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Thinking, Creating, Reflecting: Impacting the Future

Early Elementary

Ages 5 - 7

  • Date created

    March 1, 2018

  • Last updated

    November 15, 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
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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