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Elementary School Service Learning Program

2013 - 2014 Academic Year

The Elementary School will work closely with the Middle and High Schools this year. The goal is to build a cohesive program in which the learning of our youngest students may be tracked through our oldest students.

The ES theme this academic year is awareness. We want our students to become aware of the issues that surround them at a local and global level. Each grade level will work closely with a specific organization. Some of these are related to those of the MS and HS; however, some were proposed by faculty members and TASIS families. Each year, students will be able to experience different service work and their level of involvement will deepen.

ES Service Learning Newsletter - December 2013

Contact Julia Wilkins, ES Service Learning Coordinator: julia.wilkins@tasis.ch for more information.

Visit the HS Service Learning section of this site for more information about the groups the ES will be collaborating with this year.

Fall 2013 Grade Level Initiatives

Pre-K will work with the HS Service Learning group, Casa Elisabetta throughout the year on projects including the coordination of the annual Christmas present drive. In addtion to working with Casa Elisabetta, the Pre-K will primarily be focusing on the United Nations' Declaration on the Rights of the Child. The Pre-K will engage in lessons and activities to support their developing understanding of these rights that are inherent to all children. 

Kindergarten will again collaborate with the HS Africa SL group. ES students will host HS students in their rooms, and help them prepare for the teaching they will do in Zambia this summer. Kindergarten students will be focusing on the role of medical care in countries throughout Africa. The children will be introduced to this topic through the use of the book "Mimi's Village".

Grade 1 will work with the Heifer Project. http://www.heifer.org/. The students will be learning how something as simple as one goat can benefit an entire village. They will read the true story Beatrice's Goat and create service learning projects to raise money to donate goats. During Academic Year 2012-2013, First Graders bought 6 goats to donate and are trying to break that record this year. They will also take advantage of our surrounding agriculture and visit a farm to learn about the benefits of goats in our own community.

Grade 2 will learn more about the environment and sustainability. They will be helping plant and maintain the TASIS Garden, and build a compost for use at Hadsall. This program links closely with their Core Knowledge curriculum. The students will be introduced to the importance of self-sustainability through small gardens with the book "The Good Garden".

Grade 3 is taking the lead from the HS Service Learning group KIVA. They will be working with the "One Hen" project. This is an introduction to micro-financing. Students will be presenting a challenge to the Elementary School to help raise funds as well as start their own businesses. 

Grade 4 will work with the Library for the Blind. They will create digital versions of their favorite stories for access by people who are blind and dyslexic. As they begin to work more with technology in their classrooms, their skill base for this kind of activity will expand.

Grade 5 will work with the HS SL group Habitat for Humanity. While other grade levels participate in projects largely based on teacher planning, 5th Graders will be responsible for all of the planning and execution of projects. Teachers will be used to facilitate the process; however, the students will be the main drivers. This is the culmination of the ES Service Learning program and our overall goal for the children.

In addition to the books provided at individual grade levels, students now have access to several hundred Francs (CHF) worth of Service Learning books in the Elementary libraries to help them further explore these and other topics. Our goal in the ES is to build the foundation for the High School's new Global Service Program.

Contact Julia Wilkins, ES Service Learning Coordinator: julia.wilkins@tasis.ch for more information.

Visit the HS Service Learning section of this site for more information about the groups the ES will be collaborating with this year.

Spring 2013 Grade Level Initiatives

Our goal in the ES is to create a PreK-5th Grade program that help students become more aware of global issues from those here in our Lugano Community (Casa Elisabetta, TASIS Garden), to those at a European level (Habitat for Humanity), and a global level (Health Care in Africa - HS Service Learning Group, the Heifer Project, One Hen; Literacy-Blind and Dyslexic Digital libraries).

  • The Elementary School has chosen books from the Citizen Kids publishing company this semester to accompany their SLP initiatives.

"Citizen Kids is a collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. The collection aims to make complex global issues accessible for children ages 8 to 12, and covers topics such as water conservation, biodiversity, food security, microlending, citizenship, global awareness and more. Each book provides information and resources to inspire children, both locally and globally."

  • The week of April 22nd will be SHOUT Week at the ES which stands for Students Helping Out. Each grade level will prepare an activity that will involve the entire ES community in a service activity that relates to their grade level project.

Pre-K: donated 500 handmade beads to Casa Elisabetta for the children to make bracelets. Pre-K also donated the dull needles and string to make the bracelets. The SHOUT week project was an extension of this project, and the ES made over 300 beads out of paper to add to the ones that the ES had already donated.

The final project to help out Casa Elizabetta was to make coloring books and crayons. Each child in Pre-K chose their favorite zoo animal (an extension of the ES Core Knowledge domain of jungle animals), they told why they liked the animal, and put them together to make a coloring book for each child at the shelter. The crayons were made out of old crayons that were chopped into pieces, remelted in heart moulds to make a crayon of varying colors for each child. This group really enjoyed doing their service learning activities!

Kindergarten: collected one suitcase of medical supplies to date. The drive has been extended to the end of May.

The Kindergarten is reading Mimi's Village

1st Grade: focus on The Heifer Project this semester and specifically buying goats. They collected enough to buy six goats.

The 1st Grade is reading Beatrice's Goat - Here is Beatrice's story. This is an interview with her from 60 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x_HMGRa0SY

2nd Grade: have initiated a campus clean-up challenge that will be extended to the rest of the academic year.

The 2nd Grade is reading The Good Garden http://www.citizenkidcentral.com/Read/BookDetail.aspx?ID=13

3rd Grade: creating a business (selling bracelets). Grade 3 has earned 1650 CHF from their businesses and made loans to several different people through KIVA. The 3rd Grade is reading One Hen to get them started. Read more Grade 3's KIVA loans.

4th Grade: in collaboration with the Kindergarten recorded 15 digital versions of books for the Blind and Dyslexic library. Visit Ms. Prince's website to view some of them.

5th Grade: Habitat for Humanity night - pizza and movie night earned 1200 CHF.

Contact Julia Wilkins, ES Service Learning Coordinator: julia.wilkins@tasis.ch for more information.

Visit the HS Service Learning section of this site for more information about the groups the ES will be collaborating with this year.

Fall 2012 Grade Level Initiatives

Pre - K will work with the HS Service Learning group, Casa Elisabetta. They will be kicking off their year with two projects. Pre-K students will be drawing pictures of animals for the HS students to use with the children of Casa Elisabetta. In December, they will help organize a Christmas Toy Drive so the children in the shelter have a special holiday.  

Kindergarten will again collaborate with the HS Africa SL group. ES students will host HS students in their rooms, and help them prepare for the teaching they will do in Zambia this summer. This project was a great success in Kindergarten last year, and they are looking forward to participating again. 

Grade 1 students will work with Associazione Bambini Catamayo. This organization, based in Ecuador, has a mission of helping children between the ages of 3 and 5 and their mothers. 

Grade 2 will learn more about the environment and sustainability. They will be helping plant and maintain the TASIS Garden, and build a compost for use at Hadsall. This program links closely with their Core Knowledge curriculum. 

Grade 3 is taking the lead from the HS Service Learning group KIVA. They will be working with the "One Hen" project. This is an introduction to micro-financing. Students will be presenting a challenge to the Elementary School to help raise funds as well as start their own businesses. 

Grade 4 will work with the Library for the Blind. They will create digital versions of their favorite stories for access by people who are blind and dyslexic. As they begin to work more with technology in their classrooms, their skill base for this kind of activity will expand.

Grade 5 will work with the HS SL group Habitat for Humanity. Their first event will be the annual Gingerbread House Building Contest. They will also help the HS students prepare for their Spring Academic Travel to Portugal where they will be building a house. 

Contact Julia Wilkins, ES Service Learning Coordinator: julia.wilkins@tasis.ch for more information.

Visit the HS Service Learning section of this site for more information about the groups the ES will be collaborating with this year.

 


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