How do People Organize Themselves?

Did you know that a group of cows is called a herd? What about a group of mountains? It’s called a range! How about a group of dolphins or fish? They can both be called a school! A group of dolphins can also be called a pod and a group of fish is also referred…

How do we Organize Ourselves?

Starting with the parent-student class (already three weeks ago!) we have been trying to understand how we organize ourselves and how other things (animals, objects, sentences) are organized as well. The first day of class we started fresh with the idea that we could move our desks in anyway we wanted. Some students wanted to…

The World Works in Stories

It is incredible how many questions we had to ask about birds in the beginning of this section. Even more incredible is that there are so many animals in the world and we can ask just as many questions about each one! Unfortunately, six weeks does not give us time to investigate or ask an…

The World Works in Cycles

How does the work? Why does the weather change? Do all environments change the same? How do materials (solid, liquids, and gasses change)? Why do people change materials? SO MANY QUESTIONS!  Rather then just tackling these questions one by one, the 2nd and 3rd grade class is learning about the larger concepts of CHANGE and…

How Does the World Work?

This is a HUGE question to answer in such a short time, so we started off with some smaller ones. My friend Dan Green who studied bird ecology in the United States kindly made a short video with an overview about birds and their environment. This video served as a provocation in two ways: 1)…

Reflecting on: How (do) We Express Ourselves (?)

It was a pretty successful six weeks learning all about different emotions and how individuals express them differently. -But that is just my opinion! The facts are that each student not only learned different reading skills, but we applied them to our own lives. Learning the Main Concepts Remember the pictures we took of Tartu…

Fact or Opinion (NOT EXACTLY TRUE OR FALSE!)

What do you see in this picture? One of the main reading concepts we have been working on with the second and third graders is learning how to tell if a statement is a fact or an opinion. One of the most important things we learned from this is that fact and opinions are not…

I See, I Think, I WONDER

Next week, the 1-5th grades will go to see the movie Wonder. In leading up to our class trip, the second and third grade class had a challenge to express what they though the word ‘wonder’ actually means. When I asked: What is ‘Wonder’? some of the responses were: Wonder is like magic! It can…

Tartu International for Culture

How do we express ourselves? This alone is a difficult question to answer. It is even more difficult to consider questions such as: Do others understand how I feel based on my actions? Can I recognize when someone else is expression themselves? How can I respond when I see that a family member, friend, or…

The Science, English, and PSHE of FOOD!

See how the 2nd and 3rd grade class learned about charities (giving and donating), planning an experiment, and a bit of English on the side while making HOT COCOA!

Incorporating Culture and Kindness into the Classroom

The themes WHO WE ARE and WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME are not just curriculum based, but they are guiding points for helping students feel comfortable and empowered in their school; especially if it happens to be an international school. Based on the activities and events of last week, students began to see…

Landforms as a Cross-Disciplinary Topic

As we continued learning about landforms and bodies of water and repeating the ones we already know last week we mixed it up a little bit by using these landforms to learn different subjects. The first subject was spelling: Since our school is hosting it’s first spelling bee, our class practiced the format of spelling…