Curriculum Matters: October 4, 2014
Extended Day children also work daily in the Math and Language areas, either revisiting work previously introduced or grappling with new, more advanced materials. They do so on individual trajectories, each making progress at his/her own pace. Students also apply their academic skills as they work throughout the environment, most often by making written records of work in the Cultural areas.
Extended Day students also serve in leadership roles in the Primary level.
As the third years in the classroom, these children have developed comfort and familiarity with the environment, materials and processes. They are proud role models for younger, less experienced children. When an older child works with a younger one, they are deepening their understanding of the materials and are increasingly able to reflect on all they have learned. These relationships fuel the older child’s confidence, willingness to take risks, and joy of learning.
The Peace curriculum is an important element of the Extended Day year. Great effort is made to establish a profound sense of community within this group. As a result, a community develops over time that values each individual’s strengths , while understanding each individual’s challenges. These children thus form- at a young age- deep and meaningful bonds, potentially for life!
The first big writing project for this year was in preparation for the International Day of Peace. Using the Moveable Alphabet and phonetic spelling each child was
asked to write a sentence answering, “What does peace mean to me?”
Peace is eating ice cream.
Peace is my chickens chirping.
Peace is playing with my cat.
Peace is riding on a pony.
Peace means that things are quiet like a fishing boat on a peaceful sea with the people aboard sleeping.
Peace means grassy hills with rain, ponies, and sunshine.
Peace is my mom and me holding hands.
Peace means playing baseball with my mommy and playing soccer with my daddy.
Peace is a dragon. Japanese people think so.
Peace is running in a field.
Peace is a quiet beach at night and no one is there. It’s even better when it’s raining.
Peace is being able to read the Magic Tree House because it’s a chapter book and it doesn’t have any violence.
Peace is a peace tower and the rooms have everything purple and it’s very peaceful.
Peace is a potato chip factory because whenever I see one I feel peaceful.
Peace is an ocean with a blue sky and different colored fish jumping out of it.
Peace is a field with flowers in it.
Peace is love. My house is peace because I love it.
Peace is raindrops falling.
Peace is when the fire fighters are sleeping.