In our Lower School program, we carefully consider all aspects of a child's development: emotional, social, physical, and cognitive. We believe that children can best acquire a rich body of knowledge and the skills needed for future learning through a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and that builds upon itself year by year.
Our curriculum is an expression of Venerini’s mission and vision, which is to develop the whole child through rigorous academics in a safe and respectful environment, to inspire a love of learning, to build self-confidence, and to foster in our students the ability and desire to contribute to their community.
We realize that the first years of a child's academic life are crucial ones in establishing positive attitudes and dispositions toward learning. We value a young child's natural desire to learn through creation and self-expression. We strive to build upon our students' curiosity while instilling in them a spirit of cooperation, a respect for others and for their ideas, and a satisfaction in personal intellectual growth.
The Academy’s strong literacy and math curriculum provide the basis for work across all subject areas including Science/STREAM, Social Studies, and foreign language. The goal of our Lower School Literacy Curriculum is to create students who are independent, critical thinkers and confident, effective communicators by developing strong reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Students engage daily in productive reading, thinking, talking and writing activities. Through the writing process students develop effective writing and presentation strategies to construct meaning across all content areas. The development of literacy skills is gradual and shifts over time as children grow and the texts they read and pieces they write become more complex. Skills and strategies are introduced at specific grade levels and are practiced, reinforced, and mastered in subsequent grades.
The Lower School mathematics program aims to foster student curiosity about and appreciation for mathematics as a discipline while developing a deep understanding of math concepts, competence with math skills, and strength in reasoning and thinking like a mathematician. In elementary classrooms, students are engaged in solving problems, explaining reasoning, justifying solutions, asking questions, looking for patterns, and communicating with others about mathematical ideas and strategies.
Classroom instruction is complemented by weekly participation in a variety of special subject areas. These include library, STREAM, computer/coding, music, art, French, and physical education & fitness. The Lower School Curriculum reflects respect for Venerini’s rich academic heritage and our involvement with current research-based educational practices and philosophical thought.