planning,organization, communication and creativity? How do our students develop crucial
Executive Functions such as flexible thinking, working memory, self-monitoring and task
Here is one example of how MJDS students at the Casa level are developing these essential
life skills through BIG work that young children crave.
To celebrate our year of music the Casa children have been creating various hand-made instruments, and this week two 3rd year
students took on the task of creating a giant rain stick. They collaborated over this project for three days as they completed each
stage of development, including reading an instruction list that can be found here.
Steps to make a Rain Stick with illustrations
You need to find a paper roll (it’s better to have a thick one).
You need some nails with a big head and a hammer.
You need to hammer the nails all around the roll.
To secure the nails, place pieces of tape over the nail heads.
Draw a circle in the size of the edge on cardboard. Cut and secure to the end of the roll with tape.
Pour ½ cup of rice or any other grain inside.
Secure the other edge.
Now you need to get ready for papier mache.
Cover the table with plastic bag.
Take a bowl and mix even amounts of white glue and water together.
Tear newspaper into long strips.
Now glue the strips onto the roll. Make sure to cover the roll completely.
Cover the roll with white paper so it will be easier to paint.
Let it dry.
Prepare yourself for painting.