There are practical requirements for Elementary School students throughout their academic studies, providing them with important real-life experience in conducting experiments, making useful products, participating in activities that further enhance their understanding of the subjects taught or in learning a new skill. Practical consists of both projects and skill development.
"Research" is a concept that helps a child to observe activities or phenomena in the environment, thereby learning first-hand about basic concepts in physics, biology or chemistry. Elementary School students engage in a variety of research projects as part of their regular curriculum.
Getting out to observe or interact with the world outside Delphi is a big part of the program. In the classrooms, students are encouraged to connect what they are studying with the real world. Field trips help them to make that connection even more real. Elementary School students generally take one to two field trips every month. Typical trips might include a museum, the County Emergency Services Department (to see how the local government handles emergencies in the community) and the Federal Courthouse and other government facilities.
As part of the learning process, Elementary School students will participate in a variety of practical projects. These may include keeping a budget, participating in a mock trial, designing and building a dog house or using a telescope to study the moon and planets.