Check out this video created by four elementary-aged children. Then read the project description from Post Oak mom Katie Orr -- Post Oak kids stand out. They are creative: incredibly so. But there is more: "To drive home the point, she grabbed my arm and said, 'Really, please listen. You need to understand that there is something special here and that you need to be very, very proud of your child and these children.'" Read on:
Michelle asked that I answer your question regarding the video that our boys produced. Several Post Oak School boys (Joseph Orr, Andrew and Jonathan Lu and James Redding) participated in Aurora Picture Show's Filmmaking Boot Camp this summer. (James collaborated on a different, equally amazing film.) The week-long day camp is part of the education outreach ("Popcorn Kids Series") of the Aurora Picture Show, a Houston based non-profit that supports emerging filmmakers and artists in our area. Please see their website if you are interested:
The children were guided in their first-ever filmmaking endeavor by the organization's Media Arts Instructor, Camilo Gonzales, as well as a high school art and media teacher from a nearby school district that was working with the organization through a grant (I can't remember her name.) In addition, a couple of local filmmakers stopped by to offer some consultation during the process.
It was a fantastic hands-on experience for the children, one that fit beautifully with their Montessori experience and the Montessori approach to learning. In fact, when I was able to finally visit with the instructors at the end of the week (parents were not allowed to interrupt or corrupt the artistic process!) , the instructors were effusive in their compliments of the POS boys' work. They were thrilled with the artistic outcome, but they seemed most impressed, almost shocked, at the group's strong vision for the film, and how well the group worked together to realize that vision. They noted that they were worried that our boys' group contained a much younger girl that the boys had never met, and that this young girl might feel left out of the process; however, again, they were amazed at how quickly the boys integrated her into the process and allowed her talents to shine among this group of friends. To underscore their pleasure, the teacher pulled me aside again and reiterated that this was an amazing group of children and that this process and their product far exceeded their expectations. To drive home the point, she grabbed my arm and said, "Really, please listen. You need to understand that there is something special here and that you need to be very, very proud of your child and these children."
I am answering your question in the long form, because this experience is not atypical of what I see every summer when Bob and I, and other POS families, send our children out into the world of special interest camps and activities in the summer. I don't write you a note every summer as I easily could, but given your question, I can't ignore the fact that Post Oak helped guide these children in the process of making this film as much as the talented filmmakers and educators at Aurora. I do believe our children are different and that there is something, actually everything, going on in the school year at POS that makes these children stand out when they go out into the world. So, yes, the Orrs, the Lus and the Reddings are proud parents when we see our children's work and hear the compliments, but we think POS should be proud as well.
Thanks for allowing me to ramble a bit,