Special Interest Projects at the Riley School

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 12:15pm

At Riley it is the season for our 46th year of Special Interest Projects! For two weeks mid-winter, middle & upper school children (ages 7-14) each choose a topic for independent in-depth exploration. The projects are completed in small groups with the support of a facilitator.  Children can dive deeply into their research, and individualize how they share their knowledge. They can create a display or give a demonstration or write a paper, and all practice speaking in front of an audience about their topic. Their endeavors are presented at an evening where families and friends can wander throughout to view, ask questions, and learn about the wide range of topics that fascinate our Riley School children.

Just a few of this year topics include: inspiring people such as Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Zhao Brothers, Beatrix Potter and Frida Kahlo; the art & science of Beekeeping, Hunting; Japanese Food and Calligraphy; Rockland Architecture; stories past to present of D-Day; Women’s Fashion, Sewing machines, and even the biography of a Riley classmate.

Lower School children (ages 4-6) spend the month of March working together on an integrated Special Interest study to produce Maple Syrup. Join us on Maine Maple Sunday, March 24th to experience their work.

The Riley School is a progressive, independent school located on 20 acres in Rockport, Maine. Where children are guided to become independent, lifelong learners and innovative thinkers. Small, multi-age classes provide opportunities to build strong, collaborative relationships and to nurture the unique talents of each individual. Accredited by the New England Association of School and Colleges and the Maine State Department of Education, the ungraded Riley School enrolls children K-9th grade, and 18 months – 4 years for the Wade Acres program. Applications currently being accepted for the 2019-20 school year. For more information visit www.rileyschool.org or call the office 207-594-6405 to schedule a visit.