This winter we explored the season and weather around us – and around the world. We learned to appreciate that our community has all four seasons, while discussing the impacts of global weather. Global discussions led to a focus of social studies in many of our programs. Social studies includes global awareness, acceptance of diverse cultures, historical appreciation, and an understanding of geography and geology.
“GEO” is a term relating to “earth” studies. Studies of the earth through observation and experimentation is also under the subject of science. Mi Families (“my families”) LLC combines subject matters throughout programs. Mi Families programs include teaching providers, parents and children through hands on activities. Our hands on curriculums have been described as “education through recreation.”
Recreation is defined as an activity done for enjoyment. Recreation is not work. Learning can be hard work, yet our programs are designed to teach through fun themes. As we transitioned from the theme of winter to dinosaurs we used Ice Age as a social studies/scientific theme in our youth programs. Topic transitions help students retain information of past studies, while preparing their minds for new lessons.
This week we used the theme of Dinosaurs to teach all subject matters – from social studies and science, to reading, writing and mathematics. The subject of math brought us back to the term “GEO” with geometry. The subject of geometry and lessons of lines and shapes incorporated art, while bringing us back to studies of the earth and how everything is made of shapes: lines or curves.
Ice Age … Dinosaurs … Creation of creatures, man, land … Studies of the past led to deep discussions between young and old – including discussions that people have different beliefs. Students discussed big words like “archaeology” and “paleontology” as they learned how people discover stories of the past. Being a paleontologist and digging for dino-bones helped some kids find passions in storytelling, writing as an author and drawing as an illustrator.
Digging for dino-bones and other experiences builds a love for learning across all age groups. If you’d like to learn more about our multi-age programs visit www.MiFamilies.com. If you’d like to learn about the products used in our Dinosaur Dig curriculum visit www.MotherGooseTime.com. If you’d like to ask me questions regarding the curriculum or our programs feel free to email Christi@MiFamilies.com OR network with our team or members on LinkedIN, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, etc …