Motivated by Mastery
During the middle kid years, students become responsible, independent citizens as they continue to develop a deeper sense of self, form their own opinions and beliefs and discover their autonomy. Our curriculum is designed to foster this growth. In math, students progress through our Rivendell math curriculum, which is based on mastery learning (not grading). Concepts are introduced concretely using manipulatives, either through one-on-one instruction, or in small groups.
Reading in Middle Kids is strengthened through the Reading Workshop model. Children choose books, fiction and nonfiction, which interest them. At this age students continue to work on phonics and decoding skills, while also learning how to think about what they are reading. In addition to exposure to a wide variety of writing styles, Middle Kids reinforce their own writing skills through regular impromptu writing warm-ups, creative narratives, expository and persuasive paragraphs. Expectations and goals are unique to each student’s level of ability and assessed regularly through student-teacher conferences.
As students this age are able to take more control over their learning, we find that persistence and mastery are important skills that allow them to make steady progress toward achieving their goals.
Rivendell enabled me to chase my dreams by teaching me how to think critically and collaborate with those around me. ~ Nikki, Rivendell Alumna