A school-wide Teddy Bear Picnic helped wrap up the last week of Children’s School as Chautauqua’s season comes to a quiet close. Although the morning rain and overcast skies made for the first indoor “campfire” in years, the kids still celebrated with as much sunny enthusiasm.
John Denton looks down at 5-year old Caroline, who has just managed to pull off a second-long handstand near the playground. It’s his last day at Children’s School.
Last Wednesday at Children’s School, “shapes” were made in the form of alligators and oceans, and with an artist’s paintbrush instead of a poet’s pen.
It’s a Wednesday, and librarian Lynn Moschel is reading to Group 1 at Children’s School. She holds up a book called Bats at the Library, rotating it around for the 6-year-olds in the front row on their knees, some pointing at the illustrations, all matching her cheer.
Sitting criss-cross in the middle of the teepee, Chautauqua Children’s School teacher John Denton debriefs the audience on the upcoming egg-hatching operation it is about to endure. Kneeled down like a gargoyle, Denton looks over to the trolls-in-training, the students, and his fellow teachers to deliver the news.
It’s been 12 years since the Children’s School debuted its annual “Troll Play,” in honor of Chautauqua’s birthday and to raise money for Old First Night.
The Daily met up with Annika Borg-Sundstrom and Helen Himebaugh to talk about Quidditch, Elvis and one special night for Chautauquans.
When teachers John Denton, Pie Kasbar, Gretchen Hathaway, Heidi Zarou and Tiffany Clementi-Hammes all sat down together to write this year’s annual Children’s School “Troll Play,” they figured they would try something new.
In the Yellow Room at Children’s School, 5-year-old Eve Kushmaul pours sand on a fake sunflower with a plastic shovel, while other 5s around the room paint toilet-paper-tube cacti or play with worms. Eve takes her friend’s hand and buries it alongside her “sandflower.”
The Daily met up with Counselors of the Week Justin Blanchard, Ginny Renjilian and Sadie Renjilian to talk about meditation, Air Band, and vegetarian indoctrination.