Elementary School

The first years of formal schooling are crucial. It’s where we lay a solid foundation for learning that will resonate through a child’s life. We establish these foundations in our elementary school with a curriculum that’s rich, diverse, and engaging. It’s a curriculum that evolves based on the developmental needs of each student as they grow from wide-eyed, playful first graders into confident, practical fifth graders.

Through every developmental stage in every grade, our goal is to help students find meaning through timeless stories and first-hand experiences rather than memorization of facts and test preparation. Our students are actively engaged through rotating blocks of main lessons that weave in music, art, drama, and handwork projects, along with Spanish, gardening, athletics, and plenty of time outdoors.

Fourth Grade

Curriculum

Art: Form Drawing – Celtic Knots, Painting

Language Arts: Intro to grammar and punctuation, Dictionary use and understanding, Parts of speech – Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs, Articles, Prepositions, Contractions, Composition skills – Paragraph composition, Types of sentences – Exclamatory, Interrogative, Declarative

Mathematics: Multiplication with carrying, Fractions: Concepts introduced; all four mathematical processes introduced and practiced, Addition and subtraction with carrying and borrowing, Factoring numbers, Finding common denominators and greatest common factors, Long Division with remainder

Zoology: Comparative study of human beings to other animals

Geography: Map Skills, Landforms & Water Features, Local Geography & History

Cultural Studies: Norse Mythology

Subject Classes: Handwork – embroidery, cross-stitch, and Pine needle Baskets, Singing – singing two-part songs, Orchestra – students choose a string instrument, Spanish, Gardening, Movement & Games, Eurythmy, Woodworking