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The Power of Curiosity

Powered by Students’ Questions and Perspectives

At King, curiosity leads to exploration and exploration leads to mastery of foundational skills in all areas of the curriculum. We create an environment that elevates wonder, curiosity, and joy. Our youngest students’ curiosity is maximized because we honor their questions and consider their perspectives as we build strong educational foundations. As a result, they develop the confidence and accountability to discover and explore.

Young children are encouraged to ask questions and make their own discoveries. They become good listeners and critical thinkers who gain the confidence to take on challenges and seize unlimited possibilities. King School’s program is an interactive, hands-on experience that nurtures a love of learning and working with others. 

King’s teachers create learning opportunities that incorporate students’ ideas and interests; our program encourages students to ask questions, gather data, learn research skills, make models, and share their learning with their peers.

Lower School Inspires Curiosity in Young Children

Project-based learning in the Lower School integrates all disciplines.

Students formulate their own essential questions and use them to guide their exploration and learning. Inquiry drives every stage of learning as students cultivate skills from investigation, analysis, writing, geometry, and arithmetic to public speaking and presentations. Their questions drive every step of the process, and it is through this process that self-discovery and deeper learning emerge.

We believe that curiosity is a natural ability that children bring to their learning – we encourage students to ask questions, make discoveries, think critically, analyze and solve problems, be good listeners, and have fun being involved in the dynamic process of learning. We value every child and build strong, safe classroom communities where exploration and discovery lead to mastery. 

Dr. Sandy Lizaire-Duff, Head of Lower School

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Early Childhood

Prekindergarten and Kindergarten

Starting at age 3, students in our early childhood program explore the world around them through an approach to teaching and learning known as the Reggio Emilia-inspired methodology. This child-centered and self-guided method allows students to explore, make connections, and learn from their environment.    

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Elementary School

Grades 1-5

Students are encouraged to ask questions and make their own discoveries. Our lower school program is an interactive, hands-on experience that nurtures a love of learning and working with others. As they build mastery of skills, students continue to apply their natural curiosity; they learn and express their understanding of the world through discovery, project-based learning, and play. 

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Lower School in Action

King’s Lower School Students Move Up

The Lower School Moving Up Ceremony at King School celebrated the students' achievements and honored the Grade 5 Vikings' transition to Middle School. School leaders acknowledged the graduating class's dedication and accomplishments while praising the students' curiosity, collaboration, and willingness to learn. As the Grade 5 Vikings moved up, they reflected on the solid foundation they received at King and the supportive community they will carry with them.

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Grade 5 Shares Their Passion for Research at Annual Science Fair

This week’s Grade 5 Science Fair showcased the potential of student-led inquiry. Students engaged in hands-on exploration, applying scientific principles to areas of personal interest while honing essential skills such as research, communication, and critical thinking. Student projects included an investigation of potato batteries, an examination of video game playing’s impact on visual search, and the development of homemade bubble solutions. Through experimentation and analysis, these young scientists embraced the scientific method as they embarked on a journey of exploration and discovery.

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"Artistry in Motion: Strings of Wonder" Combines Visual and Performing Arts

Students in Grades 3 through Grade 5 dazzled the King School community with an incredible display of visual and performing arts on Wednesday, May 15, with the debut of "Artistry in Motion: Strings of Wonder.” The performance culminated a year of research, inquiry, and exploration under the students' O.P.E.N. (Originality, Personal Vision, Experiences, Novel Approaches) art project.

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Grandparents and Special Friends Enjoy Learning in Lower School

The Lower School was filled with warmth and laughter on Friday, May 10, during the annual Grandparents and Special Visitors Day. The event welcomed 160 attendees who traveled from across the globe to join students for a morning of art, music, activities, and education. Activities, including engineering challenges, literary exercises, science experiments, and history lessons, offered visitors insight into the King student experience.

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Exploring Science in Lower School From Chicks to Squids

In King’s Lower School, science is anything but textbook! Recently, students embarked on two exciting projects. Some are witnessing the marvel of life firsthand, caring for chicks hatching from eggs. Others are dissecting squids and exploring the fascinating anatomy of these invertebrates. Both activities promise to spark curiosity and ignite a passion for science in these young minds.

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Global Fair Celebrates King’s Diverse Community

The lower school gym transformed into a vibrant culture hub during King School's annual Global Fair on Friday, April 26. Hosted by the PA KInD Committee, the event showcased the diverse tapestry of King's community, underscoring the school's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Each table offered a unique perspective, nurturing a sense of global citizenship. Lower school students collected flag stickers and participated in interactive activities, while live music performances added to the festive atmosphere.

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Cracking the Code: Grade 4 Readers Turn Picture Books into Podcasts!

Over the past three months, students in Grade 4 have been diving deep into picture books. Challenged by their teachers, Rebecca Keogh and Katherine Baum, students identified universal themes with supporting text, producing five-paragraph essays highlighting their findings. The essays were then used as the basis for group podcasts where students had the opportunity to teach and learn from one another.

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Lower School Students Show Off Their Skills During King’s Inaugural STEAM Morning

It was a morning filled with innovation and exploration! King’s inaugural STEAM Morning on Thursday, April 4, was a smashing success. The event, led by science teacher Shevon Morris, brought students and families together for an enriching taste of inquiry-based learning at its very best.

Pre-K through Grade 5 students teamed up with their families to tackle fun, hands-on STEAM activities in their classrooms. These activities showcased how science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics come alive when applied to the real world. 

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