(Ages 6 to 9)
Grades 1, 2 and 3
When children enter into the elementary classroom, the process of physical manipulation of materials continues, but there are added elements. The students are expected to complete daily and weekly goals. Weekly homework packets are also given to the students to help reinforce their class work. The principles of applying the information which they have acquired are introduced. The children begin to move from the concrete to the abstract and to see themselves in relation to a larger whole. Much of the material is similar or identical to that in the pre-primary class, but is used at another level, building on the previous work. The children’s experiences are further expanded by the introduction at this level of many new materials.
Mastery Learning methods are expanded upon at this level. Rather than tracking a student’s progress through a traditional grading system, we use the “mastery learning” method to ensure that true growth and understanding is taking place. Each of the children must demonstrate mastery over the lessons presented prior to advancing to the next level.
The children expand on their work in language, math, science, geography, culture, and history. At the elementary level, we introduce Art lessons which allow the children to explore their artistic nature as well as learn about art appreciation and history.