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Renbrook School Students Enjoy Recent Programs on Hip-Hop and Colonial Life

Renbrook third graders drag wagons into the woods on the 75-acre campus at Renbrook School to simulate life on the Oregon Trail. Submitted photo

Recent events at Renbrook School in West Hartford included a performance by hop-hop group ‘Poetry in Motion,’ experiential learning about the westward movement, and a visit from Plimoth Plantation.

David A. ’24 of West Hartford shows off his breakdancing moves! Submitted photo

Submitted by Stacy Routhier, Renbrook School

Renbrook School in West Hartford presented Hip-Hop Dimensions to educate students on basic Hip-Hop freestyle, break dancing, waving, robotics, and more. Audiences learned the vocabulary, skills, and history of Hip-Hop. Their electrifying performances amaze audiences, not only with dancing but with knowledge. Their objective is to create a deeper understanding of Hip-Hop culture and break associated stereotypes by demonstrating its culture and history. The group, Poetry in Motion, promote the positive benefits of dance such as teamwork and artistic expression and to show dance as an outlet for energy and exercise.

Students got to show off their dance skills at the end to some of the popular Hip-Hop songs over the last few years.

Renbrook Students Learn About The Westward Movement Through Experiential Learning

Third graders at Renbrook School as part of their Westward Movement Unit took on the life of a pioneer. Part of their unit included traveling west on the Oregon Trail followed by Prairie Day, where students show off their scrapbooks to their parents and participate in a hoedown with dances they learn in P.E.

Renbrook School Fifth Graders Welcomed Plimoth Plantation Living History Museum into their Classroom

Renbrook School in West Hartford welcomed Plimoth Plantation into their fifth grade classrooms as part of their history program. Colonial Museum teachers taught students about clothing, family roles, home life, school, games, food, and farming. During this annual visit, the visiting guests came to the class dressed in traditional clothing to discuss the Mayflower Compact.

Plimoth Plantation (www.plimoth.org), founded in 1947, is a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, that attempts to replicate the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony established in the 17th century by English colonists who later became known as the Pilgrims. They were among the first people who emigrated to America to seek religious separation from the Church of England. It is a not-for-profit museum supported by Administrations, contributions, grants, and volunteers.

As part of the history program, fifth grade students will be creating a colonial village, interpreting the life and times of 1700s America. Students learn colonial skills, trades, professions, music, and dance, portraying characters from colonial times.

To learn more about Renbrook School, a preschool through grade 8 independent co-ed day school, please visit www.renbrook.org/meetrenbrook.

Members of “Poetry in Motion”, part of Hip-Hop Dimensions show off the skills for Renbrook School. Submitted photo

Katherine G. ’23 of Hartford shows her mom Robyn her scrapbook of her life on the Prairie. Submitted photo

Isabella M. ’21 of Wethersfield gets fitted for traditional clothes of the era. Submitted photo

Cameron R. ’21 of Windsor gets suited up! Submitted photo

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