What is MicroSociety?
Believing that kids learn best by doing, in a MicroSociety school, children are motivated to learn through engagement in the connections between the classroom and real life. MicroSociety is a nationally recognized program where children work together to create a miniature society, complete with their own currency, laws, and economy.
How does MicroSociety work at Sunrise?
From government agencies to local businesses, every student is engaged in work that requires them to apply their reading, writing, math, social studies, science, and even performing arts skills. Students work as producers, consumers, legislators, bankers, attorneys, bookkeepers, sales clerks, production workers, managers, and in many other roles.
Skills necessary to run the society are learned "on the job" as well as in the classroom. Students participate in business meetings, develop business plans, integrate technology, and provide ideas for products or services in their businesses. In addition, they use teamwork, presentation skills, critical thinking, and decision making in dealing with the problems they encounter.
Students earn wages in Micro dollars, the student currency. They pay taxes and rent and become consumers and producers. Economic concepts are taught within the program and integrated throughout the school day. All students have a consumer break time when they become consumers in the society . This gives them the opportunity to shop for goods and visit the service ventures. Student peace keepers patrol the halls, making sure that all are following our PAWS expectations and using their life skills.
Why is MicroSociety important?
MicroSociety is designed to empower young people to take an active role in their own education. When learning is relevant to kids, they not only want to be in school, but they want to succeed.
MicroSociety provides multiple opportunities for all children to succeed as individuals and in groups and creates an environment where all children feel a sense of belonging and responsibility for each other and their community.