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.
The Science Curriculum at Helios covers concepts from the Next Generation Science Standards for grades K to 4, but with a crucial difference -- we integrate everything into our themed Expeditions (See Curriculum Overview). Children have a particular affinity for learning through stories, so these Expedition themes ignite their imagination and help them see connections to science in their everyday lives.
In an Expedition about the Age of Exploration, for example, our first and second graders spent the semester imagining themselves as intrepid sailors on the high seas. Envisioning this world led to many compelling science questions: How did sailors get over their fears of sailing into the unknown? How did the sailors find their way? How did they navigate using stars? How did ocean currents and weather affect their voyage? It was an enticing invitation to learn about astronomy, oceanography, meteorology and geography.
With these absorbing semester-long studies, students are gradually introduced to the building blocks of science. They learn the fundamentals of the scientific method and come to view science as much more than a collection of facts. Science is a way of helping the brain grow, of finding new knowledge, and helps students satisfy their curiosity about how the world develops and works. Science is a way to understand the physical and natural world through observation and experimentation.
These themed lessons give gifted learners a compelling need to know, and provide them with the depth and real-world application they desire.