FUN: We learn every day!
- Learn about measuring devices, estimations and size using many different tools
- Experience new types of communications by using or studying the postal service, telephones, and email
- Learn about responsibilities by sharing important daily jobs in the student garden and in the classroom
LIFE LESSONS: We learn to get along with each other and the environment!
- Respect healthy bodies and minds as we learn how eating and drinking the proper foods and liquids, rest and exercise should be routine
- Respect the environment on frequent nature walks, with an emphasis on water habitats
- Learn about school rules, structure, and people in the school community and having respect for them
- Become confident in themselves by exploring family responsibilities, manners, feelings and their favorite things
- Create as they write and read sentences, books and brief stories, focusing on vocabulary words from lessons
- Concentrate when they write, identify or sequence the alphabet. What dinosaur begins with the letter A? Appatosaurus!
- Compare and contrast different story types, non-fiction and fiction. The Monarchs migrate in the winter, fact! Molly Monarch tells her children stories before they make the journey, fun fiction!
- Excel by drawing and dictating individual monthly book reports, and contribute to weekly “Letter of the Week” class books
- Laugh when they say rhyming words and ending sounds, and create fantastic “non-words.” Monarch butterflies are wingtastic!
- Gasp in awe when they study life cycles and metamorphosis. They compare the size of a butterfly egg to that of a dinosaur egg, ostrich egg and a sparrow egg. The butterfly study, of course, takes them almost daily into our student garden, where insect-friendly plants are surrounded by a rattling jungle of sky-high bamboo!
- Track the changing weather and seasons as they monitor the daily temperatures and the gradual shift in the height of the noon sun from August through May
- Explore their senses through discussion of how feeling, seeing, hearing, tasting, and smelling affects their day-to-day experiences
- Study plants and animals and their interdependence, learning how some animals and plants are endangered, and what they can do to help
- Learn to love math, through the Everyday Math program which encourages innovative, creative ways to solve problems
- Celebrate the number 100, by counting down each day of school, reading and writing the numbers just over 100
- Sort, graph and classify by color, size and other categories, in centers, during nature walks and even lunchtime!
- Count forward and backward, and skip counting, which actually gets them skipping around the room!
- Begin exploring addition and subtraction
- Create and locate sequential patterns
- Enjoy lines of symmetry. How does one wing of a butterfly compare with the other?
- Write, address and mail picture postcards from family travels to the class, reinforcing geography, writing and number skills
- Celebrate holidays and traditions and the many differences in the classroom, the community and beyond
- Compare city and country life, their buildings, workers and means of transportation