Our Science curriculum for the year will focus on energy - what it is, how it is created, how we harness it, how we use it. Our goal is for science to be hands on, applied in every day life, and develop each child's ability to both question and find answers using the scientific method as well as their own passion and drive for personal meaning, experience and knowledge in learning. Each class will have a project that adds to our Nature Park that we built last year.
Kindergarten and First Grade will be taught by Chandra Best. Their overarching question will be "What is Alive?" They will explore evolution, plants and animals - including the evolution of animals and the habitats they visit on their weekly hikes in Boulder County. Schedule.
2nd and 3rd grade will be led by Amber Arvidson, with Mary Kellogg co-teaching math and Phil Germakian teaching science. Their overarching inquiry will be "What is Community?" They will be studying the beginning of agriculture and animal domestication and people living in community all the way through the founding and development of civilizations, including ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. However, they begin the year with a local study of prairie dogs and their very special communities. Schedule.
4th and 5th grade will be co-taught by Jennifer Cain teaching Language Arts, assisted by Mary Kellogg; Megan Flaherty teaching theme, Megan and Phil teaching math, and Phil Germakian teaching science. Their overarching inquiry will be "What is a Hero?" They will be using the hero cycle (Joseph Campbell) in language arts and in their theme study of the Native Americans and the pioneers that came west, with a focus on Colorado History. They will be taking a 3 day fall trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. Schedule.
Middle School (6th through 8th grade) will be led by Nancy Monson and assisted by Jennifer Cain. Phil Germakian will be teaching science and co-teaching math with Megan Flaherty. The overarching inquiry will be "What is Truth?" (and how do I come to know who I am?) The students will start by exploring their own inner lives and what truth means to them. Historically they will study WWII and the Holocaust, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement, the 1960s and the movement towards spirituality and looking inward for meaning rather than in materialism and the Vietnam War era. They will go on weekly trips that include community service work, writing biographies of elders at Tru Pace Senior Center, visiting spiritual centers in Boulder and climbing mountains. They will be taking a 5 day trip to Canyonlands in Utah in the fall, and a 6 day trip to Washington D.C. in the spring. Schedule.