Learning through doing
In the Lower School, children learn through asking probing questions, building strong work habits, and forming deep human connections with their teachers, peers, and ever-expanding community. They participate in stimulating, interactive experiences that flow from a multi-faceted curriculum, outdoor exploration, and active play. Led by co-teachers who model collaboration, classroom communities are supportive and dynamic. Children develop core academic skills. They also gain understanding of the social and emotional skills needed for success in the world.
The Early Years At Riverdale
Rebecca Greller, director of Early Learning, describes how children mature in the first years at Riverdale.
Ella Pastor and Debbie Wing, the Lower School's environmental educators, lead students to wonderful discoveries in the woods, gardens, and nature trails around the campus.
One Small Square
Early Learning faculty team up with Wave Hill to teach students scientific thinking, environmental stewardship, and a love of nature.
Riverdale approaches math as a "real-world" subject, showing students how to approach problems in creative, flexible ways.
Young scientists at the Lower School explore the natural world. Watch this video and find out more about their investigations.
A child suggested that the class could build a river on the playground. And so they did.
Each fifth grade class creates a play based on their social studies curriculum. The students think about how and why events happen, and they delve into the emotional makeups of their characters.
Kindergarten students explore the Hudson River through creative movement.