Interests Come Alive at South Grove

Interests Come Alive at South Grove

Kindergartners and first-graders at South Grove School in Syosset recently enjoyed 17 different hands-on workshops through the Interests Alive! enrichment cluster program. Through the program, interest-based clusters are formed and students can participate in hands-on workshops directly related to their specific interests while developing key academic and social skills.

Prior to conducting Interests Alive! workshops, children were asked to select seven clusters that interested them the most and were placed in one of their top choices. A member of the kindergarten and/or first-grade instructional team led each cluster.  Nearly every space of the building was buzzing as students participated in differentiated learning experiences.  Students had the option to participate in a dance company or showcase their talents through “South Grove Idol.” Some exhibited their craftiness through crochet or shell art, or by building wooden frames, dream catchers, mandalas or Lego structures. Painting and photography were other artistic outlets available through the workshops. Some students honed their entrepreneurial skills while focusing on nutrition by joining the “Healthy Snack Corporation.” There was also a yoga workshop and a nursing team for the school’s aspiring nurses and doctors. 

“While this type of programming emanates from the field of gifted education, we are proud to offer it to all of our students as part of our schoolwide enrichment program,” said South Grove enrichment teacher Michele Webb. “Now approaching its 20th year, Interests Alive! reflects Syosset School District’s dedication to ensuring high learning standards and meaningful opportunities for all ages.”