Curriculum at a Glance
Students between the ages of seven and 14 are especially inspired by their feelings. Drawn to beauty, with a vivid imagination and a readiness to learn, children of this age respond most powerfully to an integrated curriculum that engages their feelings and nourishes their imagination.
In response to these developmental needs, the Green Meadow lower school curriculum weaves a strong element of imagination and emotional engagement into every academic and specialty subject. Connecting the children’s personal experience with their education results in a deeper understanding of the subject matter, and seeds are planted for future creative and analytical thinking.
A unique component of the Green Meadow Lower School is the class teacher, who remains with his or her class for several years, often accompanying the students from first through eighth grade. This continuity gives the teacher an intimate understanding of each child, allowing deeper understanding of his or her academic, physical, and moral growth.
In addition to the main lessons (math, science, language arts, history) taught by the class teacher, the lower school curriculum is enriched by teachers who specialize in foreign languages, movement, gardening, art, handwork, and instrumental and choral music.
In forming the bridge from the middle school grades to the high school, English and math are taught by high school faculty in grades 6, 7, and 8. An artistic element woven throughout the entire lower school curriculum serves to uniquely link academic classes with one another and with all specialty subjects, providing a truly integrated education.
Grade by Grade
The universal imagery of first grade fairy tales gradually gives way to the reality of ideas and relationships. The second grade story curriculum, which includes fables and animal stories as well as histories of saints and other righteous people, reflects the dichotomy arising in the second grader. In third grade, children begin to be aware of themselves as separate from the world, battling for their own identity; that awakening is mirrored in the stories of the Old Testament. By fourth grade, as students become more awake to the world around them, they learn about Norse mythology, with its stories of the weaving of the fates and the diminishing of the power of the gods. Fifth graders who are in the golden days of childhood experience the glories of ancient cultures, culminating in the history of Greece with its culture of beauty and balance. In sixth grade, the students, awakening to the world of laws, study the Roman Empire. In seventh grade, students move through the Middle Ages to the blossoming of the Renaissance, and by eighth grade, they explore the history of revolutions and reformations, as well as the biographies of the men and women who started them, crowning their lower school experience of story and history with the history of modern times.