Our lower school is in the business of growing voracious readers. Utilizing a workshop approach for reading, students do their reading work in real books instead of textbooks. Not only does this foster a true love of reading, this allows them to read more books each week than they would using a typical textbook and to learn at their own instructional reading levels. This also ensures that each child receives specialized reading instruction rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
The lower school has implemented Units of Study for Teaching Writing, developed by Lucy Calkin and her team of researchers at Columbia University’s Reading and Writing Project. Students enjoy this approach as they are taught to live and work as writers, noticing, investigating, and reflecting on the world around them. This ultimately makes our students better writers by increasing the amount of time for writing in all genres and helps build confidence, stamina, and writing skill.
Singapore Math is a problem solving-centered curriculum based on the national math curriculum used in schools that desire to give students a deeper understanding of the concepts of mathematics beyond simply learning equations. Through this program, we deepen our students’ number sense and their ability to attack problems, as well as giving the student an understanding of the “why” in mathematics rather than just learning to apply a formula. The goal is to create engaged, motivated mathematicians with the ability to think critically and problem solve.
In addition to reading, writing, and math, lower school students also study Spanish, art, music, and physical education and have recess every day. Playtime and creativity are an essential part of the lower school curriculum.
3K & Pre-K Curriculum
3K and pre-k at Brookstone are not stand alone programs, but are integrated into the overall lower school curriculum in order to prepare our students for the next level at Brookstone. The 3K and pre-k curriculum focuses on literacy and number sense, while including Spanish, elements of science, technology, art, and music. As in all of our divisions, character education and servant leadership are an important part of the classroom experience.