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Lower School


In Lower School, we emphasize exploration and discovery to help cultivate the curiosity and wonder with which every child is born.

Students are encouraged to explore the natural world through science experiments, stories, and numbers, and to build the skills of a life-long learner through penmanship, phonics, reading, and grammar. Students memorize scripture and poetry, and have time for free reading throughout their day. The school day is the right amount of structured learning for a young mind, so Lower School students are never sent home with regular homework. 

To help encourage lively minds, healthy habits, and knowledgeable connection to the natural world, our students participate in active and outdoor play throughout their day in our seven acres of fully fenced green space. They also work at least twice a week in the school garden, learning about their food and the amazing creation around them.

K-5 PARTIAL BOOK LIST: A SAMPLE OF WHAT WE READIn our Lower School, we focus on great stories that awaken student imaginations and help make the world, both present and historical, come alive.
  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Fables by Arnold Lobel
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Frog and Toad
  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • The Peter Rabbit Collection
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Tales of Ancient Egypt
  • King Arthur
  • Castle
  • Pyramid
  • City: A Story of Roman Construction
  • Sarah Plain and Tall
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • Treasure Island
  • The Phantom Tollbooth
  • D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myth
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Pollyanna
  • A Christmas Carol