The world at your fingertips school
From first grade all the way through fifth, our Lower School students leverage a wide variety of technologies to enhance their learning experiences. From practicing simple keyboarding skills to mastering advanced Internet searches for research projects, they feel at home in their digital world.
We begin formal computer instruction in first grade—how to use a mouse, open and close programs, and create stories on Kid Pix. By the end of fifth grade, students have gained experience creating, networking, and researching with the computer. Our students develop strong computer skills early, because at Seven Hills we are committed to putting the world at their fingertips.
By way of Skype, first graders tap into the food expertise of buyers at Whole Foods during a unit on food and the environment. A discussion on the four food groups inspires the seafood department to hold up a huge Alaskan salmon so that back in the classroom, students can get a look at a good source of protein.
Second graders use a wiki with students in Taiwan, trading stories and sharing cultural differences in the process. Through virtual field trips, older students explore cave paintings in France, South Africa, Australia, and the American Southwest and then discuss the different styles and tools used to create the primitive artwork.
At Seven Hills, every question sparks a quest for new answers. So our students learn quickly to navigate the seas of information on the Web. Along the way we encourage them to examine that information critically. Can I trust this source? Can I find a better one? How do I know if this is true or not? Our teachers always stand at the ready to assist a student in sifting through reliable sources and pointing her in a new direction. Each new answer leads to more questions and the journey continues.