Personal and Social Skills

Much of the Lower School’s work is summarized by three important rules, which serve as a succinct code of behavior for all students in Early Childhood through Grade 5: take care of yourself, take care of others, and take care of the environment. Lower School teachers strive to help children build comfort and confidence by encouraging an appropriate level of self-regulation. Teachers work closely with children to foster interpersonal skills and appreciation for the social setting. Respect and stewardship are concepts the Lower School seeks to develop from the self outward.

Growth of the following specific personal and social skills is actively encouraged and expected of students throughout the Lower School. As children grow older, they are likely to achieve greater consistency and proficiency in applying these skills.

Lower School faculty and staff members are committed to helping each student:

  • feel comfortable with routines and procedures,
  • make transitions easily,
  • listen and respond appropriately to others,
  • verbalize his or her own needs,
  • demonstrate self-control,
  • accept responsibility for personal decisions and actions,
  • assume a fair share of the workload,
  • play and work cooperatively with the group,
  • develop friendships with classmates,
  • show courtesy and empathy for others,
  • assist in solving social conflict,
  • respond to disappointment with resilience,
  • sustain a positive self-image,
  • develop a healthy lifestyle,
  • respect differences among people and cultures,
  • show regard for all forms of life and for their
  • interdependence, and
  • demonstrate a sense of environmental stewardship.
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