In kindergarten and first grade, students develop their roles as contributing members of a learning community. There is focus on developing their sense of self, identity as a learner, and their role in belonging to a larger group. As they engage in academic pursuits, developing social emotional skills such as learning to name and regulate their emotions, advocate for their needs, and understand perspectives different from their own allows the students to apply and share new knowledge effectively. Students practice social and emotional strategies throughout the day, from the playground to choice time, and while engaged in learning activities. The kindergarten and first grade students’ experience of the classroom community empowers them to take action on projects that affect the wider world, like the Harvest Food Drive and other emergent projects. They demonstrate responsibility, ownership, and confidence allowing them to take increased academic risk. Kindergarten and first grade students engage with foundational knowledge across curricular areas in engaging ways that are responsive to their individual learning trajectories.