Planting the Seeds
Foundational Stage: Grade I

As tiny seeds sowed upon the freshly tilled soil of learning, our Grade 1 students are encouraged to ask questions, express ideas, and explore connections as they learn and grow. Their natural curiosity leads to wonderful ideas, projects and discussions. Each idea, each question is a fresh seed of thought to be nurtured through learning and experience.

After learning about the Self and their relationships to family and community in Kindergarten, students in Grade I broaden their understanding of the needs of living things. Through all the curricular strands, they learn that all living things are connected and dependent upon other living organisms in many direct and indirect ways.

Ethics and values are taught and reinforced in every subject area as First Graders explore their role in protecting our Earth and its inhabitants.

Germination
Foundational Stage: Grade II

Emerging from the seed stage, our Second Graders spend their year learning to germinate in the natural world and evolve in their own lives. Students begin studying history and engage with concepts of change over time; they observe the life cycles of various living species; and experiment with the changing states of matter, form and function, change, causation, and connections. Since we believe that children learn best when the subject matter is tangible and connected to real-life experiences, the curriculum is integrated in our thematic units of study which are tailored each year to the interests and learning styles of our learners.

Experiential learning and value-building lessons are interwoven throughout the curricular strands as the Grade II students make connections between themselves and the wider world around them.

Taking Root
Foundational Stage: Grade III

Our students in Grade III solidify their basic skills and begin to take root, to endure and thrive within the school learning environment. They are challenged to apply and extend those basic skills and become increasingly more independent, as they transition from the Foundational Years to later years of the Preparatory Stage.

The emphasis in all areas of the Grade III curriculum is on active experiences involving reading, writing, discussing, critical thinking and problem-solving. This is the phase where students can drop anchor, take responsibility for their own learning, and obtain a deeper understanding of things.

They also step up to a new level of community participation. Our Grade III students explore not only their place in the present but find themselves through the history of their own families and their environment.

Our approach to learning encourages and develops curiosity in young children.

They construct meaning from the world around them by drawing on their prior knowledge, as we provide stimulation through new experiences, and present opportunities for reflection, consolidation and ideation. This approach encourages young children to question, consider, and refine their understanding of the social and natural world around them. 

Our early childhood program not only empowers every child through joyful discovery but also sets the foundation for further academic learning and social/emotional development at TWIGS.

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