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…

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…

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…

Reflecting and Moving Forward: “Who We Are”

Now that we are well into the second theme of our curriculum “Where we are in place and time“, it is time to reflect about what we have accomplished. The last theme, Who we are, placed a lot of emphasis on learning how unique we all are and understanding that being unique is ok! We…

Up close or far away: How do we see the world?

The world is big and has a lot of diverse places, but it also has many places that look similar! Can we guess where every place is in the world based only on a picture? Here are some simple tasks to find out!

What in the world is a ‘Biome’ and why does it matter?

How do the landforms and bodies of water surrounding us affect how we live? Where did these things come from in the first place? Why are there so many different strange tools in the world? How and why were these tools discovered? There are so many questions to answer that sometimes it is hard for…