Bennett Live

Bennett Live offers engaging media and educational programming with a mission to inspire young designers, creators, and makers through Reggio Emilia and project-based learning. 

Designed to advance a child’s creativity and their development as lifelong learners and leaders, Bennett Live is a Bennett Labs creation for children and families everywhere.

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What is Reggio Emilia?

Reggio Emilia is a student-centered and self-guided learning experience that allows students to learn by experiencing, reflecting, and creating in a relationship-driven environment. Time, space, and natural light are key elements in a Reggio-inspired experience that facilitate learning and exploration.

Learn more: What is Reggio Emilia?

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What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-based learning (PBL) is a deeper form of learning that offers many educational benefits and is proven to be effective for many students. PBL encourages students to work on long-term projects through a hands-on approach. The educational content is organically placed so students absorb the information in a very natural way.

Learn More: What is Project-Based Learning?

Program for PreK – Grade 1 (Ages 3-6)

Watch, Play, and Create Today!

Creative Movement with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Creative Movement is a Reggio inspired dance program for grades PreK to Grade 1 (ages 3-6). Little movers thrive while exploring the world around them through dance and developing their movement skills. As children explore new and familiar dance concepts through their evolving gross motor skills, we’ll tell stories with movement while dancing together. Bring the joy of dance into your home today!

Hubbard Street’s Education Programs combine the creative mission of our performing company with our unique expertise in education. We bring students and schools into the world of dance by actively engaging them in creation, performance, and reflection. Classrooms become dynamic spaces of creative self-expression and empowered learning.

We invite you to visit Hubbard Street’s website to learn more about our programs for young dancers, where you will find additional free family dance activities – from adaptive dance to school residencies. You can also show your love and support of dance, promoting equity and access to dance education, through our relief fund, and sign up to receive information about classes here.  

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Creative Play with Mrs. Cunningham

Creative Play with Mrs. Cunningham is a Reggio Emilia-inspired creative and play-based exploration program for PreK to Grade 1 (Ages 3-6) where students can explore ideas and investigate the world they live in. 

Each day Mrs. Cunningham inspires curiosity through home-based provocations and creative play, inspiring students to explore and develop their creative thinking. Children can join Mrs. Cunningham on a daily journey of creativity, stories, and play. 

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Episode 25: “Colors,” By Mr. Granquist & Mrs. Cunningham

Visual Storytelling with Miss Copeland

Visual Storytelling is a Reggio and Project-based Learning inspired storytelling and creative-play program for grades PreK to Grade 1 (ages 3-6). Children will explore visual and imaginative ideas for storytelling and share ideas about the world they live and play in.

Miss Copeland inspires creative and visual storytelling through home-based provocations and creative play, inspiring children to imagine, create, and develop their storytelling skills. Children can join Miss Copeland on a journey of imagination, creativity, and visual sense-making.

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    Building Empathy & Community with Ms. Powell and Ms. Okuda

    Building Empathy and Community is a Reggio and Project-based Learning inspired relationship program for grades PreK to Grade 1 (ages 3-6). Children will develop their social and emotional skills and empathy for the building of relationships and community in the world they live and play in.

    Ms. Powell and Ms. Okuda inspire exploration and self-discovery through home-based provocations and creative play, inspiring children to connect with their friends, family, and neighbors while developing their relationship skills and sense of community. Children can join Ms. Powell and Ms. Okuda on a journey of identity, creativity, and exploring relationships.

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    Recreating Stuff with Miss Termini

    Recreating with stuff is a Reggio and Project-based learning inspired, making and creating program for grades PreK to Grade 1 (Ages 3-6). Children will explore crafting, making, and imaginative ideas for recreating stuff using things from the world they live in.

    Miss Termini inspires making, creating, and crafting through home-based provocations and creative exploration, inspiring children to develop their design and making skills. Children can join Miss Termini on a journey of creativity and tangible sense-making.

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    Exploring Sound with Mr. Vinnie

    Exploring Sound is a Reggio and Project-based learning inspired musical-play based program for grades PreK to Grade 1 (ages 3-6). Children will explore the magic, creativity, and science of sound from the world they live, and play in.

    Mr. Vinnie inspires sound discovery and play through home-based provocations and creative sound exploration, inspiring children to develop their listening, play, and music skills. Children can join Mr. Vinnie on a journey of musical creativity and auditory-based sense-making.

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    Imaginative Play with Miss Wingerter

    Imaginative Play is a Reggio and Project-based learning inspired play program for grades PreK to Grade 1 (ages 3-6). Children will explore and express their imagination through play and creative ideas from the world around them.

    Miss Wingerter inspires fun and imaginative play through home-based provocations and creative exploration, encouraging children to develop their creative, play, and storytelling skills. Children can join Miss Wingerter on a journey of creativity, movement, and fun-based visual and physical storytelling.

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    Creative Music with Miss Katie

    Creative Music is a Reggio and Project-based learning inspired music program for grades PreK to Grade 1 (ages 3-6). Children will foster their creativity through music and explore the magic of creating music and songs inspired by the world they live, and play in.

    Miss Katie encourages music creativity and creating through home-based provocations, inspiring children to develop their music, rhythm, song creation skills, and curiosity. Children can join Miss Katie on a journey of music-based creativity and sense-making.

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    Tinkering Around with Mrs. Judd

    Tinkering Around is a Reggio Emilia and Project-based Learning inspired series for PreK to Grade 1 (Ages 3-6) that promotes innovative thinking, innovative approaches, and creative strategies in early childhood. This STEM/STEAM series begins by offering a tinkering mindset, with clever ideas for designing a TinkerLab at home.

    Throughout each episode, new themes and activities arise that are inspired by contemporary maker-culture, timeless forms of hands-on learning, and a thoughtful Reggio-based approach. Materials and resources used in the Tinkering Around series are selected to encourage childhood resourcefulness with recyclables and everyday items. Tinkering Around will also speak to the creative learner, inventor, and maker of any age.

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    Program for Grades 2-6 (Ages 7-12)

    Watch, Explore, and Create Today!

    Exploring with Mr. Reynolds

    Exploring with Mr. Reynolds is a creative, problem-solving program for Grades 2-6 (Ages 7-12) where students can explore their ideas and investigate the world around them. 

    Each day, Mr. Reynolds inspires curiosity and home-based exploration for students in their homes all over the world. Students will be invited to learn about ideas, explore problems and materials, and apply their knowledge. Children can join Mr. Reynolds on a daily journey of discovery, making, and creative problem-solving.

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    Outdoor Adventuring with Miss Fairty

    Outdoor Adventuring is a Reggio and Project-based Learning inspired program for Grades 2-6 (ages 7-12). Children will explore and be inspired by nature in their neighborhood and community. Children will be encouraged to observe, create, and investigate the outdoors through open-ended adventures. Children can join Ms. Fairty on a journey of outdoor adventuring, creativity, and imagination.

    Ms. Fairty will guide children into the world of outdoor adventuring where they will observe and create. Through outdoor-based provocations, Ms. Fairty inspires exploration, curiosity, and discovery.

    Design with Jaz

    Design with Jaz is a Reggio and Project-based Learning inspired design program for Grades 2-6 (Ages 7-12). Children will explore the world of design around them. Let’s start thinking about how things are made!

    Jaz inspires exploration and discovery through home-based design provocations in Engineering, design, and manufacturing. Children can join Jaz on a journey of discovery, finding out that everything around them in this amazing world started with a simple idea! Let’s Design With Jaz!

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    Music Making with Mr. Granquist

    Making Music is a Reggio and Project-based Learning inspired music program for Grades 2-6 (ages 7-12. Children will develop their music-making and creating skills and curiosity through exploring the world of music they live and play in.

    Mr. Granquist inspires music-making, exploration, and discovery through home-based music provocations, song, and percussion activities in a creative context. Children can join Mr. Granquist on a journey of music-making magic, wonder, and sense-making.

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    Experimenting at Home with Ms. Tounsel

    Experimenting at Home is a Reggio and Project-based Learning inspired design program for Grades 2-6 (Ages 7-12). Children will explore experimental design in the home and dive into different types of project-based learning including art, food, meteorology, human behavior, and sports!

    Children can join Ms. Tounsel on a journey of discovery by asking questions such as “What is an experiment?”, or “What might we find when dealing with certain variables?” Throughout this experience, Ms. Tounsel will encourage students to think, observe, complete the experiment, and document their findings all while having fun!

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    Exploring Chicago Architecture with Mr. G

    Experimenting at Home is a Reggio and Project-based Learning inspired design program for Grades 2-6 (Ages 7-12). Children will explore experimental design in the home and dive into different types of project-based learning including art, food, meteorology, human behavior, and sports!

    Children can join Ms. Tounsel on a journey of discovery by asking questions such as “What is an experiment?”, or “What might we find when dealing with certain variables?” Throughout this experience, Ms. Tounsel will encourage students to think, observe, complete the experiment, and document their findings all while having fun!

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    Field Day Fun with Miss Lipke

    Field Day Fun is a Reggio and Project-based Learning inspired physical play-based program for grades 2-6 (Ages 7-12). Field day is a time-honored and beloved tradition in every school. A day when we come together to have fun, to compete in shared activities. Every Saturday, Miss Lipke shares a new field day fun activity for you and all the family to have fun and get active with at home.

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    Active Play with Coach Carson

    Active Play is a Reggio and Project-based Learning inspired physical activity program for Grades 2-6 (Ages 7-12). Children will develop their visual and spatial awareness and depth perception of their bodies. They will also participate in activity and movement through skill-based, play-based, and challenge-based programming.

    Coach Carson inspires physical exploration and movement discovery through home-based physical activity with regular bursts of activity such as crawling, jumping, or running. Children can join Coach Carson on a journey of body, movement, and physical sense-making through the use of rules-based games which may be social or solitary in a playful context.

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    Program for Grades 7-12 (Ages 13-18)

     

    The Bennett Live Youth Design Challenge (YDC) is a 5-week project-based learning and challenge-based education experience for youth in grades 7-12 (ages 13-18).

    Over 5-weeks, the program will challenge youth to work on creative, media, social, and/or game-play projects of personal or social interest in film, photography, social leadership, and tabletop game design.

    Youth will complete a series of weekly challenges to master core competencies and develop a creative work or idea for submission and review by a panel of peers and judges. All finalists will be invited to a demo-night at Bennett Day School in 2021 for an exclusive Bennett Live Youth Design Exhibition.

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    Led by Filmmaker, Mr. Kofi Ofosu-Yeboah. 

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    Led by Photographer, Miss Lauren Vander Pluym

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    Led by Social Designer, Dr. Kelly Page

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    Led by Game Designer, Ms. Kathleen Mercury 

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    Contributors 

    Program for Grades 2-6 (Ages 7-12)

    About Bennett Labs

    Bennett Labs is a learning innovation and development lab embedded in the life of the school committed to advancing creativity and innovation in family, adult and educator learning experiences.

    Our mission is to uncover and advance creativity and innovation in learning, and to create experiences that foster the development of lifelong learners and leaders. In collaboration with design, learning, and technology partners, we are committed to all learners as co-designers in the learning experience, to creativity and innovation occurring naturally and collaboratively between people, and to the sharing of learning innovations with the wider community.

    We work to accelerate family, adult and educator learning, connect innovators and incubate creations through a progressive approach to learning and educational design

    Contact Us.

    To learn more about Bennett Day School, Bennett Live, or Bennett Labs, please use the contact form below or email info@bennettlabs.org directly.