Curriculum

Stone Bridge School believes that it is vital that the education a child receives at school continue in the home. To accomplish this, a child’s enrollment in the school should be supported by the parents’ understanding of the unique nature of the school’s curriculum. Our goal is to produce children with strong potential for academic development, a commitment to improving their community, and the ability to think independently and act freely.

Below is a brief summary of the language arts, mathematics, history and science curriculum presented in Main Lesson, grade by grade. Students and teachers develop a deep and enduring relationship through the shared experience of the main lesson curriculum, where one subject is taught for the first two hours of each day in blocks of three or four weeks (initiated in the 1st grade). During this uninterrupted time, the class teacher leads the students in a rhythmic component of the lesson composed of recitation, movement and music then presents the current academic subject, that the students question, discuss and recall. Textbooks are not used to introduce subjects since the children make their own books, full of illustrations, compositions, observations, maps, and diagrams from subjects presented by the class teacher. These colorful Main Lesson books are carefully crafted with attention to detail and artistic presentation. They are a unique and vital part of the student’s education. It is becoming a tradition at Stone Bridge School that at the end of the year these Main Lesson books are bound into one book.

Kindergarten

The kindergarten program is developmentally appropriate, non-academic and play-based. The home-away-from-home feeling is the beginning stage of long-lasting friendships as the children advance together through Stone Bridge School. In the kindergarten, the children are encouraged to develop and strengthen the use of their imagination through daily circle activities, story time, songs, games, plays and puppet shows. There are specific activities for each day of the week, which may include painting, drawing, beeswax modeling, baking bread and/or making soup, as well as practical activities such as washing, sweeping, folding, digging, and hammering. Consistency and rhythm set a tone of assurance and security for the child, wherein the imagination—the foundation of intelligence—is free to grow. Kindergarten, “a child’s garden,” is a time to preserve childhood. Through imitation and imagination, Stone Bridge School kindergartners recreate the world around them. Imaginative play is their work. return to top

First Grade

Storytelling is a large part of the first grade curriculum, encompassing Fairy Tales, Folk Tales and Nature Stories from around the world. Students may experience explorations of nature, pictorial and phonetic introduction of the alphabet, word recognition, qualities of whole numbers, Roman numerals, introduction to the four processes in arithmetic, mental math games, lower multiplication tables, form drawing, speech/recitation, music and drama.

Second Grade

Students will be introduced to legends, animal fables, Native American Indian legends, and biographies of noble peoples. Students may focus on small letters, reading, basic elements of grammar and sentence structure, form drawing, broadening arithmetic processes, times tables, numerical patterns, mental math, introduction of cursive writing, continued observations of natural phenomenon (e.g., weather, seasons, etc.), speech/recitation, drama, and music.

Third Grade

Students will be introduced to ancient legends and Hebrew and creation stories. They will study practical life including farming, housing, clothing, cooking and baking. They will continue to explore reading, spelling, cursive writing, original compositions, grammar, punctuation, parts of speech, higher multiplication tables, weight, measuring, money, time, primary numbers, word problems, speech/recitation, music and drama.

Fourth Grade

Stories from Norse mythology and Celtic sagas and legends will be explored by the students. Students will also explore California and local history, geography and cartography, zoology (study of animals in relation to humans), fractions, long division, averages, factoring, speech/recitation, music and drama. return to top

Fifth Grade

Students will be introduced to ancient civilizations from India through classical Greece. They will also explore composition and poetry, spelling, reading, grammar, U.S. geography related to vegetation, agriculture, economics, decimals, ratio and proportion, freehand geometry, metric system, mixed numbers, botany (study of the plant kingdom), speech/recitation, music and drama

Sixth Grade

Roman and Medieval history will be studied by the students. They will also continue with composition and poetry, reading, formal letter writing, grammar, spelling, North and South American geography, mineralogy, physics (including acoustics, electricity, magnetism, optics and heat), astronomy, percentages, interest, profit and loss, ratios, proportions, geometric drawing with instruments, speech/recitation, music and drama. return to top

Seventh Grade

Students will study the periods of Renaissance, Reformation and the Age of Discovery. The will explore literature, poetry (Chaucer, Arthurian legends) and biographies And will continue their work with composition, complex grammar, spelling, creative writing, world geography, ocean currents, physics (including mechanics and electricity), physiology, research, inorganic chemistry, business math in depth, graphing, powers of numbers, pre-algebra, speech/recitation, music and drama.

Eighth Grade

Students will explore Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Age to modern poetry. They will be engaged in writing short stories, dramatic scripts and journalism, spelling, grammar, continued world geography, climatology, Age of Revolution to current events, physics (hydraulics), physiology, organic chemistry, meteorology, applied mathematics (review of solids and measurements), set concepts, algebra, solid geometry, speech/recitation, music and drama.

The Curriculum beyond Main Lessons

A recess and several forty-five minute periods follow the main lesson with subjects such as singing and instrumental music, drama, Spanish, handwork, form drawing, painting, clay and beeswax modeling, woodworking, speech, movement education, Eurythmy (a form of movement that makes speech visible) and gardening. (Slight variations in the general curriculum may occur depending on the teacher, the particular class, and financial resources.)

World Language Instruction

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