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Summer is focal point Interconnection: How Are We Connected. This curriculum packet includes months 10-12.

We are so grateful that you are embarking on this 3-month educational experience with Origins! Origins Curriculum offers a magical exploration into global education for classroom & homeschool educators. Join us in our year-long, virtual and nature-based learning curriculum.

Mindfulness • Nature-Led & Eco-Conscious • Global Education • Research-Based Online Learning

Origins is an adventure into global education, and hits all the required domains of learning and covers every subject taught in public school plus more! Students will dive into each global biome and learn about the regions in depth.

They will learn about the original peoples, the flora and the fauna, about environmental concerns, economics, water cycles, weather patterns, food systems, soil types and how the regions are connected to the greater global web. These topics will be explored through the lenses of reading, mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, music and art and more, all the while weaving in eco- literacy and mindfulness.

Origins students will develop critical-thinking skills toward solving real-world problems like climate change, while gaining confidence in their identity, meaning, and purpose.

Below outlines the curriculum you will receive for each month throughout the year:


Monthly Curriculum Guide

The Monthly Overview; Step-by-Step Instructions and Teacher Resources; Table of Contents; Book and Supply Lists; Weekly Planners; Blank Weekly Planner; Blank Monthly Planner; Food and Nutrition; Food Focus Seek and Find; Instructions for Biomimicry in the Classroom and Heart Poems; Biomimicry Example; Heart Poems; Vocabulary Images; Parent Newsletter; Improving Your Child Care Center - Show and Share in Your Classroom; Math and Play Centers in Early Childhood; Circle Time, Outdoor Play, & Science Notebooks in Early Childhood; Assessment Information; Blank Assessment Checklist.

Month 10: The Tundra!
This month we will explore the Arctic, Alpine, and Antarctic Tundras, animal adaptation and migration, and global warming and climate change awareness. The project for this theme is called, "Glacial Diorama".

Lesson Plans:

Puppet Show: Beautiful Biomes, Intro to tundras; Tundras Around the World; Antarctica; Penguins (tracing penguin slide); Tundra Diorama; Glaciers in the Tundra; Glaciers vs. Our Warming Planet; Keeping Warm in the Arctic; Camouflage; Predator Vs. Prey; Arctic Seasons (arctic summer); Migration in the Arctic; Graphing; Study Inuit people; how to build an igloo (timelapse video); Hope for the Polar Bears; Ice Floe Hop; Problem Patterns; Gratitude Practice: Favorite Biome;
Project Week: Glacial Diorama: Day 1 - Diorama Planning; Day 2-4 - Diorama Executing; Day 5 - Diorama Presenting

Month 11: Gardening and Composting Projects
This month will focus on gardening and composting. We will begin by studying the wonders of mud and soil and then continue into the next week by setting up a compost bin. We will regrow vegetables/fruit and study this process along the way. The theme will wrap up with discussing and learning about different types of gardens!
Project Week 1: Magnificent Mud; Introduction Lesson Plan: Magnificent Mud; 1 Magnificent Mud; 2 Garden Friends; 3 Wonderful Worms

Project Week 2: Community Composting; Introduction Lesson Plan: Demonstrate;How to Set Up a Classroom Compost Bin; 4 Start Small; Compost Starter Guide and Pictures; 5 Record Results: Compost Poster Graphics; 6 Inspire Interest.

Project Weeks 3 & 4: Regrowing Fruits and Vegetables; Introduction Lesson Plan: Regrowing Vegetables;

Project Week 5: Gardening: Lesson Plan: Curious Gardeners*; 7 Imaginary Garden; 8 Garden Memory Game; Memory Game Cares; 9 Different Types of Gardens.

Month 12: Mapping Projects

This month will focus on mapping. We will begin with a focus on the individual with self-reflection and internal navigation. The following week will explore the diversity of families, an individual's place in the family and home addresses. We will continue to expand outward with a look at school families and the larger community. Finally we will see where our place is in the wider world and close the theme by reflecting on all the ways we connect to the world around us.

Project Week 1: Map of Me: Introduction Lesson Plan: Map of Me; Guided Meditation: My Body is a Home; Meditation Script; Emotions Live in Your Body; Self Portrait;

Project Week 2: My Family: Introduction Lesson Plan: My Family; Number Cards and Family Cards Family Portraits; Family Portraits: Similarities and Differences; House Numbers.

Project Week 3: My School: Introduction Lesson Plan: My School; Compass Roses; Migration in the Arctic; Compass Roses and Cardinal Direction Labels; Home and School Community Drawing; Classroom Mapping; Classroom Family Tree;

Project Week 4: My Community: Introduction Lesson Plan: My Community; Connection Through Community; Community Helpers Guessing Game; Clues and Cards; Graphing Community Helpers; Graph Templates; 3D Local Community Map; Picture Examples;

Project Week 5: My Place in the World: Introduction Lesson Plan: My Place in the World; Star Templates; Where We Live; Earth Picture; Similarities and Differences; Thank You, Earth!

4. Interconnection (summer) Preschool

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