Elementary education –
It shapes our lives with the love of learning, socialization, emotional growth
and decision making skills.
Education is the most valuable asset we have – a wealth that cannot be lost and the more it is shared the greater its value. We learn the first steps in life with our elementary school years, where we all learn to walk before we begin to hop, skip and jump into life.
Third grade is the most decisive year for students as they grow from concrete thinkers to abstract thinkers. A highly effective school, that encourages the love and exploration of reading in third grade and beyond almost guarantees better grades in high school and a higher education beyond that.
Did you know that prisons are built based on third grade literacy rates? It has been proven that students that are not accomplished readers are four times more likely to drop out of high school? Those drop out are three times more likely to spend time in prison? So yes, prisons are forecasted to be built based on elementary school literacy rates!
Fourth grade is the journey from learning to read to reading to learn. Students begin to master more complex and mature academic and social skills. Long range planning, time management, following more detailed instructions, peer collaboration on group projects and the social dynamics all challenge fourth graders. Fourth graders struggle between being more independent, advanced students and the worries that managing all that is expected of them.
Fifth and sixth graders begin to grown into themselves as they practice, grow and refine their skills to the next level. Deeper more complex analytical problem solving, more independent learning and projects that force them to use all of the skills mastered to date. The social life of fifth and sixth graders is the most important aspect of school – for them! The transitions experienced at this time is both overwhelming and thrilling as a new individual begins to emerge. They begin to feel powerful, experienced to the point of almost overconfidence.
The importance of a great educational foundation is most important for us as a nation and each student and their success in life.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math
STEAM projects involve teamwork and thoughtful dialogue in which students exchange ideas and discuss ways to problem-solve. Students learn how to divide up responsibilities, compromise, listen to and encourage each other.
An integrated approach to learning that encourages students to think more broadly about real-world problems. When students engage in activities that combine different elements of STEAM, they experience guided inquiry in which they must ask thoughtful questions, discover answers, apply what they learn, and problem-solve creatively.