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Lower School (Preschool-Grade 5)

Developing the Tools for Success Starts in Our Lower School

Renbrook’s Lower School seeks to promote students to the Upper School who are joyful, resilient, lifelong learners. Lower School embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that recognizes the learning style and developmental needs of each student. This personalized learning approach engages every student at every level, bringing learning to life. Helping each Renbrook student find joy in the learning process is central to Renbrook’s mission. The curricular program, from Preschool through Grade 5, is designed with students’ developmental ages and stages in mind, so that we can meet students where
they are and teach them as they grow. This balanced program offers students a wide variety of experiences and learning environments that prepare them well for the middle school years.

Actively involved in every learning space, Renbrook students take ownership of the learning process at a very early age. Teachers facilitate a curriculum that initiates questions and higher-level thinking, while recognizing that students take in and process information in different ways. By knowing a student's learning style, our teachers use a variety of teaching methods that maximize student learning. Students, in turn, learn to recognize their individual learning styles to find the study methods, environment, and activities that best help each of them to learn.
    • Grade 3 Immigration Day
Immigration Day is the culminating event of the third grade study of immigrants coming through Ellis Island in 1908. Leading up to Immigration Day, students read non-fictional and fictional accounts of Ellis Island and traveled to the Connecticut Historical Society to learn more about the reasons immigrants left their home countries to come to America.   
    • Grade 5 Colonial Day Presentations
In the third grade Westward Movement Unit experiential learning is what allows students to take on the life of a pioneer and travel west on the Oregon Trial. The culminating event is Prairie Day, where students show off their scrapbooks and participate in a hoedown with dances they learn in P.E.
    • Fourth Grade Flight Day
Chairman, President, and CEO of Kaman Corporation, arranged for their helicopter, called the K-Max, to come to the campus of Renbrook School for our annual Flight Day!
The event, which began in 2010, includes aviation workshops and flight-centered experiential learning activities. Throughout the day, students also enjoyed the up-close experience of exploring the cockpit and structure of the K-Max helicopter. Fourth grade studies aviation as part of their curriculum. 

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