Leigh Bortins in her book Classical Christian Education Made Approachable says, “While modern education seeks only to propel a student toward the utilitarian goal of a successful career, the classical, Christian education seeks to nurture the whole person, preparing them to participate fully in all realms of this world and next.” To participate fully we immerse ourselves in our subjects through teacher based learning, individual and small group projects, field trips, and service projects learning/using critical thinking skills.
Biology and the environment are topics in Science that lead us through a trip to a tropical rainforest or trekking across a frozen tundra, dissecting a squid, learning about energy, and recycling. Social Studies takes us back to early America with Native Americans, explorers, European settlements in North America, leading up to The Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War. This is the first year that students have a musical elective; they can choose from choir, band, or handbells. Fifth grade also marks the first year that students can participate in Trinity sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, track, and cross country! The boys and girls also have separate PE and Health classes. Reading and English lead us through different genres of reading and writing culminating in a research project.
In the fall we learn how animals and plants survive Michigan’s climate with a naturalist at a county park. In the winter we go ice skating -- indoors! In the spring we spend a day at Greenfield Village exploring our past.
In fifth grade our faith is not limited to religion class. In the past we have bought an Alpaca through World Vision, purchased gifts for needy families at Christmas time, during Nerve to Serve we cleaned up the grounds around Flickinger Elementary School and Grant Park, lead Chapel services and school morning devotions, and helped our Kindergarten Prayer Partners.
Please click here for the Fifth Grade Curriculum.