A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester, New York

Lower School Learning Moments

The Lower School at RCDS is always abuzz with energy and curiosity. Here are a few learning moments from our littlest Wildcats.

Five Senses in Pre-K
Our youngest learners explored the five senses with crafts and sensory activities (pictured: Sight).

Reasoning Skills and Math Fundamentals
"Pattern Blocks" during Kindergarten math workshop allow students to build and play while developing spatial reasoning skills that are fundamental to learning mathematics.⁠ 


All About Birds
Grade 1 students selected a bird to research for Science class. After receiving an assortment of common nesting materials (hay, twigs, branches, leaves, rocks, etc.), they drew from their research, to choose the appropriate materials for their bird of choice. 


Second grade students learned about measuring and reporting scientific data. Ms. Simpson provided fun items to measure as the budding scientists began their data collection!⁠ 

Sundial Time
In Science, third grade created and tested their own versions of the oldest known instrument for telling time. 


The Three Sisters
Fourth grade students learned about and planted “the three sisters” (corn, beans, and squash), in a science unit complementing their study of Native American history and culture. Utilizing their observation and research skills, they recorded the size, shape, color, patterns, and other characteristics of each seed type. The students also learned how scientists create and interpret line graphs using the data that they collect. 

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