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Above, representing rider number nine in an “Express Relay Team” is second-grader Claire Keesee, who hands off an important package of dark chocolate kisses to classmate Hunter Purcell, ready to take the final lap to deliver the package to its intended destination.

Discovery Days planned

Looking for a creative hands-on experience for your child on a cold Saturday January morning? Chesapeake Academy will host three “Discovery Days” this winter as a means to bring early childhood and elementary school families in our community together with enriching age-appropriate activities centered on popular children’s literature or a specific theme. Discovery Days are free and guaranteed to be a fun and memorable way to spend a winter morning with your child in a warm classroom environment in the company of other children and families.

Centered on winter-themed books, including Lois Ehler’s lovely book, “Snowballs,” the academy’s first Discovery Day will be held on Saturday, January 23, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for children ages 4 to 7. Activities to reinforce this timeless tale of deep snow adventure may include child-led retellings of the story through the creation of sculpture and poetry, theatrical reenactments, mathematical games relating to symmetry, sizing and sequencing, cooperation games, science experiments involving insulation, thawing and freezing, as well as a miniature cooking class!

Discovery Days are sponsored by the Early Childhood and Lower School teachers at Chesapeake Academy and are open and free to all families in the community.

Chesapeake Academy will host additional Discovery Days on Saturday, February 27, and Saturday, March 20. For additional information or to reserve a space for your child to attend any or all Discovery Day events, please call Chesapeake Academy at 804-438-5575.

Pony Express

To help understand the challenges of communication during a recent study of American westward expansion, Chesapeake Academy second-graders reenacted the Pony Express of 1860-1862.

Using the circular driveway of the campus to represent their route, students used reasoning and math skills to make a comparative study of the efficiency of using a team of riders versus a single rider to complete a mock 1,000-mile journey.

In order to help her students understand the concept of the need to switch horses every 10 miles and riders every 100 miles, Molly Vanderpool lined her students in a relay around the school’s circular driveway.

posted 01.13.2010

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