In Cathy Collins' kindergarten class at Laurel Elementary School, students learn vocabulary by dancing and singing, and by writing creatively and drawing pictures.
On a recent Friday morning, the class illustrated letters they wrote to their parents about gardening, drawing flower pots and yellow, smiling suns.
"What are we planting?" Collins asked.
"Seeds," the student shouted back.
Every so often the class took a break to sing and dance to a song with lyrics about the weather, or the alphabet.
"You want to sing our vowel song?" asked Collins.
"They're A, E, I, O, U, they stick the words together," the class...