Lower Primary - Building a Foundation of Living Books, Nature, Good Habits
We consider Lower Primary as the time before formal academics, which begin in first grade (typically on or after age 6). We focus on helping the child discover his own world through his own explorations during lots of outdoor time and real tasks at school. When the child shows an interest, we informally introduce gentle academics through playing with objects (for beginning math concepts) or playing with letters (for beginning reading).
- Faith - Pray, sing hymns, and know God better through a children's book of Bible stories.
- Sense of People and Time - Ponder holidays, seasons, and simple stories about children and people from other times.
- Mathematics - Learn mathematical ideas by paying attention to real things, describing them, and manipulating them.
- Language arts - Soak up literary language by hearing living books read aloud, memorizing and reciting poems, songs, and hymns, and tell what they know as they are able. See our FAQ.
- Nature Study - Wonder about nature by studying insects, turtles, ducks, birds, and plants, hearing animal stories, walking Santee National Wildlife Refuge regular.ly
- Geography - Pay attention to the world outside and the wildlife refuge.
- Literature - Cherish classic books for young children, Mother Goose, fairy tales, and beloved picture books.
- Poetry - Memorize and recite nursery rhymes and poems that delight children.
- Art - Study the work of three artists.
- Music - Study compositions by three composers and sing folk songs.
- South Carolina - Know their school yard and neighborhood and get to know our friends at the nursing home.
- Spanish - Sing simple songs, recite parts in plays, have simple conversations, and hear and read children's books in Spanish.
- Handwork - Learn how to make simple crafts with their hands.