The American School of Madrid | Lower School
Lower School Program

The Lower School program at ASM is based on our belief that an effective education for young children incorporates the principles of child development and recognizes the importance of developing attributes that will help the child succeed in school and in the future. For this reason, we have created a...

Kinder 3 to Grade 5

From Kinder 3 to grade 5, ASM has a standars-based curriculum, using Aero standards and benchmarks to plan instruction and assess student progress. These standards were developed by the Office of Overseas Schools in the US State Department, and provide a challenging and professionally-validated curricular framework for our work with...

Early Childhood – Kinder 1 and Kinder 2

The Kinder 1 and 2 programs are designed to introduce the students to a variety of readiness activities. In these Kinder classes there are daily opportunities to develop vocabulary and speaking skills that will help prepare children for reading and writing. In addition, the following pre-reading and pre-writing skills are...

Mathematics

The development of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and problem solving in mathematics are of great importance in the Lower School curriculum. In each grade, students are exposed to all five mathematical strands: Number Sense and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Statistics and Probability. Children are involved in daily problem-based learning, making...

Reading

The Lower School program adheres to the philosophy inherent in the developmental approach to education. Whole language, which recognizes that language is learned best through its use (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) in authentic contexts, is balanced with the teaching of letter recognition and phonics. From Kinder 3 to grade 5...

Writing

The ability of children to express themselves will in writing is a major goal of the Lower School curriculum. Students in all grade levels are given many opportunities to write in a variety of formats and across all subject areas. Students are taught a process of writing which encourages them to...

Handwriting

Children learn the D'Nealian alphabet in Kinder 3. The transition to cursive handwriting begins in grade 2. Legibility is encouraged at every grade level. In grades 2 to 5 keyboarding and word processing sills are also practiced....

Science and Social Studies

In the science program, children lean the skills and knowledge that are fundamental to an appreciation for science and scientists. They study aspects of life, physical and earth sciences. In the course of their study, students engage in observation, measurement, interpretation, and prediction, using the investigatory approach with "hands-on" activities. In...

Speaking and Listening

Beginning early in their school experience, students are taught the importance of being good listeners; speech is developed through a variety of classroom activities. We encourage and develop the children's abilities to express themselves orally. From relating experiences and retelling a story or book read, to participating in group discussions...

Learner Support and Guidance Counseling

The Learner Support Program in the Lower School provides the resources and direct support for differentiation to met the needs of our diverse student body in Kinder 3 to grade 5. A fundamental principle of our approach to learner support is that unique learning styles, abilities, and talents are best...