Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Primary A Families,

This week, we kicked off our theme study of The City through the lens of the cultural universal of shelter. Cultural universals, such as food, clothing, or shelter, are things that are common to children around the world. By using cultural universals, children can first connect their learning to their own lives and then learn more.

We will look at many parts of the cultural universal of shelter in Philadelphia and beyond and how it ties to important social studies topics, such as history, careers, geography, and economics. Our hope is to have students who are excited and motivated to learn about the world within their reach and far away.

We started our study by looking at examples of shelter in many parts of the world, brainstormed some reasons why people need shelter, then drew pictures of examples of shelters we knew of or imagined. You might discuss with your child why you live where you do and the functions that your home fulfills for you.

As families, we will ask you to contribute your knowledge in this area as well. Your first home assignment (coming next week) will be to list parts of your home that provide protection, parts that provide a base for daily activities, and places to keep belongings. Another way to help with our learning is to ask your child often about our shelter lessons, and share your own thoughts about the topics we discuss.

If you have any questions about this study or have expertise you’d like to share (or know someone who would), for example, about building construction or city systems like water, sewer or electricity, please drop us a note. Thank you in advance for your help in making this study successful.

In partnership,

Bernadette and Jane