LS Humanities and Global Studies
In Lower School, the program integrates the arts, foreign language, literature and history through hands on, project-based activities. Students learn about diverse perspectives and begin to gain awareness of local, national, and global communities.
- Connect language, literature, and art through historical context
- Cultivate global awareness and perspectives
- Encourage a love of travel and exploration through experiential learning outside of the classroom
- Develop perspective though the study of foreign language and culture
- Empower students to be agents of local, national, and global change
- Develop a mastery of written and oral expression
Signature program activities in the Lower School provide students emerging experiences that emphasize curricular integration, with a focus on literacy (reading, writing, and math). The Humanities and Global Studies (HGS) program at the second and third grade emphasizes the study of community diversity and interdependence. Fourth grade curricular activities focus on studies involving the movement of people, immigration and the issues related to the population of the United States. Fifth grade students examine conflict students and read selected works of historical conflict. All Lower School students make presentations to demonstrate the concept of community, while also demonstrating emerging abilities to recognize the perspective of others and communicate ideas using a variety of forms (music, art, foreign languages). Stewardship, and action oriented solutions to community/global problems, is a key element of HGS at each grade level. Lower School students participate in activities that include: community service (local and global), Water Walk with the Middle School, writing for social justice, and exploring solutions to national/global concerns such as the lack of education in some regions.
Curricular integration among social studies, language arts and foreign language classes achieved through a focus on four HGS strands from the Asia Society:
- Investigate the World
- Recognize Perspectives
- Communicate Ideas
- Take Action