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Grade School Program

Community lies at the heart of the way we teach, and the relationships between our teachers, students and families. Our teachers stay with a class from Grades 1 through 5, helping to establish and maintain a classroom community as the students learn and mature. Every teacher develops a deep knowledge of how each student learns, and appreciates who each is as a person. Our grade school students move through their academic journey from this secure position, fully known and supported.

Our grade school students are engaged daily in a curriculum that highlights hands-on learning and seamlessly integrates academics and the fine arts. Each discipline enriches the other, deepening students' understanding of all subjects. All grade school students participate in three foreign languages (Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and German), vocal and orchestral music, handwork and woodwork, in addition to science, math, history and language arts.

As the students grow and develop physically and we help them to grow academically, we don’t lose sight of childhood. Outdoor recess twice a day at all ages lets our students imagine, play and move in the ways they need to be healthy and happy. Movement and hands-on learning opportunities are included throughout the day. Vibrant festivals bring the whole school together for seasonal celebrations and keep joy and spirit in the curriculum.

Subject Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3
Language Arts
Writing
Reading
Speaking 
Listening
Volcabulary
Phonics & Spelling Rules
Poetry & Fiction
Drama
Cursive Handwriting
Sentence Structure
Parts of Speech
Drama
History & Culture
Fairytales
Legends/Fables Hebrew Bible Stories
World Languages Spanish, German & Mandarin Chinese Spanish, German & Mandarin Chinese Spanish, German & Mandarin Chinese
Mathematics
Addition
Subtraction
Multiplication
Division
Placing Value
Telling Time
Story Problems
Estimation
Measurement
Counting Money
Division w/Remainders
Mental Math
Science Nature Studies Nature Studies
Farming
Shelter Building
Plants, Animals & Human Relationships
Music
Pentatonic Flute
Singing
Pentatonic Flute/Recorder
Singing
Strings
Recorder
Singing
Fine Arts
Watercolor Painting
Drawing
Form Drawing
Beeswax Modeling
Watercolor Painting
Drawing
Form Drawing
Beeswax Modeling
Watercolor Painting
Drawing
Form Drawing
Beeswax Modeling
Handwork
Knitting
Knitting Crocheting
Eurythmy Eurythmy Eurythmy Eurythmy
Movement
Group Games
Rhythm/Imagination in Movement
Group Games
Rhythm/Imagination in Movement
Group Games
Movement Patterns
Team Games Intro
 
Subject Grade 4 Grade 5
Language Arts
Verbs (tense & irregular)
Norse Mythology
Non-Fiction
Drama
Autobiography
Writing Compositions
Greek Mythology
Drama
History & Culture Local/Michigan History
Ancient Cultures
Greek Mythology & History
Geography
World Languages Spanish, German & Mandarin Chinese Spanish, German & Mandarin Chinese
Mathematics
Fractions
Factors
Long Division
Double-digit Multipliers
Decimals
Fractions
Fundamentals of Geometry
Prime & Composite Numbers
Metric System
Science Zoology
Botany
Insects
Music
Strings
Recorder
Singing
Orchestra
Recorder
Singing
Fine Arts
Watercolor Painting
Drawing
Form Drawing
Oil Pastels
Clay Modeling
Watercolor Painting
Drawing
Oil Pastels
Colored Pencils
Charcoal
Clay Modeling
Handwork
Embroidery
Cross Stitching
Knitting
Woodworking
Eurythmy Eurythmy Eurythmy
Movement
Motor Skills Refined
Sports Skills Intro
Team-Building Skills
Individual Skills and Intro to Competition leading up to Pentathlon