Our mixed-age classrooms offer our students many benefits: the consistency of working with the same team of teachers for two or three years, the flexibility to reach broader academic goals at their own pace, and the valuable experience of being both followers and leaders within the same setting. Each classroom has a unique environment designed to best meet the needs of that particular age group.
Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classroom
Our primary goals for these students are to provide a nurturing environment that helps them feel comfortable and safe, and to lay the groundwork for a positive school experience going forward. With teachers acting as facilitators and guides, students learn partly through imaginative play: simply by doing what comes naturally and feels "fun," they develop crucial skills like empathy, reasoning, memory, self-control, communication, and problem-solving. Each day is full of hands-on exploration and self-directed fun, but also includes time for structured academics, with group and individual work in phonics-based reading, vocabulary, handwriting, and arithmetic. Our goal is for our students to enter first grade with reading readiness and an understanding of basic math operations.
first-second grade classroom
This classroom builds the foundation for the expanded curriculum and intensive academics of third-fifth grades. Students spend their mornings working at their own pace to build skills in language decoding, reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, writing, and arithmetic and its practical applications. Our teachers also work in small groups and individually with students as needed to reinforce concepts and supplement learning using a variety of different methods, including manipulative and games. Students also begin to integrate the concept of personal responsibility and are supported in developing internal motivation. The most important curricular goal for students in this classroom is to enter third grade as fluid, confident readers and mathematicians.
third-fourth grade classroom
This is the core of the grammar stage, when students truly master the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic through intensive study of grammar, vocabulary, formal composition, and math facts. Morning class time includes individual work combined with cooperative projects, reading groups, small group classes, and direct instruction. It is at this stage that more formal study of history, science, geography, and Latin is introduced. We also focus on internal motivation and accountability, as students learn to plan their time each week in order to complete their assignments. This self-management occurs within the framework of clear academic benchmarks and with careful monitoring by, and support from, teachers.
We put aside our afternoons for a different type of learning. Our K4/K class uses this time for outdoor play and art projects, while our 1st-5th grade students can choose from three or four different Afternoon Activities that build on our current topics of study. Students might participate in a drama, music, painting, crafting, or cooking project. Please see our page on The Arts for amore detailed description on our afternoon offerings.
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