- Why Whitby?The Whitby Difference
- Children's House18 Months - Kindergarten
- Lower SchoolGrades 1 - 4
- Upper SchoolGrades 5 - 8
Children naturally learn about, classify and organize their environment through their senses. They are encouraged to explore foods and classroom materials using sight, sound, smell, taste, weight, contour, dimension, shape and texture.
Literacy is a social process. Its development is promoted in the context of peer interactions. Children expand their vocabularies, use rhythm, rhyme and repetition with stories and songs, and build expressive language. During story time, they engage in reading comprehension activities, ask questions, develop listening skills, and initiate conversations. Children develop prewriting skills by developing dexterity and hand strength with playdough, clay and writing utensils.
Stepping Stones introduces five basic math concepts: numerals and operations, geometry, measurement, patterns and relationships, and collecting and organizing information. Children use their senses and classify by color, shape and dimension. They compare and contrast objects, rhythms and music.
The integral components of our science curriculum are observing, wondering, predicting, experimenting, analyzing and concluding. Students use cups, funnels and other materials to learn physical science concepts such as volume, weight, gravity and force. They plant seeds, observe caterpillar metamorphosis and witness animals in natural habitats to develop a deeper understanding of life sciences. Children discuss seasonal changes to promote observation and prediction while learning about the environment.
Our curriculum gives children a sense of community outside of home. Children appreciate cultural diversity through stories, music, objects, art, language, geography, celebrations and foods, starting with acknowledging and respecting the diverse heritage of the children and families in their classroom.