Grades 1 – 8
Video of a 1st Grade Morning Lesson
created by Karl Schurman and 10th grade student, Cyrus Fenderson
During the grade school years, the child’s consciousness gradually shifts from a pictorial to a more conceptual focus. Our elementary curriculum is designed to accompany the child through this gradual process of unfolding capacities.
There is a rhythmic structure to individual lesson plans, and to the course of the school year. Students learn through “block teaching,” working intensively each morning with one subject for several weeks before another subject is introduced. This allows for greater concentration and retention of material. After the morning academic work come the artistic, practical and movement classes, as well as continuing skills work in English, mathematics and foreign languages.
To provide security and continuity in the passage from childhood to adolescence, one “class teacher” oversees the student’s development between ages 7 and 14. In this way, the teacher comes to know each student in depth and can attend carefully to his or her needs over time. The contact with one class teacher is supplemented by interaction with numerous other teachers who provide specific instruction in foreign languages, music, fine arts, handwork, woodwork, eurythmy and movement.
Benefit Night at Flatbread Company in Portland:
Tuesday, June 18, 5:00 p.m.
Join us for a benefit night that's a huge party.
Proceeds benefit the Smirkus Magic Matinee.
Circus Smirkus at Merriconeag:
Circus Smirkus presents
Monday, August 5, 2013, 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM.
On Merriconeag's Grade School Campus,
57 Desert Road, Freeport
Tickets are now available at Royal River Natural Foods in Freeport, Standard Baking Company in Portland and online (for an additional fee) at smirkus.org.