History comes to life at Winston School BioFaire

History came to life in a vibrant way at the Winston School’s annual BioFaire recently. The event featured the work of 24 middle school students who researched famous characters from history and actually personified them in colorful costumes, detailed exhibits and presentations.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Pope Francis, King Henry VIII, Beethoven, Winston Churchill and activist Malala Yousafzai were among the historical figures students chose to research for the semester-long project. The interactive history lesson required kids to research a historical figure, write a report, create a display and costume and do an art project.

“History becomes less intimidating through connection with the personal lives and stories of historical figures,” says Linda Castile, the history teacher who has directed the project the past 15 years.

The history project turns into a sensory experience for the students through costumes, art and visual displays, according to Mike Peterson, headmaster at the Del Mar-based school for kids with learning differences. “Today is a celebration of how students learn in different ways and can use their strengths to show us what they know. It is multisensory learning at its best.”

Winston School is a college preparatory school for students struggling with autism, Asperger Syndrome, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD, specific learning disabilities or learning disorders. The school incorporates small class formats, multi-sensory teaching methods and individual attention to help students fulfill their academic, physical, artistic, social and emotional potential. For more information about the school go to:

Photos by Gina Smith.