Posts Tagged: 1st grade

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East-West Encounter: Japanese Educators Visit Wildwood
June 6, 2012
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At Wildwood, we believe in sharing.  Through the Wildwood Outreach Center, we share our best educational practices with educators locally, nationally, and internationally.  This week the Outreach Center welcomed a visit by eight early childhood and early elementary educators from Japan, who visited the elementary campus to see the best of Wildwood in action. After […]
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Best Buds
May 23, 2012
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Our approach at Wildwood is very intentionally age-mixed. The benefits of blending kids of slightly varying ages and abilities are clear, both in the classroom, and out. On a recent Tuesday on the elementary campus, I watched two groups of students entering the Big Yard in straight lines from opposite corners.  The 3rd graders, coming […]
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The power of words
March 7, 2012
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At Wildwood, words and relationships matter, and that’s clear even when you drop in on the K-1 Whale Pod and spend some time with our youngest students. I arrived before class started and most students were already in the room, anticipating their day.  Some set up chairs at the four small, kid-sized tables.  Others check […]
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Come out and play!
February 16, 2012
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At Wildwood, play is important, encouraged, and often, inspired. At the Wildwood speedway pod students teamed up with partners: one sits on a colored, platform scooter and the other stands behind with hands on partner’s shoulders, ready to “drive” around the figure-8 Wildwood Speedway track. Fun, right? It’s also about the art of negotiation. Wildwood […]
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Games. Songs. Stories. Could learning Spanish really be this much fun?
October 6, 2011
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Its 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and the Whale Pod—one of Wildwood’s four multi-age kindergarten/1st grade classes, is ramping up. “¡Hola!” greets Catalina Hernandez, one of the elementary school Spanish teachers. “¿Comó estas?” As she speaks, Catalina’s whole body seems to say hello: her facial expression is exaggerated, she waves excitedly, and she practically sweeps […]