Lower School

Eager to Learn

At Providence, we are not only interested in the mind of the student but the development of the heart.  Our young students are eager to learn and are taught the joys of problem-solving, hands-on science experiments, and creative expression. They enjoy helping others and learning about God as leadership and serving others is introduced. 

A group of important kids in a Lower School classroom.
Grades k-5

Nurturing their curiosity as their love of learning begins.

I love coming to a school where I can learn about God. Everyone here is kind and treats me like family.

Whitney L., Lower School Student

Curriculum Overview

The Lower School helps young learners develop strong basic skills and foster a life-long love of learning. Students become strong, independent readers who can interpret and analyze what they read, express themselves clearly in writing, appreciate mathematics as a way of thinking, and understand the basic principles of scientific inquiry.

Core Curriculum

Math

Many strategies and techniques are used to teach math in a practical way. Students are taught addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement, fractions, decimals, and geometry in lower school.

Language Arts

Language arts, phonics, spelling, and reading are part of an integrated curriculum. Our goal is for each child to develop a joy for reading and writing that will extend into adult life.

Social Studies

Basic social science disciplines of history, geography, political science, economics, and sociology are integrated into other curricular areas by encouraging the development of a more global view with a Christian perspective in each student’s approach to life.

Science

Our science program is based on the foundation that God is the creator of all things. Scientific concepts are taught with a hands-on approach to investigate, explore, collect, analyze, and think critically about the vastly complex world that He created.

Bible

Students are immersed in stories of God’s faithfulness through Bible memory, class devotions, and prayer time.

Art

Expressing thoughts, emotions, and ideas are encouraged and developed in lower school art and is frequently tied in with classroom studies.

Chapel

Students enjoy participating in student-led chapel services that build on the foundation of their faith in God.

Enrichment Classes

Art

Expressing thoughts, emotions, and ideas are encouraged and developed in lower school art and is frequently tied in with classroom studies.

Chapel

Students enjoy participating in student-led chapel services that build on the foundation of their faith in God.

Media Center

Skills such as differentiating between fiction and nonfiction, learning the areas of the library, using the computer catalog, and assistance with research projects are taught at each grade level.

Music

With the guidance of our Lower School music teacher, each student discovers the joy of music-making through singing, creating, moving, listening, and performing. Students in fifth grade have the opportunity to explore band.

Physical Education

From kindergarten through fifth grade, students discover what it truly means to find joy in active play, healthy living habits, exercise, and team sports.

STEAM Studio

The STEAM studio is where science, art, and architecture come to life! From solar ovens to basic soldering, students explore making and inventing with their own hands!

Technology

Technology is used to enhance daily learning and instructional time. Mobile labs are used in the classroom, resource classes and the Dyer Media Center giving students options that work with their flexible schedules and space.

Resource Instruction

Our Lower School resource instruction adds project-based learning to create critical thinkers. Problem solving is at the core of our STEAM instruction.

S

Science

Fostering curiosity, inquiry, and innovation, enabling students to understand and engage with the natural world.

  • Ask
  • Imagine
  • Plan
  • Create
  • Improve
T

Technology

Proficiency in the use and understanding of new technologies; including coding, digital literacy, online research skills, and understanding the impacts and future trends of technology.

  • Coding
  • Robotics
E

Engineering

Applying scientific and mathematical principles to design, build, and test solutions with real-world problems.

  • Activities
  • Experiments
A

Arts

STEAM includes art to encourage creativity and innovative thinking.

  • Music
  • Band
  • Drama
  • Chorus
  • Chapel
  • Art
M

Math

Using logic and reason to solve problems. The language of quantification and precise thinking that underpins much of science, technology, and engineering.

  • Problem solving
  • Think outside the box
A group of Lower School children singing in a classroom.

Schedule Overview

A Typical Day

Want to know what your child is up to while they are at school?

A group of lower school children standing in a classroom and clapping.
  • Prayer, Pledge & Circle Time
  • Reading
  • Lunch
  • Science
  • Math
  • Resource Classes
  • Recess/Snack
  • Prayer/Pledges
  • Bible
  • Reading
  • Grammar/Writing
  • Lunch
  • Math
  • Resource
  • History
  • Science
  • Recess/Snack
  • Prayer/Pledges
  • Bible
  • Reading
  • Lunch
  • Math
  • Recess/Snack
  • History
  • Science
  • Handwriting/Friday Treasure Box
  • Resource Classes
  • Prayer/Pledges
  • Bible
  • Reading Workshop
  • Lunch
  • Resource Classes
  • Math
  • Recess/Snack
  • Writing Workshop & Grammar
  • History
  • Morning Work
  • Prayer/Pledges
  • Devotions
  • Math
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Lunch
  • Bible
  • History
  • Resource Classes
  • (Students switch classes in 4th grade)
  • Morning Work
  • Prayer/Pledges
  • History
  • Math
  • Science
  • Lunch
  • Band/Art/Music
  • Language Arts
  • Bible
  • Study Hall
  • (Students switch classes in 5th grade)
  • Prayer/Pledges
  • Bible
  • Reading Workshop
  • Lunch
  • Resource Classes
  • Math
  • Recess/Snack
  • Writing Workshop & Grammar
  • Science/History

Lower School News

2024 Grandparents & Grandpals Day

On Friday, March 8 at 8:15 a.m., Providence Lower School is casting off early to “Castaway Island!” Please join us as we celebrate our Grandparents and Grandpals on campus. 

The Little Mermaid

2024 Spring musical The Little Mermaid In a beautiful kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid princess named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home and live in the …