The Renaissance School

The Renaissance School is conveniently located at Shelburne Commons next to Heartworks Preschools. The school enjoys weekly use of their outdoor classroom on Shelburne Farms. We make full use of the wonderful Shelburne Farms setting to create a memorable school experience, blending our classroom learning with the animals and natural beauty that surrounds them. Our legacy is that our students leave our school with a sense of place in the natural environment and an understanding of how agriculture and forestry contribute to our common life together.  For more detailed information on the school curriculum, please read on.

A Renaissance Kindergarten Literacy Overview:

  • Letters and Sounds
  • Sentence Formation
  • Vowels, Blends, and Digraphs
  • The Elements of a Story
  • Story Writing
  • Letter Writing
  • Word Families
  • Sight Words
  • Handwriting
  • Lots of READING
  • Alphabetical Order
  • Parts of Speech: Nouns
  • Spelling
  • Read Aloud

A Renaissance First Grade Mathematics Overview:

  • Number sense
  • Greater than/less than
  • Number sentences
  • Addition/subtraction
  • Doubles
  • Fact families
  • Ordinal numbers
  • Numbers to 100
  • Place value
  • Skip counting by twos, fives, and tens
  • Word problems, key words
  • Problem solving
  • Measurement
  • Telling time
  • Money
  • Geometry
  • Graphing
  • Fractions
  • Beginning multiplication concepts

A Renaissance Second Grade Science Overview:

  • Habitats, anatomy, food, and traits of mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and the human body
  • Electrical currents
  • Gravity
  • Quarks, Atoms, and Molecules
  • Chemical and Physical Reactions
  • Surface tension
  • Layers of the earth
  • Earth’s rotation, axis, tilt, and magnetic poles
  • Crystal formation

A Renaissance Third Grade Social Studies Overview:

Vermont History

  • Vermont counties
  • Famous Vermonters
  • Vermont topography
  • Geography
  • Map Skills

Colonial Life

  • American Revolution
  • Colonial Jobs
  • Candle making 
  • Boston Tea Party

A Renaissance Third & Fourth Grade Social Studies Overview:

Westward Expansion

  • Early North American Explorers
  • Louisiana Purchase & Lewis and Clark
  • Pioneer Life
  • Wagon Trains
  • Oregon Trail
  • Gold Rush

How We Govern

  • Declaration of Independence
  • Constitution
  • Bill of Rights
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • Branches of Government
  • Voting and elections

United States Geography

  • Geography
  • Map Skills
  • States and capitals
  • State Reports
  • United States

A Renaissance Fifth Grade Social Studies Overview:

World History & Ancient Civilizations

  • Early Man
  • Indus River Valley
  • Ancient Egypt and the Pharaohs
  • Ancient Greece
  • Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome