Junior Level Specialty Curriculum June
Bears began the term with an introduction to the weaving process creating large-scale circular weavings using hula hoops and old t-shirts cut into strips.
Tigers created weavings using old CDs as looms and learned patterns such as soumak. A variety of papermaking techniques were explored in the following unit. Students learned to mix secondary colors from primary colors of paper scraps, embed pictures and words cut out from magazines into their paper, as well as pressed leaves and flowers found on school grounds, and marbleize paper. All of their handmade paper was bound together in a small book as a final project.
Comprehensive program that emphasizes participation in a wide variety of opportunities to improve social and cooperative skills and activities that develop overall physical fitness. Introducing sports skill development (throw, catch & kick) and awareness of sportsmanship. Activities include: Jump rope skills (practiced using individual and group routines). Cooperative games with the use of different equipment such as: rings, and challenging group games. Tag games, track & field (sprinting, pacing, hurdles, and movement), calisthenics, throwing techniques with different equipment, (practiced and incorporated into games), bean bags, basketball-skills and a variety of games.
Bears continued to explore the sound of letters in Spanish, as well as greetings and the description of feelings. They started to master how to read the calendar, describe the weather and the different seasons. In addition, they begin to master the use of the calendar to relate to their date of birth and age.
Tigers: In reading exercises and conversation drills, students begin to apply nomenclature to what they learned, with colors, numbers and shapes in short sentences. They began to build phrases with the Movable Alphabet that included basic concepts of grammar as well as the use of plurals.
In addition, Tigers begin to learn the use of opposite words: tall/short, big/small, dry/wet, etc. Through this process they strengthen concepts of grammar. They began to read with teacher’s support.
JL Tigers concluded their academic year putting together a Picture Dictionary with more than 200 nouns. They also stared to read the book “Yo Puedo Leer” that combined all they have learned in the classroom, in short stories.
Lions: Vocabulary related to fruits, vegetables, familiar meals and drinks were introduced. Children learned to talk about what they like or dislike to eat or drink. During conversation exercises, they combined it all. These exercises included also basic concepts of grammar as well as the use of plurals.
They began to build phrases with the Movable Alphabet and use nomenclature they learned, combined with colors, quantity (numbers) and shapes to create longer phrases. Through this process they strengthen concepts of grammar. They completed a comprehensive amount of writing/spelling assignments and began to flourish in their reading skills.