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Lower School

Children come to Aspen Academy full of wide-eyed wonder about the world around them. They have natural and abundant curiosity and many questions for which they want answers. Our Lower School curriculum is designed to capture their enthusiasm and excitement. In a caring and supportive environment, Lower School teachers encourage independence and risk taking, and, with age-appropriate pedagogy, and provide opportunities for students to develop strong academic skills and discover answers to their questions.

Timeactivity
8:15 - 8:30AM

Arrival - Students arrive and are greeted by their teachers. They put away their backpacks, lunches, and coats and get themselves ready for the day.

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Leadership - Aspen Academy students begin each day with 30 minutes devoted to our nationally recognized character and leadership program. One of the "Seven Habits for Successful People" is discussed. Character and Leadership at Aspen Academy is not only learning the fundamentals of character and leadership, it is living and acting so that character and leadership becomes a natural expression of who we are. It is living a life that allows us to really know who we are and what we stand for.

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Language Arts - The primary objective for K-4th grade students is to learn to read effectively with understanding, develop their writing skills, and think of themselves as authors and orators.

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Social Studies - During the Elementary Years, children begin to understand the world in which they live and the various peoples who inhabit it. Throughout each year, cultural traditions, history, celebrations, and stories are integrated into the curriculum. As children develop respect for themselves and others, they acquire an understanding of and appreciation for those who are different and are thereby able to live more productively in a multi-cultural society.

11:30 - 12:00 PM

Lunch - Children enjoy either a home-packed lunch or a hot lunch provided by our catering company

12:00 - 12:30 PM

Recess!!

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Essentials - Lower School students move through a rotation of Fitness and Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Art and World Language.
1:30 - 2:00 PM

Science - Our Lower School teachers work with our students to explore and discover the world around them by creating hypotheses, thesting them through experimentation and observation, and drawing conclusions through analysis.

2:00 - 3:20 PM

Singapore Math - Concepts are taught using concrete materials alongside corresponding algorithms. Pictorial representations provide visual images for computation and the use of manipulative materials helps children to bridge the gap between the concrete and abstract. Singapore Mathematics is used as our foundational level curriculum. After being immersed and then graduating from this program, students are typically performing two to three grade levels ahead of the standard American student.

3:20 PM

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