Hands-on Experiences

Teachers employ a variety of teaching strategies to support the various cognitive styles of their students. The Lower School curriculum emphasizes active, experiential learning, reflecting the knowledge that young children learn best by exploring ideas through concrete, authentic experiences that engage their heads, hands, and hearts.

Learning experiences provide hands-on opportunities for students to explore and investigate, and these experiences reflect the readiness of the learner. Students build with blocks to explore size and shape, manipulate counting sticks to develop number sense, explore the salt marsh to learn about local fauna, and interview refugees to study immigration. Teachers aim to make these learning experiences personal for each student so that the resulting reflections are authentic and meaningful.