Young Ladies and Lords of Corbett Prep Castle Host a Feast Fit for a King and Queen
March 20, 2013 (Tampa, FL)— “Hear ye! Hear ye!” the King’s page from a faraway land proclaimed as he announced the King and Queen’s upcoming visit to Corbett Preparatory School of IDS. The King and Queen, the page explained, would expect an authentic royal feast, complete with royal entertainment.
The PreK4 and kindergarten students knew that to properly prepare for the visit, they would need to research all aspects of medieval life including clothing, food, drink, entertainment, art and music. They also researched the roles of medieval citizens in feudal systems.
The medieval thematic unit is an Early Primary tradition at Corbett Prep that integrates the International Baccalaureate focus on how modern society has evolved from past civilizations. Using an inquiry approach that encourages students to learn by asking questions, the teachers facilitate an environment where students are actively engaged in learning.
PreK4 and kindergarten teachers created a joyful journey for the students with many imaginative, child-centered lessons. Students painted beautiful tapestries for the walls and ceilings, created colorful stained-glass windows and crafted torches to decorate their classroom “castles.” They explored castle life and the feudal system through a variety of print and online multimedia. Kindergarten students researched the origin and histories of their surnames, created a Coat of Arms, and shared cherished family heirlooms with their class.“This unit allowed the students to explore the concepts of transformation, similarities, and differences as we looked at how technology and inventions have shaped our present day,” said Marla Vildostegui, Early Primary Division Leader and kindergarten teacher.
“Students used Venn diagrams to compare and contrast past and present. They also compared members of the feudal system to modern day government officials.”
PreK4 students also sharpened their math skills by graphing jewels for their juice goblets and adding and subtracting knights on horses. And, in addition to creative writing pieces, everyone wrote in their journals every day, reflecting on what they were learning.
The unit culminated in the unrolling of the red carpet for the royal couple’s visit, and the young lords, ladies, and royal subjects reenacted a festive medieval feast. Each course was carefully prepared and arranged— drumsticks, finger foods, and even pies with hidden “blackbirds.”
After each new dish was announced by the Master of Ceremonies and the sound of trumpets, the King called to arms the newly appointed knights and dubbed them “Sirs” or “Dames” of the Corbett Prep Knighthood. Minstrels played music that pleased the King and Queen, and dancers, jesters, and animals with trainers provided joyful entertainment.