Curriculum Tree
Making Signs in the Nursery

If no one reads your story, is
it a story?

The classroom is unusually quiet. Every head is bent, every pencil poised, every face aglow with pride and concentration. How thrilling it is to learn to write! Primary children learn to express their ideas on paper, first with “invented” spelling that matches the sounds they hear, and later with more conventional spelling. Before long, the once-still room is buzzing. Who can resist sharing a good story—especially when you wrote it yourself?


Primary 1: Age 5-7
Primary 2: Age 6-8

Students per class: 18-22
Teachers per class: 2

These are exciting years. Primary students become readers and writers, explore math, music and science, and gain confidence in their new abilities. Whether chronicling a family outing in their journals, dying wool with plants they have grown and harvested, or deciding whether a number is odd or even, Primary children delight in “doing.” In-depth studies engage children’s imaginations and curiosity about the past, as well as about the world around them.

Primary in-depth studies in science might include the Five Senses; Night; the Ocean; Earth, Fire, Air, Water; Ecology; Shapes and Structures; or Mysteries. In-depth social studies might include Our Community; Mexico; Japan; Ancient Egypt; the African countries of Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa; or Native Americans of the Northeast and Colonial times.