Essential foundations for life-long learning begins with a solid understanding of literacy and mathematics. Math Investigations and the research-based phonics program Fundations, are integrated into the exploratory arts, self-discovery, and social interaction. Outside the classroom, children learn responsible citizenship through service projects, such as spending time with the elderly at Mountain Care and donating food to those in need. Our first quarter focuses on attributes and kindergartners learn to sort and compare a variety of things- from buttons to seasons to even each other! We then discuss culture and how we celebrate different customs during fall and winter months. In the 3rd nine weeks, our science focus is forces and motion, and we enjoy participating in several experiments that are included in our schoolwide STEAM event. Finally, we study the WNC environment with a unit centered around our local freshwater habitats and their importance to our area.
Field Trips :
- Theatre performances including puppetry, drama, dance and music in the local community (Diana Wortham, ACT, Orange Peel, etc.)
- Community Service- Manna Food Bank, Mountain Care
- WNC Environment- SkyTop Apple Orchard, Pisgah Center for Wildlife (fish hatchery), Robert Lake (Montreat)
ArtSpace community building – weekly reading buddies with 2nd graders, science/math mentors with 4th graders, and monthly activities and projects with 8th-grade TRIBES friends