ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OVERVIEW

 
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TRILOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OVERVIEW: Berries & Cherries

The Berries are a mixed age group, Including Kindergarten, First, and Second grade. Often a child will spend two or three years growing as a Berry. This provides opportunities and leadership development. Course work takes place in breakout cluster-groups, to honor the diverse levels of learning.

THE SCIENCES (Mathematics and Science of Body and Earth)

MATHEMATICS

Math is naturally incorporated through out the day, which helps children gain mastery over time and space. Examples include: weaving, music class, the independent work with Singapore workbooks, class projects, where collaboration is encouraged. Children work thoughtfully at their own speed. Math tools increase in sophistication as students’ mature. Logic as the brain memory are strengthened, as the foundation of math is established.

LIFE SCIENCE

Life Science engages children’s imaginations and curiosity about the ways our natural world works. The Cambridge curriculum is incorporated with all learning activities. Cambridge curriculum materials are used to support independent work and class science together. Earth is studied as a home for all Life, needing the care and nurture of all human beings. Children actively engage in a green vision, learning to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, and even to compost. Trilok garden creates seasonal opportunities, to observe the cycle of plant life, and to cultivate vegetables and fruits. “Farm to Table “style, then students cook and enjoy the food.

Exploring vividly through the senses, children learn to recognize patterns of nature in changes of seasons. They learn signs and symbols of life’s processes. Students enjoy active experimentation, learn to think logically, make predictions, classify observations, and solve problems.

THE HUMANITIES (Literacy, Social Studies, Languages)

LITERACY

Our goal is to make students enthusiastic about reading and writing. By this time, Children read a picture, a facial expression, a letter, a number, word or even a story. Clues of literacy are being decoded organically. A child is also a writer from the first mark they make on paper. Each child grows through skills and understandings found in literacy lessons. Practice nurtures the child’s confidence. Throughout the study process, teachers work to strengthen this identity of: “I CAN read. I CAN write.  

Empowered by the purposefulness of letters and words tools, children communication skill grows. Focusing on the patterns of motion that shape each letter, the flow of sequential letters that create words, the flow of words with spaces between them that create sentences. Berries immerse themselves in the daily process of creating books. They simply fold a paper in half, creating a title, identifying themselves as authors, and then developing the content from various themes that emerge daily. Each paper book opens up to new ideas expressed through their words and pictures.

Through listening to stories and reading them with increasing independence, students begin to be inspired, to understand and to articulate the elements that comprise a narrative. Additionally they learn about authors and illustrators as people who are thinking about them and offering great gifts.

SOCIAL STUDIES AND PEACE STUDIES

Social Studies invite to develop the skills for contributing to a peaceful society. Students learn citizenship skills in the classroom by making agreements, solving problems, and practicing compassion.

Children’s understanding of time and space stretch, to take on the dimensions of history and geography. Students delve into inquiry about their family’s roots. They begin to chart the neighborhood and eventually the globe through their familiar pathways. Homework Assignments. (AHA!) Provides opportunity for enhanced family dialogue and connection.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Children experience Spanish and English everyday. Additionally they are exposed to Japanese, French, and Swahili. Spanish is a part of ongoing study. Through the year, Spanish-speaking cultures are studied, allowing the children opportunities to experience traditions rooted in the diverse Latin Diaspora. Foreign-language-study involves greetings, conversational games, songs, special themes, art and academics names, shapes, colors, foods and following directions.

THE ARTS (Movement & Mindfulness, Visual Arts, Performing Arts)

VISUAL ART

Through artistic exploration, motor movements continue to mature. Students handle paint, scissors, glue and more. Creative processes are diverse art studies include weaving and technology Children are introduced to great art, artists and learn art history.  

PERFORMING ARTS (music, theater, dance, circus)

Each season, Trilok children study a wide range of performing arts from music and dance, to theater and circus, through Trilok Fusion Arts. They rehearse Ensemble Theater, music, and dance works each season to show to their families in a glorious community event twice a year.

Students learn songs and rhythmic phrases. Also explore the intentions and contrasts of fast and slow beats, discovering their movements’ voice through instruments. An understanding of musical notation takes root as children learn to write and read cues about how to play music. New instruments are introduced for exploration.

MOVEMENT AND MINDFULNESS

Body and Mind experience deep integration through various practices. These include yoga, meditation, gym, dance, and theater. Breath awareness links them all, bridging the wellbeing of body and mind for Trilok young learners. Gross motor skills develop and new motor skills are honed. Concentration and self-awareness are strengthened. Through group activities, children gain skills in cooperation and teamwork. Through the wide range of physical practices offered at Trilok, children practice expression on many levels, from play to art to sport.

Children learn to identify their feelings and soothe their woes, both personal and interpersonal, through skills of compassion, self-regulation and convict resolution. Mindful motion leads every child toward brighter learning vistas within.

CHERRIES

The Cherries is a mixed age group covering learning materials for the mid-elementary ages. Children here master learning competencies in all elds of study. They gain independence as learners and their work devel- ops with a strongly independent self-determination. Teams within the larger group of Cherries work at different levels to address the their diverse learning needs.

THE SCIENCES (Mathematics, Life, Science)

MATHEMATICS

Math grows with the child. Developing increasing competencies with numbers, patterns, and mathematical operations, children observe the world around them in its quantitative detail and its geometry. They measure the world of time, space and matter. As children’s basic skills strengthen, they dive into more complex work, multiplying numbers and dividing them. Through independent workbooks in Singapore-style Math, children learn to work independently at their own speed, encountering mathematical problems, concepts, and principles in a system that cultivates their developmental readiness.

LIFE SCIENCE

As children mature and employ new tools of investigation, the Sciences magnify the world exponentially in every dimension. In nity from the micro to the macro is contemplated studiously. Guided by the awareness of Trilok House Heroes, Einstein and Curie, our growing science students begin to tackle the complicated ethics of scientific inquiry. They embark upon their scientific studies, guided by the humane mission of contributing to the Earth and to Life, holding ethical concerns in their wonder.

Guided by a “GREEN MIND” Trilok’s young scientists take on not just the evaluation of “carbon footprint,” but the creation of their “helpful hand-print,” learning that every move we make holds within it the ethical question of balancing Earth’s needs with our own needs.

Science continues to compel learning from Nature. Experimental processes become ever more sophisticated, engaging hypotheses and methodology. Students grow their capacity to wonder thoughtfully, to think logically, to research and experiment more imaginatively, and to solve problems. Earth is cared for by these young scientists. Trilok’s beautiful garden creates seasonal opportunities to nurture nature, as children make strong connections between the processes of the earth and the materials they use, the clothes they wear, and of course, the food they eat.
Singapore-style Science books guide independent work, moving children through science’s persistent themes. As topics from younger years resurface, the studies deepen. Human body studies, explore organs, health and illness, and essential relevant issues of body care. Animal studies, habitat studies, weather and environment studies develop in ever deeper detail, quenching the intellectual inquiry of the students.

THE HUMANITIES (Literacy, Social Studies, Languages)

LITERACY

Literacy for the Cherries is an exploration of the power of word to express thought. The self of the growing child is nding voice, increasingly represented by language. Reading and writing nd momentum in the growing com- petencies of our students. While their ideas y ahead, their skills are compelled to catch up by internal demand. It is this dynamic that can foster a voracious hunger for literacy. Classes nurture ever-growing skills, while dialogue among peers deepens understandings of class material. Students present their work regularly to their peers in the community of the classroom. This sharing fosters a cross fertilization among diverse learners. From poetic language to expository language, from ction to non ction, children write up a storm at this stage and read with increasing con dence. Grammar and handwriting re ne themselves with practice. Students learn to think in challenging ways through exposure to many great voices of history. Inspired by literary texts and the teachings of world heroes, including Trilok’s House heroes, maturing children discover the power of language to describe and shape their world. While literacy class happens daily, literacy development itself is woven into all aspects of the day. Writing and drawing continue their mutually supportive weave to foster full expression throughout de- velopment.

Inspired by the Trilok House Hero, Maya Angelou, the Cherries embark on poetic writing, learning to use poetic tools and forms. As maturing learners begin to understand verb tense, they explore past, present and future. Researching their own lives, they create autobiography. They work with memory, creating a time line. Then they begin to research their own lives, realizing that their family members and home-photo-albums hold a wellspring of oral and visual stories about their lives, that they may not even remember themselves. Adding new dimensions to the research of self, they dig up familial history, including legacies of culture and ancestral story. They begin to chart their lives as a road between past and future.

Steadily, maturing writers at Trilok widen their range of ne motor skills to meet diverse writing goals. They develop the calligraphic path of hand-writing while also developing typing skills for computer use. Re ning their ne motor skills every step of the way, their hand eventually ows into the river of script writing to discover the treasures of expression therein.

SOCIAL STUDIES and PEACE STUDIES

Social Studies invite growing learners into an increasing depth and maturity as they study their world. This study grounds learners in a sense of wholeness about belonging to a peace-making world. Students develop citizenship in the society of the classroom by learning to make agreements, solve problems, and understand their feelings and others’. They weave together a maturing inner world with an ever-expanding outer world. Their yearning to be understood and to understand others takes on new levels of possibility and responsibility in these passionate years of development. While skills of peacemaking and con ict-resolution gain relevance internally, they can be contextualized in a larger framework of the world. In this way, history can shed light on children’s potential within it, allowing a study of the past and the present to illuminate the future.

Food Studies engages children in an understanding of the long story behind all they eat. Cooking as sous-chefs, they study the cultural diversity of food practices and the historical migrations of humans, which have lead to the particular cuisines of cultures. They manifest their learning by note taking recipes in their own cultural cooking books. In a garden-to-table engagement, students gather produce from the garden and learn to cook a variety of dishes.

Learners at this age develop leadership skills and practice these daily with their school communi- ty. They study leaders and change-makers to allow the wisdoms of the past to move forth with them as guidance. They study values, cultures, and cosmologies, shaping a exibility of mind and an inqui- ry of wonder about cross-cultural views of the universe. In mind, they journey through study and story.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Developing a palate of languages available to a child’s mind, Trilok offers continued devel- opment in various tongues. World-wide cultures become areas of mind-travel, and NYC re- ects so much of this learning back instantly. Spanish studies develop alongside the social stud- ies of foods from the vast Latin diaspora, at this level. The goal of Spanish studies is bilingualism.

THE ARTS (Movement & Mindfulness, Visual Arts, Performing Arts)

MOVEMENT AND MINDFULNESS

Body and Mind are supported toward deep integration through various practices, including yoga, meditation, gym, dance and theater. Breath awareness links them all, bridging the wellbeing of body and mind for the maturing learner. While gross motor skills develop and ne motor skills are honed, concentration and self-awareness are strengthened. Through group activities, children gain skills in cooperation, team-work and group awareness.

Through the wide range of physical practices offered at Trilok, children explore embodied expression on many levels, from play to art to sport. Children learn to identify their feelings and soothe their woes, both personal and interpersonal, through skills of compassion, self-regulation and con ict resolution. Mindful Motion leads every child’s body toward brighter learning vistas within.

VISUAL ART

The Cherries class values the exploration of visual arts both as a vehicle to learn and express various elds of study, as well as as a eld of study in its own right. Diverse hands-on creative classes range from Weav- ing Class to Art Class to Technology Arts Class, offering children a wide palate tools for creative expres- sion. Use of materials for Trilok projects teaches children to recycle and reuse materials, bringing a unique and powerful “green” consciousness to creativity. Children learn to explore the creative power of their inner voice, as they dive more independently into diverse artistic materials. They also learn to practice some of the very practical drawing skills that help them learn to render what they see, a skill that becomes greatly bene cial beyond the realm of art itself. In autobiographical work, they learn to develop their own portraits, taking cues from House Hero Frida Kahlo, by employing symbolism and metaphorical self-interpretation.

PERFORMING ARTS (music, theater, dance, circus)

Within each season, Trilok children study a wide range of performing arts from Music and Dance, to Theater and Circus. They participate in artistic processes with professional artists through Trilok School’s collaboration with Trilok Fusion Arts. While gaining skills of motion, presence, and participation, they collaborate with their class to create performance works. They create ensemble theater, music and dance works each season to show to their families. They work with both improvisational and compositional elements of performance, weaving spon- taneity with challenging skills of memorization and collaboration. The “Yes....and...” method of accepting others improvisational ideas as you collaborate translates to peace building playground skills, and increased empathy and acceptance of others.

Musical exploration at this age includes an expanding pallet of instruments to explore as well as increasing liter- acy in musical notation. Now, children can diversify their roles for musical collaboration, creating ensembles in recorder music as well as percussion. Children learn how to hear and see the building blocks of music, reading the notes and eventually arranging them.

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