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The Pike School
Andover, Massachusetts
An independent, coed, day school
for grades pre-kindergarten through nine

Lower School (PreK - 2)



The Lower School years are years of exploration and learning.  Through hands-on experiences, children are afforded the opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Children work in small groups and receive individual attention on a daily basis. For much of the day, the children are immersed in theme-based learning in which topics are integrated across subject areas. Because much of the curriculum is interdisciplinary, the classroom teachers plan their activities in consultation with the specialists to ensure continuity. Field trips and performances by artists, musicians, dance and theatre groups further enrich the Lower School program.

A Day in the Life of Lower School

Take a peek into any Pike classroom, and delight in the creativity of lessons, intensity of discussions, depth of thought, interconnection of ideas, level of energy, and excitement of learning. Welcome to a day in the life of The Pike Lower School.  



Lower School Literacy Night 2013

“Worth a Thousand Words: The Power of Picture Books”

Our fourth Lower School Literacy Night, on April 10, was a major success. Classrooms were filled with parents and students busily working together on authentic literacy activities.

Prekindergarten parents and students looked at opposites in picture books and in the world around them, with a focus on the books of Tana Hoban. They then created opposite books to take home.

The Kindergarteners and their parents shared some well-known folktales. They had fun reading and exploring these tales, retelling them, and acting them out using masks and puppets.

First graders and parents explored dozens of alphabet books from our library. After examining the books, materials were provided for families to begin creating an alphabet book based on their family. Many students shared some of their work at the end of the evening. Unfinished books were taken home to continue as a family project.

Second graders and parents explored the wealth of information picture books from our library with a focus on picture books about people and places. They chose from a wide array of follow-up activities that included writing a newspaper article, a postcard from the place they read about, a travel brochure, and a fun fact card about a famous person.

Thank you to all those who joined in the fun.

The Pike School  34 Sunset Rock Road  Andover, Massachusetts  01810  978-475-1197
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