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Thinking, Creating, Reflecting: Impacting the Future


Early Elementary

Ages 5 - 7

  • Date created

    March 1, 2018

  • Last updated

    September 6, 2021


Early Elementary is a time in a students life when they are moving from their first experiences in school, socially, emotionally and academically, to becoming more independent and responsible for their own learning.  We accomplish this by using an integrated thematic approach; this includes science, environmental studies, social studies, math, and language  Individual needs in reading and math are also targeted.

What to Expect

Multi-sensory instruction in decoding and word attack skills for emergent and beginning readers

Handwriting Without Tears

Investigations Math Curriculum with an emphasis on “math talks” where children’s unique mathematical thinking is honored as they communicate the strategies they used to come up with answers

Plan, Do, Review (Work time) 2-5 times a week, depending on age

Introduction to the Design Thinking Model when a science topic is researched and explored in-depth and students create prototypes through a variety of engineering and art challenges
Inside the Classroom

Foresters’ Adventures! Nov. 15 – Nov. 19

Otis was so proud to read a book to us 

Foresters’ Adventures! Nov. 8 – Nov. 12

Forester Work Time! Forester work-time lends itself to endless possibilities! 

Foresters’ Adventures! Nov. 1 – Nov. 5

Tuesday work-time fun!Forester pattern making & "guess my pattern!"Early morning 

Foresters’ Adventures! Oct. 25 – Oct. 29

Our first venn diagram of the year, comparing spiders to 

Foresters’ Adventures! Oct. 18 – Oct. 22

Outdoor Work-Time! We were able to enjoy some great weather 

Foresters’ Adventures! Oct. 11 – Oct. 15

Our playground gets very muddy. Please send in rainboots (or 

Foresters’ Adventures! Oct. 4 – Oct. 8

Happy birthday to Jude this past Monday!Busy Monday! Yoga and 

Foresters’ Adventures! Sept. 27 – Oct. 1

Xander went on a grasshopper hunt during recess! Malin and 

Foresters’ Adventures! Sept. 20 – Sept. 24

“It’s that autumn time of year, in the northern hemisphere!” 

Foresters’ Adventures! Sept. 13 – Sept. 17

Starting our week with language activities and yoga!Happy Birthday Alex!Music 

Foresters’ Adventures! Sept. 6 – Sept. 10

Monday worktime!Happy Birthday James! Cooperative building stations!Button sorting! As 

Foresters’ Adventures! Aug. 30 – Sept. 3

The Foresters 2021-2022! Happy first day back Foresters! They wasted 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! May 17 – May 25

Dreamers counting down the days until Summer Break!Parachute Design Challenge!Take 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! May 10 – May 14

BUGS! Filling our bug houses we created with bug treats, 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! May 3 – May 7

Thank you Madison! We have been so lucky to have 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Apr. 26 – Apr. 30

CLICK HERE for the Tacky The Penguin video, starring the 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Apr. 19 – Apr. 23

Dreamers' Alphabet Art! Thank you to Middle Schooler Lily for 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Apr. 12 – Apr. 16

The alligator’s mouth is always open to the bigger number!Working 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Apr. 5 – Apr. 9

“Wake up! Wake up! Spring is here!” Design Thinkers 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Mar. 29 – Apr. 1

Recess and quiet reading in small groups!Math Workshop: floor plans 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Mar. 15 – Mar. 19

Cube Buildings in Math Workshop!Busy Monday! The Dreamers had a 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Mar. 8 – Mar. 12

Finishing up our lines project in Art!The Solar System! We’re 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Mar. 1 – Mar. 4

Mallet Instruments and Clifford the Big Red Dog! Putting 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Feb. 22 – Feb. 26

Non-standard units of measuring! Measuring each other’s footprints, among other 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Feb. 15 – Feb. 19

Oil Pastels in Art! Experimenting with oil pastel techniques, cool 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Feb. 8 – Feb. 12

Sharing our Art with Miss Pam!Making our “hug” valentines for 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Feb. 1 – Feb. 5

Happy 6th Birthday Liam! Time! We had so much fun 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Jan. 25 – Jan. 29

Counting Workout for morning movement break! Design Thinkers working 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Jan. 18 – Jan. 22

Presidential Inauguration! The Dreamers spent a few minutes on Wednesday 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Jan. 11 – Jan. 15

Math Workshop! Design Thinkers create a story problem based on 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Jan. 5 – Jan. 8

Working on Winter Landscapes in Art with Miss Pam!Favorite Winter 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Dec. 7 – Dec. 11

Design Thinkers worked with mirror symmetry today during Math Workshop!Whether 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

Wildfire unit! Kicked off our Wildfire Unit today with a 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Nov. 16 – Nov. 20

Art dedication! Evan was so proud of his beautiful art 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Nov. 9 – Nov. 13

Working on Invent-O-Vate creatures with Ms. Pam!Thank You letters to 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Nov. 2 – Nov. 6

It’s a puzzle kind of morning for the Dreamer classroom!"Stem" 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Oct. 26 – Oct. 30

The Dreamers working hard on our new Art project!Bats! Bat 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Oct. 19 – Oct. 23

Math Workshop: seeing numbers as groups of hundreds, tens, and 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Oct. 12 – Oct. 16

John = Student of the Week! A very intense game 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Oct. 5 – Oct. 9

Parents of Dreamers!! Check out October's scholastic flyers HERE! Orders 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Sept. 28 – Oct. 2

The Design Thinkers sing Autumnal Equinox with Ms. Sue 

Dreamers and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Sept. 21 – Sept. 25

Monday's Divergent Thinking Task! Make a representation of a spider 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Sept. 14 – Sept. 18

Design Thinkers' Nature Hike/Spider Web Hunt!Share the Love with Mrs. 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Sept. 8 – Sept. 10

After much deliberation, it has been decided that Ms. Jacque's 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! May 25 – May 29

Summer Reading with Miss Jacque! See the flyer to join 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! May 18 – May 22

Japanese weather from Ms. Keiko! Humphrey Read-aloud with Ms. Jacque! 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! May 11 – May 15

Families! We've had some of you express interest in hosting 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Apr. 27 – May 1

End of Year Conferences! End of Year Conferences will be 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Apr. 20 – Apr. 24

This past week's schedule review! Digestive System projects! Some of 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Apr. 13 – Apr. 17

What the Sock Monkeys have learned about the respiratory system! 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Apr. 6 – Apr. 9

Fun story elements song! Jack Hartmann is the best! Alex's 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Mar. 30 – Apr. 3

Quick recap of our schedule this past week! Enjoy our 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Mar. 23 – Mar. 27

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! To our wonderful Sock 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Mar. 9 – Mar. 13

Adding our skeletal system to our life size human bodies!A 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Mar. 2 – Mar. 6

Learning new signs for Spring! Patterns, patterns, and more 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Feb. 24 – Feb. 28

Below, you'll find brief details to THREE separate Sock Monkeys' 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Feb. 18 – Feb. 20

Career Day! What a wonderful “Career” Day with the Sock 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Feb. 10 – Feb. 14

Science of Sound Interest Group! This group had a busy 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Feb. 3 – Feb. 6

It was a short and busy week here with the 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Jan. 27 – Jan. 31

Please sign up for Mid-Year Conferences using this link. Thanks! 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Jan. 21 – Jan. 24

Spatial Thinkers!Making music together! Such a fun recess! Sock 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Jan. 13 – Jan. 17

Exploring and experimenting with sound!Making words at calendar time!Exploring rectangles 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Jan. 6 – Jan. 10

Ordering rectangles during Math Workshop!Movin' and groovin' in Music class! 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Dec. 16 – Dec. 20

So many Santas! Ho, ho, ho!Special mail delivery from the 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Dec. 9 – Dec. 13

Here's a link to the Heifer International website and, specifically, 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Dec. 2 – Dec. 6

Thanks to everyone who sent change in with students for 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Nov. 18 – Nov. 22

Grandparents' Day is just about here! On Tuesday November 26th, 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Nov. 12 – Nov. 15

Japanese class! Writing our Japanese names with black beans and 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Nov. 4 – Nov. 8

Young Crafters Interest Group! A fun first day of Young 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

Reading our scarecrow poem at All-School Share! Coding Galore! 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Oct. 21- Oct. 25

Third year students exploring coding as a possible topic for 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Oct. 14 – Oct. 18

Writers' Workshop! Working with partners on strategies like reading your 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Oct. 7 – Oct. 11

Bridge building! Bridge building after a unit on goats and 

Introducing: The Early Elementary Sock Monkeys! Sept. 30 – Oct. 3

Sock Monkeys! We are the Sock Monkeys! This Grassroots art 

Early Elementary: Sept. 23 – Sept. 27

Oak leaves as big as your head! Productive morning! Everyone 

Early Elementary: Sept. 16 – Sept. 20

Grassroots Sharing! Rebecca’s Grassroots sharing: Bucha Bar! Everyone tried a 

Early Elementary: Sept. 9 – Sept. 13

Halloween Origami & Ikebana! So many fun activities with Ms. 

Early Elementary: Sept. 3 – Sept. 6

WELCOME! Intake Conference Sign-Up went out this week via email. 

Chickadees’ Diaries: May 20 – May 24

Get outside, get healthy! This is an amazing program filled 

Chickadees’ Diaries: May 13 – May 17

Getting "Jiggy With It" at Rockford University! Reflection Reflection 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.29 – May.3

Summer Reading Last book order of the year — stock 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.22 – Apr.26

Earth Day Cleanup!Fun from Start to Finish! As always, feel 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.15 – Apr.19

Junior Gardeners Planting beans, examining and comparing seeds, and of 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.8 – Apr.12

Upcoming Schedule: Monday 4/15 Interest Groups Tuesday 4/16 Interest Groups 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.1 – Apr.5

We had a wonderful time at our field trip to 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Mar.18 – Mar.22

Rockford University Bear crawls, alligator chomps, frog jumps, OH MY! 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Mar.11 – Mar.15

Chickadees building sentences together!Fun in Japanese! Learning clothing vocabulary through 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Mar.4 – Mar.8

Kindness: The Soundtrack On Monday, Amy, our artist in residence, 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Feb.25 – Mar.1

100 Days of School! To celebrate 100 days into our 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Feb.19 – Feb.22

Chickadees' Notes: Super exciting news!!! Our class as well as 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Feb.11 – Feb.15

Paper Bridges How can I make a paper bridge support 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Feb.4 – Feb.8

Fox study in Art Class: Drawing and ClayKindness We are 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Jan.14 – Jan.18

Positively impacting the future, one day at a time...Daniel’s work-time 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Jan.8 – Jan.11

2019: LET'S DO IT!Work Time Daniel does research on the 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Dec.17 – Dec.21

Farewell, 2018!Getting ready... Chickadees are hard at work, putting the 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Dec.10 – Dec.14

Holiday fun GALORE! Heads Up: Mrs. Puetz has asked that 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Dec.3 – Dec.7

Hello, December!Super Science Fridays! We have been working with simple 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Nov.26 – Nov.30

Wrapping Up November! We will be setting up “Santa’s Workshop” 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Nov.12 – Nov.16

Processfolio & Holiday Activities!Processfolio Rebecca describes her work samples as 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Nov.5 – Nov.9

Chickadees' Diaries: Nov.5 - Nov.9 Early Elementary needs drivers for 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Oct.29 – Nov.2

Language, Leaves, and LOTS of Candy! November 20 - Field 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Oct.22 – Oct.26

Early Elementary's work ethic is at an Upper Elementary level! 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Oct.15 – Oct.19

Enjoy this glimpse at some of the work and fun 

Supply List & Resources

Supply List

Parent-Provided Supplies

1 package of #2 Ticonderoga pencils

2 rolls of masking/painters’ tape

2 packages of index cards 4×6

8 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer

5 pack of glue sticks

24-count of crayons***


12-count box of colored pencils***

12-count box of Crayola washable markers***

1 pair of scissors***

Rain boots for fall/spring***

1 reusable water bottle***

1 change of clothes***

*** = please label with your child’s name.

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