“When I toured the school, it brought tears to my eyes. I was moved by the happy students; academic, fun and interesting curriculum; engaged teachers; friendly parents; and administrators’ genuine interest in me and my family. I just knew in my heart that my son would love it at Hausner, and he does!”
Lower School (K-5th)
Hausner’s lower school program offers students high quality instruction in reading, writing, Hebrew, Jewish studies, math, social studies, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Students attend weekly music and art classes, as well as twice-weekly physical education classes.Across the curriculum, teachers integrate subject areas together whenever practical, and offer students the chance to work with partners and/or in small groups on hands-on projects designed to engage and motivate.
Each grade has signature projects that have become Hausner traditions, including the Dinosaur Dig in kindergarten, the 2nd grade study of bees, and the 4th grade bridges project. Each classroom is staffed by two teachers and supported by learning specialists, which helps us ensure that all students make progress, enjoy learning, and develop strong character skills that will serve them well through middle and high school. STEM and technology integration specialists also assist with kindergarten through 5th grade curriculum planning and teaching.
Complementing our rigorous academic program, we value social-emotional learning and always connect our curriculum to our core values. Most days start with a morning meeting designed to develop and support the classroom community and strengthen connections among students and between students and teachers.
Explore our Curriculum
Kindergarten is an exciting year! It can be a year of great happiness and great change. Children may go from being cautious and compliant to uncertain and oppositional. Their bodies, minds, and social behavior may change dramatically. While they are eager, curious, imaginative, and enthusiastic, sometimes they may see only one viewpoint and it will be theirs!
Our job as teachers and parents is to provide consistent guidelines and clearly-stated expectations so children may learn how to become flexible within boundaries. While children may test our authority, we need to acknowledge them with love, encouragement, and support without acquiescing. Young minds learn best through active learning and hands-on projects. Children need lots of physical activity and free, unstructured play.
First grade is an exciting year of new beginnings. Children grow academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. They also become more autonomous and engaged as learners, and positive members of our classroom community. During the year, students continue on their path to reading and writing proficiency, expand their math skills, and explore our physical and social worlds through integrated units of study.
Our job as teachers and parents is to encourage independence, creativity, curiosity, and academic and social responsibility.
Second grade is a time of transition, when students learn to apply and build on the skills learned in kindergarten and 1st grade. They are able to read more fluently and write more prolifically. And because the developmental spurt in 2nd grade happens at different times for different students, we support them to keep moving forward at their own paces.
Our job as teachers and parents is to encourage children to feel comfortable with the things that come easily, but to also support them to work hard in the areas that challenge them. Importantly, we allow them to take responsibility for their own actions as learners and people.
In third grade, students make big changes socially, emotionally, academically, and physically. They begin to take a greater role in their own learning, and to see that learning extends beyond the classroom walls. It’s a time when we help them take responsibility for their words and actions, and that they have consequences, good and bad.
As teachers and parents, it is our job to provide clear structure and expectations so 3rd graders feel successful. Children this age often need adult help and encouragement to know their limits and work through the steps to their goal.
In 4th grade, students begin to take more responsibility for their words and actions, recognizing that there are consequences – both good and bad – to what they say and do. And they begin to see that learning extends beyond the walls of the classroom. Our job, as teachers and parents, is to support our students by teaching strategies to that help them become more independent and successful learners and people.
In 5th grade, students transform from elementary school students into middle schoolers. With this transition comes a great desire to feel autonomous and independent. As teachers and parents it is our role to support this process by providing clear goals and boundaries while offering a safe environment in which to make mistakes and grow.