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Kindergarten explores what "boyhood is celebrated" means

posted Mar 24, 2017, 3:34 PM by Julie Alonso   [ updated May 27, 2017, 11:58 AM by Kim Stuart ]
At Town School, learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated. While we know what it means to love school and value learning, we sometimes stumble over what it means to celebrate boyhood.  After all, we know that there is not just one way to be a boy.  Kindergarten has taken the last few weeks to explore what it means to be a boy. Our exploration has led us to a wider examination of what messages we receive from the world around us, too. 

Without knowing it, our Kindergarteners have embarked on a media literacy lesson. By thinking critically about the messages they see and hear from commercials, tv and movies, books, and the internet (like youtube and google), they are laying the foundation to be able to meaningfully evaluate information in our post-truth world. The take-aways, we hope, are to be aware of media messages and to think for themselves. In conclusion of this unit, the boys decided that boyhood (and girlhood) just means being who you are and liking what you like. And that's something to celebrate.