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Lower School Curriculum

"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books. " Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Reading opens the door to the world for our children. Whether discovering the metamorphosis of the caterpillar in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the adventures of a spunky kindergartener in Ramona the Pest, the lives of the U.S. presidents through an Eyewitness book, or the magical, mysterious world of Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, children awake their imaginations, meet characters who become new friends and learn about science and history.

Brookstone Lower School supports young readers by providing a place where children learn how to read and develop the habits of mind to become readers for a lifetime.  Intentional instruction of skills and strategies to support accuracy, fluency and comprehension, extended time reading just right books and the opportunity to respond to texts through conferring with the teacher, small group discussion and reading journals converge to provide an optimal environment for the growth of authentic, intentional readers.

If you give a child a book, he's going to want to talk about it. If he talks about it, chances are he will make connections to the world around him. As he begins to make connections, he's going to develop new ideas, opinions and stories of his own. If his mind is full of new ideas, chances are he's going to want to write about them. Children learn how to organize their ideas, understand the meaning behind grammar and conventions, build vocabulary knowledge and hone their spelling skills through their own writing.

Brookstone Lower School supports young writers by giving them the tools necessary to practice writing in various genres. Children learn about the qualities of narrative, fiction, opinion and non-fiction writing. They observe the techniques of published authors and practice and apply these techniques while developing their own sense of craft and voice. The daily practice of writing assures that children develop stamina and confidence, as well as a concrete understanding of the elements of written language which are critical to academic success.

From counting the little piggies who go to market, to learning how to cut a sandwich in half, being sure to make two equal parts of the whole, even very young children begin to understand the meaning and importance of numbers in managing their world.

Brookstone Lower School grows young mathematicians, who not only learn to calculate answers but develop a deep understanding of concepts and processes within mathematics. Children in the lower school learn and practice number sense, operations and algebraic thinking, measurement, data collection and interpretation, and geometry. Children are encouraged to think critically and explain their strategies when solving math problems.

Staying abreast of best practices in early learning, while holding firm to practices which are tried and true is a commitment we make to our families and their children. Extending and enriching reading, writing and math through content area studies, foreign language, technology, physical and character education and the arts ensures that we provide rich and varied experiences, nurturing the whole child.

Brookstone Lower School...;for the love of learning...;

Jennifer Foster
Head of Lower School