Every year this amazing thing happens. Something happens, someone brings something in, we happen upon something out in the world and poof, our curriculum appears before us and demands to be heard. Sometimes this topic lasts a few weeks or a few months or sometimes it sprouts other subjects and becomes this web of learning full of excitement and drive.

This year it all started with the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. The kids came in full of information on what had happened, so we had to talk about it. First they were worried about Mayuko, who was our Japanese and origami teacher last year. We talked about what we could do and decided to make origami to sell and to send the money to Mercy Corps.  They are now using our pictures as part of their outreach program for kids. From there we had a school wide Bake Sale for the Red Cross.  In all we made around $2000.  Pretty amazing.

Below is a web we have put together that shows just how intricate and amazing project approach, emergent curriculum and how truly listening to your students can take you oh, so many places.

I really didn’t want to keep focused on the Earthquake and Tsunami for the moment but the kids were so interested in how earthquakes happen and off we went to figure it out.

Part II. to come soon…

& on another note, wordpress just notified me that this was my 525th post. Whoa!