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Kindergarten PYP Units of Inquiry

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Kindergarten is an exciting, dynamic place to learn, play and grow! Here we emphasize academic, social, emotional, physical and cultural growth through a foundation of international study and citizenship. Our learners become internationally-educated citizens through a focus on the development of positive attitudes towards self, towards people, towards the environment and towards learning. Life-long learning is developed through inquiry-based, hands-on learning. The curriculum, learning and attitudes are synthesized in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program embodied in the student profile.  

Curriculum is developed through the framework of the International Baccalaureate Organization. Organizing Themes provide the structure for the school’s framework of content, or program of inquiry. The natural curiosity of young children is nurtured through Units of Inquiry. The Organizing Themes and Units of Inquiry offer learners the opportunity to explore and acquire essential knowledge and skills, and to develop positive attitudes.

The organizing themes and units of inquiry are:

1. Who We Are - It's All About Me
2. How the World Works - No Place Like Space
3. How We Express Ourselves - Author & Illustrator Study
4. Sharing The Planet - Animals Have Class
5. How We Organize Ourselves – Where Did That Come From?

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It is challenging and rewarding to teach and learn at Highland Park Elementary PYP. We are proud of our school community and enjoy learning and working together!  Our first unit of inquiry is "It's All About Me".