Grades K - 6

Approximate ages 4 - 11

Student Characteristics:

  1. Excited about new, interesting facts
  2. Likes to explain, figure out, talk
  3. Wants to relate own experiences to topic, or just to tell a story
  4. Likes collections, organizing items
  5. Likes chants, clever, repetitious word sounds (e.g. Dr. Seuss)
  6. Easily memorizes
  7. Can assimilate another language well

Teaching Methods:

  1. Lots of sensory work, projects
  2. Field trips
  3. Make collections, displays, models
  4. Plan integration of material through variety of means
  5. Teach and assign simple research projects
  6. Recitations, drama, memorization, chants, sound-offs
  7. Drills, games, songs
  8. Oral/written presentations

Writing Example: This below writing is one created by a 6th grade student during journal writing. The assignment was for each student to write his own personal feelings felt right before entering the War of Independence to fight the British:

"I'm scared. I'm scared that my family won't have freedom. I'm scared of losing. The Redcoats can try their hardest but we won't give up. I'm prepared to die. I have God inside of me. For if I am to go home to Jesus, my family will know I fought for what I love.

I run outside. I see my friend. A gun is pointing her way. I leap in front of the gun, just as it is shot. I fall to the ground. The pain is unbearable. I glance at my friend. She falls to her knees. Then I smile, for tonight I will meet my King."