Lower School Curriculum
In the Senior Kindergarten year, students begin meeting with teachers in small, leveled reading groups, supporting students as they stretch out words, apply their phonics and sight word knowledge, and build their capacity to comprehend the text they decode.
Budding SK writers delve into the Writing Workshop program, developing their knowledge of the writing process and expressing themselves through inventive spelling and illustrations. Celebratory publishing parties at the end of each writing unit build the confidence and excitement of our young writers as they share their finished work with peers and teachers.
The Everyday Mathematics curriculum is also introduced in Senior Kindergarten, introducing foundational concepts including addition, subtraction, money, and time.
Ample opportunities for play and discovery are built into the SK day to support a well-balanced, developmentally appropriate program. In May, families join us to celebrate the completion of the SK year with a lively SK graduation ceremony showcasing the accomplishments of our amazing Seniors!
In this final year of our lower school, second graders tackle increased challenges in geography study, literature projects, mathematical problem solving, and cursive instruction. Second graders build their study skills and responsibility through the introduction of an assignment notebook and through the execution of long-term assignments such as literature, geography, and science projects and self-paced book reports.
Class literature books are introduced in second grade and students read through books together, using small group opportunities to develop reading fluency and comprehension skills. A hallmark of the second grade year is the completion of cursive handwriting instruction. By spring, students are excited to show off this new skill and complete all written work in cursive. Students also enhance their research skills as they document the struggles and achievements of a historical figure in a Black History Month writing project.
Mathematical challenges abound as second graders solidify foundational skills in addition, subtraction, and money, and tackle new topics such as multiplication, fractions, and area and perimeter.
Geography is a central focus of the second grade curriculum. Students begin the year building their knowledge of maps and create a detailed map of their route from home to Rossman School with all essential map components. In the remainder of the year, students complete an in-depth study of each continent.