Primary (Grades 1, 2 & 3)
The grade 1, 2 & 3 classroom is an active environment that promotes questions, inquiry and learning activities. We cultivate a team approach between parents and teacher through regular communication and dialogue about student progress. French is taught starting from kindergarten, so our grade 1 students are already starting to use another language to describe the world around them and communicate with each other.
The children become increasingly socially aware at this stage of life so the teacher spends time modelling and coaching them in communication skills and in building healthy relationships with their peers. We especially support the development of kindness and respect at this age.
As pivotal math and language concepts are learned, the grade 1, 2 & 3 classroom matches these with further development of fine and gross motor skills. The students still tend to be very literal thinkers so their academic learning is purposefully grounded in tangible examples and experiences which support brain development and a thorough understanding of Ontario Curriculum concepts. The goal is not only to cater to individual learning styles, but also to help each child develop with the context of his or her physical, emotional, academic, social, and spiritual growth.
As the scope of subject matter expands, we employ a holistic approach. Physical development continues through PE, recess and purposeful movement during academic lessons. Students work on the floor, at the board, and at their desks, and regularly measure, interview or investigate throughout the building. Activity keeps children engaged and increases retention of material at hand.
Emotional growth is as important to future success as academic growth. In order to support emotional development, the teacher models appropriate emotional identification and sharing and coaches the students to find language for and effective responses to their emotional states.
The holistic classroom approach, which brings together intellectual, emotional and physical development, is all set within the concept of spiritual education. A spiritual focus teaches students:
- To see themselves and others as having intrinsic, God-given value which transcends any flaws, differences and limits.
- To pursue purposeful contributions in life which go beyond the pursuit of personal gratification.
- To recognize their connection and accountability to a higher being.
I love my school for its small class sizes and nurturing, family-oriented environment which encourages a level of self confidence and social awareness in the students that is very difficult to foster in a larger school setting. This, in combination with a healthy blend of spirituality and academics provides an excellent foundation for students both from an educational and broader social perspective. It’s a setting that’s hard to beat!