Lower School

Lower School: Grades 1-4

Country School celebrates the exuberant curiosity of children. We believe true understanding is acquired when children have time to experiment, converse and create. 

Engagement, Curiosity, Motivation and Hard Work

In Lower School, our students are developing focus and self-control. They are capable of a higher level of academic challenge while still experiencing the joy and wonder of learning. Our curriculum builds upon the foundational skills of literacy and computation through the exploration of literature, math, science, social studies and Spanish.  
Just as important, through the use of class discussion, teachable moments and individual attention, our faculty helps students negotiate their budding social, emotional and behavioral growth.

Introduction, Practice, Mastery

Teachers intentionally design hands-on experiences and direct lessons to provoke thinking, engage conversations, foster relationships and connect ideas and concepts.
In Lower School, students continue to practice and master foundational skills while tackling more difficult concepts in deeper, more advanced levels of the same subject or in different situations in new subject matter.
Our subject-specific curricular objectives in the Lower School include:  
  • Language Arts: Learn to read effectively and write skillfully through a balanced approach that combines literature and phonics instruction.
  • Mathematics: Learn math concepts using hands-on materials before being introduced to the corresponding abstract algorithms. Students use geometry, surveys, graphing, games and everyday problem-solving to make mathematics relevant to them.
  • Science: Explore a variety of scientific fields, learning to observe and investigate the world around them.
  • History and World Culture: Study cultural traditions, history, celebrations and stories which are integrated to complement social studies curriculum.
  • Art/Music: Engage in movement, song and instrument play and begin to lay the groundwork for music literacy and aural skills. Older children play recorders and Orff instruments , sing in weekly chorus and are introduced to traditional band instruments. 
  • World Language: Continue the study of Spanish, which is integrated into stories, songs, games and skits. 

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Meaghan Mallin

    Meaghan Mallin 

    Head of Early Childhood and Lower School
  • Photo of Cynthia Thom

    Cynthia Thom 

    Assistant Head of Early Childhood and Lower School for Teaching and Learning

Lower School News

New Canaan Country School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin and are afforded all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid policies or any other school-administered programs.