Peace Education, embodied by global awareness and local community service is, as in the Early Childhood Program, embedded into the fabric of the Lower Elementary curriculum. Principles of grace and courtesy are practiced from the time the students walk into the classroom, as they learn to shake the teacher’s hand and say good morning each day, clean up after themselves, and take responsibility for their own actions. The three‐year cycle enables third-year students to take on a leadership role in the peace education curriculum by modeling grace and courtesy and direct communication, and through increased involvement in community outreach.
During Morning Meeting and in daily interactions with teachers and peers, students focus on expressing their thoughts and feelings through the use of “I” statements. Teachers help students to speak clearly and maintain eye contact while stating their feelings in complete sentences. Students also receive support in developing their ability to respond appropriately to concerns that are brought to them.