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Primary Grades

Primary Grades

Grade 1 
First Graders have a desire to learn.
Learning to be a cohesive class forms the basis of ‘we’, empathy and community.
Academics, arts and activities include:

  • Language arts: letters and letter sounds, reading and writing
  • Math: simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Science: nature walks, seasonal observation, color
  • Painting, singing, flutes, hiking, gardening, puppetry, knitting

 

Grade 2 
Second graders have a desire to compare.
Learning to notice individual differences within the class forms the basis of tolerance and respect.
Academics, arts and activities include:

  • Language arts: grammar fables and legends of noble leaders, cursive writing
  • Math: times tables, place value, number patterns
  • Science: motion, gravity, animal characteristics and habitats
  • Crafting, beeswax, singing, flutes, hiking, gardening, knitting

 

Grade 3 
Third graders have a desire to separate, to distinguish themselves from others and their world.
Learning how others work in the practical world forms the basis of self-identity and building their ‘inner architecture’.
Academics, arts and activities include:

  • Language arts: story plot and character, synonyms, writing stories
  • Math: times tables, place value, symbols, charts
  • Science: practical life, farming, food, shelter, light and shadow
  • Building projects, harvesting, weaving, hiking, gardening, violin

 

Grade 4 
Fourth graders have a desire to explore.
Learning fractions and spatial difference forms the basis of understanding wholeness, balance and eco-systems.
Academics, arts and activities include:

  • Language arts: story structure and plot development, word origins, poetry
  • Math: fractions, spatial differences, measurements, negative numbers
  • Science: animal life sciences, local geography, earth’s electromagnetic field
  • Community service, hiking, gardening, woodworking, clay modeling, violin

 

Grade 5
Fifth graders have a desire to understand.
Learning the laws of nature forms the basis of objectivity, structure and reasoning.
Academics, arts and activities include:

  • Language arts: reading for information, distinguishing fact and opinion
  • Math: percentage, graphs, Pythagorean theorem
  • History and world geography, biographies and maps
  • Science: botany, photosynthesis, oxidation, atmosphere and weather
  • Creek or trail restoration, woodworking, sewing, orchestra

 

Looking ahead to Middle School

Early adolescence (the 11-14 year old) is characterized by rapid physiological and psychological changes. This is when children are increasingly able to form abstract concepts, to understand cause and effect, and have a strong desire to ‘take hold of’ and conquer the world around them. Peers become ever more influential at this age, so it’s an important time to develop effective interpersonal and social skills. Boys Time and Girls Time is a weekly class for our middle school students to be real with each other, develop self-confidence, and explore a range of developmentally relevant topics.

Grade 6
Sixth graders have a desire for autonomy, and an increased curiosity.
Learning about properties of the earth and Roman history, forms the basis of lawfulness, connection and compassion.

Academics, arts and activities include:

  • Language arts: word origins and roots, aspects of Latin grammar
  • Math: business math, geometric drawing, presentation of data
  • Science: mineralogy, physics, thermodynamics, optics, astronomy
  • Roman and Medieval history; European geography
  • Cybercivics, online safety and ethics
  • Woodworking, carving, pottery, archery, habitat restoration
  • Boys Time or Girls Time

Grade 7
Seventh graders have a desire for expanded perspective and a wider worldview.
Learning about ratios, algebraic concepts and perspective drawing forms the basis of inclusiveness, balance and social responsibility.

Academics, arts and activities include:

  • Language arts: essay writing, editing, advanced grammar, poetry
  • Math: ratio and proportion, angles, algebraic concepts and processes
  • Science: inorganic chemistry, sound, Doppler effect
  • Renaissance period up to Industrial age, world geography
  • Cybercivics, online safety and ethics
  • Woodworking, carving, pottery, archery, habitat restoration
  • Boys Time or Girls Time

Grade 8
Eighth graders have a desire for reasoning and conceptual thinking.
Learning about the Golden ratio, history and current events forms the basis of critical thinking and sense of belonging.

Academics, arts and activities include:

  • Language arts: report and essay writing, poetry, writing style and voice
  • Math: geometry, Golden mean, factoring binomials and polynomials
  • Science: organic chemistry, human physiology, physics, meteorology
  • Industrial Revolution, American history, current world events
  • Cybercivics, online safety and ethics
  • Woodworking, carving, pottery, archery, habitat restoration
  • Boys Time or Girls Time