Lower School

The lower school is comprised of Kindergarten through grade 4. Each lower school grade level has a full-time teacher and a full-time instructional assistant.

Objectives and Curriculum


The Lower School primarily focuses on the acquisition of basic numbers and language skills. Reading is taught through a strongly based phonetic program and uses the Open Court Reading series! The Language Arts program places a strong emphasis and high concentration on comprehension skills, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and writing mechanics. 

Mathematics is developed as an unfolding structure of numbers rather than just calculations. Math concepts are taught in a sequentially built format to provide concrete concepts and problem-solving skills. Lower School (K-4) uses Math in Focus: Singapore Math by Marshall Cavendish. Singapore Math uses a concrete-pictorial-abstract pedagogy with the end goal of being able to problem-solve at the abstract level. Conceptual learning is at the heart of our math instruction and the mastery of concepts is our goal.

Science and Social Studies are taught as separate curriculum areas. These unit studies are taught as part of the home classroom base with a separate text for each subject. Additionally, Greenfield students have a unique opportunity to "explore" science by performing experiments, working on projects, and participating in hands-on activities in their “Hands-on Science” class once a week.    

Lower School Grading Reporting

Student progress is reported to parents in Kindergarten through grade four by parent-teacher conferences and/or report cards quarterly throughout the year (every nine weeks.) Open communication among students, parents, and faculty is stressed throughout the school year regarding any academic concerns.


Specialty Classes

To fulfill the obligations of the Greenfield School Mission Statement and complete the total development of the child, our Lower School students also participate in the following special programs on a weekly, bi-weekly, or daily basis depending on the class. Specialty classes are taught outside of the regular classrooms by teachers specializing in their designated area. 





Physical Education



Library Science



Monthly curriculum calendars are provided to all of the specialty teachers. These calendars show the different ideas and concepts being studied by grade level and subject matter. These calendars allow specialty teachers to offer a variety of activities and learning experiences that reinforce what is being taught in the individual classrooms. In this way, our Lower School is able to provide a comprehensive, cross-curricula experience for our students.

Lower School Students also have numerous opportunities to expand their classroom experiences and learning by attending off-campus field trips and participating in special on-campus events.




Greenfield School’s kindergarten is a challenging and exciting transitional year for students. We build upon the foundation that is laid in our preschool and begin to prepare for the rigors of lower school. Our smaller classes lead to increased individualized attention and afford teachers the opportunity to respond to the needs of each child.



We use a hands-on, kinesthetic approach to learning. Our many manipulative activities help foster the love of learning and are used to reinforce our curriculum. We have four main focuses throughout the day: Language Arts, Mathematics, Practical Life, and Unit Study.

Reading and Language Arts


This pivotal year focuses on gaining the many critical skills needed to read and write successfully. We use Open Court which is a phonics-based, comprehensive, and engaging Reading and Language Arts program. It has a structured, prescriptive, and fun platform that's designed to reach all levels of learners. Writing development blends the D’Nealian Handwriting technique with the author’s purpose and brainstorming as well as grammar usage and mechanics.



Mathematics in kindergarten continues to focus on building number sense which essentially refers to a student’s fluidity and flexibility with numbers. Kindergarten at Greenfield uses Math in Focus: Singapore Math by Marshall Cavendish. Singapore Math uses a concrete-pictorial-abstract pedagogy with the goal of problem-solving at the abstract level. Conceptual learning is at the heart of our math instruction and the mastery of concepts is our goal.

Practical Life


Practical Life is a fun-loving, highly sensorial class and is almost always a student’s favorite time of day. Artistic expression is highlighted with painting and crafts. In this busy and productive class, students use everyday tools and activities to practice and hone their fine motor skills. Geography is also introduced in this class. Students focus on learning about the various states that make up America through art, activities, puzzles, songs, and videos.

Unit Study


Through several science and socially minded units of study, in the afternoon students are able to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Our unit studies are introduced through literature and PowerPoint presentations and are reinforced with crafts, music, online videos, and writing activities. Unit studies include; Nutrition, American History, Holidays Around the World, Dinosaurs, Space, The Human Body, Insects, Plants, Birds, Frogs, Dental Health, and Sea Creatures.

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