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Architecture in Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten

Architecture in Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten
Posted on 06/25/2015
archWritten by: Neil Klinman & Michelle Connelly

In Kindergarten B-7, students have been exploring what it is like to design and build like architects. Working with parent volunteer (and architect) Shannon Finley and other volunteers, they have created structures and represented them with architectural drawings. In another lesson they created floor plans for buildings on grid paper, and then they built models from their plans using snap-cubes. They have learned how to design through an open-ended hands-on process, represent their work graphically, and share their ideas in a studio of peers.  Check out their display in the front lobby to see what they created.

archIn JK Room B8, the students have been learning about architecture, and reading about many different kinds of buildings. On Thursday, June 18th the classroom took a walking field trip to the M.I.T. campus to explore some of the differently designed buildings. The M.I.T. Architecture is fascinating. Some of the buildings and architecture that the class viewed included; Stata Center, the Chapel, Maclaurin Building, Simmons Hall, Kresge Auditorium, Koch Childcare Center, and the Collier Memorial. All are amazing examples of Architecture! Check them out for yourself, in person or online!