The early elementary years are a beginning foundation for one's academic journey. The goals in the Kinder through 2nd grade classroom are setting children up to have a deep love for learning, be able to problem solve, have interpersonal communication skills with others, be conscientious and sensitive to our planet, and to think independently.
Our setting provides a daily rhythm that begins with Hawaiian chanting to promote unity throughout the school. The first two blocks are dedicated to academic experiences in both language arts and mathematics. The afternoon hours of our day are dedicated to Art classes, Japanese, Physical Education, Gardening, Singing/Music/Ukulele, Building/Creating, Play, and Movement. Hawaiian and Spanish are woven into our daily process to build respect and awareness of culture through language. Every year the children learn and discover how the peoples of this earth celebrate holidays with emphasis on Dia de los Muertos, Winter celebrations and Hawaiian culture.
Unit studies are chosen by the teacher and students depending on the class interests and relevance to their community. Here are some examples of units we have studied in the past: Egypt, Bones & Our Human Bodies, Space, Insects, Rainforests/Botany, World Geography, Dinosaurs, Weather, Vikings, Grossology/Science Experiments, Birds/Ornithology, Arachnids, 50 United States, Geology, Oceanography.