At SSA, study is based on a thematic approach. A specific theme or topic is explored across all areas of curriculum: math, language arts, social studies, science, art, music, and computer. These thematic units are planned to ensure comprehensive coverage of the academic program. Some units are developed with student inspiration; sometimes it is the teacher's suggestion that spurs an integrated study. In Grades 2 and 3, for example, the fact that Mrs. Zimmer is from South Africa, promoted intense interest in geography and weather in the region, the culture and society, the monetary system, and what daily life was like for children. Exchanged letters, reports, bulletin boards, artwork, gift boxes, and current event updates reflect our core commitment to relate learning to the real world.
"Watching the second and third graders work together on projects as they help and encourage each other, is very rewarding." – Dianne Zimmer, grades 2 and 3, teacher