Lower School Curriculum

Canterbury School of Florida teachers strive to provide each student with a challenging and unique curriculum designed to fit his/her learning style. Our faculty take advantage of your child's natural curiosity and sense of adventure outside the classroom by working in our marsh grass nursery, taking field trips to local theaters and animal rescues, and visiting the Cousteau Center for Marine Studies on our Middle/Upper School campus just two miles away in St. Petersburg, Florida.

We introduce advanced elementary school academics early on, as Kindergarten introduces first grade material in their second semester and first grade introduces second grade material in their second semester and so on.

Each grade level in the Lower School includes two teachers who provide an inquiry-based curriculum, in addition to a strong language arts and math program. The liberal arts curriculum also includes classes in the arts, science/marine science, applied technology, world languages (Chinese and Spanish), information literacy, and physical education, all taught by specialists. Guest speakers, visiting performers and artists, and curriculum-related field trips help expand our students' knowledge and help them grow in awareness, expression, and a lifelong love of learning.

Prekindergarten (PK3 and PK4)

Overview


The pre-kindergarten years are an integral step in the Canterbury School of Florida learning process. Our goal is to assist the pre-kindergarten student in becoming more independent, self-directed and adept at problem solving, while gaining the readiness skills necessary for the formal learning of later years.

We provide differentiated instruction, allowing for individual guidance and collaborative experiences that support each child’s learning profile and cognitive stage of development. We strive for a curriculum that balances teacher-directed activities in small and large groups, with time for independent choices and free discovery of activities and materials. Activities are presented through a multi-sensory approach.

Students are supported as they learn to understand and express their feelings, thoughts, and actions while navigating through peer interactions. Opportunities are provided daily for the modeling of taking responsibility for one’s own actions. We are laying the foundation of character development as a member of the Canterbury family. The students learn the key components of social and emotional development when they learn our Honor Code, which is sung at the beginning of each school day and includes words such as personal integrity, equality, respect, and consideration.

Language Arts


Children learn to speak clearly in full sentences, use proper syntax, develop sequential storytelling skills, and follow multi-step directions. The prekindergarten language arts curriculum focuses on the identification of upper and lower case letters, and their corresponding sounds. Children also develop an understanding of rhyming, opposites, analogies, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms.

PK4 uses the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, which develops fine motor skills in developmental increments. Letters are introduced and practiced according to what is developmentally appropriate.

Math

The foundation of the pre-kindergarten math program is based on the Everyday Mathematics program. In a defined scope and sequence, we emphasize conceptual understanding through a spiraled repetition of core concepts, assuring mastery of each skill. Concepts and skills are presented through collaborative learning in partner and small group activities that incorporate hands-on manipulatives.

Instruction is differentiated to meet the individual needs of every child through beginning, building and expanding lessons. Moving from concrete to abstract thinking skills, the pre-kindergarten math curriculum establishes the basis for further learning.

Science / Marine Science

The Lower School STEAM lab and all-school Cousteau Center for Marine Studies on the Knowlton Campus are truly places where each child’s inquisitive spirit develops, and where they are immersed in hands-on experiences. These experiences strategically build from year to year and children work as scientists by inferring, predicting, observing, classifying, and recording data collected through their investigations. Students are scheduled for the science lab once a week.

As part of the weekly curriculum-based labs, LEGO Education/Engineering is presented twice a year. The engineering facet begins in PK3 and the program continues to robotics in third and fourth grades.

  • PK3 - Early Simple Machines: surface area, speed and gears.
  • PK4 - Early Simple Machines: balance, weight, wind power, area

Marine environmental awareness is built into the curriculum as students visit the Cousteau Center for Marine Studies (CCMS) on the upper campus once a semester. The students go to the CCMS Lab where the lessons are led by the Director of Marine Studies, upper school students and the Hough Science Specialist. Hough Marine Studies (HMS) Adventure is a yearlong program taught by the Science Specialist. Pre-kindergarten’s units of study include

  • Cousteau Center for Marine Studies:
    • PK3 - Jellies and Under the Sea
    • PK4 - One Ocean and Manatees
  • Hough Marine Studies:
    • PK3 - Ocean Animals I
    • PK4 - Ocean Animals II

Social Science

The term “community” is incorporated into each thematic unit of study. Beginning with their classroom, children are exposed to differences and similarities amongst themselves and what it means to be a part of the classroom community and, later on, the larger school community.

Through discovery play and role-play, children communicate, collaborate, problem solve, and act out what they have learned. Literature is a key component of the PK social science curriculum. Carefully chosen books provide the children with an exposure to different cultures and points of view, broadening their awareness of themselves and the world at large.

Kindergarten

Overview


The kindergarten program is composed of age-appropriate curriculum in the areas of language arts, math, social science, and science. Throughout the day, the children are engaged in stimulating hands-on activities used to help them grasp important concepts, build skills and make connections between the content and their daily lives. This, we feel, is what makes learning relevant and tangible for the kindergarten child.

Language Arts

Our language arts program consists of three components: the "Wonders" reading series, Handwriting Without Tears, and Writer's Workshop. Through an integrated approach, phonetic-based lessons support each child in his/her quest to confidently and consistently identify letters and sound/symbol relationships, as well as to practice blending sounds together to form words. Students are also exposed to sight-reading and authentic literacy experiences such as poetry, rhymes, word lists, syllabication, and vowel differentiation.

During Writer’s Workshop the children start with oral and pictorial story telling, and eventually they learn to tell stories and explore writing techniques using proper sentence structure. Handwriting Without Tears is a program that makes writing a natural and automatic skill as a result of thoughtful attention and instruction.

Math

Our math program, Everyday Mathematics, is based on the idea that children build understanding and develop skills as a result of many meaningful and connected learning experiences. Mastery of mathematical concepts and skills comes with repeated exposure and practice. The routines, such as building calendars, counting days, recording temperatures, patterning, and graphing data, provide beginning mathematical foundations and will continue through the year. iPad and iTouch apps for math are used in class and at home via IXL.com. Math manipulatives allow students to progress from concrete to abstract thinking.

Science / Marine Science

The Lower School STEAM lab and all-school Cousteau Center for Marine Studies on the Knowlton Campus are truly places where each child’s inquisitive spirit develops, and where they are immersed in hands-on experiences that strategically build from year to year. Children work as scientists by inferring, predicting, observing, classifying, and recording data collected through their investigations.

Students are scheduled for the science lab once a week. As part of the weekly curriculum-based labs, LEGO Education/Engineering is presented twice a year. Topics include early simple machines, forces, movement, push, pull, wheel and axle. This program continues to robotics in third and fourth grades.

Marine environmental awareness is built into the curriculum as students visit the Cousteau Center for Marine Studies (CCMS) on the upper campus once a semester. The students go to the CCMS Lab where the lessons are led by the Director of Marine Studies, upper school students and the Hough Science Specialist. Hough Marine Studies (HMS) Adventure is a yearlong program taught by the Science Specialist. Kindergarten’s units of study include

  • Cousteau Center for Marine Studies: Ocean Habitats, Bioluminescence
  • Hough Marine Studies: Sandy Beach

Social Science


The study of community encompasses a student’s family, classroom, and school and town communities, as well as the student’s role in each. Through a variety of interdisciplinary learning opportunities, students develop their understanding of positive relationships, character values, and the importance of being a responsible, active member of their community. The program’s activities include the use of relevant literature, games, projects, maps, globes, technology, and community resources. A community service component is also included, providing students with the opportunity to give back to the communities of which they are a part. Units of study include

  • Country and International Studies
  • My Family and School Community
  • Community Leaders
  • Making a Difference in the Community
  • a Character Education unit that spans the entire school year

Grade 1

Overview


Our first grade students have many exciting events throughout the year that enhance the curriculum, such as our annual Animal Fair, our International Studies “trip around the world,” and the day we become astronauts and attend “Space School,” just to name a few.



Language Arts


First grade students extend their knowledge of language arts in significant and exciting ways. They learn skills that enable them to read fluently and with meaning, comprehend what is read, appreciate different genres, and gain confidence.

We work on phonics skills to build fluency, and students use a variety of reading strategies to assist them in decoding unfamiliar words. Students also learn to attend to punctuation and to read with expression. Important skills such as predicting, retelling, inferring, and summarizing are stressed. We feel that reading and writing are intertwined. Learning the different techniques that authors use and implementing them is a large part of our language arts curriculum.

Math


Our math program, Everyday Mathematics, is based on the idea that children build understanding and develop skills as a result of many meaningful and connected learning experiences. Our students develop and solidify important concepts such as numeracy and place value, visual/number patterns and counting, measurement and basic facts, money and fractions, and the ability to complete math tasks mentally. iPad and iTouch apps for math are used in class and at home via IXL.com. Math manipulatives allow students to progress from concrete to abstract thinking.

Science / Marine Science


The Lower School STEAM lab and all-school Cousteau Center for Marine Studies on the Knowlton Campus are truly places where each child’s inquisitive spirit develops, and where they are immersed in hands-on experiences that strategically build from year to year. Children work as scientists by inferring, predicting, observing, classifying, and recording data collected through their investigations.

Students are scheduled for the science lab once a week. As part of the weekly curriculum-based labs, LEGO Education/Engineering is presented twice a year. Topics include simple machines covering gears, rotation, wheel and axle. This program continues to robotics in third and fourth grades.

Marine environmental awareness is built into the curriculum as students visit the Cousteau Center for Marine Studies (CCMS) on the Upper Campus once a semester. The students go to the CCMS Lab where the lessons are led by the Director of Marine Studies, upper school students and the Hough Science Specialist. Hough Marine Studies (HMS) Adventure is a yearlong program taught by the Science Specialist. Grade 1 units of study include

  • Cousteau Center for Marine Studies: Corals and algae
  • Hough Marine Studies: Ocean in Motion

Social Science

The world, to a first grader, can be as small as the city they live in or as broad as an entire continent. Learning to appreciate different people and cultures is an important concept to understand and experience. Our students experience the world of social science in fun and exciting ways.

Grade 2

Language Arts


The language arts curriculum in second grade has three components: word study, reading, and writing. Word study is a practical, hands-on way to study phonics and spelling. Activities focus students' attention on critical features of words-sound, pattern, and meaning. The reading curriculum includes fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies.

Genre writing instruction includes lessons on writing traits such as ideas, organization, word choice, conventions, sentence fluency, and voice.


Math

Everyday Math provides continual use of concepts from real-life situations. It is a spiral-based curriculum, revisiting concepts again and again. Games reinforce concepts and strengthen math fact fluency. Second grade concepts include addition and subtraction fact recall, multiplication and division as operations, geometry, time, money, measurement and fractions. We also include math fact supplements to ensure math fact mastery.


Science / Marine Science

Second grade begins with the study of physical science. Motion and forces lead to the study of magnets. Students then learn about matter and sound. Life science units include plants and animals, with a focus on environments and animal adaptations. Earth science delves into rocks, solids, and fossils. We end the year exploring natural resources and ways to use and conserve them.
The Lower School STEAM lab and all-school Cousteau Center for Marine Studies on the Knowlton Campus are truly places where each child’s inquisitive spirit develops, and where they are immersed in hands-on experiences that strategically build from year to year. Children work as scientists by inferring, predicting, observing, classifying, and recording data collected through their investigations.

Students are scheduled for the science lab once a week. As part of the weekly curriculum-based labs, LEGO Education/Engineering is presented twice a year. Topics include simple machines covering pulleys and levers. This program continues to robotics in third and fourth grades.

Marine environmental awareness is built into the curriculum as students visit the Cousteau Center for Marine Studies (CCMS) on the Upper Campus once a semester. The students go to the CCMS Lab where the lessons are led by the Director of Marine Studies, upper school students and the Hough Science Specialist. Hough Marine Studies (HMS) Adventure is a yearlong program taught by the Science Specialist. Grade 2 units of study include:

  • Cousteau Center for Marine Studies: Sustainable fishing, estuaries
  • Hough Marine Studies: Wetlands

Social Science

The second grade social science curriculum incorporates the idea of community within the units of study. The students begin the year by studying maps and globes to learn about our world. Following this unit the students learn the traditional historical facts about Native Americans and the original communities of our country.

In the Spring, the students study the life and times of a child in the 1800's. The culmination of this unit is a trip to Cracker Country in authentic costumes. The students sit in a real schoolhouse and participate in hands-on activities like butter churning and gardening.

Thematic units, textbooks, technology, field trips and guest professionals teach students about history, geography and citizenship. The last unit of the year explores the government and landmarks of St. Petersburg. This unit includes a ride on the Looper and a trip to the mayor's office. This unit ends with a tourist fair, The St. Petersburg Experience, during which all students create a booth to share information and souvenirs about their chosen St. Petersburg landmark.

Grade 3

Language Arts


In third grade, language arts becomes more departmentalized: grammar, reading, writing, spelling, and vocabulary are taught independently. Students read and learn about different genres such as fiction, nonfiction, biography, and fantasy. We work on comprehension strategies: visualizing, connecting, finding the main idea, character analysis, determining cause and effect, comparing and contrasting, determining fact versus opinion, making predictions and inferencing, summarizing or retelling, and sequencing events.

Students may use a classroom leveled “Lending Library” at their leisure as well as reading apps which offer stories at students’ individual levels.

Our spelling program, Words Their Way, offers skill-based spelling lists so children are placed in teams based on their individual skill. We also use SpellingCity.com to reinforce what is learned in class. Sadlier Oxford Vocabulary offers readily-used third grade words to increase students’ reading comprehension. Students can reference the online version of the book via their iPads to play games and learn study strategies. Learn more about our 1:1 program.

In writing, students learn to identify sentences and turn fragments into whole sentences. They begin to construct complete paragraphs regularly with topic, detail, and concluding sentences: and they work to punctuate different sentence types properly, and learn the different parts of speech to create vivid, descriptive writing. Students’ reading comprehension is evaluated through examples in their writing: retelling, sequencing, comparing, and contrasting.

Math


Our Everyday Mathematics lessons include addition and subtraction of whole numbers with regrouping (fact families/fact triangles), fact extensions, use of base ten blocks, place value, calculating elapsed time, use of a number grid, estimation, graphing, problem solving, measurement, multiplication and division algorithms (one and two digits), fractions, and geometry. Students continue to increase their knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division math facts. These are practiced using iPad apps and websites like IXL.com, both in class and at home.

Science / Marine Science


Third grade science includes the Invention Convention project sponsored through the University of South Florida. The children exercise their creativity when considering an existing item and generating ideas to improve it. Read About a Canterbury Student Who Placed at the Invention Convention (page 8).

In physical science, students learn about states of matter, forms of energy, and motion, culminating with an egg drop experiment.

The Lower School STEAM lab and all-school Cousteau Center for Marine Studies on the Knowlton Campus are truly places where each child’s inquisitive spirit develops, and where they are immersed in hands-on experiences that strategically build from year to year. Children work as scientists by inferring, predicting, observing, classifying, and recording data collected through their investigations.

Students are scheduled for the science lab once a week. As part of the weekly curriculum-based labs, LEGO Education/Engineering is presented twice a year. Grade 3 focuses on programmed animal robotics.

Marine environmental awareness is built into the curriculum as students visit the Cousteau Center for Marine Studies (CCMS) on the Upper Campus once a semester. The students go to the CCMS Lab where the lessons are led by the Director of Marine Studies, upper school students and the Hough Science Specialist. Hough Marine Studies (HMS) Adventure is a yearlong program taught by the Science Specialist. Grade 3 units of study include

  • Cousteau Center for Marine Studies: Sediments, trip to Clearwater Aquarium
  • Hough Marine Studies: Gulf of Mexico

Social Science


The third grade social science curriculum is designed to help students develop a broad perspective of our society, based on the continuous development of geographic concepts and discussions of current events. Third grade students begin the year reviewing map and globe skills, which are threaded into lessons throughout the school year, and culminate in a major project focusing on individual states.

Each student selects a state to research. This semester-long project encompasses cross-curricular subjects such as science, public speaking, history, and writing: for instance, students write articles for and design a newspaper with stories that would be relevant in that state. The project ends with a State’s Feast, a third grade luncheon that includes parents, for which each student brings a dish representing his/her pre-selected state.

Grade 4

Language Arts


Grade 4 builds a strong foundation in the literacy skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Promoting the love of reading and the confidence to become writers is paramount to our beliefs.

In our reading program, students read books both on their own and as a whole class, and then discuss literature regarding characterization, making inferences, and plot development.

In writing, students spend considerable time on multiple types of writing, including informational, narrative, opinion, and poetry. Our balanced literacy program includes instruction in mini lessons, followed by time to practice, to conference with teachers and peers, and to reflect and edit work. Students become proficient readers and expert writers by reading and writing more often and more critically.

All aspects of reading and writing are taught both individually and as a whole group, so that students learn to work cooperatively with partners and teams.

Math


The overall philosophy of our Grade 4 math program is for children to appreciate math, build confidence, and see the relevance of math in everyday life. Math provides experiences to explore, learn and practice mathematics in a range of settings, including whole class, small groups, partners, and individually.

Children are given multiple exposures to math concepts before mastery is expected. Through interactive games, inquiries, and open-ended questions, students learn the processes involved in solving mathematical problems with creativity, flexibility, and determination. Class discussions and written reflections in mathematics are encouraged because this is the age when students clarify and solidify their learning. By the end of Grade 4, students are proficient with multiple digit multiplication and long division.

Science / Marine Science


The Lower School STEAM lab and all-school Cousteau Center for Marine Studies on the Knowlton Campus are truly places where each child’s inquisitive spirit develops, and where they are immersed in hands-on experiences that strategically build from year to year. Children work as scientists by inferring, predicting, observing, classifying, and recording data collected through their investigations.

Students are scheduled for the science lab once a week. As part of the weekly curriculum-based labs, LEGO Education/Engineering is presented twice a year. Grade 4 focuses on animal robots with programming variations.

Marine environmental awareness is built into the curriculum as students visit the Cousteau Center for Marine Studies (CCMS) on the Upper Campus once a semester. The students go to the CCMS Lab where the lessons are led by the Director of Marine Studies, upper school students and the Hough Science Specialist. Hough Marine Studies (HMS) Adventure is a yearlong program taught by the Science Specialist. Grade 4 units of study include

  • Cousteau Center for Marine Studies: Water collection data, Marine Quest
  • Hough Marine Studies: A marsh grass nursery on the Hough campus is monitored by the fourth grade in partnership with Tampa Bay Watch.

Social Science


The fourth grade social science curriculum is designed to help students develop a broad perspective of our society based on the historical studies of Florida settlers, combined with the continuous development of geographic concepts and discussions of current events. The Florida History unit is completed by a re-enactment of the colonization of Florida between the arrival of the Paleo Indians until the Seminole Wars. The students also take a trip to St. Augustine, Florida, to learn more about the oldest surviving European colony in the United States.




Activity Periods


Grade 4 students have approximately eight activity periods throughout the school year. These periods provide an activity that is non-competitive, safe, and in which everyone can participate simultaneously. Previous activities have included golf, swimming, bowling, tennis, and ice skating.

Enrichment Classes, All Grades

Overview


The opportunities children have for hands-on learning at Canterbury are unmatched in our community. On average, students spend 420 minutes per week in these enrichment courses offered by specialized instructors. Teachers in these areas are highly talented, motivated, and wonderfully adept at teaching multiple grade levels. It should also be noted that, while not an “enrichment class,” ALL our students enjoy recess daily!

Visual Arts

1-2x/week
Thinking creatively and having artistic perspective drives the experiences of our youngest artists in the studio. The Lower School art curriculum fosters curiosity about materials and the art process. Students are encouraged to develop their own artistic voice.

We explore the world of fine art, folk art and local art exhibits in order to build a solid foundation in art history and critique. With dynamic compositions, students gain studio experience that is joyful and challenging. They experiment with a variety of expressive media such as paint, ceramics, photography, computer graphics, drawing and 3D design.

In order to cultivate global perspectives many studio lessons focus on the art of cultures from around the world. Many projects are linked to cultural studies happening that week in the classroom. The artwork gives tangible meaning to newly-learned material. To prepare the next generation of inventors and global leaders, we strive to instill a love of art and creative thinking that grows throughout their experience at Canterbury.

Applied Technology & Digital Citizenship

1x/week for PK3 - Grade 2; Daily integration for grades 3 and 4 as part of the 1:1 iPad program
Our Lower School has a dedicated Academic Technology Coordinator with a Master’s degree in Curriculum Development whose job is to help teachers integrate relevant technology tools in the classroom to enhance our students’ learning.

As students’ progress through the Lower School, the technology curriculum is authentically integrated with classroom curricula on each grade level to deepen learning, broaden experiences, and foster confidence. Students create e-portfolios documenting their technology projects, use apps to practice skills like math and reading, publish their work digitally with movies, documents, and digital books, use cloud services for document creation and storage. Basic keyboarding familiarization begins in prekindergarten and continues through more advanced skills and typing speed in grade 4.

STEAM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) are explored with hands-on activities using our Makerspace tools and resources. Students solve challenges through collaboration and trial and error. It is a place for them to make things that test their ideas, find answers, solve problems, and discover new ways of doing things. Early childhood students solve build challenges with LEGOs. Primary students work with more advanced LEGO challenges and use stop motion software to create and publish their stories. Grade 3 and 4 students use 3D modeling software to design objects to print on our 3D printer.

Our 1:1 program begins in grade 3 and continues through grade 8. Students in all grades have access to tablet devices, computers, and interactive displays such as Promethean tables and SMARTboards in every classroom.

Digital citizenship is a focus of our program for all students, and our curriculum governs appropriate use of technology in all aspects of life. Learn more about our Digital Citizenship Program. Learn more about our 1:1 Program.


World Languages

Spanish 2x/week; Mandarin Chinese 2x/week
We believe the learning of languages helps to cultivate a lifelong interest in different cultures and global perspectives. Lower School students learn both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

The younger grades begin with exposure to the new culture and languages, and, as they continue atCanterbury, the difficulty and goals of the classes shift toward more academically challenging and immersive coursework. In Chinese class, third and fourth grade students focus more on interpretive reading and presentational writing skills. In Spanish class, third and fourth graders focus on developing their interpersonal communication and presentational speaking skills.

Character Education

The LEADS program nurtures our students' individuality through activities designed to increase their self-esteem, sense of identity, and understanding of their feelings and the world around them. Students in PK3 through grade 4 follow a character education curriculum that focuses on one word each month. The words reflect the principles found in Canterbury’s Honor code. Through skits and weekly lessons, the teachers and students strive to understand and apply character traits such as honesty, responsibility, integrity, service, and respect. This developmentally appropriate sequential program prepares our students for social, emotional and personal success. Learn more about our Character Education Program.

Words like honesty, integrity, responsibility, compassion, self-discipline, perseverance and confidence are part of our school vernacular. For instance, the PK4 class performed a skit at Flag in front of parents and their peers, to explain the importance of respect. Reese and Riley were Superhero Rs for RESPECT!

Library/Information Literacy

1x/week
As students progress through the lower school, our information literacy curriculum advances with them. In a lively and inviting environment, Lower School children develop literary appreciation through storytimes and book talks with each other and the librarian, while our fourth grade students are learning to research, cite, and report on information found in our extensive library databases and resources.

They acquire information literacy skills through hands-on, developmentally appropriate experiences using a variety of media and technology. Learn more about our library.

Music

2x/week
Music classes focus on creativity in self-expression, rhythmic motor-muscular response and basic performance skills. Music symbols are learned as basic music theory is introduced. The Orff approach is used extensively in all grade levels. As students advance, they learn to read music; sing independently and as part of the ensemble; and experience a wide variety of music. Students study several composers during the year and are able to identify their major works. There is an emphasis on patriotic songs and how they were composed.

This process of creating music is the essence of our curriculum and becomes a wonderful performance experience that we share with the Canterbury community at morning Flag, weekly Chapel, and at larger special holiday assemblies on both campuses.

  • First and Second grade students perform in a winter musical.
  • PK3, PK4 and Kindergarten students present holiday performances twice a year.
  • Students in Grade 2 sing at local retirement homes.
  • Students in Grades 3 and above may participate in the all-school musical production in the spring.
  • Fourth grade students participate in a tone chime choir.
  • All third and fourth grade students perform in a musical production each spring at the Dollinger Theater on the Upper Campus.

Physical Education

3x/week
The lower school physical education program offers outdoor games and sports three times per week, more than the average school does. A strong emphasis is placed on sportsmanship and integrity, as well as how the children speak to each other and treat each other. A Health and Wellness Initiative offers multiple opportunities for before and after school through events like “Walk to School Day,” “Healthy Potluck Kickball” games after school on the Upper Campus, and so much more. Also, all students participate in a campus Field Day once a year.

Public Speaking

Lower school students as young as PK4 begin performing and speaking publicly in front of peers, parents, and faculty, as each grade performs character education skits, sings songs, and makes announcements during morning Flag ceremony. Speech and Drama prepare students in every grade to participate in at least one production during the year.

International Studies

Every year, each grade level selects a country to study throughout the year. This endeavor culminates with grade-level presentations of songs, dances, skits, customs, and language of the country. An International Studies Celebration in the spring furthers the learning and appreciation of other cultures.

Community Service

While not actually part of the daily curriculum, community service is a vital part of our students’ education. Each grade level spearheads one community service project each month throughout the school year, and the entire campus supports it. Learn more about lower school community service.

Lower School Learning Center

The mission of the Learning Center at Canterbury School of Florida is to provide and facilitate academic support and enrichment opportunities for students in order for them to pursue their educational success in accordance with the mission of the school.

To address the diverse needs and the developmental levels of learners at Canterbury's Lower School (PK3 - Grade 4) the Learning Center

  • provides academic support and enrichment in reading.
  • creates learning plans and oversees the implementation of accommodations for those who qualify.
  • provides collaboration between classroom teachers and support services.
  • provides individual, small group, and classroom academic support.
  • provides individual reading assessments and reviews.

Our Learning Center Specialist holds a Master's degree in education, and she is certified in both gifted education and specific learning disabilities. She works closely with teachers and parents to help provide for the differentiated learning styles or needs of Canterbury students on the Hough Campus individually, in small groups, or in the classroom in order to provide reading support or enrichment. Additionally, our Specialist consults with parents when outside evaluations or support services are recommended for the academic success of the student.

ADA Compliance

Canterbury School of Florida is committed to providing students and employees all rights granted in the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Act requires that schools make reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities provided there is no undue hardship to the school, no direct threat of harm to the individual or to others, and no fundamental alteration of the school’s program.