First comes knowledge; children must know the world to be able to contribute to it. Geography, civics, history, cultures, and science are such important foundational studies.
History in the elementary program begins with the concept of the passage of time, then geologic time and the study of civilization throughout history. Which brings us to Ms. Stephanie’s most recent assignment. The Upper–Elementary students did in-depth research on life in the original thirteen colonies. Her students researched daily life in general, and each had one colony to research further. They wrote reports, created three-dimensional representations of their colonies, and cooked a traditional food. They dressed in traditional clothing to present their work and shared their food in a colonial feast.
Taking knowledge and integrating it into real world application makes learning not just fun, but gives it meaning.