What's happening in our rooms
Lower Elementary houses students ages seven through age nine in multi-age classrooms.
Lower Elementary guide
Hi! My name is Elizabeth Steinocher and I am a lower elementary guide. I majored in elementary education with a double minor in film theory and English at Oklahoma State University. Over the last ten years I worked at Skelly Elementary School as a second grade teacher and reading interventionist. I was honored to be named the TPS Teacher of the Year for 2018. When I am not teaching I love to travel, read, explore the outdoors, and laugh with friends and family. I love to play sports and love to create.
Lower Elementary guide
Hi, my name is Kim Williams and I am a lower elementary guide. I have a degree in early childhood education from Northeastern State University. I have been working in education for the past 14 years. I worked eight years with Tulsa Public Schools as a kindergarten and first grade teacher. I enjoy volunteering to coach my son's little league baseball team. My partner Luke and I have two children, Leo (age 8) and Ila (age 6). I enjoy live music, camping in mild temperatures, relaxing bodies of water, and adventures with my friends and family.
The elementary child has reached a new level of development. Before he was interested in things: working with his hands, learning their names. Now he is interested mainly in the how and why...the problem of cause and effect. -Maria Montessori
The math area is sequenced and begins with the Golden Bead materials. Students will work with concepts such as place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They will move from those concepts to study fractions, problem solving, graphing, measurement, long division, and algebraic equations.
Language skills that are addressed in this area include spelling, extensive word studies, creative writing and research skills. While students may still write in cursive as they did in Primary, they are also beginning to master print handwriting. Students will be exposed to many different types of literature and will be given opportunities to read aloud or act out narrative.
The Cultural Studies area include many areas of study in science and social studies. The scientific study areas include botany, zoology, and biology. Students will use materials to learn about specific plant and animals species, and to conduct their own scientific research. Students will also study geography and history, including the study of civilizations and countries around the world. Histoy is taught in a time linear fashion, and Lower Elementary students chart their research as they learn.
Peace education is a thread of learning that underscores all of our academics. This is where students learn how to work with others in the classroom, how to express themselves respectfully, and how to resolve conflicts. From this area we observe great strides in emotional independence as children begin to use the tools to talk to each other in helpful, peaceful ways. This work creates a classroom community of kindness and respect, and also allows room for hard conversations and finding solutions together.