Lower School clone
Education comes alive for our Lower School students through fully integrated, project-based curriculum and grade-specific themes.
Our youngest students explore the world of connections –– between self and others, our culture and other cultures, home and the environment. They also connect with eighth grade buddies and the wider school community. By focusing on what it means to be part of something bigger than oneself, kindergarten lays the foundation for the years ahead.
First graders study the complex relationship between environmental habitats and their own families and homes. They use Design Thinking to learn about empathy and mindfulness techniques to understand how to work together with their classmates and how to be their best selves. Jewish values serve as guideposts in teaching students to consider the importance of their own behavior and their relationships at home, at school and in the larger community. Additionally, students ponder the rhythm of the calendar year by tracking the connections between Jewish holidays and the phases of the moon.
In second grade, the literature hero, Flat Stanley, serves as a tour guide on student adventures around the world. Second graders investigate and compare different cultures and customs, from the tea ceremony in Japan to life on a Kibbutz in Israel. The worldliness of this grade compels students to discover their place in the big picture and how they as individuals can effect change, one action at a time. Second graders also explore the natural and human world through scientific methodology, physics concepts, insects and plants, numbers, idioms, poetry and literature. They uncover connections between the contemporary world and the values and the stories of the book of Genesis, locating their learning within a Jewish context.