Dragon, lays eggs and lives in the arctic, while the Belecat (a bat elephant cat combo) also lays eggs, it lives in the forest. And the catasaurus REX is half mammal half reptile and never sleeps.
At The Children’s Guild, we strive to give each student the chance to learn to become a caring, and contributing member of society. The ways in which each child are capable of learning are different and unique and the Museum Project is a chance to showcase our student’s abilities. To see the work and effort that these kids put forth to make these presentations, and to listen to them speak with such pride and knowledge about the animals, of this world and of CGC15, is an experience unlike any other. It takes hard work from all involved but the final result is worth it.