Kindergarten at SGS is an all-day program that provides many experiences to help students grow socially, emotionally, physically, creatively, and intellectually. Individual, small and whole group instruction fosters the developmental skills for each child in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Play is valued for it strengthens problem-solving skills and builds friendships. Kindergarten highlights include: “Doing Words” (writing/reading program), exploring trees and leaves on campus, learning about Pilgrims and preparing a Thanksgiving feast, creating families in a neighborhood and conducting Town Meetings, celebrating the Festival of Lights, and studying the life cycle of the butterfly.
First grade is a time to delve deeper into the content areas of math, reading, writing, science and social studies. Children are expected to move from the concrete level in learning math to the pictorial and into the symbolic level of understanding. Fluency in reading is strengthened and comprehension skills are developed. Publication of stories and books showcase the writing process. First-grade highlights include: classification of animals, study of the human body, community service projects, “March of the Penguins,” and performing the musical “Rumpus in the Rainforest” after studying the rainforest.
Second graders integrate the skills of reading, writing, and speaking in their class presentations. The children read to learn information rather than to learn how to read. Responsibility and independence are vital while working on multiple-step projects. Second-grade highlights include: dissecting owl pellets, exploring the 50 states, book club celebrations, being an American hero in the class wax museum, studying Native Americans, and service learning projects.
Third graders transition into the “intermediate grades” by taking more ownership for their learning. Keyboarding and cursive writing are formally introduced and developed throughout the year. The writing process is an integrated component of the curriculum. Children work cooperatively and individually on projects and experiments to explore the scientific process. Third-grade highlights include: Creating a Business, Water Study, Spokane History and a hike to the Spokane House Museum, creating a Spokane Newspaper, Family Heritage, and mapping the world.
Fourth grade’s comprehensive and interdisciplinary curriculum fosters critical thinking, inquiry, connecting learning to the world, and reflecting on the learning experience. Fourth-grade highlights include: Little Spokane River Environmental/Water Studies, Macroinvertebrates, Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery, 4th-5th Grade Montana Adventure, WSU Animal Museum, and Math is Cool.
Fifth grade abounds with leadership opportunities. Capstone projects are a central part of the fifth-grade curriculum and include the Living Artists Exhibit, where each child is transformed into an impressionist artist, and the fifth-grade musical stage production. Other highlights include: canoe trips down the Little Spokane River, Ellis Island simulation, Bridge Building, Governments of the World, Stock Market, 4th-5th Grade Montana Adventure, and ski trips. The fifth graders eagerly anticipate moving on to the Middle School.
Lower School students benefit from crossover teachers (specialists) in: Art, Music, Spanish, Library and PE. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. Friday Assemblies provide performance opportunities for all K-5 students.