Overarching Content for 3rd Quarter
This quarter, as you all may know, is taking a new approach to its schedule. We will be broadly focusing on 4 different regions within the next 7 weeks! The first two weeks will focus on East Africa. The next two weeks will focus on Latin America and the Philippines. The following two weeks will focus on India, and the final week will be a review of them all.
Daily Content for Each Week
Based on the feedback that we received from the students, Headmaster Garner and the teachers gathered this and put it into different classes to accommodate their interests, while still keeping our holistic approach to education. That being said, the General Level at large had interests within Life Science and People and Culture (with emphasis on textiles).
So, this quarter, students have the themes of Life Science on Mondays and Thursdays and People & Culture: Textiles on Tuesdays and Fridays. Different aspects and content within these sub-categories stem from the overarching category which is the region of focus that week. For instance, Mondays and Thursdays, students will learn about Life Science but particularly within the region of East Africa. On Tuesdays and Fridays, students will learn about people, culture, and textiles from East Africa. The region will rotate bi-weekly, but the themes Life Science and People & Culture: Textiles stay the same. Lastly, the classes throughout each day,from start to finish, will build on each other! See the different classes they will had this week and will continue in next week, below!
Life Science Classes (Monday/Thursday)
Overarching Course Name: Exploring: Animal and Nature Around the World
- Week 1-2: Life in the Rainforest
- Week 3-4: Adventure Island: Life on the Philippine Islands
- Week 5-6: Life in the Himalaya's
- Week 7: Review Week
This is a Language Arts class that focuses on pattern recognition, memory retention, and immersion into the English language utilizing the musical and bodily kinesthetic intelligences. They will continue to play games that reinforce the linguistic patterns that they have already learned and will learn; as well as, be introduced to age appropriate books pertaining to the region that is highlighted that week. Not only will kids get these fundamental basics in this Language Arts class, but through this immersive approach to reading, students will be exposed to different people and cultures from around the world such as Africa, Latin America, the Philippines, and India. This is not only encompasses exciting topics, but also helps them to become more globally conscious and historically relevant.
Students will not only learn these basic fundamentals building blocks to reading, but be challenged to use their skills and serve others. Students will take on the responsibility of the older serving the younger and read their books to a younger class heightening their intrapersonal awareness; as well as, interpersonal skill development through knowing appropriate interactions with others as they learn how to be in an interactive audience. This class is taught by Mrs. Nsubuga.
Overarching Course Name: Animal Kingdoms
- Layers of the Rainforest (Week 1-2)
- Under the Sea (Week 3-4)
- Himalayan Excursion (Week 5-6)
- Living things in Nature Review (Week 7)
This is a STEM based class where students explore animals from regions around the world with aspects of Creative Arts as well as Language Arts. They will be learning practical skills that will help them become more aware of the environment, nature, animals, and people around them as well as around the world in which they live. Creative Arts is introduced through the use of bodily kinesthetic and visual and spatial intelligences as they create a habitat based off an animal and region they have learned. Language Arts is introduce through the key words they will learn and know how to use correctly. This utilizes the linguistic intelligence. This class is taught by Mrs. Nsubuga.
Bone-A-Fide class is an introductory course to expose students to the basic shapes and functions of the bones. Students will utilize creative arts, music, and story telling to become acquainted with the human skeleton and animal skeletons of their favorite animals within the region of focus! This class is taught by Mr. Munoz.
People & Culture: Textiles (Tuesdays/Fridays)
Making a Difference
Making a Difference is a STEM class with an emphasis in math. It gets students making bracelets and necklaces while learning aspects of math. Students will learn to measure themselves and their materials in order to make jewelry that fits them using standard units (inches) and nonstandard unit (paperclips, crayons, etc.). They will also learn to make patterns when planning and creating their jewelry. This class will be an opportunity for students to see the mathematics behind jewelry making. This class is taught by Mrs. Gowen.
Overarching Course Name: Crafts from Around the World
- African Art: An Exploration of Color- Week 1-2
This is a Creative Arts class. It will focus primarily on crafts related to accessories in African cultures such as beads, bows, necklaces and various jewelry. Students will take their knowledge of colors used in African art and apply them to various craft projects that symbolize the people from these cultures. Due to the cross-cultural nature of the curriculum throughout the day, students will get to learn about a variety of differences between our culture and the ones that we study. Students will utilize different mediums to create materials from East Africa specifically. This class is taught by Ms. Foster.
Overarching Course Name: Stories from Around the World
- African Dances (Week 1-2)
- Latin American Murals (Week 3-4)
- Living Stories from India (Week 5-6)
- Stories from Around the World Review (Week 7)
Stories from Around the World is a Creative Arts class that happens once a week. This class incorporates elements of Language Arts into it as well through students continuing to work through the 5 parts of a story. However, their primary focus will be on identifying how and why cultures around the world tell stories that are passed on from generation to generation. These will including dancing (bodily kinesthetic intelligence as well as musical), painting murals (visual spatial intelligence), and living stories (bodily kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal intelligences). This class will end in them choosing one of the regions ways to tell a story and retell an impactful story from their own life. This will be done in a group, and will require them to work together to choose a story, way that a story will be told, and working together to communicate the value within the story.
Overarching Course Name: Passport Around the World
- Passport to East Africa (Week 1-2)
- Passport to Latin America and The Philippines (Week 3-4)
- Passport to India (Week 5-6)
- Passport: Travels Around the World Review (Week 7)
This is a Language Arts Class that incorporates aspects of the Creative Arts through the on-going project that the students will be creating. The students will be working on handwriting as well as typing as the create a passport booklet for each region that they visit. Each class they have will cover different aspects of a region ranging from animals, habitats, geographical locations, climates, fashion, people, and culture. They will reflect on what they have learned at the end of Tuesdays and Fridays by inputting important and interesting information into their own passport. Through learning information and being ready to present it at the beginning of this class, students will be developing their intrapersonal intelligence; because, if they are not paying attention then they will affect others. They will be utilizing visual and spatial intelligence as they put their passport books together. Finally, they will be utilizing their linguistic intelligence as they continue to work on writing and learning their full name, birth dates, addresses, and phone numbers.
Gen A Bible will cover the remainder of the book of Genesis from Chapters 12 and on. This class is taught by Mr. Bargatze on Monday and Thursday. It is separate from the theme of the day.