Children master the fundamental skills for learning in the early years. In first through third grade, they develop academic foundations through an artistic approach to all subjects that engages the child’s imagination and instills a sense of adventure in the pursuit of knowledge.
By the fourth grade, they are emerging as individuals with strong personalities and distinctive talents as well as challenges. Their self-consciousness intensifies along with their perception of the world around them. The fifth grade is the heart of childhood. Children at this stage have solidly established themselves and with puberty for most still a year away, this is an especially harmonious time in a child’s development. Beginning in fifth grade, students are capable of experiencing temporal concepts emerging from sequences of events. Thus the children begin their formal studies of history and geography as subjects.