Latin School of Chicago

Latin Magazine Summer 2019

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Looking Back Celebrate events, people and places from Latin's history with a visit to the school's archives. When Mabel Slade Vickery opened Latin School's doors in 1888, she ushered in a new system of learning: the Quincy Method. The Quincy Method was a progressive, child-centered approach to education introduced by Francis W. Parker. A less rigid and formal way of teaching, the Quincy Method arranged interrelated subjects around a central core and emphasized creative self-expression, socialized activities and hands-on learning. A typical school day began with a morning science experiment, followed by group reading of a book such as Moby Dick. After 20 minutes of outdoor free-play, both boys and girls might then proceed to wood shop, where they continued constructing their very own Pequod. Next, on to math class, where the classroom floor was used to measure angles. After learning folk sailing songs in music class to complement their study of Moby Dick, the day might end with a walk to the zoo or Municipal Pier. At night, students would grab their weather journals and draw the phase of the moon while recording the temperature and sunset time before tucking in for bed and preparing for the next day's field trip to Indiana and the Sand Dunes. of experiential learning Field trip permission slip form to the Indiana Dunes, 1915 Excerpt from Going Ape Project Week magazine, 1979. Launched in 1972, Project Week was an immersive week-long learning experience with trips including five days on a family farm in central Illinois, cake decorating, rock-climbing in Wisconsin canoeing in Carbondale and more. Check-out page 10 to get a glimpse of current day Project Week experiences. Hands-on learning in wood shop, 1930s 52 LOOKING BACK

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