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.
Instead of delving deep into the Amazon rainforest, the Children’s School will tending to their own gardens for this week’s theme at Chautauqua.
Teacher Clarissa Savage, in a pale pink tutu, leads a group of 4s up Wythe. Some girls are wearing primary-colored “princess” dresses and feathered pink hats. A few boys don cowboy getups, painted-on spectacles and Wild West vests they’ve been sporting since the beginning of the week.
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, the Charlotte Ballet will take the stage to pay homage to the iconic dance. With 10 separate pas de deux of all shapes and sizes, however, they are doing far more than just paying homage.
Before the 3-year-old members of Children’s School marched out to perform traditional folk songs for their parents, they sat restlessly listening to a story read by their counselor.
While the grown-up population of Chautauqua will be delving into the issues of the American West, the Children’s School will be exploring their own version of America’s frontier, but with a little more rodeo.
With its theme of “Construction,” Week Four at the Children’s School promises to make builders out of kids and helpers out of their parents.
At 9 a.m. last Thursday at the Children’s School, the group of 5s, who were wearing their “incognito faces” and donning code names, were also visited by a very special guest.
Three days before its opening at the Amphitheater on Saturday night, Madam Butterfly premiered at the Children’s School, complete with sailor caps, neon-pink kimonos and Japanese folk music.