Hippogriffs and Sambar

Young writers bring their families to life through poetry and artwork.
First and 2nd grade writers have been telling the stories of their families this week in the Lower School through art and poetry.

First graders designed their “villages” and wrote about members of their families. Ivy Maraugh ’30 held up her artwork to show where she had written: “Daddy reads to me every night.” Arjun Reddy ’30 proudly shared the details he had included about his family. “My Am'mam'ma, which means grandmother in Telugu, makes me dosa, and it goes so well with sambar. Have you ever had sambar? It’s like a sauce with herbs.”

In 2nd grade, students described their families through poetry. Their playful poems assigned each family member an animal based on personality or character. “I am a lion cub because I work hard every day!” roared Zion Jones ’29 as he performed his poem aloud. Lillian Escola ’29 wrote, “I am a dragon because I am tough and I never give up. My mom is a hippogriff because she is stubborn and beautiful.” Henry Rosand ’29 laughed as he read aloud. “My mom is a snake because she does yoga!”

Openly sharing details about themselves and their families invites students to bring their full selves into the classroom each day. Students are empowered as writers while safely writing about a topic in which they are experts. When they put their pencils (and crayons) down to share their stories, they learn about families that are not like their own, and in doing so, come to value the incredible diversity represented by our GDS families.

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Staff writer Danny Stock tells the stories of teaching, learning, competing, creating, and performing at Georgetown Day School. He is a former GDS second grade teacher and current parent.


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