Signature Programs

At Canterbury School, we've designed programs for each grade level that focus on discovery and exploration, growth and challenges, and the opportunity for students to change their community and their world.

In Lower School, every activity takes a creative, interactive, activity-based approach. Our teachers support students so they feel empowered to welcome challenges and quickly, wholly recover from any setbacks along the way. Our Lower School Signature Programs give students the opportunity to expand their boundaries and learn in the process.


Kindergarten: Family Field Studies

Imagine your child performing laparoscopic surgery, preparing food in a restaurant, sitting in the jury box, checking out a hot rod under the hood, becoming a super house cleaner, or attending a rehearsal of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Family Field Studies include these experiences and much more. Photos of the visits, and stories written by students, are published as take-home books for families to share. Through Family Field Studies, students develop a growing sense of community and practice literacy development.


Grade 1: Books and Places: Magic Moments and Memories

Students are immersed in a year-long adventure through literature and writing. They meet knights, castles and fairytales; national landmarks and the monuments of Washington, DC; and the wonders of space and oceans. Virtual tours, guest speakers, research projects and simulated trips to far-away places provide truly magical moments for Grade 1 students. Students develop literacy and communication skills, collaboration techniques, and proficiency in technology applications.


Grade 2: Journeys into Earth Care with Ms. Frizzle

Using the Magic School Bus book series, students discover, and explore, the interconnectedness of people, animals and plants. One goal of the program: To provide regular opportunities for students to be outdoors. Students study native trees during visits to Fox Island Nature Preserve and the Yoder Sugar Bush, and they apply new knowledge to their participation in the Canterbury Lower School Green Team.

Another goal of the program is to raise students' awareness of Earth's valuable natural resources. They study our school’s use of resources and make recommendations to reduce our ecological impact and boost our sustainability. Students make monthly service announcements in Chapel and help plan the April Earth Day celebration. As students “travel” with Mrs. Frizzle throughout the year, they build their capacity as stewards of the environment and become more considerate and conscious of their own impact on the world around them. This unit is designed to create a lifelong commitment to the environment.


Grade 3: Innovation Through Time

A true adventure in world history and innovation awaits, as students travel through time. From the Ice Age to the Space Age, the program mixes science, history, literature and technology so students can explore the physical, cultural and historical aspects of each time period. Student learning is enhanced using virtual tours, Google Earth, robotics, literature and research. Teamwork and perseverance is a focus, as students learn to challenge themselves independently and work collaboratively. The possibilities are endless!


Grade 4: Young Entrepreneurs

Through this intensive year-long applied math project, students become Young Entrepreneurs, learning all aspects of a business from product development and production, to marketing and raising capital. Students hear from experts in the field, tour local businesses and complete the year with the Fourth Grade Marketplace, where they market and sell several of their products. The hands-on elements of the project expose students to the realities of taking a product to market, as they use technology, collaboration, communication and creativity to bring their ideas to life.