Grade School Curriculum
The Unity School model of education is based on three pillars: goodness, beauty and truth. In the grade school we help children see the beauty in the world. The intellectual development of a grade school student lies firmly in their life of feelings. They learn deeply when they are engaged through their senses and direct experience. Academic subjects are presented imaginatively to engage the students physically, cognitively and emotionally. Equally important to cognitive development is social development.
The Class Teacher
The Unity School embraces cohort teaching, where the grade school teacher stays with the same group of students as they transition through multiple grades. This long-term relationship benefits by seeing the children through a continuity of development, creating established routines and providing stability for the students as they develop and transform. These threads of relationship form a social and human foundation from which the education grows.
Most school days begin at the entrance to the classroom where the teacher meets the student with an individual greeting. This moment of connection and focused attention reinforces their personal relationship. With this connection established, the day begins with a comprehensive morning lesson, a period of one hour and forty minutes in which a given academic subject is studied intensively. The morning lesson immerses students in a particular academic subject such as language arts, math or a grade specific subject such as botany or geography. Each course of study, or “block”, lasts 3-4 weeks. During the block, the subject is experienced through stories, hands-on activities, songs, movement, poetry, games, drama and other artistic representations. This creative approach allows the content to come to life within the students, making learning a memorable and joyful experience.
Classes that are outside the main lesson curriculum but that support the development of the student's knowledge base are crucial to our program. They help facilitate the development of neurological pathways that are critical to skill acquisition in reading, math, and writing. These "special" classes broaden the student's experience of beauty, color, and form. But the students just call them "fun"! Our current offerings are: knitting in first and second grades, crochet in third grade, water color painting in all grades, pentatonic flutes in grades in grades 1-3, and Spanish in all grades.
8:15-8:25 drop off
8:30-10:30 Morning Lesson
10:50-11:20 Outdoor Recess
11:25-12:00 Subject I
12:55-1:30 Subject II
1:30-2:00 Reading/Rest/End of Day chores
2:00-2:15 Pick up
2:00-3:00 or 2:00-4:00
In the The Unity School curriculum, "specials" or non-academic subjects are a fundamental part of the education. Handwork develops dexterity, visuospatial awareness, fine motor skills, creativity, basic math, as well as patience and perseverance! In later grades, these skills are further developed by woodworking and coppersmithing. Movem
In the The Unity School curriculum, "specials" or non-academic subjects are a fundamental part of the education. Handwork develops dexterity, visuospatial awareness, fine motor skills, creativity, basic math, as well as patience and perseverance! In later grades, these skills are further developed by woodworking and coppersmithing. Movement forms, such as the traditional eurythmy, teaches control over the body, gross motor skills, and connects sound to movement, enhancing the understanding of phonetics. Clay and beeswax modeling, watercolor painting, puppet shows, playing the recorder, singing, and languages-each contribute to and enhance academic learning in ways which engage children and create a solid foundation on which to build for the rest of their lives.