Grade 1, Month 1, The Wonder of Patterns
Your will guide your child to experiment with the building blocks of numeracy and literacy in the form of geometric shapes and lines. Multicultural storytelling will form the basis from which lessons will emerge. This first unit forms the foundation for academic learning for the 6-year-old and will cover ideas around personal responsibility, harnessing creativity, and placing learning at the heart of the human experience.
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Curriculum Areas/Learning Outcomes
Connection: This unit you and your child will be looking around for patterns in everyday things.
Concept: Objects and shapes have attributes that can be described, measured, and compared.
Connection: You will review and discuss patterns you observe.
Language Arts: Concept: Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us.
Connection: Stories that you tell in this unit will be about the world around us, for example, the wind. Your child will begin to notice that there are shapes and transformation in everything! A spiral in a shell, a spiral in my thumb print, a spiral on the snail’s back…
Concept: Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy.
Connection: Throughout this month you will tell stories to your child and use a variety of verses and songs too.
Social Studies: Concept: Our rights, roles, and responsibilities are important for building strong communities
Connection: Give your child some responsibility for holding the form of the morning lesson. Encourage your child to share stories about their role in the morning lesson to their neighbour/ aunt/pet…this will set them up to see how vital they are to the community later on.