Junior Level

Junior Level lessons are designed to awaken the imagination, stimulate curiosity, and arouse admiration for the innovative capacity of the human spirit. Students develop an awareness that everything in the universe is connected, interdependent and forms a harmonious whole, and see that they themselves are part of and contribute to that whole.

Practical Life

  • Care of indoor and outdoor environments
  • Grace and courtesy
  • Daily jobs
  • Sewing
  • Making toast, tea and bread.  
  • Stillness exercises

Language Arts

Reading:

  • Decoding Skills
  • Comprehension Skills: Visualizing, making connections, predicting.

Handwriting:

  • Manuscript
  • Cursive

Grammar/sentence analysis:

  • Basic parts of speech
  • Subject and predicate
  • Word study skills:
  • Alphabetical order
  • Synonyms/Antonyms
  • Prefixes/Suffixes
  • Contractions
  • Compound words
  • Homonyms
  • Plurals
  • Writing

Expository writing:

  • Pre-writing activities, rough drafts, revision, editing, final draft
  • Summarizing, paraphrasing

Creative writing:

  • Stories and poems

Mechanics of writing:

  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation Usage

Math

  • Concrete and abstract work in all operations
  • Place value
  • Money
  • Time
  • Arithmetic math facts
  • Study of binomials
  • Fractions: Simple operations / Equivalencies
  • Measurement: length and temperature, standard and metric
  • Word problems: all operations
  • Algebra: concrete materials
  • Number relationships:
  • Estimation/Rounding
  • >, <, =
  • Graphs/data interpretation

Geometry

  • Circles
  • Squares and rectangles
  • Triangle
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Polygons
  • Curved figures
  • Study of geometric solids
  • Basic concepts of lines and angles
  • Measurement: perimeter, angles

Science

Physical Science:

  • Experiments relative to the formation of the universe and Earth
  • State of matter
  • Gravity
  • Temperature
  • Density
  • Chemical reactions
  • Properties of water
  • Magnetism

Zoology:

  • Vertebrate and invertebrate classification, characteristics, and internal/external parts
  • Animal kingdom
  • Botany:
  • Parts of plant – advanced
  • Experiments
  • Botany charts
  • Plant kingdom
  • Vegetable and flower gardening

Biomes:

  • Introduction to Earth’s biomes

History

  • Formation of the universe
  • Clock of eras
  • Timeline of life
  • Study of the calendar
  • Fundamental needs of humans
  • BC/AD timeline

Geography

Physical

  • Land and water forms
  • Biomes
  • Sun, moon, planets
  • Volcanoes
  • Rocks and minerals
  • Political
  • Flags
  • Countries
  • States
  • Capitals
  • Maps, globes, and graphs

Anti-bias

  Students begin to:

  • define stereotype, generalization, prejudice, discrimination, equality and inequality
  • distinguish between dislike and prejudice,  prejudice and discrimination
  • understand the connectedness between stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination and inequality.
  • grow to understand that the United States is a racial hierarchy and that aspects of whiteness have been, and contained to be, prioritized.
  • allyship, whitewashing and privilege are introduced.
  • understand that gender is very complex and expresses on a spectrum rather than the socially constructed male/female binary.

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