Academics in the Elementary School provide a strong foundation in reading, writing and mathematics, with a special emphasis on life skills and practical application.
In Delphi’s literature-based reading program, students read approximately 12-17 books per month. The great variety of subject matter in these novels and stories sets the stage for a deeper study of subjects such as history and science. Books are balanced among fiction, historical fiction, autobiographies, biographies and non-fiction selections. Some books require a student to research the time period or location prior to reading the story.
Students are encouraged to read widely and in volume. This approach is augmented with group Literature Seminars that take up key literary works at a slightly advanced reading level, allowing students to broaden their view, analyze plot and character motivation, and develop their own judgment and opinion through group discussions and writing assignments.
Students write well over 3,000 words of composition, poetry and short stories. Field trips to writing workshops, creative writing classes and talks with authors inspire students to improve their writing skills and do their best work. Student writing is sometimes gathered into compilations and distributed within the class. Students also enter writing contests and have had their works published in national anthologies. To develop comfort and versatility with spoken language, students frequently read their work aloud to their peers, learning to make oral presentations in front of a group.
In mathematics, new concepts are introduced in seminar-style classes, including more advanced measurements and conversions, multiplying fractions and decimals, pre-algebraic formulas, basic geometric calculations, "consumer mathematics" (discounts and interest rates), ratios and percentages.
Daily drilling on instant response to basic arithmetic calculations continues through Math Facts on the Computer (MFC). Students become adept at rapid calculations through 12's and at reducing fractions. Advanced math students may move up to Middle School level math as needed.
Students learn to recognize the barriers encountered in study and become better and better at handling those barriers, demonstrating an ability to study smoothly with full understanding of the materials. Utilizing the dictionary as a study tool is mastered at this level. Students begin to work more independently while still being closely supervised by the teacher.