Primary: Grades K – 5
Primary children-grades Kindergarten through 5th grade-enter a stage of developmental integration in which they are organizing and combining various skills to accomplish increasingly complex tasks and to understand concepts. Children develop more fully into unique and curious individuals who comprehend and formulate questions and ideas about their immediate world. They learn to think logically, anticipate outcomes, classify objects and solve problems. Children are guided and challenged to reflect on their learning process, receive individual feedback, and vigorously revise work. The work carried out in this process mirrors the authentic and collaborative work of the real world.
Primary children are busy. Completing tasks and projects that demonstrate their learning help children at Blue School build self-confidence as well as a sense of responsibility in the community. They explore, play, and take small and big risks. Guided by grade-specific academic frameworks in all content areas, children are given access to grand explorations of the world, and ways to think through complex problems leading to creative solutions. Through big studies, students actively research relevant content, discover new ideas and questions and develop their own theories. In keeping with Blue School's mission and values, teachers in our Primary Program bring an intrinsic belief in the power and beauty of each child's unique processes of learning.
At Blue School, each child accepts personal responsibility for learning. Learning that sticks occurs through acts of concentrated effort, filled with imaginative flights, flexible thought, and critical summation. Creative, activist, and innovative responses are cultivated through the rich integration of the arts and core academic content at Blue School. In response to learning, children create artifacts and produce musical, dramatic and movement representations. Children also curate displays and spaces, enhancing their aesthetic sensibilities, while developing independence and collaborative habits. The result may be a 3-D model of the South Street Seaport, a formal portrait of an American activist, a new systemic solution for recycling, or a kindergarten dance of Where the Wild Things Are. The outcome is always a unique response to the understanding gathered.