Kindergarten experiences create a platform for learning math, literacy, science, technology, and social studies. Using workshop formats for reading and writing, teachers introduce topics to the whole class. Small groups and individuals then progress at their own pace. Thematic units extend throughout the year, integrating all subjects. Kindergartners document their experiences through digital photography and hand-written journals. In the Monarch butterfly thematic unit, for example, students discover the life cycle as they hatch, tag, and release the butterflies into the garden.