Walk in to any Lower School class at Indian Creek, and you will observe the magic of learning and discovery first hand. The environment might be different than what you’d expect in a traditional classroom. Children may be scattered around the classroom, working independently and in small groups. Some may be filming with iPads, others building with LED lights and Lego robotics, some working with construction paper and glue, others immersed in sensory tables filled with mud, and others reading quietly or discussing a project with a teacher. This exciting environment is the intentional product of a culture where teaching is focused on how students best learn.
Educational research proves that inquiry-based learning, arts integration, and cross-curricular studies benefit students and enhance learning. Social Emotional Learning is also a key aspect of our program at all age levels. Indian Creek Lower School incorporates these practices, as well as other principles learned through extensive faculty professional development, into creating a unique and rich experience for Pre-Kindergarten3 through fifth grade students.
Through Immersion Days, Independent Learning Projects, capstone experiences, and inspired teaching throughout the curriculum, our Lower School program offers students an engaging and challenging academic experience. Play remains an important part of the learning experience with ample time for imaginative, unstructured recreation. The collaboration, friendship-building, and fun provided by recess time carries extraordinary benefits into the classroom as well.