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Curriculum K-6

Language Arts

Basic to the language arts curriculum are enjoyment and appreciation of written and spoken language. Through exposure, expression, and evaluation of language, students unfold their ability as both readers and skilled communicators.

In kindergarten, language is explored through experiences with song, poetry, and literature, and students begin to connect sound to the printed word. In the primary grades (1st/2nd) students begin to connect sounds and letters to create words, thus applying meaning to language. Through daily journal writing, recognizing word families, acting out short plays, poetry recitation, oral reports, shared story webbing, and engaging in literature groups, students become more self-sufficient, confident readers. Through reviewing their own writing, students practice grammar, punctuation, and spelling skills.

In the intermediate grades (3rd/4th), greater precision in language usage is acquired. Students read not just for pleasure, but also to gain information. Creative writing expands to include plays, reports, letters, and poetry. At this age, fluency and productivity increase and students develop an appreciation of narrative prose by recognizing the different viewpoints and values expressed.

In the upper grades (5th/6th), students develop more confidence in writing and speaking to a general audience by presenting impromptu speeches, dramatic recitations, scientific reports, and research papers. By the end of Lower School, students have confidence and poise in speaking; they enjoy their own creativity in writing, and demonstrate insight into common universal themes of literature.


Lower School students learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide through the use of Vedic Math formulas, which, by enlivening the whole brain physiology, provide an entirely different approach to mathematical computation. These simple yet profound formulas create the ability to compute math rapidly and precisely.

In the kindergarten class and primary grades, teachers also utilize the Math Their Way program, using a wide variety of activities to teach concepts. The use of concrete materials helps to develop understanding and insight into the patterns of mathematics.


The Lower School science program is designed to allow the students’ natural curiosity to flow through the development of process skills related to scientific inquiry. As students gain the ability to assess the world around them, they also grow in the ability to cherish it.

Kindergarten students are introduced to beginning skills and behaviors in science: observing, predicting, questioning, experimenting, and interpreting. They learn about relationships in nature, observing and identifying the parts and the whole. In the primary grades (1st/2nd), students are introduced to the inquiry process. They learn to form a hypothesis, test one variable at a time, record data, and analyze their findings to discover the answers to their questions. Sample units include Balance and Motion, Balls and Ramps, Five Senses and Sound, and gardening in the Trellis House.

Intermediate (3rd/4th) grade students explore the scientific method through programs such as “scientist of the week,” where students research, prepare, and perform an experiment for the rest of the class. Units of study include The Solar System, Insects, Plant Life Cycles, and Inventions and Inventors.

In the upper elementary grades (5th/6th), students utilize “cabbage chemistry” to explore changes in and properties of matter. Units studied include: “Geology of Iowa,” “The Human Body,” “Light and Color,” and “Simple Machines.” With the help of their parents, 5th and 6th graders plan, design, and build either a go-cart or a hovercraft.

Social Studies

The social studies curriculum begins with the individual student’s understanding of the world, and naturally expands to encompass wider fields of influence. In kindergarten, students explore relationships with those nearest to them—their family and friends. The social atmosphere of school life gains more emphasis in the primary (1st/2nd) grades and branches out to include the town and local occupations. A vision of the whole country is introduced in the intermediate (3rd/4th) grades, with a more in-depth study of the United States and its regions. Iowa History is the focus of the first year in the upper elementary grades (5th/6th), ending with a thorough study of American history.

Information Literacy

Media specialists and technology teachers have developed a curriculum for grades K-6 to teach essential skills for locating, evaluating, and using information. In an environment saturated with information, the emphasis shifts from simply finding facts to understanding why the quality of information matters. Through collaboration with classroom teachers on projects and assignments that include a research component, students gain skills that create a strong basis for future success in school and beyond.

In the Primary grades, students work on group research projects to help prepare them for individual work in grades three through six. They learn a sequence of essential skills for finding information in a variety of print and online sources and evaluating its usefulness in answering their questions. Then strategies for taking notes, organizing ideas, and producing projects in both written and visual formats help the student to integrate ideas of others into their own understanding of the subject. The importance of using information in an ethical manner, including text, audio or video files, is emphasized at all grade levels.

Available online resources include EBSCO, World Book Online, United Streaming (digital video), and Multimedia Archive. In addition to New Indian School’s libraries, students have access to the library resources of Maharishi University of Management and an extensive collection of books, periodicals, and videos from the Area Education Agency. 


Scientific research has shown that during the reading or recitation of Sanskrit, the functioning of the brain becomes highly orderly and coherent.  Reading Sanskrit integrates inner silence with outer activity, helping the students in their growth towards enlightenment.

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Students gain skills that create a strong basis for future success in school and beyond.