The Fourth “R” in Education
PreK 4 students immerse themselves in their first Unit of Inquiry
Less than one month into the school year, and our PreK 4 students already are learning all about the FOUR “Rs” – reading, writing, arithmetic and respect!
Since the middle of August, our students have been diving into their first IB unit of inquiry, R.E.S.P.E.C.T., with a central idea that “we are caring when we show respect and responsibility for ourselves and our community.” Activities in this unit include learning the daily routine, with an emphasis on the importance of the morning greeter; making “thank you pages” for the people in their lives they appreciate; collaborating and signing the class agreement that will be posted on the wall all year long; and creating friend books featuring their new classmates.
While working together and individually, the students are developing skills that lay the foundation for their continued education, including social skills (group decision making, accepting responsibility); communication (listening, speaking, reading, writing, presenting); and self-management (organization, time management).
The R.E.S.P.E.C.T. unit is part of the IB Primary Years Programme Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are. Throughout the PYP (taught to children ages three – fifth grade), the transdisciplinary themes focus on issues that span subject areas. Who We Are provides students an inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social, and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.