Lower Primary (1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade) - School for Children

SNU's School for Children - a Child Development Laboratory School - Grade Divisions

From 8:15am to 3:15pm, each day.

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Reading and Language Arts

Mastery of Reading and Language Arts is crucial at this stage of development. Students are presented with a variety of opportunities to explore reading and writing daily. Our program emphasizes mastery of phonics skills, comprehension of fiction and nonfiction texts, and oral reading with accuracy, fluency, and expression. It is our goal to develop readers who read for understanding and enjoyment.

Reading Program

  • Small group instruction
  • Individualized reading levels
  • Phonics instruction
  • Monitored silent reading opportunites
  • Comprehension building activities
  • Author studies
  • University tutoring programs
  • Read Naturally fluency program
  • Daily book check-out
  • Teacher read-alouds

Language Arts Program and Activites

  • Word making activities
  • Creative story writing
  • Journal writing
  • Experiential writing
  • Editing and publishing books
  • Handwriting instruction
  • Use of resource materials
  • Individualized spelling instruction
  • Oral reports
  • Creative dramatics


The Lower Primary Math program develops higher level thinking skills through the use of manipulatives and a variety of hands-on-experiences.

Math Program and Activities

  • Math skills practice
  • Hands-on exploration
  • Memorization and speed of addition and subtraction facts
  • Daily skill review
  • Graphing
  • Time
  • Money
  • Measuring
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Real life related projects

Science and Social Studies

Lower Primary uses themes to integrate science and social studies into the c urriculum. We believe that this creates an environment that fosters the love of learning. As students personalize the acquisition of knowledge, they become excited about learning. This process motivates students to become life-long learners.

Science Program and Activities

  • Small and large group instruction
  • Biology
  • Environment
  • Physical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Experiments
  • Social Studies Program and Activites
  • Map skills
  • Geography
  • World cultures and customs