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.
Grade 2 Coming to America: The Ellis Island Experience
Each year in their study of immigration to America, Second Graders reenact the experience of being processed through Ellis Island in New York. Various groups of students represent members of families from different countries of origin, while Pike teachers and staff members act as immigration officials. Some students are found to have health issues and are sent to the hospital; some may have criminal records and are detained. All present their personal documents to officials, have their photographs taken for identification purposes, change their money for U.S. currency, buy train tickets to various destinations throughout the country, and undergo interviews and other bureaucratic red tape. It is all taken very seriously and becomes a memorable learning experience.
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