To the perennial question, “What I did you do on your summer vacation?” Ashwood’s book-loving 5th through 8th graders might all have the same answer: I read a great book and designed a tee-shirt inspired by it!

As school began last week, tee-shirts began trickling in, and it was clear that all that creativity and hard work ought to be shared with a wider audience.

So, we invited the whole school to an assembly last Friday where the students put on a lively game show we called “Whose Book Is It Anyway?” Students took turns reading quotes from various authors and 11 brave contestants from the audience—from tiny tots to proud parents—took turns guessing the correct book.

Here’s an example:

“That’s the thing about happy endings. Either they’re not really happy or not really endings.”
Is it, A, the book 5th grader Daisy read, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving? Is it, B, 8th grader Sadie’s book, Turtles All the Way Down by John Green?Or is it, C, 5th grader Finn’s book, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket?

(The answer can be found at the bottom of this article.)

As with all that we do here at Ashwood, learning is not separate from life, but a living part of it, sometimes fun and games, sometimes hard work, but always meaningful and memorable. As veteran Waldorf teacher Arthur M. Pittis writes, “All learning in Waldorf schools strives to imbue the child with a deep appreciation for and love of knowledge.”

If you haven’t been to a Friday Assembly yet, please know that you are cordially invited. We especially love to see EC families there! Another great way to get in on the fun is to come to a school tour. There’s one coming up on October 16. Register here.

Answer: It’s B. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.