Each year, North Shore Country Day Lower School students explore a shared theme in addition to the regular curriculum. Past themes have included Inventors, Architecture, Water and Puzzles. This year, the theme of Shoes will be woven into classroom learning across all disciplines. The topic was chosen because children of all ages can easily identify with shoes.
Children will learn about the history of shoes, how they vary among cultures, how styles change with fashion, how they are made, how they are repaired, shoes in art, special-use shoes for specific sports or medical conditions, scientific shoe developments that improve athletic performance or the fabrics from which shoes are made, and incorporating the theme in writing and service.
The theme officially began at Lower School Go-To-School Night when parents wrote down where the shoes they were wearing were made. Students graphed the results that showed most shoes were made in China and the second greatest number were made in Italy.
North Shore Country Day School, established in 1919, is a college-preparatory school of 500 students in grades junior kindergarten through 12th grade, located at 310 Green Bay Road in Winnetka.