Walnut Avenue School
Staff and parents at Walnut Avenue have been exploring models for thematic planning. During the school year, our school has adopted a multi-cultural theme entitled:
"It's a Small World"
There are four sub-themes: This planning model seeks to promote the idea that all people share the common bond of humanity and that all of us, regardless of race, religion, or culture are brothers who can learn to share, cooperate and respect one another.
First Marking Period
Activities developed for this theme will help students build feelings of self worth and self esteem by leading them to appreciate their importance within the family and the school. Their awareness of the commonality of families should, naturally, begin with their own and extend to others. An important part of this awareness should be an understanding that there are many different kinds of families and that all of us rely on them as sources of learnng, love, encouragement and support.
Second Marking Period
Activities presented within this theme will reinforce multi-cultural topics. Children will be led to discover that each of us is special and that the differences of race, religion, and culture make for a richer world. The central awareness stressed here will be that we must resist the tendency to judge cultures or customs which are different from our own as being wrong or odd. Indeed, if we learn to look deeper we will eventually see that our differences really only serve to underscore the fundamental humanity we all have in common.
FRIENDSHIP and COMMUNITIES
Third Marking Period
Activities developed here will be a natural extension of the previous theme. Children will be asked to examine their own relationships to learn what they have in common with their friends. Students will also discuss and examine how people organize and support one another in communities. Combined with this will be an exploration of the importance of friendship to all people world wide.
"SAVE THE PLANET"
Fourth Marking Period
This final theme will present activities designed to help students consider the problems we all face as a result of increasing population and diminishing resources. The main objective will be to raise student awareness of ecological issues. Children will be led to understand that the earth must be shared and respected, not exploited and used for short sighted ends. The importance of preserving natural resources for future generations will be stressed.