The curriculum in Lower School focuses on the total growth of the child in this period encompassing the pre-teen phase. A happy learning atmosphere is fostered as we address the intellectual, emotional, physical, social, and artistic well-being of the students. At CISM, the ability to creatively form ideas, evaluate information critically, and think independently is as important as the ability to absorb facts and information. Homerooms are utilized for the four core modules: Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Mandarin, the fifth core module, is taught in the Chinese Language Lab. Music, Art, Computer Studies, and Physical Education are taught by specialist teachers.
The Chinese language program is centered on the four areas of language learning skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through songs, poems, and stories, children build their Chinese vocabulary and language structures. The activity and theme based curriculum enables the children to relate to daily life experiences. Students acquire practical communication skills versus rote memorization. The Chinese heritage and culture is interspersed within the lessons.
A range of afternoon activities are offered at the end of the school day and students are encouraged to participate in the activities and clubs which are not included in the regular curriculum but which they find interesting and enjoyable.