Lower School

Our preschool through fifth grade program is designed to inspire a love of learning, lay a firm foundation of academic knowledge and study habits, and teach creative and critical thinking and effective problem solving. The program is delivered by a dedicated faculty teaching a challenging core curriculum of language arts, math, science, and social sciences complemented by foreign language studies, art, music, Library, STEM Lab, and physical education. Numerous guest speakers, field trips, public performances, and a wide variety of engaging activities and experiences are available for our students year-round.

In addition to academic excellence, the Lower School program strives to build strong character, promote social, emotional, and physical development, and help the students become cooperative and empathetic community members.


Preschool

Our preschool program has a strong focus on social skills and independence.Teacher Mrs. Nordby encourages children to be independent and feel a sense of belonging in a secure environment, with opportunities to develop positive relationships with peers and educators. We foster imaginative play and creative thinking, providing a range of play-based learning environments for children to explore, engage with and manipulate. We offer activities in art, music, science, literature, dramatic play, and cooking to provide youngsters with endless opportunities to learn.

Our developmental program is designed for active learning and is rich in materials and experiences. A portion of each day is set aside for children to explore materials freely and engage in child-led activities. Our program is flexible enough so that when a strong interest develops among the children, we are able to adjust our curriculum. This year the children were fascinated by scarecrows. After an initial planning process we made life-sized scarecrows, wrote a fictional class story, and learned what scarecrows are used for. One child asked his Dad to get a scarecrow for his car to help keep it clean!

Big Buddies – Each year we team up with some of the older students and engage in activities such as holiday celebrations, crafts, and reading. This is a very special program for the children.

Field Trips – Field trips are arranged to complement the curriculum and children’s interests while respecting the developmental needs and preferences of young children. We enjoy exploring nature and the local community and participate in both guided tours and self exploration.

Snack time - Snack time is an important part of our day. We gather together as a community to socialize and practice life skills. Our emphasis is on manners and independence, including the four “P’s”: Pouring, Passing, Patience, and Please.

Special Day Interviews - The children are interviewed by their classmates as part of their special day or birthday celebration.

Sample Units:

  • Fall/pumpkins
  • Food/Thanksgiving
  • Feelings
  • Buildings/Structures
  • Clothing
  • Folk Tales - Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, The Little Red Hen


Prekindergarten

Our Prekindergarten classes are based upon the understanding that children are our primary resource. To accomplish our goals, the curriculum is based on the real life experiences of children: experiences with language; with mathematical perceptions; with each other; and with the natural environment. Mrs. Horvath and Mrs. Licht help each student bring his or her abilities and previous experiences to our classroom. Our program supplies the environment and activities necessary to foster specific social, emotional, motor and cognitive requirements of early childhood. Our goal is to stimulate the processes of learning and to enhance the ongoing growth and development of all Prekindergarten students.


Highlights of the program include:

  • An engaging and immersive art program highlighting several of the Masters, including van Gogh, Matisse and Kandinsky, and others. At the completion of the school year, the children bring home an impressive art portfolio filled with canvases and completed projects, using many different art mediums.
  • A Social Studies program, which includes a unit on Community Helpers and an annual visit from the Leesburg Mayor.
  • Field Trips: The Prekindergarten class is very fortunate to be able to attend many field trips throughout Northern Virginia and the Washington Metro area. A highlight is our annual Father and Child fishing trip.
  • Big Buddies Program: Each year, we team up with some of the older students to engage in special projects, and, ultimately, a very special relationship with our older friends. A favorite event during the year is our group bowling field trip.

Kindergarten

The kindergarten program at LCDS embodies the philosophy and mission statement of Loudoun Country Day School. We believe in providing enriching and challenging learning experiences for all of our students. Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. Valchar nurture the “whole child”, with all the core content areas and the arts, while incorporating technology, core academics, and hands-on activities into the daily curriculum.

Math

Our program covers a broad spectrum of math concepts that correlate with the Virginia Standards of Learning. We accomplish this by actively engaging our students, using concrete materials and interactive technology. We place great emphasis on differentiating our lessons to meet individual needs and to foster critical thinking.

Language Arts

The kindergarten students are immersed in a print-rich environment to develop oral and written language skills. Our goal is to instill a love of reading and writing and to empower kindergarten students as communicators. Our students will recognize and print letters of the alphabet, use the basic phonetic principles of identifying and writing words, identify story elements, and communicate ideas through illustrations and writing.

Social Studies

During the course of the year, students will be introduced to famous Americans in history whose lives demonstrated the virtues of patriotism, courage, and kindness. Students will learn basic concepts related to history, geographic locations, economics, customs, and the importance of being a good citizen. Students will participate in our annual Harvest Feast, in which they recreate and celebrate “A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim and Wampanoag Child” and get to participate in various hands-on activities as they experience the life of Pilgrim and Wampanoag children.

Science

Science provides the keys to understanding our natural world. The science curriculum provides a hands-on and critical thinking approach to enable students to build their knowledge and to make connections using their senses. They will learn the use of basic science skills to explore various concepts. With our science program, we approach it with a STEM concept in mind, incorporating our other content areas and making concrete connections for the students.


First Grade

First grade is an exciting year of many firsts! Mrs. Bolavage and Ms. Carlson will help your child learn to read, write, add, and subtract, all while having fun and learning. We will explore many topics through hands-on lessons, projects, class discussions and investigations. One of the major highlights is our field trip to Luck Stone Quarry after we study rocks! We finish up our year with a big community service project that benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

Language Arts

Our goal is for all children to leave first grade reading and to have a positive attitude about it. Children meet in small reading groups to develop the skills that they need at this time. Phonics, spelling instruction, high frequency words, fluency, and comprehension are part of a balanced reading program. Some favorite units include Cinderella Around the World, which is part of our Fairy Tale unit, and studying Dr. Seuss. The children will also have the opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas in their journals, and through creative writing. The children love going to see the play Charlotte’s Web once we finish reading the classic novel together.

Mathematics

Through the use of manipulatives, the children are better able to understand and conceptualize mathematical concepts. They will utilize different strategies to learn their addition and subtraction facts and apply that knowledge to problem solving. The children enjoy playing math games and IXL.com to practice their newly acquired skills. Some of the students’ favorite units include measurement, graphing, time and money, geometry, and place value.

Science

Science is very exciting in first grade! We use the Full Option Science System (FOSS) kits to engage students in science through active learning. Science units include: Pebbles, Sand, and Silt; Solids and Liquids; and New Plants. These units are supplemented with field trips that directly correlate with our topics, such as a visit to Luck Stone Quarry, Skyline Caverns, and Colvin Run Mill.

Social Studies

We learn Social Studies through projects, discussions, and technology. One of our favorite projects is studying geography by sending Flat Stanley all over the world and keeping track of his travels. We also study the Pilgrims and Native Americans, and we perform the ABC’s of Thanksgiving for the entire school. We thoroughly investigate North America by learning the symbols, geography, food, and culture of children in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Second Grade

Welcome to Second Grade with Mrs. DiLoreto and Mrs. Martin. Your child will virtually travel the globe learning about the seven continents while studying correlating science and social studies themes. There are thematic units ranging from Immigration to Colonial Children; from Penguins to Ancient China; and from Native Americans to the Amazon Rainforest. It is an adventure that your second grader will never forget!

Language Arts

Reading and writing with confidence and fluency is the main emphasis of the language arts program. Using children’s literature and an array of topics (from colonial children to rainforests), the children read and write each day. This is supplemented with the Zaner-Bloser: Spelling Connections spelling program and correlated phonic activities with our phonics series Evan Moore. The children will be encouraged to use the steps in the “Writing Process” in order to become independent writers and will begin simple editing of their work. This process is supplemented with a variety of sources including the Write Source series Write Away, which is colorfully illustrated and breaks down the steps in humorous samples and checklists. The Zaner-Bloser handwriting program is practiced and reinforced daily. The excitement of learning cursive writing will be introduced during the second trimester.

Mathematics

In our second grade math class, we use our new Sadlier-Oxford series called Progress in Mathematics. This series equips teachers with tools to help all students become engaged, reflective learners and confident, versatile problem solvers. We focus on the development of students’ higher-level thinking by providing explicit in-depth instruction in fundamental math concepts.

Diagnostic pretests are used to identify prior knowledge of the concepts being taught and are used as planning tools for areas to focus special attention on. We address the specific needs of our students through small and large group work as well as through differentiated instruction. Periodic quizzes and activities are planned to determine the mastery of a variety of skill areas. Activities are designed for Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, and Tactile learners.

Science

In science, we cover themes such as: Oceanography, the Human Skeletal System, Tropical Rainforests, Penguins/Antarctica, Embryology, and Evergreens/Deciduous trees. Children’s literature, reference books, the internet, videos, field trips and more are used to reinforce these themes in a fun, meaningful and creative way. Students have the opportunity to be involved in hands-on science experiments and demonstrations dealing with different second grade curriculum such as Balance & Motion and Air & Weather.

Social Studies

Throughout the year, students will explore Immigration and Ancestry, Colonial Children, Native Americans, China and the Chinese New Year, Symbols of Freedom, Italy, Map and Globe Skills, Current Events (Scholastic: Weekly Reader), and Famous People: Johnny Appleseed, Benjamin Franklin, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Christopher Columbus, Clara Barton, Sally Ride and more.

Third Grade

Welcome to third grade! Ms. Fusselle, Mrs. Cross, and Mrs. Peterson will take your child on a journey, from learning about many explorers, to following the life of a Monarch caterpillar! We spend the year exploring, writing a friendly letter to a fellow third grade pen pal in another state, studying the Solar System, and introducing multiplication and division through 12’s. One of the major highlights is our full-day field trip to Jamestown!

Language Arts

In reading, students complete a different themed book talk each month and present in front of the class. We also read multiple books and discuss the characters and themes throughout each book. Some authors we study include Beverly Cleary, Kate Dicamillo, and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Some years we are able to attend theatre performances such as “The Lightning Thief” at George Mason! Spelling and vocabulary are a large part of the curriculum, and students will take a differentiated spelling pretest and test each week up until Christmas Break. After break, students will alternate between spelling and a vocabulary program called “Wordly Wise.” Our grammar program focuses largely on parts of speech using “Sadlier Oxford Grammar Workshop Grade 3.” By the end of the year, your child will be proficient in Zaner Bloser cursive.

Mathematics

Classes in math are differentiated based on ability. Throughout the year, students will work through problems in areas such as place value, word problems, algebra, rounding, addition/subtraction of large numbers, measurement, fractions, geometry, tables, graphs and more. Multiplication and division are a large focus in third grade. Students learn multiple ways to find the answers to problems, aside from memorization. They take frequent timed “quizzes” in which students can earn colored beads as they master their facts.

Science

Science is a fun, experiment-based class. We begin the year with a hands-on Life Cycle Unit where students are able to raise Monarch caterpillars and examine each stage of metamorphosis. We go on field trips to Ballentine Farms and the Museum of Natural History to learn more about the Monarch’s journey to Mexico and walk through a vivarium filled with butterflies! We then move into a Habitats unit where we study four different biomes, learning about plants and animals in each biome and how they have adapted to survive. Cub Run is a fun trip where we learn more about habitats. Space comes next with a field trip to the Air and Space Museum. In class we learn about many characteristics of the eight planets, as well as Pluto, and what it takes to be an astronaut. Finally, we end the year with Simple Machines. Students do many experiments on each of the six simple machines and finish out the unit creating a game or toy that includes at least two simple machines to present at a science fair at school. Aldie Mill and Ballentine Farms are two exciting, hands-on field trips we take during this unit.

Social Studies

With the theme of exploration, we dive into the year with a foundation of where we are located in the world. Students study maps and globes and learn about major landforms. We continue the year by learning about the age of exploration and famous explorers through time, with an emphasis on colonization of the New World. We end the year by learning about the attempts of the first settlements, including the Lost Colony at Roanoke, Plymouth, and Jamestown. Our year concludes with a chartered bus trip to Jamestown where the students see first-hand what they have studied by visiting the Jamestown Settlement, the Glasshouse, and Historic Jamestowne.

Writing

Our third grade students work through the Scholastic Six Writing Traits program. This includes concepts such as Organization, Word Choice, and Ideas. These traits are utilized as students create friendly letters, persuasive paragraphs, poetry, and other pieces of writing. Students will take their pieces of writing from the planning stages through rough drafts, revisions, editing, and published copies. Favorite projects include a friendly letter written to a fellow third grade pen pal, New Year’s Resolutions, and publishing a book of poetry.


Fourth Grade

Welcome to Fourth grade! Here, Mrs. Fox, Mrs. White, and Mrs. Hinko will empower students to be responsible members of their classrooms and school communities who take ownership of their learning. This is the year of many firsts, including our ‘bring your own device’ program, changing for P.E., playing a musical instrument, and becoming a reading buddy for a younger student. From weekly hands-on science experiments to paying taxes in Starbursts, our students are engaged in the curriculum. Two of the major highlights of fourth grade are participating in the annual Science Fair and taking their first overnight field trip to Philadelphia.

Language Arts

In language arts we integrate history into our reading program by utilizing relevant historical fiction novels. The characters, plots, and themes of these books help bring the colonization of America, events of the Revolutionary War and westward expansion to life. Students explore writing in a variety of genres, including narrative and expository writing. Grammar, vocabulary, and spelling instruction support their growth as readers and writers.

Mathematics

Our fourth grade math classes are differentiated based on ability. Though each class learns the same curriculum, an accelerated class is offered to those who would benefit from additional enrichment opportunities, such as Math Olympiad. The fourth grade curriculum begins with place value review, and examining larger numbers. The students will learn to navigate through the foundation of algebraic patterns, expressions and equations. Two of the largest areas of focus in fourth grade are in relation to multiplication and division. These foundational skills will be used throughout the year, whether it is playing an interactive web-based game tailored to mastering fluency, taking weekly timed quizzes, or engaging in projects that are designed to have real-world applications. Students will master these lifelong skills. In addition, students will multiply larger numbers and also solve long division problems. These units will prepare students for our study of fractions and decimals, which will cover equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, comparing and ordering fractions and finally, adding and subtracting fractions. We end the year with a unit on geometry, which includes differentiating between 2D and 3D shapes, classifying polygons, angles and triangles.

Science

The emphasis of our fourth grade science curriculum is the hands-on learning. Students use the scientific process to investigate questions about metric units of measure, magnetism, electricity, sound, human body systems, and weather. For example, during our study of electricity, the children work with their science partners to build electromagnets and then hypothesize ways to make them stronger. At our annual science fair, fourth graders demonstrate that they have learned to use the scientific process to answer a question of interest to them personally. A visit to the Franklin Science Museum during our trip to Philadelphia reinforces what students learned in science throughout the year.

Social Studies

The fourth grade history program is the first half of a two-year American History program at LCDS. The curriculum covers the founding of the Virginia Colony to the causes of the Civil War. Some of the highlights of the year are: paying taxes with Starburst candy throughout our school day; an American Revolution simulation; and of course, the much-anticipated overnight field trip to Philadelphia where we visit the National Constitution Center, Franklin Court and Independence Hall.


Fifth Grade

Welcome to fifth grade! Ms. Casiano and Ms. O’Dell will take your child from dissecting sentences to writing five- paragraph essays! We spend the year exploring The Civil War to Civil Rights, and investigating scientific reasoning, while constructing rockets and robots. Two of the major highlights include our day trip spent trekking the battlefields of Gettysburg and the annual Decades Dance!

Language Arts

Reading, writing, vocabulary study, and grammar are integrated into the daily life of a fifth grader. Students learn grammar through unit studies as well as Daily Grammar Practice, which focuses on dissecting sentences to recognize the parts of speech, parts of a sentence, and capitalization and punctuation rules. Each of the novels we read supplies vocabulary from the book as the weekly spelling words. Students study the spelling, as well as learning the definitions to use in their own sentences. In addition, our novels are a springboard for writing forums through paragraph and essay writing, blogging, creating a handbook, and at the end of the year, publishing a creative story. Finally, we visit the Newseum to study the history of communications through the years.

Mathematics

Fifth grade begins by reviewing place value and basic operational skills before moving on to multi-digit multiplication and division. From here we multiply and divide decimals and add and subtract fractions, before embarking upon prerequisite pre-algebra and geometry skills, including probability.

Science

One of the most important scientific concepts students learn is the ability to see relationships between objects and events. Relationships always involve interactions, dependencies, and cause and effect. The first unit of study, Variables, has four investigations that help students discover relationships through controlled experimentation. After learning to think like scientists, students work on independent research projects on renewable and nonrenewable resources. Students learn many skills relating to research, citing, and note taking. After their study of resources, students learn more specifically about energy and Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, which leads them into our rocket unit. During this unit, we study the history of rocketry and take a field trip to the Udvar-Hazy Center. Then we build our own Level 1 Estes Wizard rockets. Finally, we explore chemistry, specifically pH - what it is, and various ways of testing it.

Social Studies

The study of History in fifth grade completes the second part of a two-year American History program at Loudoun Country Day School. Students begin by studying the American Civil War and end the year with an investigation into Civil Rights in the United States. Throughout the year, we explore history through a project-based curriculum incorporating technology, theater, debate, documentaries, music and dance. In geography students study maps and map reading skills, as well as work on a group continent project and an individual country project.

Spanish

Welcome to Spanish! Over the year teachers Senora Knapp and Senora Bordas will take your child from a non-speaker to an emergent reader, writer and speaker. We both use an immersion approach to our teaching and speak as much Spanish in our classroom as possible.

The Lower School Spanish program at Loudoun Country Day School is a fun and interactive program that starts in Prekindergarten and goes all the way through Fifth grade. Prekindergarten, First, Second and Third Grades meet twice a week for half an hour, while Fourth and Fifth grades meet twice a week for forty minutes. Our teachers are native speakers and are also fluent in English. We approach the language learning process by providing a fun and nurturing environment where the children feel free to express themselves in Spanish. Students familiarize themselves with Spanish vocabulary with games such as Bingo, skits and puppet shows. We also make sure that they recognize the written words and work on spelling.

In Fourth and Fifth grades, we introduce Spanish Grammar and emphasize reading with correct pronunciation in Spanish. We introduce sentence structure and verb conjugation. Culture is also a big part of the Lower School Spanish program. The children are exposed to the cultures of different Spanish-speaking countries. They also learn that there are different words for the same thing in Spanish, but that particular words vary by country or region. We supplement the students' Spanish language acquisition by using Rosetta Stone a few times a month. This has proven to be a very valuable resource for the children, especially those who learn better visually. These students can then apply the visuals to what is being learned in class. By the end of the Lower School Spanish program, children are able to write coherent sentences and can also begin to converse in Spanish.

Library

Welcome to the LCDS Library! The library and Mrs. Kelahan are located both literally and figuratively at the heart of the school, where they serve your child as a classroom, an academic resource, and as a sanctuary. The home of special programs throughout the year, the Library will also be the center of many unique experiences for your child: visiting authors, illustrators, artists, photographers, actors, and poets. Your child will see them all in the Library!

The LCDS Library Program prepares students to be lifelong learners by educating them to be effective and independent users and consumers of information, to be media literate, and to develop a genuine love of reading.

For class time in Pre-Kindergarten through First Grades, we focus mainly on cross-curricular lessons where we read a book that supplements the students’ classroom learning. In Second through Fifth Grades we focus on a combination of research skills, cross-curricular lessons, and Sustained Silent Reading. For all Lower School classes throughout the year, we also have lessons on the Six Pillars of Character: Respect, Citizenship, Trustworthiness, Caring, Responsibility, and Fairness, thus educating the children to become good stewards of the world.

Students in Prekindergarten and Kindergarten may check out one book each week for their personal reading pleasure. First - Fifth Grades may check out up to three books. Parents are also encouraged to have Library cards and to check out additional reading materials for their children. Come in to visit anytime!

Music

Welcome to Music! Mrs. Roos, Mrs. Jewell, Dr. Serrano, and Dr. Kim will bring out the musician in every student! All LCDS students prepare and work as a team to present several public performances each year. In addition, students have the opportunity for speaking and singing solos during these concerts. Starting in fourth grade, every child studies a band or orchestra instrument and continues to develop his or her singing voice. It is our main goal to instill a lifelong love for musical learning.

Lower School Vocal and General Music - Prekindergarten through Third Grade

In our lower grades, we focus on building confidence through song. Movement is a big part of what they will be doing. Starting in our lowest grades, students will be learning to keep a steady beat through a variety of activities and instruments. Each year, they will progress in reading music to prepare them for band or orchestra in fourth grade.

Performances are a big portion of the musical year. Each student will build confidence through group and solo performances through rehearsals and concerts during the year. Each grade has three performances throughout the year, with the option of performing in the annual Variety Show (voluntary, first through third grade).

Lower School Band, Choir and String Orchestra - Fourth and Fifth Grade

Fourth and fifth grades are a special time for our student musicians. Here they learn to play a band or string orchestra instrument and prepare for at least three performances a year. In addition, the students continue to sing in a choir setting, and have even greater opportunities for solo performance.

The study of music is critical to the development of the whole child, as music is a process which involves higher-level thinking and feeling. Taking part in a disciplined, organized, and sequential music program provides experiences crucial to becoming a well-rounded individual. The atmosphere created by the educators needs to be both enjoyable and positive. Children should look forward to music as this excitement encourages them to become lifelong learners.


Physical Education

Welcome to the LCDS Physical Education and Athletics Program. Mr. Rayson, Ms. Young, Ms. Fernandez, and Mr. Ross will help students learn the fundamentals of physical education. In addition to simple throwing, catching, and running skills, they will learn how to take care of their bodies and to move for enjoyment. Throughout every aspect of the program, emphasis is placed on the whole child, especially sportsmanship and character development. Students move on to our Middle School program knowing how to lead, how to be part of a team, and how to enjoy competition, regardless of the results.

Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade

Mr. Rayson brings his love of all things related to physical education to our youngest students. Students begin the school year with the most basic ideas: learning to stay safe while skipping, hopping, rolling, jumping, galloping, and running, all while having fun. Students move on to work on their hand/eye/foot coordination through the use of fun activities and games. With the use of nerf, yarn, tennis, soccer, volley, and basketballs, everyone learns to throw, catch, bounce, dribble, shoot, and score with their feet and hands. Gymnastics is part of the curriculum, and all students learn to put together a basic sequence of movement.

Games are played that are modified specifically for this age level, and the concept of competition is introduced in a way that is age-appropriate. The cross-country course allows students to enjoy hiking and introduces them all to the benefits of running outdoors. The year concludes with the annual Lower School Track Meet where students are introduced to relay races, high jumping, hurdles, and other events geared to their age level. Our goal is for the younger students to enjoy and look forward to their PE classes, while developing their knowledge and skills of physical education.

Second and Third Grade

Ms. Young’s enthusiasm for young children and teaching sports is evident daily. Our second and third grade students build on what they have learned in their earlier grades. Skills are now more advanced and are applied to games modified for this age; the expectation to strategize is emphasized. The year begins with soccer and while each student learns the rules of the game and begins to comprehend the concept of positioning, their soccer skills develop. They move on to more hand/eye coordination sports: modified volleyball; basketball; gymnastics; strategic team games; track; and now an important LCDS sport is introduced, lacrosse. LCDS has a long tradition of developing outstanding lacrosse players. In second grade children begin playing ball lacrosse and are introduced to using a lacrosse stick to throw and catch.

Ms.Young brings her special creativity to strategic team games where students must communicate, problem solve, work together, and take risks in order to be successful. Don’t be surprised if your child comes home talking about building a battleship out of miscellaneous PE equipment, about being the scuba diver on his or her boat who must venture forth into the ocean, competing to quickly gather balls for her boatmates to use to sink other boats, or proudly shares how they sank a boat by knocking down bowling pins across the sea. This is the age where children learn to enjoy games of competition and LCDS loves to teach them how.

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Our fourth and fifth grade students take the big steps forward of changing into a PE uniform and having PE with their entire grade level. Ms. Fernandez and Mr. Ross bring their years of experience of working at LCDS with this age level to help each individual student begin to realize his and her potential. The year starts with training for a One-Mile Cross Country Run in which every LCDS student in fourth through eighth grade participates. Conditioning is incorporated into their first units of flag football, pillow polo, and soccer. During each class, all students play the games which align more closely with the official rules.

In fourth and fifth grades, students enjoy at least three “Play Days” during the year in the sports of soccer, basketball, and ball lacrosse. Play Days are set up with other schools. Each student is on a team that includes students from both schools. Everyone has the opportunity to play multiple games, get exercise, make new friends, and further enjoy competition. By playing with the other schools, as opposed to against them, students can approach these activities with excitement without the pressure of interscholastic sports. They can also learn in an appropriate environment that teamwork, sportsmanship, and character do matter.

The year concludes with track and field, but in fourth grade, LCDS students graduate to participating in the Blue/Green Track Meet. Everyone, in fourth through eighth grades, is assigned to a team, and each child competes for the benefit of his or her team in every event. The highlight of the day is always the relay races, where everyone has the opportunity to learn the “blind pass”and the importance of teamwork. By the end of fifth grade, LCDS students are well prepared to move on to the Middle School Athletic program and to compete for their school on interscholastic teams.

STEM

STEM lab includes many exciting activities that combine science, technology, engineering and math. Prekindergarten meets once a week for 30 minutes, Kindergarten through third grade meets twice a week for 30 minutes and fourth and fifth grade meets twice a week for 40 minutes.

In addition to teaching an exciting STEM curriculum, Mrs. Peacemaker works closely with classroom teachers to incorporate core curriculum into STEM units while emphasizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Examples of STEM units include:

  • Interpreting the meaning of Dr. King’s quotes
  • Researching reasons for the decline of the honey bee
  • Introduction to geometry through the use of tangrams
  • Learning how students can help the environment through different Earth Day projects and rainforest conservation
  • Hands-on building of bug boxes, Native American longhouses and habitat terrariums
  • Exploring math through cooking
  • Digital citizenship
  • Keyboarding
  • Coding
  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Video Production/slideshows/Glogster interactive posters
  • 3D Modeling



Visual Arts

Welcome to Art! Mrs. Edmonston and Mrs. Palmer will help your children find their mediums. During their time in the Lower School they will explore and create art inspired by many art eras such as Renaissance, Impressionism, Pop Art and crafts from around the world. The inspiration for art can be found throughout the school. It is hard to walk more than a few steps without seeing the individual masterpieces produced by our Preschool - fifth grade students.

Visual arts education inspires students to perceive and shape the visual, spatial, and aesthetic characteristics of the world around them. Using a variety of ways to explore, learn, and communicate, students develop their capacity for imaginative and reflective thinking. The field includes the traditional “fine arts” of drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture; the design fields include industrial, ceramic, textile, furniture, and graphic design as well as architecture, landscape design and urban, regional, and rural planning. Visual arts is a continuously evolving field that also explores technologies such as film, holography, video, and other electronic forms of image-making.

Arts education broadens students’ thinking about ways of expression and communication, enabling them to create, as well as respond to both historical and contemporary forms. Educators, therefore, should provide artistic experiences, cultural resources, and technologies that range from the traditional to the digital.

Students of the arts gain knowledge and self-critical awareness. Like the gymnasium, visual arts studios are places where emerging intuitive and intellectual skills can be physically tested. They are places in which students can reflect upon, play with, and remake in their own voices that which they hear, see, and feel in their lives. As they learn to communicate through the arts, students understand why people need more than words for eloquent communication.

Students learn about the arts from the artist’s perspective by active participation — they learn by doing. They come to understand the specific ways in which visual artists think, solve problems, and make aesthetic choices.

Learning in, about, and through the arts can lead to a profound sense of understanding, joy, and accomplishment. Sequential education in the visual arts emphasizes imaginative and reflective thought, and provides an introduction to the ways that human beings express insights into cultures throughout the world.

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