Lower Curriculum Overview
The Carroll Lower School curriculum is designed to ensure that dyslexic children in the earliest grades have opportunities to demonstrate their strengths, remediate their skills, and become confident, independent, life-long learners. Early intervention takes advantage of the “neuroplasticity” of the brain, providing a strong cognitive foundation for learning. Through our focus on developing the “whole child,” we strive to inspire our students and equip them with the tools and strategies to achieve academic, social, and emotional success. Students participate in small, supportive learning environments, with opportunities to collaborate with others and work at an appropriate instructional place. The academic curriculum aligns with the Massachusetts Framework and Core Curriculum standards.
Highlights of the developmental focus of our Lower School curriculum are:
- Beginning Readers- 2nd grade- build confidence in each student’s ability to learn, actively engage students in learning, develop early literacy skills, have daily positive learning experiences;
- 3rd grade- enhance foundational cognitive skills, generalize and expand language skills, engage in project-based learning, foster community relationships and communication;
- 4th grade- focus on organizational skills through a formalized organizational strategies program, develop increased independence in learning, prepare for interdisciplinary learning in the 5th grade;
- 5th grade- encourage greater responsibilty for learning, develop strategic thinking skills, and foster community building through experiential learning.
As a school committed to the principles of the “Responsive Classroom,” we begin each day with a school-wide morning period where teachers and students have an opportunity to settle into their routines, review their upcoming day, connect with one another and build a community. Our academic programming then continues with a central focus on language skills development. In addition to a daily Orton-Gillingham tutorial each student also participates in two other structured language arts classes that are designed to ensure that all aspects of language development (reading, spelling, writing, and oral expression) are addressed throughout the day.
Our rigorious educational programming also includes academic classes: in math, science, social studies, cognitive development, library science, and a rotation of ‘the multis’ (including physical education, bounders, art, music, drama and movement) to showcase the varying talents of our students. Within each classroom environment, organizational skills are directly taught and reinforced, a technology is woven into the curriculum and utilized daily in lessons and activities.