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Thinking, Creating, Reflecting: Impacting the Future

Early Elementary

Ages 5 - 7

  • Date created

    March 1, 2018

  • Last updated

    December 3, 2018


Early Elementary is a time in a students life when they are moving from their first experiences in school, socially, emotionally and academically, to becoming more independent and responsible for their own learning.  We accomplish this by using an integrated thematic approach; this includes science, environmental studies, social studies, math, and language  Individual needs in reading and math are also targeted.

What to Expect

Multi-sensory instruction in decoding and word attack skills for emergent and beginning readers

Handwriting Without Tears

Investigations Math Curriculum with an emphasis on “math talks” where children’s unique mathematical thinking is honored as they communicate the strategies they used to come up with answers

Plan, Do, Review (Work time) 2-5 times a week, depending on age

Introduction to the Design Thinking Model when a science topic is researched and explored in-depth and students create prototypes through a variety of engineering and art challenges
Inside the Classroom

Early Elementary: Sept. 16 – Sept. 20

Grassroots Sharing! Rebecca’s Grassroots sharing: Bucha Bar! Everyone tried a sample of the locally produced kombucha. It’s an amazing health 

Early Elementary: Sept. 9 – Sept. 13

Halloween Origami & Ikebana! So many fun activities with Ms. Keiko in Japanese this week! Students are learning to count 

Early Elementary: Sept. 3 – Sept. 6

WELCOME! Intake Conference Sign-Up went out this week via email. Please let me know if you didn’t receive it. Link 

Chickadees’ Diaries: May 20 – May 24

Get outside, get healthy! This is an amazing program filled with totally free and unique experiences! We discussed it this 

Chickadees’ Diaries: May 13 – May 17

Getting "Jiggy With It" at Rockford University! Reflection Reflection is very important in the learning process. Today, students reflected 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.29 – May.3

Summer Reading Last book order of the year — stock up for summer! Orders due by May 9th. Online ordering 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.22 – Apr.26

Earth Day Cleanup!Fun from Start to Finish! As always, feel free to email us with any questions, concerns, or even 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.15 – Apr.19

Junior Gardeners Planting beans, examining and comparing seeds, and of course making fruit salad makes for very happy junior gardeners! 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.8 – Apr.12

Upcoming Schedule: Monday 4/15 Interest Groups Tuesday 4/16 Interest Groups Wednesday 4/17 Interest Groups 5:30PM - 7:00PM Interest Group Sharing/ 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.1 – Apr.5

We had a wonderful time at our field trip to Angelic Organics. Hope you enjoy the photos of all the 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Mar.18 – Mar.22

Rockford University Bear crawls, alligator chomps, frog jumps, OH MY! (...and a dash of throwing practice, too!) Pattern Finders playing 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Mar.11 – Mar.15

Chickadees building sentences together!Fun in Japanese! Learning clothing vocabulary through play. Kimono Yukata (summer kimono) Obi (sash, belt) Geta (wooden sandal) 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Mar.4 – Mar.8

Kindness: The Soundtrack On Monday, Amy, our artist in residence, spent time helping us capture our reflections on Kindness in 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Feb.25 – Mar.1

100 Days of School! To celebrate 100 days into our school year, the Chickadees participated in a 100 Hidden Hershey's 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Feb.19 – Feb.22

Chickadees' Notes: Super exciting news!!! Our class as well as Intermediate Elementary collected the most $$ during Spectrum's Pennies for 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Feb.11 – Feb.15

Paper Bridges How can I make a paper bridge support 3 paper back books? Charles knows triangles are the strongest 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Feb.4 – Feb.8

Fox study in Art Class: Drawing and ClayKindness We are reflecting on kindness and writing in our kindness journals every 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Jan.14 – Jan.18

Positively impacting the future, one day at a time...Daniel’s work-time matchbox car obstacle course! Raise Responsibility Ms. Mary Beth 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Jan.8 – Jan.11

2019: LET'S DO IT!Work Time Daniel does research on the Native American moons. Livia builds a sled for a stuffed 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Dec.17 – Dec.21

Farewell, 2018!Getting ready... Chickadees are hard at work, putting the final touches on the set for the Winter Assembly! Wishing 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Dec.10 – Dec.14

Holiday fun GALORE! Heads Up: Mrs. Puetz has asked that we wear dark pants for the Winter Program. Shirts will 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Dec.3 – Dec.7

Hello, December!Super Science Fridays! We have been working with simple machines on Science Fridays! Here are our chickadees building a 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Nov.26 – Nov.30

Wrapping Up November! We will be setting up “Santa’s Workshop” in the classroom for work time. We are looking for 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Nov.12 – Nov.16

Processfolio & Holiday Activities!Processfolio Rebecca describes her work samples as she shares her Processfolio with her parents! Jive Turkeys Turkey 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Nov.5 – Nov.9

Chickadees' Diaries: Nov.5 - Nov.9 Early Elementary needs drivers for our trip to see Rosie Revere, Engineer at the Coronado 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Oct.29 – Nov.2

Language, Leaves, and LOTS of Candy! November 20 - Field Trip to the Coronado Theater to see the production of 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Oct.22 – Oct.26

Early Elementary's work ethic is at an Upper Elementary level! We are beyond proud and impressed with the hard work 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Oct.15 – Oct.19

Enjoy this glimpse at some of the work and fun that Early Elementary (the chickadees) had this past week! Worktime 

Supply List & Resources

Supply List

Each student should bring and leave at school:

1– 3- inch 3 ring binder (you can reuse yours from last year or repurpose from some other source, but it does need to be 3 inches thick)

1 — reusable, dishwasher safe water bottle

1 — wrapped dollar gift labeled “boy or girl” for our birthday celebrations

1– box of oil pastels

1– complete change of clothes in a labeled ziploc bag (sometimes students get messy and/or wet outside)

1– multi pack of dry erase markers

1– pair of “outdoor” shoes (old sneakers or rain boots that are sturdy and can get dirty)

1– notepad or notebook of lined primary handwriting paper

Boys only, please bring:

1 bottle natural or eco friendly spray cleaner

1 package of paper bedding for small animals

Girls:only, please bring:

1 bottle of hand sanitizer

1 bag of guinea pig food pellets


Spiral Sketch Pad 9′ X 12″ 50lb. (Micheals – I always use a 40% coupon)

Avery Permanent​ Glue Stick ( Office supply store)

Classroom Wish List:

*Heavyweight, watercolor and/or mixed media paper for art projects

*Classroom copies of the following book titles: Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chanler Warner Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker Mrs Piggle Wiggle by Betty Macdonald Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis Ramona and Beezus series by Beverly Cleary The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elisa Broach *Or any book from the attached 2019 Monarch Award Winner List*

*Whiteboard eraser(s)

*To cut down on paper waste and instill a strong sense of earth stewardship in our students, we would appreciate old linens, T-shirts, sheets, pillowcases and/or fabric napkins that we can use as rags, napkins, and hand towels in the classroom.

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