In the 3rd/4th grade class at Awakening Seed, everyone works hard and plays hard. The learning process is lively, organic, and designed to be as relevant to everyday life as possible. Students and teachers practice kindness, compassion, leadership, and good citizenship on a daily basis. A big part of the learning focuses on helping children make the transition to schools beyond the Seed. Although Seed students don’t take standardized tests, the 3rd and 4th graders learn how to take tests, how to think strategically, and how to pace their time. The classroom is a creative, exciting place and students take on their role as the oldest Seeds with great honor and commitment. There is a strong emphasis on integrating the use of technology into projects, research, and presentations. Social studies, science, mathematics, writing, literature studies, and outdoor education provide the core foundation for academic work in the 3rd/4th grade class. Students view the work of their everyday lives as their legacy to the younger children who attend the Seed, and all those who will be a part of the school’s future. Students receive weekly instruction in Spanish, music, and P. E. and attend 5 full days.