Author Archives: Janett Benoit

TVS on the News!
12 May

TVS on the News!

The Village School of Naples production of Little Women

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Foreign Language Leads STEAM!
29 Apr

Foreign Language Leads STEAM!

When entering a holy place, our eyes seek the light through stained glass windows. Stained glass windows tell stories, educate, and inspire. The history of stained glass dates back to the Middle Ages and is often underestimated for its technical and artistic achievement.

Studying the medieval ages is part of the curriculum for middle school students at The Village School. This theme inspired us to study the science behind this ancient art of glass and color, and also provided us with a great opportunity to learn about the history and culture of cathedrals in Spanish-speaking countries.

Our inspiration was La Sagrada Familia, a cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi, located in Barcelona, Spain. Our students (K- 7th) built a three-tier model of this cathedral’s exterior out of a box. Each grade level created imitations of stained glass using different artistic techniques based upon science and the engineering design process. The window panels depict biblical scenes from our Christ skills curriculum. Three origami structures compose the facade of the model.

Middle school students taking Spanish have linked this project to another 3D design project. In this endeavor, students created models of their own Tiny Dream House.  They were responsible for designing and building the house which included the layout, choices of furniture, and real-world math skills to finish this project. In addition, students composed essays in Spanish detailing parts of the house, location of the rooms and the furnishings.

Upper school science and chemistry students will demonstrate the behavior of nanoparticles and create a stained glass window panel using PVC.

The cathedral was displayed at our school’s Medieval Faire, which features middle school core departments including Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, and Science. This joint effort made learning meaningful to all of our students, and made relevant the importance of STEAM and showcasing our efforts.

By: Grisell Abad