"In India, my name means Knowledge," Vidya Kennedy '32 said proudly, as she pointed to her name on a poster board filled with content about her culture and favorite traditions.
Vidya's classmates listened intently to her story while waiting patiently for their turn to share what makes them unique.
In their most recent Primary Years Programme (PYP) unit of inquiry, How We Express Ourselves, students learned about cultures and how we celebrate them differently. For their culmination event, the first-graders created a poster that reflected their family culture and traditions.
"It was such a fun project and I loved the way their faces lit up as they honored and shared their culture," said first-grade teacher Mrs. Pohlman.
As part of Lausanne's International Baccalaureate curriculum, the Primary Years Programme takes the best of teaching and learning worldwide to create challenging, exciting and perfect classes for the developing minds of children. With Lausanne's personalized approach to learning, Lower School students grow to be caring, knowledgeable and independent thinkers, providing them with a foundation that they build upon in their journey through Lausanne's Middle School and IB Diploma Programmes.
Through PYP projects like the first-graders sharing their cultures, students become more open-minded and knowledgeable about the world around them while making connections with classmates from different backgrounds.
"The PYP gives students a broader perspective and encourages them to ask questions about the world they live in," said Head of Lower School, Kara Barbour. "As a result, students become individuals who can engage in life with respect and understanding for themselves and others."