In this period, children begin to tackle academic subjects, primarily reading, writing and arithmetic. Emphasis is also placed on poetry, music, art, and the natural sciences. The students’ naturally inquisitive minds result in a genuine enthusiasm for discovery, and all things magical and mysterious hold great fascination for them. To tap this natural inclination, fairy tales from all over the world are introduced and children begin to learn about the tremendous variety of human expression. Each classroom has a wealth of books and information chosen to pique the children's natural curiosity which the teacher helps to shape in directing their interests.
Grades 4 to 6 - On a fact finding mission
During these years, children become more aware of their surroundings and are fascinated by facts about the real world; this is why we sometimes call it the “Guinness Book of World Records” stage. Through eight novels a year studied in depth around a central theme, students of grades IV and V study the early history and development of the United States while grade VI cover Africa. Art, history, geography and the biographies of remarkable people help to better understand these different cultures. Teachers work to awaken interests by placing great emphasis on their own creativity.
Each classroom is equipped with an encyclopedia, dictionaries and thesaurus, which students use regularly. Intensive reading and daily writing exercises develop language skills as well as the thinking process.