The Sundance calendar is theme based. Through team teaching and a very healthy dose of creativity we weave the theme of the year into every aspect of the curriculum. Each year is a different theme-4 to be a exact; This Land is Your Land, The Earth is Good to Me, It's a Small World, and Everything Under the Sun. The Happening is the culmination of a yearlong study of the specific theme.
The Happening is unique to Sundance. It takes hard work, many hours of planning, and a great deal of physical labor, but the delight of the children when they discover and learn makes the whole process worth it. There is a Native American saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Sundance is a village, it is made up of a group of dedicated, hardworking, caring people whose one goal is to raise a child to be all they can be!
Conducting a yearlong theme takes a great deal of planning and teamwork. Frequent brainstorming sessions help generate ideas and inspire creativity. The Happening itself reflects the process, condensed into a brief, magical moment in time. The school literally attempts to become the theme that has been its yearlong focus. To see the wonder in the eyes of the children as they hear, smell, feel, and even taste a new world come to life through active use of their imaginations is truly rewarding for all concerned. It makes the intense commitment of time and resources well worth the effort. The Happenings foster a love of learning and knowledge and a sense of wonder and joy- Ms. Cynthia, Happening Coordinator