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.

Sally Dennis, the OG teacher, says it is her mission to have children graduate from The 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

  • Getting in the Groove
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         The OG finished up our hand drumming residency yesterday. We started meeting weekly for hand drumming way back in September and have had the joy of beating out rhythms together almost every week since then. The children have played djembes, congas, and dunduns.

         Our instruction started with learning about where these drums originated and how and why they made their way to the United States. Mindful of this terrible history, we also experienced the delight that arises from hearing a drum call us together and the power of playing as a group. Our drumming was free and joyful. A statement of community and togetherness.

         After winter break, we focused more on precision. We repeated rhythms until everyone was, mostly, playing in sync. Once we were all locked into the same rhythm, and playing as one, then we could combine rhythms. We could add layers, players could “step to the other side” and our playing filled out and got more complex. The trick is to hold your own part, your own voice, while staying together as a group.

         Group drumming is a metaphor for so much of the work we do at the Antioch School, freedom within structure, process over product, and hands-on, physical, joyful learning. As a teacher, my big take-away from drumming this year is the invaluable need to first establish safety in the community through positive group experiences and scaffolding a common foundation. Children must listen to one another and be confident in themselves to find the rhythm and ease of being together. Then they can listen to one another and be confident in themselves while holding true to their own part, their own voice, even if it differs from the other voices in the group.


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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
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Teacher Emeritus
Bill Mullins

Upcoming Older Group Events

Mon Apr 03 @12:00AM
Archaeology Residency

Mon Apr 03 @12:00AM
School Resumes

Tue Apr 04 @12:00AM
Archaeology Residency

Wed Apr 05 @12:00AM
Archaeology Residency

Thu Apr 06 @12:00AM
Archaeology Residency

Fri Apr 07 @12:00AM
Conference Day - School Closed

Fri Apr 14 @12:00AM
Conference Day - School Closed

Thu Apr 20 @12:00AM
Swim & Gym Thursday

Fri Apr 21 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Scholarship Gala

Wed May 03 @ 2:10PM - 02:40PM
In School Performance: String Quartet- Anansi and the Sky King

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