Little School
6 weeks - 3 years

Little School at Lincoln is a warm, child-focused environment that exudes joy. Children play, dance, sing, create, share stories, investigate nature, and share meals with friends. It’s all part of the unique path to discovery we offer for boys and girls six weeks through three years through our child-directed, Reggio Emilia-inspired approach, which emphasizes collaboration and process.
Big things are happening with our littlest learners! Building Beginnings, a campus improvement campaign dedicated to both learning through discovery and connection through community, is the exciting next step in Lincoln's 10-year Facilities Master Plan. In concert with the 25th anniversary of our world-class Little School program, this project will add a new state-of-the-art Little School building to campus, and enhance the Lower School with a reimagined library and learning center, as well as a modern facade to match the 21st-century learning that takes place inside. Learn more about Building Beginnings!
The Little School curriculum also benefits from belonging to the larger Lincoln School community and campus, with specialist and extracurricular classes including foreign language beginning at age two, as well as library, music, and physical education.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child into our warm, nurturing, and exciting Little School community.

Lincoln Little School Building Beginnings

Building Beginnings (rendering on left) will make the way for more future learners at Little School!

Infants & Yearlings (6 weeks – 18 months)

Little School offers a nurturing environment where children explore at their own pace and developmental level, using open-ended materials. As they grow, learn and build relationships with staff and the children around them, they develop a sense of competence and trust in the world.

Young Toddlers (starting around 18 months)

Young Toddlers at Little School develop an appreciation for their uniqueness along with a sense of respect for others and themselves. They engage in language, motor, cognitive, social, and emotional development through hands-on exploration and group interactions.

Older Toddlers and Young Threes (24 months and up)

Our Older Toddlers and Young Threes follow their natural curiosity, develop ideas, and learn about their world. We take cues from their individual interests, learning styles, and abilities, with a curriculum focused on the process and foundation of learning, not the resulting product.

Life in the Little School

It’s all about joy, discovery, friendship, and growth!

Life in the Little School means…

  • Singing, moving and shaking in weekly music and movement classes. Little School Partners with East Side Music Together for weekly classes that nurture the musical growth of our youngest learners.
  • Participating in campus-wide activities with our older students, like the International Day of Peace.
  • Speaking, singing and listening to stories in French and Spanish taught by language specialists from our World Language Department.
  • Exploring creative expression through dramatic play, creative block building, outdoor play and mixed media art.
  • Listening to stories, poems and fingerplays both in the classroom and in the library.  Weekly library classes are taught by our Lower School Librarian. 
  • Caring for, harvesting, and sampling vegetables from the Edible Garden.
  • Exploring language with shared reading and writing, nursery rhymes, book making, storytelling and journal “writing.” 
  • Learning through discovery and connecting through the community.



Contact us with questions or to schedule a tour!


401-331-9696 ext. 3154

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Little School News

Welcome to Lincoln!

This week, faculty and staff returned to campus for Faculty Work Week, a final chance to prepare for the excitement of the 2019–2020 school year! While we are thrilled to welcome back so many familiar faces, we are also excited to have 10 new members of our community this year.

Read More about Welcome to Lincoln!