Lower Elementary (Grades k-2)
Lower Elementary students learn to be a member of a classroom community and learn to view school as a joyful place. In addition to early academics, emphasis is placed on pre-academic skills such as sharing, turn taking, cooperation, and meaningful participation in classroom activities. Students are guided to notice, and then regulate, their emotional state through the use of strategies that engage their sensory systems and encourage focus. Students develop executive function as they learn to persist through challenging tasks, keep track of their materials, and understand their daily and weekly schedules. Activities throughout the day are rich with language and designed to build the communicative competence of each student.
We maintain especially small class sizes in Lower Elementary in order to address academic instruction in a way that matches each learner’s level of skill development. Lower Elementary students learn to: