The Wheeler School Viewbook

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In the same spirit, a............................................................ 3rd grade teacher ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ may take her class ............................................................ to the Design ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ Innovate Build Lab ............................................................ to build circuits to ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ illuminate posters that tell the story of ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ whaling—or to the Digital Production ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ Studio to film a reenactment of a pirate ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ saga in front of a green screen. She’ll also ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ collaborate with the............................................................ librarian, science ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ faculty, Spanish, Aerie, and Hamilton ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ teachers to create rich and challenging ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ experiences— every............................................................ week, every day. ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ Older Lower Schoolers take part in ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ electives, which meet weekly. They try ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ out for the musical;............................................................ join the Wheeler ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ Dance Company; make films; play ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ chess; compose music; build robots; ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ and write for the newspaper or poetry ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ journal. And through Wheeler’s ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ signature Aerie Approach, they are able ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ to explore and develop their personal ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ interests, an essential part of the ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ Wheeler experience. ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ All Lower School children experience the ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ visual and performing arts as essential ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ components of their education. Through ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ multiple media and............................................................ a rich set of ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ curriculum projects, they explore art ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ and music: each project challenges and ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ builds skills—and each encourages new ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ways of perceiving—shaping a child’s ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ understanding of the world. ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ ............................................................ 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Lower School Instilling life-long joy in learning Creatively planned and enthusiastically delivered by teachers who thoroughly know and deeply understand every student, education in Wheeler’s Lower School is joyful, engaging, individualized, and not remotely off-theshelf. There’s an irresistible, crackling energy that connects common spaces, playgrounds, fields, and classrooms. Looking into any of our Early Childhood classrooms, you’re as likely to see teachers on their hands and knees as you are the kids: working with gears and pulleys, singing songs that build vocabulary, or using blocks to teach beginning math concepts. Across the Lower School, play and exploration come together to create an environment in which kids look forward to learning—and to joyfully recounting each moment to their parents at the end of each day. This is especially true every Friday, when the Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten classes spend the day on our Farm campus, where fields, forests, and ponds become their classrooms. Birds, clouds, insects, and breezes replace pencils and work tables. Weather, seasons, migration, soil types, plant cycles—all are experienced firsthand.