|First graders have Colonial Day. In second grade, it’s Greek Day followed by Roman Day in third grade. Fourth graders celebrate Medieval Day. By the time they reach fifth grade, the kings of the hill at the Lyceum, you’d expect that Loveland Classical Schools elementary students have themed days pretty well figured out. You would be right.Fitted out in elaborate costumes drawn from famous Renaissance paintings and other source materials, fifth graders live the history they are learning. When Queen Isabella of Spain talks about sponsoring the voyage of Christopher Columbus in her “Living Portrait” presentation, Mr. Columbus himself stands up at his desk and takes a bow to the applause of his classmates. Raphael explains the significance of his painting The School of Athens while crediting contemporary influences, who are also in the room.
For these students, Renaissance Day is their final themed history day at the Lyceum, and a chance to go out with a flourish. Students leverage their knowledge and experience to create something that is both more sophisticated and intellectually playful than what they’ve been able to do before.