By selecting Humanities, as an add-on to the standard curriculum, ARDOR students will have available to them an extensive selection of studies, such as Writing, Literacy, Geography, Debates, History, as well as Drama classes. By studying the Humanities, students build skills in critical thinking, research, reading, and writing, which help them to become effective oral and written communicators. Our Humanities program helps students to see the interconnectedness of all areas of knowledge and how it all fits together, as well as to develop a global prospective by studying different cultures throughout the world.
At ARDOR we believe that reading has the power to make us more intelligent. Children's reading skills are vital to their educational performance. It helps them develop a broader vocabulary, increases their general knowledge and better understanding of the world around us.
From the very beginning, ARDOR students participate in the Book Club with an entire class. Discussions are vigorous and instinctive, while allowing students to engage freely with their peers. Discussing the plot and character, setting, and language, students discover how to express their views and observations. Much of their lexicon is obtained precisely from their reading materials and they are encouraged to utilize it in the outside world. Progressively, the readings become respectively more challenging, the approach to them more laborious.
The main goal of our Writing program is for our students to become successful writers. Reading and writing are closely connected. The more students are exposed to good texts, the more inspired they become to write and invent their own. Some books teach them the pattern of a narrative, help them learn the art of the short story and show them the beauty of dialogue, and vivid descriptions, while other books teach them the beauty of fantasy and allegory. All of this affects a young person’s writing. We teach our students that language is a captivating tool for them, and in their imaginative work we inspire students to write what they desire. During designated lessons we incorporate phonics instruction that enables younger students to decode words which in turn increases reading fluency. Students learn how to spell, punctuate, use proper grammar, structure a complete sentence or paragraph and organize a text.
Starting in 2nd grade, students have an opportunity to partake in engaging debates. A debate is nothing but a discussion deliberated around a particular theme, supported by facts and informed opinions, which calls for a communication between two people who hold different beliefs. Discovering the world of debate has various advantages for primary school students. It facilitates them in acquiring strong communication skills and the capability of expressing themselves verbally in front of an audience, which enhances their organization and reasoning skills, while building confidence and self-assurance.
ARDOR geography program transports our students to some of the planet’s coolest countries. They explore the ancient pyramids of Egypt, an adventurous African Safari, the lush rainforests of Brazil, the incredible architecture of Italy and France, the reach culture of China, and set out on a spectacular exploration of India – just to name a few.
Our students learn about the people who live there, the wildlife they’ll find there, local government and diverse landscapes. In addition they discover awesome natural wonders like volcanoes, glaciers and wacky weather systems.
ARDOR history program helps students understand cause and effect in history - that peoples' decisions and actions have a long-reaching consequences.
Our students learn about various cultures and how they have evolved over time, fascinating history facts from around the world, from ancient civilizations like Ancient Greece and incredible kingdoms to lost cities like Pompeii. They also learn about the history of America, New York city and the local community. Students analyze the biographies of prominent people, such as George Washington, Mark Twain, Dr. Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Queen Victoria and Napoleon, as well as life-changing world events like World War I and II.
In the acting classes at the lower school level, emphasis is on the clear speech, fluent delivery, building confidence, exploration of acting and learning how to improvise. Learning new songs and lines for a show, playing communication games, writing and presenting monologues and scripts and participating in scenes and shows, all contribute to a child’s developing vocabulary. Students are encouraged to express themselves verbally and to think using their imagination.
The classes are focused on developing students' concentration, an essential skill in child's development. Children are encouraged to listen to each other’s ideas and thoughts, and to take turns. Drama classes are built around games and acting our scenarios, which is an active and fun way to learn about themselves and explore different situations in life.