8:30 Prayer – The day opens with a short time of quiet prayer. Today’s theme is “blessing.” “Who would you like to bless today?” The children write notes in their prayer journals. A few share their ideas with the group.
8:40 Math – Students begin with forty-five minutes of math. The period begins with an eight minute “unit study” (e.g. fractions, multi-step equations, geometry) for review or growth. Individuals then begin working through their individual lesson and problem set. Each student works independently in a book suited to his or her ability. The teacher explains the lesson and works individually with any student who needs help. Problems are corrected and any missed problems re-worked. View Math Curriculum
9:30 Pre-Civil War U.S. History with Verbal Narration – Eight students gather around a table and prepare to read through the fifth chapter of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. They begin by taking out their maps and locating Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore, and Talbot County in Maryland. They briefly narrate ideas from the previous class on this subject. Chapter 5 (the story of Frederick’s transfer to Baltimore) is read to the group. After the reading, one student tells the story back in his own words, others offer additional details; the story is recorded as a “group narration.” Discussion follows. After sharing their ideas on the chapter, students look at several woodcut reproductions depicting various episodes from Frederick’s life.