At Helios, Humanities and Science are integrated into our cohesive and highly engaging Expeditions.
Activities woven throughout the themes provide the depth, complexity and relevance that gifted children need to fully and joyfully learn.
Humanities at Helios includes the study of language arts, literature, history and the visual and performing arts. Helios teaches the Common Core Standards for Language Arts and Literacy, integrated seamlessly into our themed Expeditions. We provide an irresistible hook and exemplary experiences for gifted learners.
In an Expedition about space exploration, for example, students had to decide which planet in our solar system would be the best one to colonize. With teachers coaching students in different ability groups on reading strategies, they researched options by reading nonfiction works. They drew their conclusions and shared their findings with their classmates. Students wrote persuasive letters to NASA about why Mars would be the best choice, and they received feedback from a NASA representative. They kept journals imagining their experiences as astronauts, while practicing narrative writing.
Additionally, lower school students receive regular, direct instruction in reading and writing, often in smaller ability-based groups. We combine short, targeted mini-lessons with practice and small group sharing.