These elementary school children waiver between independence and a sense of maturity, and a desire to remain young and cared for. The youngest children in this group are often the doers and frequently take on more than they can handle, as the oldest exude confidence while facing more internal questions and self-doubt. Who their friends are and what peers think is increasingly important. They are often excited about what they are learning as well as, for some, developing anxiety. They feel both thrilled and overwhelmed as they grow older.
Our teachers play a critical role in listening, reassuring, and supporting the new individual who emerges over these years.
In all of our classrooms, we provide a safe and nurturing environment where children make friends, build confidence, show compassion while expressing creativity.
Children thrive in social environments that create safe and healthy relationships and provide a strong sense of community. Daily planning meetings, working in small groups, organizing and lending a hand during classroom and community jobs, managing the school store, and serving as a delegate on the Student Judiciary, require these children to hone their organizational and systems thinking skills and make a sincere effort to be their very best selves.