Children begin to tackle academic subjects, primarily reading and writing through “meaty” readers, and use manipulatives in mathematics. Emphasis is also placed on poetry and music, art and the natural sciences. The student’s naturally-inquisitive mind results 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 fascinating variety of human expression.
Each classroom has a wealth of books and information chosen to pique the child’s natural curiosity which the teacher helps to shape in directing their interests.
Grades 4 to 6 - On a fact finding mission
At this stage, children become more aware of their surroundings and are fascinated by facts about the world: “The Guinness Book of World Records” stage. The central theme in fourth and fifth grade is the history of The United States (early history and development of the nation), while sixth grade spend the whole year on studying the African continent in depth. Through these broad themes, children study history, geography and the biographies of remarkable people. Teachers awaken interests through appropriate literature placing great emphasis on the child’s own creativity.
Each classroom is equipped with a library of, at least, three hundred books, including dictionaries and thesaurii which students use regularly. Intensive reading and daily writing exercises develop language skills as well as the thinking process.