Lower School

Pre-Primary

Pre-primary students gather every morning for circle time.  To them, it’s a fun gathering to share news and learn about our friends.  But it’s all that and more:  it’s a time to reaffirm our class culture and values, a time to practice our executive functions, a time to review content and assess who had something ‘click’ overnight and is ready to move on.

Throughout the day, Quaker values are the lens that focuses every child’s social, emotional, and academic learning, building community in tandem with early academic skills.  By the time they say goodbye, they’ve reinforced and built upon lessons in all of these areas, and are ready to get in the car and tell you all about penguins.

Or volcanoes.  With four- and five-year-olds, you never know.

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Curriculum

Language Arts

The main focus of Pre-primary is showing children that they can do anything, building their confidence, capability, and enjoyment in learning. Pre-primary features an integrated curriculum in which students are learning and practicing multiple disciplines in blended units.  For example, when talking about trees, they measure, count, learn new vocabulary, and do fine motor work....

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Math

The main focus of Pre-primary is showing children that they can do anything, building their confidence, capability, and enjoyment in learning. Pre-primary features an integrated curriculum in which students learn and practice multiple disciplines in blended units.  For example, when talking about trees they measure, count, learn new vocabulary, and do fine motor work. However,...

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History/Social Studies

Questions of society and culture are woven through many of the lessons in Pre-primary, whether students are discussing the diversity of our physical traits or the different roles people play in society.  To  understand how our current society evolved, children begin with a basic understanding of time: today or long ago?  Now or then?  Comparing...

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Science

Pre-primary students build a foundation of thinking like a scientist, feeding their curiosity about the natural world with a practice of observation, prediction, and experimentation.  Following students’ natural interests, our course of study can range from ants on the playground to collecting, counting, and categorizing leaves from every kind of tree on Moses Brown’s 33-acre...

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STEM

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) studies are a natural fit for Pre-primary students.  Their innate curiosity about how the world around them works drives them to try, tinker, and experiment in ways that–properly nurtured–thrive into adulthood, turning students into inventors and entrepreneurs. With weekly classes with Moses Brown’s Director of STEM Education, Pre-primary students...

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World Languages

As we study different cultures and traditions throughout the year, we introduce vocabulary from other languages.  Students are invited to teach their classmates about their heritage, culture, and any special words they may use with their extended family.  In this way we learn from one another, celebrating our classmates as leaders, teachers, and collaborators in...

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Faculty

Allie Spurling ’96

Lower School Pre-Primary

Allie Spurling ’96

James Madison University – B.S.

Megan Bisset

Lower School Pre-Primary

Megan Bisset

Lynchburg College – B.A.
Simmons College – M.A.

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