AURORA -Be respectful, be responsible, be a problem solver: those are the three big ideas for positive behavior at Craddock Elementary. It is the school for all first and second graders in the Aurora City School District.
The goal is to meet the educational needs of every student. It begins with an integrated learning environment. The core subjects are integrated into the specials, like art, music, and physical education.
“Right now, we`re learning about force in P.E. And, at home, a thing that I do for force is, after I am done eating, I push in my chair, which I am using force,” second grader Madeline Cecere said.
New at Craddock is the physical activity and literacy program. It involves backpack lessons students do at home. “Where we take health, nutrition, physical activity books and pair it with equipment children can take home in backpack and participate with their families at home,” physical education teacher Gretchen Jessel added.
The Daily Five is a program at Craddock Elementary that promotes individualized learning. Students rotate to different literacy stations, giving them a variety of ways to learn.
So, they are working with words, and they are working with books. They are practicing it through a variety of things like sand trays, iPads, chrome books; they are using play do. Throughout that whole time, they are working independently,” second grade teacher Lauren Skonieczny explained.
These young students are working very hard to become good writers. “We`ve done small moments, non-fiction and we`re now writing realistic fiction,” first grader Gavin Konturas said.
Technology helps students connect to the curriculum in a modern way. General Electric gave Chrome books to the school.
“Chrome books are just like computers but they`re a little bit smaller and they are easier for kids to use. And, they have lots of fun games on them,” second grader Grace Berendt said.
These students agree that Craddock Elementary is a Cool School.