The Elementary Department works with students in 3rd to 5th grade (ages 8-11). Teachers work on the following core academics:
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
The Elementary department teachers collaborate with Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, as well as teachers of the Visually Impaired and Deaf and Hard of Hearing, to embed movement and therapeutic activities into our daily curriculum. Throughout the school day, students work on building their independence with daily living skills, social skills, personal care, and academics.
In addition to the traditional classroom, students focus on furthering their abilities through community based experiences. These experiences provide another environment to expand their abilities to communicate, socialize, practice community safety, and learn about community resources. These unique experiences include traveling to:
Matheson Memorial Library (Ekhorn Public Library)
The department travels to the public library in Elkhorn 3 to 4 times a year. During these trips, the Youth Program Director facilitates activities related to the growth and development of our readers. Students are engaged in fun read alouds, hand picked by the library staff, to engage our students, which are then followed by activities related to the books read. Students learn appropriate etiquette for traveling to a new place, to utilize resources from a library, and get to experience reading in a fun, new way!
Lakeland’s Elementary students are paired with a local school in the Buddy Program. Throughout the year students have the opportunity to participate in face-to-face activities in order to foster positive peer relationships with our partnering school in East Troy. The students favorite activity is when Lakeland School hosts a pizza and swim party for our buddies.
Lakeland Health Care Center
The Elementary Department also travels to the Lakeland Health Care Center, across the street from the school. Students create projects and cards to deliver to the residents at the care facility. Students practice community safety when crossing the street, as well as appropriate social skills when visiting.
Other Community Opportunities
Other community experiences include, but are not limited, to outdoor experiences such as visiting Green Meadows Farm in the Fall and the Milwaukee County Zoo in the Spring.