Ethical Education in the Beginning School
Teaching and learning about being self-directed, interacting respectfully with others, and other social skills starts in the Beginning School.
Students learn to be self-directed. They learn, care, and gain respect for self, family, classroom, community, and environment. They develop positive self-images, which promote successful interactions with peers and adults in both large and small groups; take initiative; complete tasks in a manner which instills pride in one’s accomplishments; and develop independence and responsibility for making appropriate choices.
Interaction with Others
Beginning School students learn about respect and empathy for others while developing cooperation, collaboration, and sharing skills. They begin to express and understand feelings of self and others, strengthen cooperation, and work on collaboration skills. The faculty and students work together to create classrooms with a sense of community, while emphasizing friendship building and cooperative learning.
Students develop interpersonal skills to help them problem solve. Faculty and staff introduce the Second Step social skills curriculum. Students become acquainted with developing empathy, self-control, and strategies for managing intense feelings.
Our young students grow as members of their new school community, learning what it means to be responsible for one’s own belongings, cubby space, and classrooms.
Being a Buddy
Beginning schoolers learn to support each other through respectful behavior and benefit from the seasoned advice and special friendship of a Lower School “buddy.”
In the Beginning School, our youngest students experience being a valued member of a community and contributing to the classroom. They learn to take care of the people and things they value in the classroom and the school. They discuss and identify needs of the school community and act on those needs with special projects.
The yearly community-engagement project provides children and their parents the opportunity to make greeting cards for the Salt Lake County Meals on Wheels program.
The Beginning School’s service-learning activities that focus on responsibility and community membership are supported and supplemented by the chapel program. Each trimester, our director of ethical education and support counselors vist 4PreK students in their classrooms. Kindergarteners learn about diverse faiths and celebrations in St. Margaret’s Chapel, the spiritual heart of the McCarthey Campus.