Our third through fifth-grade students, in what is commonly referred to as elementary school, want to do everything. They are builders, sculptors, computer scientists, and academics. They are hands-on, experiential learners, interacting with materials and curriculum by fully investing themselves. They are ready to collaborate and better understand sharing leadership, negotiating, and accepting the ideas and work of their peers. They want to know how the world and things in it work. They are quite inquisitive.
These elementary school children are beginning to record their observations digitally and in writing and research using primary sources. They understand that discovering the truth through discernment is a powerful tool for their learning and the foundation of their Voyagers’ education. These children play an important role in the design of their intellectual experiences.
Children at this elementary school age, with greater confidence, understand abstract ideas, not just those things which can be observed. They organize their thoughts and plan their investigations. They begin to separate facts from opinions and develop meaningful peer friendships, which aids in their social and emotional unfolding.