Kaleidoscope School will incorporate at least one lesson for every thematic unit with a structured play-based curriculum. Play provides opportunities for growth in cognitive, social, emotional, and physical domains. Students learn cognitive skills, problem solving skills, creativity, compromising, and self-regulation.
As students’ progress at Kaleidoscope, structured play will take on different forms. For example, in Kindergarten and 1st grade, teachers will utilize dolls and trucks to reinforce skills being taught. The dolls will not only be used to reinforce social emotional skills, they will also be used to count fingers, to recreate a historical scene, and to bring a story to life. Trucks will be used to help solve science experiments and do math by counting the tires.
By 2nd and 3rd grade, the structured play will transition to looking more like a scavenger hunt, finding clues. The students will walk into class, ready to learn a thematic unit about Rome. Students will be given clues that they must solve in order to get to the next major event that happened during that time. 4th and 5th graders will have their classroom transformed to represent a historical period in which students have opportunities to explore books about that event, touch artifacts, write letters, draw pictures of the event.
Finally, in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, structured play will incorporate technology; taking the current popular video game and incorporating math and science into that game, following up with some hands-on activity to end the unit. The goal of the structured play is to utilize developmentally appropriate play at each grade so that students higher order thinking skills as well as incorporate social skills.