What students are learning when they engage in project work:
Social Emotional Skills . Cognitive skills . Language/Literacy . The Arts . Science . Math . Motor Skills
Social Emotional Skills: collaboration; sharing ideas; listening; taking turns; persisting when challenged; creating alternative solutions; expressing ideas and feelings through a variety of mediums; taking turns; making decisions and choices; developing confidence in abilities and interests; accepting responsibility; positive associations with learning; sharing ideas; developing empathy, curiosity, initiative; being able to identify and label feelings; developing the ability to interpret facial expressions, gestures and tone of voice; how to identify their learning strengths and strategies; developing community awareness; developing an awareness of the customs of others cultures and how all people are alike and different; developing an awareness of home, school and neighborhood communities; developing independence and the ability to care for oneself in developmentally appropriate ways; developing community awareness.
Cognitive skills: how to expand on ideas and elaborate on play; how to reflect on work and revise ideas; developing symbolic play and the ability to use representational objects; developing the ability to match identical objects; colors, sounds and textures; problem-solving.
Language/Literacy: writing and drawing as a method of representing ideas, using books and pictures as reference; storytelling; being able to match sensory experiences to descriptive terms, such as sour/sweet, warm/cold, rough/smooth, hard/soft; retelling sequence of events from a story; developing print awareness and, when age-appropriate, strengthening emergent reading skills.
The Arts: developing musical appreciation and understanding of rhythm, beat, pitch and tone; acquiring techniques and skills for using a variety of art materials; learning about the properties of various art materials and tools; developing the ability to express their ideas through a variety of mediums, such as art, storytelling, music, dance and creative movement.
Science: sorting and classifying; predicting; hypothesizing; theorizing; developing questioning abilities; developing methods of gathering information; observation and documentation.
Math: concepts of shape, size, weight, position, symmetry, balance, direction and number; tools and strategies for measurement; positional/quantitative concepts, such as big/little, tall/short, more/less, full/empty, up/down, over/under, beginning/middle/end, forward/backward, next to, front/back, etc.; developing mathematical concepts and skills, such as one-to-one correspondence, counting, sequencing, seriation, temporal ordering and identification of shapes.
Motor Skills: how to challenge their bodies; how to plan their actions; developing fine-motor skills through purposeful manipulation and problem-solving with small objects; developing balance, strength, dexterity, flexibility and spatial awareness through physical movement.