A school-wide Teddy Bear Picnic helped wrap up the last week of Children’s School as Chautauqua’s season comes to a quiet close. Although the morning rain and overcast skies made for the first indoor “campfire” in years, the kids still celebrated with as much sunny enthusiasm.
John Denton looks down at 5-year old Caroline, who has just managed to pull off a second-long handstand near the playground. It’s his last day at Children’s School.
Before the 3-year-old members of Children’s School marched out to perform traditional folk songs for their parents, they sat restlessly listening to a story read by their counselor.
While the grown-up population of Chautauqua will be delving into the issues of the American West, the Children’s School will be exploring their own version of America’s frontier, but with a little more rodeo.
Last Friday, the Children’s School ended its opening days with the “Instrument of the Week,” a way of bringing the sounds of the orchestra to their color-coated classrooms. Violinist Rachel Gallegos and violist Katelyn Hoag, members of the MSFO, performed as the kids’ eyes widened with curiosity and heads shook off-rhythm.