Elementary Grades

ELEMENTARY GRADES

“The class teacher walks a path of discovery with the children and guides them into an understanding of the world of meaning, rather than the world of cause and effect.”

- Colin Price

Learning is allowed to unfold, and early academics are not pushed. In First Grade, each letter of the alphabet is taught through images discovered in fables, the quality of numbers and the four number processes is explored, as are counting patterns, with rhythms clapped and stepped. While kindling a lively interest in academic subjects, these multi-sensory methods deepen the child's comprehension and understanding.

The foundation of reading, writing and mathematics is built upon in Second Grade. The children's sense of right and wrong, which lives so strongly in them at this age, is addressed within the paradigm of animal fables and the legends of holy people, through which ethical dilemmas are explored and resolved.

A Third Grader's endeavor to be self-reliant is correlated to the study of shelters, gardening and farming, as well as learning to measure length, weight, volume and time. Much time is devoted to the practical exploration of these topics.

Geography, fractions and the rules of grammar speak to the Fourth Graders' interest in understanding how parts make a whole, and the need to distinguish one's place as an individual in the world.

Fifth Graders, with their strong sense of order and beauty, along with their growing sense of independence, study the cultures of ancient India, Persia, Egypt and Greece, experiencing these civilizations in an intimate, personal way, while expanding their capacities for flexible thinking.