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We Built a Castle!

May 4, 2022 | Nathan Johnson

The Trees Class Castle Study was over weeks ago!

But our castle is still standing!

(Did you know? We built a castle!)


The children studied pictures of real Medieval Castles …

And built many play castles in Drama!

The children did all sorts of research and practice for our construction, like building turrets and towers with clay …

The children practiced walls, towers, and windows on a smaller fortress…

And studied their work by drawing it …

Then the children studied the plan of a real castle, and lay the foundation! 

With four strong towers at the corner!

Thick, solid walls to connect the towers…


… With battlements running along the top!

(So many crenelations to hide behind during battle)

Each tower has an inside! This one houses the Keep! 

(See all the treasure?)

Shhh! Someone is asleep in the bedchambers…

The windows are arched, just like in real castles!

A Princess Parade!

… Through the gate house and over the drawbridge!

Here is our finished Great Hall, where we FEAST!

… And our Throne Room balcony!

The children made colorful flags on the turrets to finish!

Everyone helped build the castle.

The children are very proud, and were certainly not ready to unbuild before Easter break. 

So it stands, strong and magnificent, even two weeks later!

The children play so carefully, respecting their own and their friends’ collaborative work…

Soon, the Block Area will be cleared for more projects in our last weeks of school, but for now …

Long the Trees Class Castle!

Nathan Johnson

Early Childhood & Lower School Visual Art Teacher

Nathan Johnson graduated in 2004 from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (focusing on Illustration, Art History, and Puppetry), Theatre, and Elementary Education, followed by further time in Europe studying Art, and in Nova Scotia working with adults with developmental differences.

Happily back at his Alma mater (MSS class of 1995) Nathan has passionately committed his career to preserving the dignity and wonder of childhood. As children are more and more burdened with technology and privilege, he believes that in order for children to learn and grow, they must be given freedom within structure, choices with guidance, allowed to play, struggle, get dirty, and above all, to be taught that they are a beloved child of God.

When not in the classroom, Nathan can be found kayaking, camping, hosting a game night, wandering around New York City, making friends with strangers, and spending time with his 11 nieces and nephews.

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