Grades

Grades

We believe in an education that is artistic, academic, interdisciplinary, multi-sensory, practical, and social, AND learning that is joyful!

Our curriculum unfolds according to the educational and emotional needs of the child’s developmental stages, in order to nourish the healthy growth of the child.

The grades program encourages independent thinking and social responsibility as well as academic and artistic excellence.

Our teachers offer lively concentration in subjects taught in three to four week lesson blocks.

Children, throughout the curriculum, create original lesson books that expand artistic freedom and in-depth understanding of history, language arts, science, and math.

Foreign languages are taught with exploration into the rich culture of the language.

Movement, and handwork such as knitting, crochet and cross stitch, woodwork, and fine arts such as clay and beeswax modeling enhance motor skills, confidence, coordination, and creative thinking.

Music enriches the curriculum throughout the year, as well as following the seasonal calendar for Florida. Throughout the grades, we are concerned with the development of the child’s capacities beyond academics, to also include love and compassion, and most importantly the capacities to fulfill one’s destiny. As learning is bound to a child’s development, the teacher needs to be aware of the individual student’s developmental progress – is dominance established, can the child freely cross both horizontal and vertical midlines, etc.

In our modern society, with its lack of movement and flood of media, many children are coming to school with hindrances to their learning. Our job as educators is to help remove these hindrances, such as unable to focus for very long, or their nervous systems are often overloaded. They may have retained reflexes that contribute to learning difficulties.

We attempt to hit all bases, and teach to all learning types – visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners, to appeal to their strengths, as well as to build their challenges into opportunities for becoming the very best version of ourselves here on earth.

A typical day in the grades includes a two hour main academic lesson in the morning, infused with music and movement, a snack and outdoor recess, then one of several specialty subjects, such as handwork or foreign language, followed by lunch and outdoor recess, then concluding with another specialty, such as gardening, ukulele, or painting.  Fridays are devoted to nature immersion in various local preserves, known as “Forest Fridays”, or a field trip that complements a theme of the curriculum, for example, in the third grade, farming is taught in great detail, so the third grade might apply their knowledge and work in a hands on way on a local farm on several “Field Trip Fridays” over the year.

Main lesson curriculum will emphasize the following themes:

Lower Grades (1 – 3)

  • Pictorial introduction to the alphabet, writing, reading, spelling, poetry, drama, form drawing, cursive, and singing.
  • Folk and fairy tales, fables, legends, Old Testament stories.
  • Numbers, basic mathematical processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Nature stories, shelter  building and farming.

Middle Grades (4 – 6)

  • Writing, reading, grammar, poetry, drama, and form drawing.
  • Norse myths, history and stories of ancient civilizations.
  • Review of the four mathematical processes, fractions, percentages, and geometry.
  • Local and world geography, comparative zoology, botany, mineralogy, astronomy, and physics.

Upper Grades (7 – 9)

  • Creative writing, reading, grammar, poetry and drama.
  • Medieval history, Renaissance, world exploration and geography, American history and biography.
  • Perspective drawing, sacred geometry, descriptive geometry, review of all previous mathematical content, business math, finance, and algebra.
  • Physics, including mechanics, chemistry, meteorology, anatomy, and physiology, environmental science, science of sustainability.
  • Independent and project based learning
  • Entreprenuership

Current grades classes for 21-22 include 1st, 2nd, 3/4th, 5/6th, 7/8th, and high school mentorship