The Older Group

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Children in the Older Group continue to explore their world, pursuing studies of their interests, with more formalized classes in mathematics, language arts, social studies, and science. They work independently, as well as in both small and large group settings. Many opportunities are provided for the OG students to delve deeply into various subject areas through research projects, field trips, visiting artists, and classroom materials.

The Older Group children are friends and mentors to the younger children. They are swimming partners with the Kindergarten children – a relationship that lasts well past the Kindergarten year, and are often reading or math partners with younger children in the school.

Chris Powell, the OG teacher, says it is her mission to have children graduate from Antioch School filled with motivation, knowledge, courage, self-confidence, ideas, resourcefulness, love of their own individuality, and respect for the individuality of others.

 

 

OG Newsletter

  • Older Group - Kindergarten Partners
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    The children were excited to be paired up with Kindergarten partners last week. They enjoyed a special playtime and snack with partners on Thursday afternoon, sat with their partners during our All School Meeting on Friday, and read with partners in the Kindergarten room at the end of the day on Friday. This week they will swim with partners for the first time on Thursday!

    Older Group-Kindergarten partnering is a long time tradition at the Antioch School. Many of the Older Group children have strong memories of the OG partners they had as Kindergarteners and are excited to now be on the other end, as the older child, of the partnership. Partnerships connect the two ends of our hallway together. The younger children have someone who knows-the-ropes, someone  big who can touch the bottom of the pool, a big friend who checks in with them and reads with them. But the benefits to the older child are just as substantial. Older Group children are developing the ability to view situations, events, and information from the perspective of others. Developmentally, Kindergarten children are still quite egocentric. And so, even in the most ordinary of interactions with partners, Older Group children are strengthening their use of perspective; they are becoming more empathetic communicators. Plus, it just feels good sometimes to be the big kid! This is a new hat for many children who do not have siblings, or who only have older siblings. But even children who are the oldest in a family grouping find being the older child in a partnership to be a different and unique experience.

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Sally - The Older Group Teacher

Sally Dennis - Older Group

Sally Dennis joined the Antioch School community as a parent. She observed the continuation of the school and its philosophy through the experiences and growth of her own children as they progressed through each classroom, from Nursery through the Older Group. As the Older Group teacher, Sally daily recognizes and appreciates the foundation of learning and social experiences each child builds upon as she or he pursues an individual pathway and timeline of learning.

Sally holds a Masters Degree in Education from Antioch Midwest. She received her B.A. in Music from Wittenberg University, where she also received a minor in Theatre. Shortly after graduating from college, Sally attended Walsh University’s Montessori Teacher Training program. She began her teaching career at Cambridge Montessori School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she taught Integrated Arts and Theatre Arts to elementary aged children. While in Cambridge, Sally co-founded the award winning Alarm Clock Theater Company and she brings her love and passion for the arts to Antioch School. Her experiences in the collaborative arts inform her support of the collaborative learning valued by the Antioch School. “No one person carries the responsibility of learning; we all do. Together. We take risks and make mistakes. We trust ourselves and one another. The risks we take help us grow and our mistakes lead to learning. Trusting one another and ourselves strengthens our community.”

The Older Group
For fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders
Full-day
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Teacher Emeritus
Bill Mullins
 

Upcoming Older Group Events

Wed May 09 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Graduation & Picnic

Contact Chris

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Testimonial of Selah Griffin.

Selah Griffin
The Antioch School 2009-2015

An Older Group student at the time this testimonial was written
 

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