When do boys learn best? When they get their hands messy. At least, that’s the philosophy at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland.
Experiential learning is the cornerstone of the educational experience at Boys’ Latin.
To really know boys is to know how they think – that they respond best to experiential, hands-on learning that appeals to the different senses, involving action and movement. So what does that look like on campus?
According to Kathy Arnold, Head of Lower School, it means problem solving.
“I believe a hands-on experience helps them remember,” said Kathy. “It encourages collaboration — and those who are good at teamwork are more successful. When learning is connected to the real world, that makes it authentic.”
Terri Floccare, Lower School Librarian and coach of the Lower School LEGO Robotics Program, echoes Kathy’s sentiments — team building is a critical life skill. The LEGO robotics program helps bring abstract concepts to life by involving Boys Latin’ students in robotics, but it’s not just about mastering engineering concepts.
“The First LEGO program teaches soft skills, too. Kids are working together and learning. It’s competitive but it’s also about helping others so we all benefit,” said Terri.
For Lower School Science Teacher Aaron Sloboda, the academic culture at Boys’ Latin is about approaching education from a wholistic mindset.
“I want to make it fun for them NOW,” said Aaron. “I want them to understand how connected the world is and have them write, draw, and think.” It’s not enough to simply know about a concept. At Boys’ Latin, they want their students to understand why something is important and what significance it has for them.
Want to experience hands-on learning at Boys’ Latin? Join them for Touch a Truck on Saturday, November 4th! This FREE community event, kids in pre-school through grade 2 can get a glimpse of what hands-on learning looks like at BL through up-close encounters with an impressive line-up of trucks, classic cars and other cool vehicles. Bring the whole family and give your little ones a chance to sit in the driver’s seat! MORE
This article is part of our school partner profile series. To learn more about The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, visit their profile in our independent school directory. Photos by Laura Black.