Elementary school is a play-based, comprehensive curriculum where students genuinely enjoying learning and spending time together!
LM’s elementary program emphasizes foundational academic and social skills within a restorative justice framework that nurtures the whole child and helps them develop a strong community with teachers and classmates. Hands-on learning experiences provide students the opportunity to apply their learning, build knowledge, and develop critical thinking.
Elementary school core curriculum includes Bible, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Our instructional models include whole class, small group, and individual teaching so that students can achieve success.
Teachers authentically integrate faith into all subjects. All grades use Encounter, an Anabaptist faith formation curriculum, with an emphasis on a commitment to following the life and teachings of Jesus. Students participate in daily devotions and attend chapel weekly.
The English Language Arts program seeks to build competent and confident readers who can decode accurately and fluently, while comprehending what they read. Students also learn to see themselves as capable, skilled writers who can express ideas in narrative, informational, and opinion formats. The ELA curriculum centers on instruction from the Collaborative Classroom.
The Math program works to develop conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills in arithmetic, data, probability, geometry, algebra, and functions. Students not only practice math skills, but they find innovative ways to apply this information to solve real problems. The Math curriculum is from Everyday Math.
Elementary students engage with concepts in science and social studies that connect to their learning in math and language arts while providing the opportunity to use design thinking and the Makerspace.
SPANISH IMMERSION PROGRAM
The Spanish Immersion program enables English-speaking students to develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in both Spanish and English while meeting the same academic standards as other LM students. The program begins in Kindergarten and continues through High School. SI students use the same curriculum and materials as their English counterparts, with the exception of having these resources in Spanish.
STEAM & DESIGN-THINKING
Our STEAM program seeks to make connections between science, technology, engineering, art and math so that students can collaborate and apply learning to real-world problems. Elementary students participate in a Makerspace course that walks them through the design-thinking process so that they are learning skills that can be further integrated into class projects. Teachers also take advantage of the MakerSpace for experimenting and hands-on learning within their own subject areas. In addition, students have the opportunity to use our 95 acre campus as an outdoor classroom, and for exploration and application of content learning.
LM provides opportunities for all students to develop and nourish creativity and a deeper understanding of God and the world through STEAM, visual art, physical movement, and music. Elementary students participate in the following Integrated Arts courses:
- General Music
- Physical Education
- Instrumental music lessons (4th grade)