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Hausner School Kindergarteners Build a City of Peace

Students Learn Through Hands-on Construction Following Their Study of MLK
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Palo Alto, CA, Feb. 9, 2017 – On Wednesday, January 25 students from Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School welcomed Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney into their classroom to discuss what it means to have a peaceful city and how they can work from this model once they are grown. Last week, architect Randy Popp, AIA spoke with the students about how to design buildings, and on Friday, Feb. 3, Karen Alter spoke to the class about electric cars, car design and public transit. Following their study of Ezra Jack Keats and Martin Luther King, Jr., along with the input from their distinguished visitors, Hausner kindergartners worked on designing and building their own peaceful city, which they call Ir Shalom, or City of Peace.
David Zimand, Head of School welcomed parents to Ir Shalom at today’s ribbon cutting ceremony and noted, “Being crowded together as we wait to cut the ribbon for Ir Shalom gives us a nice reminder of what our tradition teaches us: that in peaceful places, we have room for everyone, even when we feel crowded.” The children and parents together explored the cardboard city, which included roadways, traffic signs, grocery stores, apartment buildings and more – all following standard city guidelines.
Students apply math, design, and creative skills to construct buildings, vehicles and city signs. This Project-Based Learning (PBL) model allows students to develop practical life skills through investigation, research and decision-making.
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