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Lower School Program

Kindergarten - Grade Four

Our daughter has attended THA for the past two years. She's happy, confident, and is receiving a great education. But, most importantly, THA provides her with values and a cornerstone of her moral foundation.

The Lower School provides A SAFE, NURTURING ENVIRONMENT, one that encourages each child to reach his or her academic and creative potential. We have made a special commitment to our youngest learners. Our kindergarten, first, second, and third-grade classes each have a teacher and a paraprofessional to work with the students. We recognize the developmental differences in young children and reach each child at his or her ouwn maturational stage. Our low student/teacher ratio permits us to guide children purposefully and gently to the next academic, social and emotional level. Individual and small group instruction in reading is based on the latest educational research available, and provides AN OPTIMUM ENVIRONMENT FOR THE SUCCESS of our emergent readers.

Throughout the Lower School, we emphasize critical thinking along with basic skills. The Junior Great Books Program introduces our students to the finest of children's literature. It focuses on interpretive reading, writing and discussion through the Socratic method.

Our writing curriculum emphasizes expository and creative writing skills, which enable our students to develop the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively. 

photo761.jpgThe THA curriculum is fully integrated throughout the grades with Jewish and general studies taught in mutually supportive contexts.  In one unit on China, for example, Jewish life in Asia is discussed at the same time that the history of the region is reviewed.

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