Lower Elementary

Beyond the Basics


Lower Elementary marks a new beginning, the start of our student's academic careers.  K-2nd grade students days are full of excitement, new experiences, and possibilities beyond their own imaginations.  While the curriculum for the Lower Elementary teaches students the basics of Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art and Technology, it takes a rather bolder approach of focusing on the importance of Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, and Collaboration, hereby establishing a solid foundation for their education.

Pilibos is leading the way in 21st Century Learning by implementing an innovative teaching style called Design-Based Learning.

Design Based Learning, commonly known as DBL, is based on Educator Doreen Nelson’s Method of “sneaking up on learning”. DBL is a student initiated and student directed method of learning meant to ignite creativity and develop problem-solving strategies, which integrate creative experiences into all aspects of the curriculum.

Through DBL’s various criteria and methods, innate creativity and problem-solving capacities are nurtured, challenged, and inspired. This program focuses not only on understanding one’s own thought process, but also allows students to visualize and understand thinking and solving through tangible projects that demand “Never-Before-Seen” solutions to everyday problems. By instilling such skills at a young age and primary levels of education, students continue to build on their capacity for creativity throughout their school years through less methodized thinking. Subsequently, the same process can then be translated and used successfully towards all subjects and grade levels.

Benefits of DBL:

In truth, the possibilities for growth and success seem endless when using the DBL program to help drive the curriculum.  With this integration, DBL has provided our lower elementary level students with dynamic tools and methods that helps students:

  • easily identify problems
  • implement unique solutions
  • increase their self-esteem and self-efficacy
  • make logical connections
  • use technology and resources effectively and creatively
  • increase social and communication skills
  • connect learning with real-world solutions
  • learn through trial and error
  • make interdisciplinary connections
  • further develop higher order thinking

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