Awakening Self - 6-8 Year Olds


The Primary student is entering a significant new stage of development, signaled by the change of teeth, lengthening of the body and limbs, and the emergence of new faculties of memory and the imagination. Where the majority of a child’s energy has been employed in physical development over the first seven years, this energy now becomes available in the form of newfound cognitive abilities and an emerging sense of the self as an individual in the world. While ready for more structured academic studies, the 6 to 8 year-old lives in the lively world of imagination and feeling. Thus, stories, art, experiential activities, and creative projects provide the most meaningful contexts for lessons in language arts, math, social studies, and science.


School Day: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with the option of Extended Day through 4:30 p.m.


Language Arts

Writing creative and expository pieces; incorporating the lowercase alphabet;  learning the cursive alphabet; developing phonemic awareness –vowel and consonant sounds, basic spelling rules; reading- individually and in small groups and chapter book read-alouds; exploring different genres including poetry and fables; simple book reports and related projects; speaking and listening; performing on the stage; developing Spanish vocabulary

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Adding and subtracting; exploring patterns in the number system; identifying coin values and counting money; working with place value and re-grouping; introduction to concepts of multiplication and division; collecting data- generating and interpreting a simple graph; telling time on a clock and utilizing a calendar

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Social Studies

Life in the Olden Days; in depth class history project (on alternate years: Old Nantucket/Whaling and the Quakers or Westward Expansion) with pertinent projects, writing tasks, field trips and end-of-year presentation; historical fiction and non-fiction; mapping- compass rose and legend; creating small worlds and fort building

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Investigating animals and plants and the concept of a habitat; experimenting with magnets; recording observation of Nature through writing and drawing; growing vegetables and herbs; composting and recycling

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Physical Education

Nature hikes; playing indoors and out; exercising gross motor skills through running, jumping, hopping, climbing, balancing; developing fine motor skills through  craft work, painting and drawing activities