By the ages of 6 or 7 the child’s emerging powers of reason and imagination enabling them to explore and discover on a more abstract level. Children are therefore encouraged to research the answers to their own questions. Their research is not limited to just the classroom but also includes opportunities for “going out” on field trips to the library, bank, stores, beach, offices, etc. They develop a better understanding of human life through this direct experience and begin to better appreciate the community in which they live.
Elementary studies include: geography, history, biology, language, mathematics (including algebra and geometry), science (including principles of physics and chemistry), music and art. The entire curriculum is integrated, meaning that all subjects are viewed as related. For example, when students study Africa in world history, they will also read African folk tales in world literature, create African masks in art, sing Swahili songs in music, make hieroglyphic calendars in math and study African animals in zoology.
HOMEWORK is viewed as an extension of the work at school. Each assignment is based on individual needs and interests to foster the child’s natural desire to be challenged. Typically homework involves some reading, research and writing. The program also includes physical education, computer technology, foreign language, ceramics, practical life and social skills, and community service.