Grade School

  • First Grade +

    CURRICULUM

    Language Arts
    Fairy Tales
    Pictorial introduction to the alphabet
    Writing, reading, spelling
    Speech exercises, poetry, plays

    Math
    The quality of numbers, counting, the four operations
    Writing Arabic and Roman numerals
    Math facts, times tables in rhythm (the counting by's)

    Science
    Observations of nature and nature stories

    More
    Spanish
    Form drawing, watercolor painting, beeswax modeling
    Handwork--knitting
    Singing, playing pentatonic flute
    Circle games, jump rope, movement

  • Second Grade +

    CURRICULUM

    Language Arts
    Fables, Multicultural Saints Legends, Jataka Tales, folk tales, Native American stories
    Writing sentences, rhyming
    Reading from books
    Choral speaking, poetry, plays

    Math
    Basic math operations, carrying and borrowing, math facts, times tables, number patterns

    Science
    Observation of nature and nature stories

    More
    Spanish
    Symmetrical form drawing, painting, beeswas modeling (especially animal forms)
    Handwork--knitting
    Singing, pentatonic flutes
    Rhythmic games, jump rope, movement

  • Third Grade +

    CURRICULUM


    Language Arts
    Hebrew legends, Native American short stories and legends
    Grammar, punctuation
    Poetry, dictations, original composition, letter writing
    Regular reading practices

    Math
    Long division and long multiplication
    Math facts mastered
    Measurement--time, weight, linear, money

    Social Studies/Science
    Practical activities--house building, clothing, gardening, cooking

    More
    Singing--simple rounds, playing the recorder, introduction to musical notation
    Handwork--crocheting
    Painting, modeling, form drawing
    Games, folk dancing
    Spanish

  • Fourth Grade +

    CURRICULUM


    Language Arts
    Norse and Finnish Sagas
    Composition, grammar, book reports, punctuation, poetry, dictations, original composition, letter writing

    Math
    Fractions, averages, simple geometry

    Social Studies
    Local (California) Geography and History

    Science
    Zoology--Human and Animal

    More
    Form-drawing--Celtic Braided Forms
    Handwork--cross-stich, embroidery, sewing
    Painting, clay modeling
    Singing, recorder, strings, reading music
    Games, movement, square and folk dancing
    Spanish

  • Fifth Grade +

    CURRICULUM


    Language Arts
    Composition writing, mostly narrative and descriptive

    Math
    Fractions, decimals, the metric system, ancient number systems, freehand geometric drawing

    Social Studies
    Ancient History and Mythology--India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and especially Greece
    Geography of North America with emphasis on U.S.

    Science
    Botany

    More
    Four-needle knitting
    Wood carving
    Painting, clay modeling
    Games, Pentathlon
    Music, singing, recorder

  • Sixth Grade +

    CURRICULUM


    Language Arts
    Composition, advanced grammar; expository, descriptive, narrative writing

    Math
    Business Math, Economics
    Percent, methematical formulas, simple equations
    Geometric drawing using formal, exact tools

    Social Studies
    Ancient Rome, rise of Christianity and Islam, medieval Europe through the Crusades
    Geography of Europe, biomes

    Science
    Physics--Acoustics, Optics, Heat, Magnetism, Electricity
    Mineralogy, Astronomy

    More
    Black and white drawing, landscape painting
    Music, recorder, two-three part choral singing
    Sewed stuffed animals, clay modeling, woodworking
    Games, Medieval Games

  • Seventh Grade +

    CURRICULUM


    Language Arts
    Composition, advanced grammar, creative writing, research projects

    Math
    Pre-Algebra, perspective drawing, geometric drawing

    Social Studies
    World and European History from about 1400 to 1700--late middle ages, Italian and English Renaissance artists, Age of Exploration, Age of Discovery, Reformation
    Geography of Africa and South America

    Science
    Physics and Mechanics
    Inorganic Chemistry
    Physiology--different systems of the body

    More
    Music
    Drama
    Sewing (dolls, puppets, clothing)
    Woodworking, clay modeling (human and foot)
    Painting
    Games

  • Eighth Grade +

    CURRICULUM


    Language Arts
    Composition, grammar, Study of Short Story, Eighth Grade Projects

    Math
    Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Platonic solids

    Social Studies
    World History from Age of Enlightenment to present, Revolutions, current events
    Biographies of important people
    World geography

    Science
    Physics--Hydrolics and Aeromechanics
    Organic chemistry
    Anatomy--muscles and bones

    More
    Black and white drawing with charcoal, sculpture (human head)
    Sewing
    Woodworking
    Music
    Drama
    Games

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