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Lower Elementary Curriculum
- Literature groups encourage children to read and respond to literature.
- In addition to grammar, sentence structure, and word study, students are also exposed to poetry and creative writing.
- In addition to the basic operations of arithmetic, students are exposed to geometry, fractions, measurement, graphing, algebra, and story-problem solving.
Cultural Subjects (Zoology, Botany, History and Geography)
- Centered on the two timelines of life on Earth and the history of humankind.
- Students study the fundamental needs of humans, the history of writing and numbers.
- They also learn about the earth itself – its land and water forms, rocks and fossils, volcanoes, continents and oceans, and maps.
- Each spring semester students study the biomes of a different continent, and how the plants, animals, and people adapt to life in these different regions.
- Students replicate weekly experiments in the physical sciences.
- Students conduct many independent research projects, which are typed up and shared with the class.
- Weekly peace circles allow for students to listen to and discuss books, role play, and appreciate and compliment each other’s special qualities.
- A spirit of giving is encouraged during the holiday season when the class raises funds to sponsor a needy local family and send contributions to humanitarian relief overseas.
- Spanish is held three times a week
- Music is held twice a week.
- Weekly art projects introduce elements and principles of art and utilize many different media.
- Plays of folktales from the continent being studied are performed in the spring.