At Green Acres, we know that children acquire knowledge best when what they learn connects across disciplines and subject areas, as well as to what students already know. That is why, when students are studying a topic, the music, art, creative movement, science, and Spanish teachers use those topics to create lessons in their own disciplines that relate to those themes. For example, when 1st and 2nd graders study the ocean in their homecorner class, they create ocean animals during their art class. Examples of themes that stretch across disciplines include: migration, oceans, shelters, world celebrations, and the rainforest. Research shows that connected learning leads to deep learning, and integration is the perfect vehicle for forging those connections.