Welcome to The Elementary Technology
Primary 1 (Age 5) to Grades 5 (Age 10-11)
Lincoln Elementary School enrolls approximately 100 students in Primary 1 (kindergarten) through Grade 5. It has a special niche on the Lincoln campus with its own playground and a schedule distinct from Secondary School. At Lincoln, our goal is to develop potential - intellectual, physical, social, and emotional - using a methodology that nurtures each child's learning style, personality, talents and cultural heritage. A certified and experienced classroom teacher leads each class of approximately twenty children. In addition, we offer specialist teachers for pullout programs in art, computer, library, music, Nepal Studies, physical education, and English as a second language. The varied program and abundance of activities help us to foster growth of "the whole child” and provide each child with many adult mentors.
- Small classes
- American curriculum with many enrichment activities
- Commitment to meeting the needs of each individual child
- Specialist teachers for Art, Music, Physical Education, Computers and Nepal Studies
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist
- Learning Specialist/Resource Teacher providing diagnostic assessments and instructional strategies for students with special needs.
- School Guidance Counselor who works with teachers, students, and families
- An environment which models caring and respect
- Library with extensive elementary collection where students have weekly classes with a trained librarian
- Developing Capable People: a program which helps students develop interpersonal skills
- Extensive after-school activities program: with art, music, drama, and sports activities
Global School Approach
More than thirty countries are represented in Lincoln’s student body. We value the positive impact on learning, cross-cultural awareness and the development of life-long global friendships. Children of every part of the globe have the opportunity to share their native cultures and costumes in classroom V.I.P. events and through monthly cultural presentations. Lincoln School has a flag to represent every student’s country, and learning about the flags forms part of our UN Day celebration. We welcome students for whom English is not their first language. An ESL teacher supports students in gaining English fluency.
As we develop our mini-global community, we also look to our host country with a Nepal studies program, field trips, and a trek for fifth graders.
Curriculum Program Descriptions
In the Elementary School the core curriculum includes language arts, science, math, and social studies. Children are provided with a variety of challenging and developmentally appropriate learning experiences designed to make learning fun and meaningful. Because of our small size and commitment to the individual child, we give priority to learning about our students’ unique gifts and special needs. There is a high level of collaboration among teachers in developing appropriate support and enrichment for each student. Our professional staff respects the uniqueness and worth of each student and views differences as opportunities, not disabilities. We are flexible in our teaching methods and curricula. We aim for an “optimal match” approach that accommodates the gifted student, the student with special learning needs, and the varied learning styles of all students. We believe that a school will benefit from the inclusion of students with special gifts and talents as well as special needs, from diversity and richness in teaching modes within the classroom, and from the greater understanding of teaching and learning which accompanies attention to differences.
Lincoln offers on-site diagnostic assessments by a certified learning specialist and pull-out programs where beneficial for learning differences and English acquisition. For the child with learning differences, a partnership between home and school, including active commitment from the student, is necessary. Because we have a diverse school population, there is decreased pressure for all students to be exactly the same in achievement, culture and interests. Students, too, contribute to the development of their peers as each one strives for success and fulfillment.
The primary goal of the language arts curriculum is to develop a positive attitude toward reading and writing using literature and authentic writing as the foundation. Students are given the opportunity to read, write, listen and discuss ideas every day in a meaningful context related to their experiences, abilities and interests. In lower elementary, our goal is to establish reading as the act of comprehending rather than merely the act of decoding. Class libraries, shared literature study, individualized reading, sustained silent reading, thematic study of literature, journal writing and writing for publication are coupled with a study of phonics and selected use of basal reading and spelling texts. At upper elementary, greater emphasis is placed upon thematic integration of the curriculum for reinforcement and holistic expansion of language acquisition and skills with the goals of improving the quality of reading comprehension, developing a variety of reading strategies and increasing the range of voluntary reading.
6+1 Approach to teach writing
We use the 6+1 Trait Approach throughout the school which means that language and expectations are consistent as we teach students to write. This approach identifies five key aspects of writing: Ideas and Content, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions. The +1 is Presentation. Each dimension of writing is accompanied by clear rubrics which guide children in understanding what is expected and in assessing their own work.
Problem solving provides the cornerstone of our mathematics program. In solving problems, students are given the opportunity to organize data, interpret information, make decisions and think mathematically enabling them to function effectively in today’s world. In mathematics, students gain increasing competency in math algorithms: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. Throughout the Elementary School, emphasis is placed on using manipulatives and real life experiences to understand, develop and apply math concepts. The Everyday Math program is used from primary 1 to grade 6.
The objective of the science curriculum is to expose children to the wonder of science and the joy of discovery through inquiry. At each grade level, students use “hands on” activities and laboratory experiments to develop competence in the scientific process and to develop understanding of basic concepts in earth and space science, life science, technology, physical science and the human body.
In the social studies curriculum, emphasis is placed on the development of an understanding of humankind beginning with the individual and expanding to world citizenship. Historical, geographical and social concepts are developed as students progressively broaden their horizon from family, home and school to the local neighborhood, Nepal and finally to other worlds – the Age of Exploration and American history through the revolution. We have established a simulated economic community, Leopardstown, to convey concepts in economics and civics. Students hold jobs, earn a salary, run stores, a bank and a news paper and develop businesses. Leopardstown is governed by a town council.
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