Encouraging a Student’s Innate Love of Learning
In Lower School, we nurture a child’s natural love of learning with caring teachers and stimulating curriculum. We celebrate the early elementary years by encouraging exploration, emotional growth, fostering positive learning experiences, and of course, fun! Students in grades K-5 can choose from our project-based curriculum offering, text-based courses, or online courses depending on the subject area and grade in which they are enrolled.
For younger students, an important component of their education process is to allow them to directly engage with their learning through hands on projects. The act of learning through hands-on activities helps to activate their brains in a way that is beneficial at this early age. “Kids learn through all their senses,” says Ben Mardell, PhD, a researcher with Project Zero at Harvard University, “and they like to touch and manipulate things.” Children ages 4-8 years of age tend to experience the world and learning as a part of a big experience. With that in mind, Laurel Springs has developed a curriculum for students that integrates the subjects and focuses on meaningful, engaging activities. Academic skills are woven into these larger learning experiences, where students explore them as a natural part of their day to day life.
Students in grades K-3 enroll in our project-based program, which integrates the content across language arts, science, and social studies. Our math package includes a textbook, a workbook, and an instructional guide as well as manipulatives. As students mature, the addition of text-based courses are introduced for each subject beginning in 4th grade, and online courses are offered as an option in 5th grade.
How it Works
Laurel Springs School recognizes a child’s need to touch, talk, listen, and move while learning at an early age. The combination of our project-based curriculum package, teacher support, and academic coach support set young children up for an experience that nurtures their innate love of learning.
Academic coaches play an important role in supporting and guiding their child’s education. Our Project-Based Curriculum Guides prepare coaches for the school year by providing a weekly outline of the coursework for each subject area. Weekly lesson plans coupled with supporting literature books, science experiments, math manipulatives, and geographical exploration, students are able to move through their lessons and grasp concepts through a hands-on approach to learning.
World Language Courses for Grades K-5
We provide online World Language course options for students as early as Kindergarten. Students in grades K-2 can choose from Spanish, French, or Chinese, and enroll in courses designed specifically for younger students that focus on vocabulary acquisition through stories, games, songs, and practice activities. Beginning in 3rd grade, students have the opportunity to add German or Latin. Older students will enhance their communication skills by learning greetings, introductions, commands, grammar, and engage in familiar phrases, songs, and activities.
Through the support of Laurel Springs’ curriculum, teacher support, and academic coach support, students in lower school are able to thrive and grow their love of learning, and find themselves prepared to make the transition to Middle School. Read more about preparing your child for Middle School in our blog post Is Your Child Prepared for Middle School? The Top 5 Things You Should Consider.