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The aim of all IB programs is for students to develop and demonstrate international-mindedness. It is a multifaceted concept that captures a way of thinking, being and acting. Internationally minded students are open to others and to the work and are cognizant of our deep interconnectedness (IB 2017) ‚ÄčAt Daystar you may find 2nd grade students interviewing Daystar staff members to learn about how their work impacts the community or you may see 5th grade students writing or performing an original skit about courageous people around the world.

Each of these activities demonstrates how as an International Baccalaureate (IB) program, Pre-K through 5th grade students are global learners. Teachers use the IB framework to develop learning experiences that ensure the development of each student. Daystar students are taught to look at the world through the lens of God's truth. This results in global citizens with a distinct purpose of caring for the people and communities around them. 

Primary Years Program Units of inquiry sample

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About the IB Primary years program

‚ÄčThe IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 - 12 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

Through its inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the PYP challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.

Taken from the International Baccalaureate website. 

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Primary Years Program Units of Inquiry

Students inquire into, and learn about, globally significant issues in the context of units of inquiry, each of which addresses a central idea relevant to a particular transdisciplinary theme. Lines of inquiry are identified in order to explore the scope of the central idea for each unit . These units collectively constitute the school’s program of inquiry. 

All notes come from IB’s publication Making the PYP Happen



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About The International Baccalaureate Program

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. 


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