The Lower School Library collection consists of almost 15,000 items and offers excellent choices in fiction and nonfiction titles (General and Judaic), and Hebrew Picture books. The library curriculum complements and reinforces many units studied in both general and judaic Classes.
Students in all grades are taught the importance of handling books carefully; the usefulness of knowing the parts of a book; recognizing various authors and illustrators and are introduced to special award winners. Students are taught to identify characteristics of various literary genres, and encouraged to compare literature from different cultures, (fairy tales, folk tales, fables, myths, and tall tales).
Students in all grades are taught the physical arrangement of the library. Students can distinguish between the alphabetic arrangement of fiction and numerical arrangement of nonfiction. The Dewey decimal classification system is introduced in the third grade and expanded in more detail in the fourth grade. Students are taught to use the online catalog (OPAC) with assistance in the lower grades and independently in the upper grades.
General reference materials such as encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries, thesauri are introduced in the third and fourth grade. Online encyclopedias and selected internet sites will be used for research assignments.
The goal of the Computer Technology program in the Lower School is to provide students with skills to design, create, communicate, and solve problems by using computer technology. Coding skills are used to reinforce concepts in computational thinking, logical reasoning and sequencing skills, as well as language arts, math, and other curricular areas. Utilizing the computer lab and a class set of iPads, students gain confidence using desktop computers and tablets. They use a variety of applications to create a wide array of projects and build skills that enhance and strengthen the General and Judaic Studies curricula. Digital citizenship, including safeguarding privacy, proper care of hardware and software, cyberbullying, safe and effective searching, and respecting intellectual property are introduced in an age appropriate manner.