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Welcome to the K/1 Site!

Below are our weekly newsletters:

Chapter 1. Monthly Newsletter

  • Honey Bunches of Notes February

    The “How My Community Works” section of our theme work continues with a Food Systems unit of study. During this unit students will be working to develop the following understandings:

    • Understand that my community is a system.
    • Understand that I am part of many interconnected systems: community, economic, food, farming, etc.
    • Understand that when something happens in one part of the community system it affects other parts of the community system.
    • Understand that improving one part of the community system can improve the dynamics of the whole community system.
    • Understand that my choices affect the systems that provide our food.

    Students will be learning about the science and economics of the food system. We will discuss the difference between producers and consumers, identify goods and services, and learn about trade and how money simplifies trade. After an overview of the food system which follows bread’s journey from farm to table, students will learn more about how organic farms function and about alternatives to using chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

  • Honey Bunches of Notes January

    We’ve begun our next theme unit: “How My Community Works”. This unit includes a unit on Fairness and a unit on Food Systems. The understandings we wish for students to develop through How My Community Works are:

    • Understand that my community is a system

    • Understand that I am part of many interconnected systems: community, economic,

    food, farming, etc.

    • Understand that when something happens in one part of the community system it

    affects all of the parts of the community system

    • Understand that improving one part of the community system can improve the

    dynamics of the whole community system

    In the Fairness unit, the children are learning about different forms of discrimination (e.g.

    ableism, gender discrimination, racial discrimination) and the ways people have worked

    together to make society more fair for all members, including the Civil Rights

    Movement.

  • Honey Bunches of Notes December

    Our How Things Work theme for the year continues in each K-1 classroom. We’ve continued our discussion of rules and responsibilities and fairness. The children have been further practicing their problem-solving skills with I-Statements and S.O.S. and have discussed just what fairness means here at school. We define fairness in the following way for the children, “Fair is not everyone getting the same thing. Fair is everyone getting what they need to be successful.” The children have also discussed what it means to have responsibilities and be responsible.

    Related to these discussion topics, we are learning about some of the various important symbols of the United States of America. The symbols include the flag, the bald eagle, and the Statue of Liberty. We’re discussing how these symbols are meant to represent the Core Democratic Values. The Core Democratic Values are: Life, Liberty, The Pursuit of Happiness, Justice, Equality, Diversity, Truth, Patriotism, Common Good, Popular Sovereignty, and Rule of Law. To make these Values relatable to K-1s we’ve been helping to make the connection between choices they can make and upholding the different Core Democratic Values. For example, picking up litter they see outside is something a good citizen could do to promote the Common Good.

  • Honey Bunches of Notes November

    We will soon begin our second theme unit, How My School Works. The verse of our theme song that corresponds to this next unit is as follows and can be sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star:

     

    How my school works at Honey Creek

    We problem solve and act responsibly

    Being fair, taking care of our school, learning to follow rules

    When all of us at school cooperate

    The school system can work really great!

     

    This unit includes additional explanation and practice using S.O.S to solve problems and using our I-Statements to tell others how we feel. We’ll spend some time discussing the concepts of fairness and responsibility. Fair is defined for the children this way: fair is not everybody getting the same thing; fair is everybody getting what they need to be successful. Our exploration of responsibility and what that means includes discussion of some of our responsibilities at home and at school and why it’s important to demonstrate self-discipline and responsibility.

  • Honey Bunches of Notes October

    Early Elementary classrooms are off to a great start. This year, our theme is “How Things Work.”  We will use this theme to help our students develop an understanding of what systems are, how they work, and how one part of a system affects the rest of the system. We call this “teaching for understanding” and use the theme to develop our students’ broad understanding of concepts that they can then apply to all areas of their learning, rather than teaching them facts in isolation.

    We began the year learning about “How I Work.” Students are learning about themselves and each other, and sharing what is special about their families. In the beginning of the year we also spend a lot of time on community-building activities and learning how to get along and work out differences using “I Statements” and “S-O-S” (Story-Options-Solution) conflict resolution.

    In preparation for one of our later theme units, “How My Community Works,” we will be going on a field trip to Tantré Organic Farm on Thursday, October 12th. We are looking forward to an exciting year!

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