Finding Their Voice
During the Upper Elementary grades, students gain confidence in applying their foundational knowledge to the real world around them, deepening their literary repertoire and making connections to themselves, their family, and their classroom. Students advance their writing ability by undertaking various types of works, developing the skills necessary to write for different tasks, purposes, and audiences. Mathematical development focuses on new skills, but also solving new and different problems, and articulating their methods both in writing and verbally to deepen understanding. In all areas, students are encouraged to use their knowledge to question and critique the world around them. Extra-curricular activities are introduced during these years which help port these skills beyond the classroom, with special emphasis given to helping children develop their own voice and God-given talents. As in the Lower Elementary grades, foundational studies are supplemented and enhanced by time spent in Library, Phys Ed, Religion, Spanish, and STREAM coursework.