Our curriculum and daily schedule changes throughout the year. We make our decisions around students’ needs, students’ interest, and our own excitement around themes or curricular ideas.
At times, we run a more traditional schedule, with a set time for reading, math, and writing. We often have overriding theme in the classroom, like Forces of Motion, History of Nonviolent Movements, Science Play, Animal Research, and Businesses.
Math: All of our work revolves around helping students develop a good understanding of mathematical concepts and number sense. The strategies and numbers we use in our math work with the kids are all developmentally appropriate.
Reading: We use a combination of phonics instruction and a whole-language approach to teaching the basics of reading. Our older students have access to our large classroom library and participate in book clubs. We strive to foster a love of reading.
Writing: At times, our writing curriculum is embedded in our theme. We also create writing units that focus on helping students develop a unique voice.
Themes: Science, Social Studies, History, the Arts, Conflict Resolution, and Community Development become the focus of our themes in the K-6 Classroom. We have a few themes that we “repeat” by strong requests from the kids!
The social aspect of the K-6 class is super, super important — working together, creating and collaborating, problem solving, taking direction and also leading. It is all important!