4-5 Years: Junior KG

Who we are

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Central Idea - People's relationships with each other can have an impact on well-being.

Key concepts:
  • Function (behavior)
  • Connection (relationships, interdependence)
  • Reflection (interpretation)
Related concepts: Cooperation, Friendship, Balance

Lines of inquiry:
  • How we develop relationships
  • How relationships affect us
  • Roles and behaviors within relationships

Where we are in place and time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How we express ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Central Idea - Stories can engage their audience and communicate meaning.

Key concepts:
  • Form,(similarities, differences, pattern)
  • Connection (relationships)
  • Perspective (beliefs, opinions)
Related concepts: Communication, Characterization, Expression

Lines of inquiry:
  • How to construct an effective story
  • What stories can convey
  • How stories are created and shared
  • Feelings and emotions that stories evoke

How the world works

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Central Idea - Materials behave and interact in certain ways, which determine how people use them.

Key concepts:
  • Function(behavior, role)
  • Causation (Impact, pattern, consequences)
  • Change (transformation)
Related concepts: Behavior, Prediction, Innovation

Lines of inquiry:
  • Behavior of materials
  • Changing properties of materials
  • How stories are created and shared
  • Manipulating and application of materials to new purposes

How we organize ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Central Idea - Communities are enriched by their members and the different roles they play.

Key concepts:
  • Form (similarities, differences)
  • Function (role, systems)
  • Responsibility (values)
Related concepts: Community, Rules, Interaction

Lines of inquiry:
  • Organizing ourselves through the members of the community
  • Skills, strategies & roles of people who are part of one community
  • Making contributions to the community

Sharing the planet

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.