Cross-Curriculum Workshops for Educators

Cross-curricular units of study such as the ‘’Straw Bale Garden’’, provide rich and deep learning opportunities for every single child through each of the six developmental areas below. Children come together and connect over a topic or project, thus developing their team work skills. They are motivated to learn and enjoy themselves. They use all their senses and develop critical thinking skills, and are later able to transfer and apply their learnings, both knowledge and skills-based, to various real life situations.

Our preschool, kindergarten and primary school curricula all have learning goals in the following six areas:

 

  • Social Emotional Development
  • Language & Literacy 
  • Math
  • Creativity
  • Knowledge & Understanding of the world
  • Physical Development

 

All children will have the opportunity to learn in an inspiring, peaceful atmosphere; to explore, evaluate and adapt to the world around them.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Teamwork: making democratic decisions as a group
  • Teamwork: sharing responsibilities
  • Applying effort and passion to accomplish a task, alone and together
  • Developing a high level of resilience
  • Discussing and explaining the group’s progress while building a straw bale garden by documenting the experience through drawings, photos, videos, theatre, puppet play...
  • Using the senses: Children enjoy achieving a task by stimulating all of their senses including seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling and engaging their proprioceptive and vestibular systems

LANGUAGE & LITERACY

  • Listening, understanding, researching, speaking, reading, writing, critical thinking and reasoning
  • Writing, drawing maps and invitations, as well as recipe books, newsletters…
  • Discussing and explaining the progress of building a straw bale garden by documenting their own experiences and conclusions through drawings, writings, photos, videos, theatre, puppet play...
  • Learning a new language through the Immersion Programme
  • Developing their own language by learning new vocabulary

MATH

  • Learning about patterns and sequences 
  • Developing concepts of size and shape
  • Calculating the volume of spheres by using unit squares
  • Calculating geometric shapes by using unit spheres.
  • Using standard (ruler etc.) and atypical (branch, rope etc.) measurement tools.
  • Managing a budget (materials, workman costs...)
  • Calculating a budget (price of vegetables)
  • Understanding the relationship between perimeters and the length of geometric shapes
  • Problem solving
  • Using units of measurements for length and weight

KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD

  • Experiencing essential life skills
  • Understanding the difference between heirloom and hybrid seeds  
  • Understanding region and the use of straw bales
  • Learning the process of building a straw bale garden, including considerations of seasons and weather conditions
  • Understanding of the life cycle of plants and insects
  • Knowledge of how to prevent certain insect and pest infestations (snails)
  • Understanding of the composting process: recycling organic waste, vegetables and fruits in order to create new soil
  • Knowledge of how to collect and save pollinated seeds (non-GMO and non-hybrid seeds)
  • An introduction to different professions: farmer, architect, forester
  • Understanding how the past and present are connected (Adobe Houses...)
  • A basic understanding of ecology and the import and export of goods

CREATIVITY

  • Creative thinking skills: exploring, assessing and evaluating problems
  • Expressing ideas through drawing, writing, photography and video
  • Focusing on progress more than product, fostering tolerance for individual interpretation and ideas other than one’s own
  • Exploring colours, paints, and other textures (soil, straw, plants, flowers...) to foster imagination
  • Using two and three-dimensional shapes

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

  • The use of senses: children enjoy tasks that stimulate all their senses, including seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling and the proprioceptive and vestibular systems
  • Being active and using all their muscles during the building period as well as while they plant and care for the vegetables
  • Being able to use all fine motor skills, including developing hand-eye coordination
  • Being highly stimulated and fully engaged during the planting as well as while they are preparing their labels, maps, invitations etc. for documenting their experiences and knowledge