Lower Elementary , Grades K-3
This class meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00-3:30PM. Students complete their education through field trips, enrichment classes throughout the community, and more!
Research shows that young kids who have many opportunities to play accomplish more in later years. In Finland, students do not start formal education until age 7 and are given many years of free play and nature play to prepare them for academics in 2nd grade.
Our Early Elementary program is a mash up of hands-on activities, experiments, and classical education. In this class, you will see students playing. We are NOT a rigorous academic program - on purpose. We do not offer VPK and although we offer formal testing, it is not considered high stakes and parents can opt out.
We DO offer older students (or students who are ready) access to a tutor to support a budding reader, mathematician, or writer. We DO teach to mastery - helping students to master a task or skill before moving on. This might mean that your student may not finish their curriculum over the course of the year. This is OK in the younger grades. We want them to be comfortable and master the topics.
You will also see things like Bible stories and scripture, circle time, hands-on science, songs that are rich with information, counting and skip counting, art education, and more. The teacher also follows student interest. For example, if your student loves trucks, the teacher will bring in books and activities related to trucks.With only 8-10 students, we are able to do this.
Our main goal at this age is for students to LOVE school.