Lower Primary (Grades 1-2)
As students enter Lower Primary, the curriculum expands to include foundational skills in literacy and numeracy, along with explorations in science, art, and social studies. The learning environment encourages inquiry and hands-on experiences to build critical thinking skills.
In the Lower Primary, students embark on an exciting phase of their educational journey where foundational skills in literacy and numeracy are emphasized alongside explorations in science, art, and social studies. This period marks a significant transition from a child-centered curriculum to a more structured learning path, guiding them through new challenges and skills in developmentally appropriate ways.
Our curriculum is designed to foster inquiry and hands-on experiences, essential for developing critical thinking skills. As children progress through the Lower Primary, they move from an exploratory approach to one where learning is directed down specific paths. This shift is carefully managed to maintain the purposeful freedom that is central to our educational philosophy, allowing children to move, investigate, inquire, experiment, and exchange ideas freely.
A great deal of thought and planning goes into creating classroom environments that captivate children’s imagination and curiosity. We strive to make learning an experience filled with joy and discovery. Students are encouraged to engage in frequent writing activities, both fiction, and non-fiction, and to do so as independently as possible. Small group instruction, partner reading, and individual reading become integral parts of their daily routine, fostering a love for literature and strengthening their literacy skills.
In math, concepts become more sophisticated. For example, students might apply graphing skills in a social studies project or learn to measure time using clocks marked at five-minute intervals. These activities are not just about learning numbers; they are designed to develop mathematical reasoning and scientific inquiry. Children are encouraged to make conjectures, gather evidence, and build arguments, laying the groundwork for integrated learning.
The Lower Primary experience at SNU Lab School is also enriched through connections classes, including fitness and vocal music. These classes provide a holistic approach to education, ensuring that students develop not only academically but also physically and creatively.
At SNU Lab School's Lower Primary, we are committed to nurturing each child’s natural curiosity, guiding them through new learning experiences, and laying a solid foundation for their continued educational journey. Our goal is to ensure that each child finds joy in learning and develops the skills necessary to thrive in more advanced academic settings.
Reading and Language Arts
Mastery of Reading and Language Arts is crucial at this stage of development. Students are presented with a variety of opportunities to explore reading and writing daily. Our program emphasizes mastery of phonics skills, comprehension of fiction and nonfiction texts, and oral reading with accuracy, fluency, and expression. It is our goal to develop readers who read for understanding and enjoyment.
Small group instruction
Individualized reading levels
Monitored silent reading opportunites
Comprehension building activities
University tutoring programs
Read Naturally fluency program
Daily book check-out
Language Arts Program and Activities
Word making activities
Creative story writing
Editing and publishing books
Use of resource materials
Individualized spelling instruction
The Lower Primary Math program develops higher level thinking skills through the use of manipulatives and a variety of hands-on-experiences.
Math Program and Activities
Math skills practice
Memorization and speed of addition and subtraction facts
Daily skill review
Problem solving strategies
Real life related projects
Science and Social Studies
Lower Primary uses themes to integrate science and social studies into the curriculum. We believe that this creates an environment that fosters the love of learning. As students personalize the acquisition of knowledge, they become excited about learning. This process motivates students to become life-long learners.
Science Program and Activities
Small and large group instruction
Social Studies Program and Activities
World cultures and customs