“Graland has always emphasized the importance of history. Classrooms more than sixty years years ago would feature a timeline of world events." In addition, Each classroom created a setting which typified the country or historical period being studied. The children learned by living imaginatively in historical period and the information presented in textbooks became, as far as possible, experience. One did not just study a country/historical period in history; one studied it in music, art, drama, English composition & literature, and geography.
“The kindergarteners and first graders studied a different “form” of a country: the home and the community. Second graders moved into dinosaurs, cavemen, Native Americans, and sometimes, Old Testament shepherds. China, India, and Mexico became the hallmark of the third grade. It might thrill Parthenia Williams that fourth graders studied Egypt and Greece. Mitch would smile if he entered a fifth grade room, for the students might be studying a ancient Rome or the Middle Ages. "

By the way, Mrs. Gorham often spoke about the fifth graders constructing a certain round table we associate with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Yes, there was also King Arthur’s court and a formal knighting ceremony. Also,  Sixth graders studied Colorado history, as well as the Renaissance and the Age of Exploration -- think of that year as a bit of our current third grade mixed with part of John Caldwell’s current sixth grade history program. And. . . Beth, guess what seventh graders studied?

Graland Country Day School

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Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.