Early Childhood and Elementary Academics
Learning Every Which Way
Creative, compelling, and challenging: lessons at Belmont Day capture the imagination and engage the intellect while building mastery.
Turning pages. Literacy is the key that opens practically every door to knowledge and fulfillment. And Belmont Day teachers have the supremely satisfying role of passing that key on to their students. No matter what level children have reached when they arrive at our school, they receive appropriate instruction that maintains engagement and momentum. A reading specialist tracks the progress of every pre-k through second grade student and collaborates with classroom teachers to advance reading skills. From introducing phonics to exploring wonderful books and demonstrating how to express ideas, our capable teachers help each child to strengthen the crucial skills that will last—and profoundly enrich—a lifetime.
Incalculable benefits. Math matters. And at Belmont Day, our students learn to appreciate the discipline not merely for its utility, but for its elegance. Whether they're mastering simple arithmetic or complex algebra, children at Belmont Day continually discover and demonstrate how essential math is to problem-posing and problem-solving. Lower school students benefit from the hands-on Singapore Math curriculum, which challenges as it builds mastery in fundamentals. Students begin by working with objects to reinforce what it means to have 1, or 2, or 15, or 100 of anything. They then move step-by-step to a conceptual framework. This shift from the concrete to the abstract is one of the most challenging developmental leaps in early childhood—and is critical for future facility in mathematics. Our teachers are proficient, creative, and enamored with the subject, and their affection makes math all the more irresistible.
Interdisciplinary explorations. Lower school students investigate fundamental concepts in science and social studies through multi-faceted lessons that connect to real-world contexts. Beginning in pre-kindergarten students are exploring important ideas about nature and their community. By second grade students are solidifying and applying skills to their first research projects as they study endangered animals and people who are inspiring “changemakers.” In upper elementary, students take on assignments with greater depth and complexity, as they manage larger projects over extended periods of time, research material in new ways, and incorporate feedback from teachers and peers. Along the way, students build traditional content knowledge and skill proficiencies as they hone their ability to collaborate and reflect on their own learning process with greater clarity.
Cohesive curriculum. Belmont Day faculty examine our curriculum grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject to ensure that each year grows students’ skills and knowledge base in an intentional and comprehensive way. This work is enhanced by ongoing professional development, that supports our faculty in reviewing national and international data about best practices and curriculum standards. As students move through our divisions of early childhood, upper elementary, and middle school, they feel pride and excitement for each new phase in their development.