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Grades 1 and 2
Units in the early grades emphasize a hands-on, multi-sensory approach. We nurture each student’s imagination, creativity, and social skills while laying a strong reading and math foundation. To maximize this type of learning, teachers and assistants focus on small group and one-to-one instruction.
These years are focused on inquiry and wonder, which are vital components of becoming life-long learners. The strong foundation in reading and math prepares our students well for the next phase in a Cambridge education - the classical history approach.
Our classes venture out for at least one field trip each month, and all are covered by the cost of tuition. Students cruise through the Annapolis Harbor while learning Maryland history, hold love insects from the rainforest, and explore Crystal Grottoes Caves, each bringing classroom learning to life.
While all grades take a classical approach to learning, the truly “classical” education begins in third grade. History is taught chronologically allowing our students to get a full picture of God’s story and their place in it. Studies of literature, science, Bible, art, music, and writing all stem from the themes explored in the historical timeframe. Literature and writing increase in scope and depth during the middle grades. Students build strong communication skills, a staple of a classical education, and are given opportunities to express themselves through formal speeches, class discussions, and writing assignments.
We apply a team teaching approach to third through fifth grades. Our unit, language arts, and math teachers work in close relationship to ensure the students get a cohesive and well-rounded education.
Field trips provide opportunities to interact with topics learned in class. Our students "excavate artifacts" from a dig site to understand how historians unlocked the past. They "apprentice" at a glass-blowing studio to experience how medieval tradesmen learned their crafts. They even perform Shakespearean scenes at Folger Theatre!