These students are strong, independent readers, know how to write and have a desire to learn. These groups provide opportunities to learn social skills, logic, reasoning, and communication along with truth/knowledge about their world. Each day incorporates lessons of leadership, math, science, language arts, history, and values into unit studies that engage the student into a holistic view of their world and an understanding of WHY they are learning.
Exploring as a group, the logic and order of how things are, student learn to love learning. These students fill their journals as they explore learning at school.
|AQ – Adversity Quotient||IQ – Intelligence Quotient||EQ – Emotional Quotient||WQ – Will Quotient|
|strong moral character and relationship with family||a lifelong love of learning and academic proficiency||confidence in talents needed to reach one’s full potential||self-government and personal responsibility|
|Learning the stories of my family, including my ancestors and the great leaders in history.
Learning about my potential and worth. I am learning to recognize the Lord’s hand in my life. Reflect daily of the value gained from the day of learning.
|Learning why knowledge matters.
I explore and understand the logic and order of how things are and were created.
Start keeping records in a notebook.
|I practice creating with the things I understand. I am learning new talents and skills. I am learning to adjust when things don’t work the way I thought.||I have responsibilities in my home. I learn to take care of myself and to serve my family. I participate in group and individual athletics or recreational activities.|
I always like to learn, but I don’t always like to be taught. – Winston Churchill
Once the foundation is set and students are ready for increased group time with a level that some47 call elementary level, the Love of Learning, Logic or Mind Phase. Students are ready to attend the Explorers Group when they are confident, independent readers with basic foundational arithmetic skills. Students are able to participate in group activities appropriately. It is still beneficial to have a parent in attendance as often as is possible, especially for the younger students in this group.
The students in this group continue developing their skills to learn as a group like the latter part of the foundations phase, but these students are ready to understand and ponder more about the things they are learning. Group time is focused on exploring cause and effect, reason, and the rational world. These students build up their love to explore and learn through unit studies and teacher led activities. Blending multiple academic topics allows them the opportunity to ponder, explain and record their discoveries. The goal of this phase is to instill a sincere love for all types of learning and mastering vital life skills. Among these vital life skills is a testimony of the value of knowledge and work. These goals are accomplished best when they are taught through example, consistency, choice, and accountability. The students need to see the example of how things work and why they matter. They benefit so much from observing others practicing right behavior and seeing others excitement about figuring things out. They look to the example of their peers and their parents and leaders to see what is worth learning and how to do it.
As students mature in this phase, parents will see increased maturity and willingness to be accountable for responsibilities at home. Once students are capable of creating their own academic momentum and start to understand the purpose behind their own individual education, it is time to move into the next phase.
The areas of focus for the Explorers group are:
Heart – Learn the stories of my family. Learn about my ancestors. Learn my worth. Learn why knowledge matters. “I am learning to recognize the Lord’s hand in my life”.
Mind – The logic and order of how things are and were created. I explore and understand the world my Heavenly Father created. The students start note booking, putting their thoughts to paper.
Might – “I practice creating with the things I understand. I am learning new talents and skills. I am learning to seek knowledge on my own.”
Strength – “I have responsibilities in my home and learn to serve my family. I participate in group and individual athletics or recreational activities.”