Lower School is a time of discovering the world, a time of adventure. The secure and affirming environment of the Lower School frees children to explore their curiosities and budding spiritual interests. Great teachers are great artists and ours have sculpted a Lower School experience that kindles a sense of wonder and delight, that fosters a taste for what is good and noble. In this early stage of their adventure, students form the habits of success, make their initial forays into the world of knowledge, develop the critical ability to learn how to learn, and give birth to a moral imagination that enables them to envision a future of infinite possibilities.
In our Lower School, children begin to acquire the academic and social skills and tools that will lay a firm foundation for success in the higher grades. Through a curriculum rich in content and variety, they secure a steadily increasing body of knowledge in the core subjects (Language Arts, History, Science, Mathematics, and Bible), knowledge building upon knowledge year by year in a coherent, well-structured sequence. Classes in art, music, library, and physical education further enrich the students’ experience.
They also learn to live in a social environment where they begin to balance their own needs and desires with those of others, where they are called to share, to consider the feelings of classmates, and to be supportive of their peers.
Most importantly, they begin to experience the joy and wonder of discovering their Father’s world. They are taught to apply biblical truths to all their subjects and are trained to Biblical standards for behavior.
Teacher aides support each of the Lower School classrooms in many ways including assisting with lesson preparation and helping to coordinate activities.
The youngest of the Lower School students eat in a separate area with appropriately sized lunch tables and extra care and attention.
The Second and Third grade classes combine for these two special activities during the year. The play utilizes excerpts from William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." At the festival the students enjoy both food and games heralding from Greek and Roman times.
As part of the History curriculum, Fourth Grade students study the Middle Ages, traveling through ancient monasteries and on holy pilgrimages across continents. In culmination of the unit, students perform The Pilgrimage for their parents and fellow Lower School students, and then travel to Medieval Times for an afternoon of lords, ladies, knights, and games.
The First and Fifth Grade classes pair up, each First Grader being assigned to a Fifth Grade "buddy". The Fifth Graders help with special projects and provide extra support and encouragement to their First Grade friends. This is a highlight for both grades!
The Lower School as a whole counts down to, and then celebrates, the 100th day of school. Each class has special activities, such as wearing hats with 100 things attached.