From the Head of 较低的学校, Kimeri Swanson-Beck

Kimeri Swanson-Beck, Head of 较低的学校
Early childhood (Junior Kindergarten–3rd Grade) is a special age for children as they move from a sensory, 以自我为中心, familial experience of the world to a more social and ever expanding intellectual understanding. Young children learn best through exploration, 实践, games, play and adult guidance. During this time of rapid brain growth, children develop their skills of language and reasoning using their experiences as a foundation for further understanding. 较低的学校 students are eager, curious, imaginative, driven, enthusiastic and inquisitive. 利用这些特征, teachers develop curriculum and activities that interest the students and support multiple ways to learn and develop life long habits. 学生’ bodies need to move as they grow; therefore, 我们建造户外游乐设施, exploration and 课间休息 into the curriculum for our youngest children. Within the curriculum and through the facilitation of their teachers, students construct meaning and develop skills through hands-on exploration, 集成学习, 实践, 建立关系, self-reflection and the love of learning.
Using both structured and exploratory methods, the 较低的学校 teachers support and facilitate Parker’s mission of educating students “to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a democratic society and global community.” The list below outlines many of the experiences that teach our students the skills they need as young citizens in a democratic society. 


  • 探索的关系, cooperative learning situations and viewpoints of others to expand multiple perspectives
  • Debating and sharing ideas about fairness and justice and developing both individual and group responsibility
  • Gaining confidence in the basic skills of school such as writing, 阅读, and mathematics through 实践 and creative thinking and children’s input and ideas
  • Unpacking the code of 阅读 and using 阅读 skills to explore topics and ideas
  • Learning to write and use writing to share ideas, possibilities, voice and knowledge
  • Exploring the concepts of mathematics, including problem solving and reasoning and the basic tenets of arithmetic
  • Exploring the arts and connecting music, 美术, drama and woodshop to expand knowledge and express oneself
  • Using scientific processes and investigative methods to understand concepts in life, 地球与物理科学
  • Learning strategies to manage transitions and unexpected outcomes
  • Exploring the sense of time, current and historical
  • Using the English language to negotiate, share and communicate understanding
  • Exploring the Spanish language to broaden understanding of human ways of being and develop an ear for Spanish sounds
  • 培养良好的学生习惯, 比如浓度, 耐力, risk-taking and learning from one’s mistakes
  • Expanding small and gross motor skills through play, 体育课, 课间休息, 戏剧与艺术
  • Exploring and examining identity and citizenship
  • Sharing with and contributing to the world
  • Participating in class projects and traditions that build a sense of unity and moral responsibility beyond themselves
  • Using project-based learning and design thinking methods to explore content and technology tools
弗朗西斯·W. Parker School educates students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse democratic society and global community.