The Cultivation of Wonder, Delight & Play
During the PK years, the larger educational aims are the cultivation of wonder and virtue. Students at these ages are naturally filled with wide-eyed wonder at the world, and need that wonder to be protected, cultivated, and extended. As younger children they are also the most receptive to acquiring virtuous habits of learning that will serve the rest of their lives. We will be very intentional about developing them as passionate lovers of truth, goodness, and beauty, and showing them the natural world as a living museum full of wonders that delight the soul. We will also be intentional about cultivating virtue.
Younger students also learn naturally and with delight by means of songs and chants, so we will teach important ideas and information with lots of singing and chanting. As students learn through all five senses, we will not merely speak truth to them, we will also embody our ideals by sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. This means we will create meaningful rhythms, practices, routines, and traditions replete with beautiful images, music, and “liturgy.
Students will not be given grades or assessments by the instructor; however, we will work with parents to monitor student growth and adjust the course activities in accordance with each child’s development.
Suggestions for end of term reflections and assessments and opportunities for community-wide Celebrations of Learning– either virtually or in-person- will be provided.
What will be provided:
- Weekly Overview Welcome Video, pre-recorded
- Bible verse and song (1/ week)
- Hymn (1/ term)
- Poem (1 / term)
- Read Aloud Picture Books (2-3/week)
- Memory Work (timeline, geography, history, science, Latin, English grammar, math)
Life Cycles Exploration Prompt, weekly (one life cycle studied per term)
Nature Study Prompt, weekly (completed in community for participating local families)
Fine Arts Prompt / Tutorial, weekly (one composer and one artist studied per term)
Character / Virtue Resources, weekly (one virtue studied per term)
End of Term Assessments and Celebration of Learning Prompts