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SPECIAL PROJECT

STEM

Little Red Lighthouse

Exploring and observing

In preparation, we read The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge and stories about the Hudson River. During the trip, students take a tour inside the Little Red Lighthouse. This experience becomes a springboard for research into bridges, lighthouses and rivers, leading to each class designing, creating, and interacting with a 3D representation of the Hudson River, George Washington Bridge, and the Little Red Lighthouse.

Our math curriculum encompasses counting, ordering, finding patterns, composing and decomposing numbers, collecting and recording data, and investigating geometrical concepts. The curriculum is differentiated to challenge children wherever they may be in their mathematical development. Nature walks, experiments, year-long observations of the seasons and weather are all vehicles through which our students learn to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of a good scientist.

HUMANITIES

Learning about language We explore the alphabet, providing our students with multi-sensorial experiences that harness their whole bodies for learning. Children learn the building blocks of language and practice being writers and readers. They engage in phonological awareness activities, vocabulary development, journaling, literature discussions, and other literacy-rich experiences.

ARTS AND MUSIC

Playing and creating Through singing, playing instruments, listening, moving, improvising, creating, expressing, and performing together, we develop an appreciation of music.

ABOVE: Kindergarteners provide tours of the Hudson River model they have built in their classroom. TOP LEFT: Kindergarten students learn literacy skills and develop a love of reading.

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In art class, children spend the year exploring clay and collage and discovering the creative possibilities of working with these materials. They learn to recognize and find elements of color, line, shape, form and structure.

Lower School: Kindergraden Learning Experience

Children enter Kindergarten in dramatically different places in their social, physical, and cognitive development and grow into a community of learners. The concept of change is woven throughout the curriculum—those that we find in ourselves and in the world around us.

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The Riverdale Learning Experience (2019)  

The Riverdale learning experience is influenced by many factors: the growing science of how children learn, the role of character strengths...

The Riverdale Learning Experience (2019)  

The Riverdale learning experience is influenced by many factors: the growing science of how children learn, the role of character strengths...