The Lower School : Grades 1-3

Nurturing a Love of Learning
Students in Lower School (Grades 1-3) at St. Thomas’s Day School are given endless opportunities to explore, discover, experiment, and make connections, all activities that they do naturally as children. They are encouraged to investigate new ideas and pursue their interests and passions, while at the same time, learning to read, write, calculate, solve problems, and think critically. Learning is made fun through developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities that pique curiosity and stretch thinking to new horizons. Collaboration is woven throughout all parts of the program, fostering social development, as well as promoting teamwork, improving communication skills and building confidence. Each day is filled with new and exciting things for our young students to pursue!

Integrated Learning
St. Thomas’s Day School embraces an integrated learning approach, blending traditional skills and knowledge with experiential learning and hands-on experimentation. Academic content is explored in the classroom, as well as in specials classes, including library, science, technology, physical education, and Spanish. Students also participate in a well-developed performing arts program, which allows them to express themselves through drama, singing, dancing, music, and art. Field trips and educational excursions further support the learning that takes place in the classroom by providing hands-on experiences and exposure to resources that would otherwise not be available.

In addition, students spend up to two hours each week in our makerspace, a classroom designed specifically for children to build, design, imagine, problem-solve and tinker as they explore new ideas and concepts. Students work with their teachers and the Technology Integrator on open-ended projects that demonstrate learning in content or curricular areas. While working, students are exposed to a variety of technology tools that enhance their learning and support the acquisition of technical skills.

Discovering Who You Are
While growing and learning in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment, students in our Lower School are encouraged to explore their identities and uncover who they are as individuals. Each child is respected, valued and appreciated as a unique and special person. Similarities and differences are celebrated, cultural practices and traditions are acknowledged, and a variety of perspectives are represented. The goal is to help students from diverse backgrounds recognize and know each other as human beings by demonstrating kindness, compassion, and understanding for one another.

Character Education
From the moment students enter St. Thomas’s Day School, regardless of what age they arrive, they can recognize the ever-present culture of respect that permeates the community. Woven throughout everything we do are opportunities for children to learn about, discuss, and practice positive social behaviors, including responsibility, acceptance, kindness, and compassion for others. Children are taught that they have power and that their voices can make a difference in the world. Even our youngest students recognize that they can “make the world a better place”, whether it be through showing kindness to a peer, cleaning up the playground or raising money for the local pet shelter.

We invite you to explore our Lower School curriculum and visit St. Thomas’s Day School to experience the wonder of our program for yourself!

 

Click the following links to read more about individual subject curriculum –

Language Arts

Math

Social Studies

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