Students in our Early Learning Program have been exploring, discovering, and having fun during the 2021-22 school year for 100 days. Let's take a look how we deliver our advanced curriculum in active, fun, and engaging ways.

After starting the week with Valentine’s Day celebrations, our Early Learning Program (ELP) kept the party going by celebrating the 100th Day of School! After 100 days of exploration, discovery, and fun, ELP teachers brought the number 100 to life. From stringing 100 beads in groups of 10s to building with 100 blocks or cups, the number 100 was everywhere.

As we prepare for the 101 Day of School tomorrow, here is a quick snapshot of where each of our Early Learning classes are after 100 days.

THE TODDLER PROGRAM (TWO AND THREE YEAR OLDS)
Language and Literacy: Working on comprehension skills by retelling stories and recounting details following a read-aloud.
Math: Classifying and sorting hearts by color.
Social and Emotional Learning: Managing waiting with strategies to calm down and practice patience.
Visual Arts: Painting hearts using 2-3 different color paint sticks to design cut-outs.
Mandarin: Singing the Chinese New Year song “Gong Xi, Gong Xi” and performing with fans, cymbals, and gongs.
Music & Movement: Learning ‘Skinnamarink” with cross-body hand motions and counting their jumps with our Counting Cuckoo Bird puppet.

PREK-1 (THREE YEAR OLDS)
Language and Literacy: Matching upper- and lowercase letters; answering questions after a read-aloud, and using complete sentences to describe illustrations.
Math: Naming and sorting 3D shapes, counting by 10s, and identifying a number before or after a number on the number line.
Social and Emotional Learning: Improving friendship skills and problem solving by working on playing together, trading, and taking turns.
World Discovery: Learning about Garrett Morgan, who invented the traffic light, discussing inventors and what they do, and creating their own inventions.
STEM: Conducting sink-or-float experiments.
Visual Arts: Continuing our winter-scape, mixed-media artwork.
Drama: Acting out “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman.
Mandarin: Singing the Chinese New Year song “Gong Xi, Gong Xi” and performing with fans, cymbals, and gongs.
Movement: Throwing, catching, and targeting skills using beanbags.
Music: Learning about percussion instruments and intervals.

PREK-2 (FOUR YEAR OLDS)
Language and Literacy: Short ‘a’ word families (-at, -ag, -an, -am), sounding out new words, and writing a sentence with spaces between words.
Math: Counting by 10s, counting down to the number 100, and following multi-step directions.
Social and Emotional Learning: Managing anger through identifying feelings, relaxing to slow the heart rate, and developing strategies to stay in control of their feelings.
World Discovery: Celebrating Black History Month with a focus on President Barack Obama, Venus and Serena Williams, Mae Jemison, and Ruby Bridges.
STEM: Learning about the contribution of James West and Arthur Ashe to culture and community.
Visual Arts: Making Valentine’s Day hearts for their families.
Drama: Acting out “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” by Mo Willems.
Mandarin: Singing the Chinese New Year song “Gong Xi, Gong Xi” and performing with fans, cymbals, and gongs.
Movement: Throwing, catching, and targeting skills using beanbags.
Music: Learning about percussion instruments and intervals.

KINDERGARTEN
Language and Literacy: Using comprehension skills to understand context and sequencing of events, spelling words with long -o, -oa, increasing “words-to-know” like great and laugh, and writing creative sentences.
Math: Identifying and writing even and odd numbers, practicing doubles addition facts with addends, identifying and totaling pennies and dimes, measuring lines of segments, and spelling and writing given numbers.
Social and Emotional Learning: Solving problems by calming down first, using words to describe the problem, and thinking of lots of solutions.
Civics: Celebrating Black History Month with a spotlights on Harriet Tubman and Ruby Bridges, creating mosaic murals in groups, and learning about the Winter Olympics.
Engineering: Completing their “Zipline Racer” by attaching components to their frames.
Visual Arts: Completing their warm/cool colors volcanoes project.
Drama: Preparing for the Spring Musical by learning the choreography for “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.”
Mandarin: Singing the Chinese New Year song “Gong Xi, Gong Xi” and performing with fans, cymbals, and gongs.
PE: Beginning our cup stacking unit by learning various formations and techniques.
Music: Practicing for the Spring Musicals, where Kindergarten–Grade 5 students will perform in Kids on Broadway.

Having watched our youngest learners from the First Day of School to their 100th Day of School, it is amazing to witness their energy, excitement, and curiosity. These students love to learn! Guided by their Early Learning and Subject Expert teachers in classrooms where innovation and creativity are fostered, the difference between Day 1 and Day 100 is unbelievable! They have played and learned, developed new skills and improved skills from previous years, made new friends and built strong relationships. I can’t wait to see what the remainder of the school year will bring!

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