Cross-Curriculum Workshops for Educators
The Pre-School, Kindergarten and Primary School Curriculum aims to teach:
- Social Emotional Development
- Language & Literacy
- Knowledge & Understanding of the world
- Physical development
This will give all children the opportunity to learn in an inspiring, peaceful atmosphere to explore, evaluate and adapt to the world around them.
By coming together and connecting on one topic, project or team work like the “Straw Bale Garden”, a rich and deep learning will take place in every single child through all 6 development areas. The outcome of a Cross Curriculum approach is to have motivated children who are learning happily. They will learn with all their senses and will be able to transfer and apply the new learned knowledge easily to various real-life situations.
The most important thing is that they will be able to change the world around them with their critical thinking skills which they develop through the Cross-Curriculum approach.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- Being able to decide as a group and establishing Teamwork.
- Reaching a democratic conclusion as a group.
- Achieving a task alone and together with lots of effort and passion
- Growing a high level of resilience in themselves.
- Discussing and explaining the progress of building a Straw bale Garden by documenting their experience through drawings, photos, videos, theatre, puppet play...
- The use of 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.
- Widening their own language by learning new vocabularies.
- Learning about patterns and sequences.
- Developing a concept about size and shape.
- Calculating the geometric shape spheres by using unit squares.
- Using standard (ruler etc.) and atypical (branch, rope etc.) measurement tools.
- Managing budget (materials, workman cost..)
- Assigning the relationship between perimeters and edge length of geometric shapes.
- Solving problems about plenary shapes’ perimeters.
- Calculating geometric shapes by using unit spheres.
- Using unites of measurements such as kg and gr.
- Calculating budget (price of vegetables)
KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD
- Experiencing very important life skills.
- Original and Hybrid Seeds
- Region and use of straw bales
- Progress of building the straw bale garden , timing and care for planting the seeds and plants, including the change of weather conditions
- Life circle of plants and insects
- How to prevent certain insects and pests (snails)
- Process of composting - recycling waste, vegetables and fruits in order to create new soil
- Keeping plants and saving the open-pollinated, pure and old seeds which are NOT genetically modified or hybrid seeds
- Getting to know different professions: Farmer, Architect, Lumberman
- To connect Past to the Present (Adobe Houses...)
- Ecology and learning about the import and export of goods.
- Creative thinking skills- exploring, assessing and evaluating problems
- Expressing their ideas in drawings, writings, photographs and videos.
- Focusing on progress more than product enables showing tolerance for individual interpretations and other ideas.
- Exploring colours, paints, and other textures (soil- straw- plants-flowers..) to foster imagination
- Using two and three-dimensional shapes
- The use of senses: Children enjoy achieving a task by stimulating all of their senses including seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling and proprioceptive and vestibular system.
- Being able to use all their muscles which are active 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.
- They are highly stimulated during the planting times as well as while they are preparing their labels, maps, invitations etc. for documenting their experiences and knowledge.