Lower Elementary

Children in Pincushion's Elementary program acquire lifelong skills of learning. Beginning in the Lower Elementary classroom, students become adept at planning and organizing their work independently. As they complete an assignment or study, they are introduced to new skills and concepts that extend and deepen their thinking and understanding of the world around them. Core values of the program are independence, self-esteem and respect for others.

Each classroom at Pincushion reflects the way children learn and exemplify the benefits of careful planning:
Multi-age groupings encourage students to take on new challenges, develop self-confidence and serve as role models for their classmates. Once students master a concept or skill, they are given the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery by teaching other students.

Classroom materials reflect many levels of understanding and reinforce independent learning. Individual or small group lessons are given during long work periods, allowing students to learn a new skill or concept and then practice it within moments to reinforce their understanding.

Students progress at their own rate, moving ahead when ready, and always taking the time to internalize new concepts and skills without concern for their classmates’ pace. The design of the classroom allows the students to work independently in study centers, in small groups, or in open areas on the floor, depending on the nature of their studies and the materials they are using.

Throughout their Elementary years, Pincushion students explore the world as scientists, authors, mathematicians, geographers, anthropologists, historians, and artists. Teachers are present at all times to guide, encourage and assess students as they work to fortify skills and concepts and embrace new challenges. Teachers in Pincushion classrooms are advocates, guides and friends.

The Lower Elementary classrooms comprise students in grades 1, 2 and 3. Our teacher/student ratio is 1:10. Teachers are fully certified and work as a team to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of their students. Pincushion provides an integrated, individualized and academically challenging program that meets the changing developmental needs of the Elementary child. Students in the Lower Elementary classrooms have access to a full range of resources that complement their learning styles. Their work across the curriculum reflects an integrated, thematic approach to building a foundation of knowledge and seeing connections in their studies and in the world.

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