The Younger Group



Christine Lipari-Althaus teaches the three-year span of the Younger Group. She "lives the day" with her children, carefully nurturing the group of six- through nine-year-olds as they develop into a caring, concerned community of learners.

Academics begin to have a more traditionally structured form in the Y.G., with a strong basis in problem solving. The children are encouraged to find and use their own strengths as learners to build their skills through a large variety of activities and equipment.

The classroom is bright and busy. Christine encourages movement and talking, because children need to do both to learn. The whole Y.G. works on many things together, like plays, singing, group books, and a sense of group responsibility. They also work in small learning groups, teaching each other, and as individuals, developing their own ideas, work habits and projects.

Christine believes that children in these age ranges "need a wide path for learning."



YG Newsletter

  • Winni-the-Pooh Party
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    A Pooh Party


    After five months in the Younger Group I have been amazed, not only by how quickly the time has gone by, but also how full each and every day is. I can also not believe how much we manage to pack into our schedule. 

    This past Wednesday was the author, A. A. Milne’s birthday. In the Younger Group at the Antioch School, that means it is also POOH DAY. Reading Pooh stories and celebrating Pooh Day is a long honored tradition in the YG stretching back to Bev Price’s time as the YG teacher. Perhaps 30-40 years of pure Pooh pleasure.

    This year we had a fun day, filled with pajamas, Pooh related snacks, Pooh stories, Pooh games and a Pooh movie. We had far more activities than time to enjoy them all. 

    For some children in the YG it was their first Pooh Day. For others, sadly, their last. But for almost everyone it was a lot of fun. 

    I look forward to crashing next year’s Pooh party when I am back as the school’s Art & Science teacher.



Read more from Christine's blog...
Christine - The Younger Group Teacher

Christine Lipari-Althaus - Younger Group

Christine graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Special Education. She has taught First Grade in a public school setting and Kindergarten at a Reggio-inspired school prior to joining the daily life and learning on Antioch School's campus.

"I love the freedom and responsibility children have over their learning at our school. They are confident to try something new or consider what learning interests them. They know that this is our class, this is our school, that we are safe and can take a chance - whether it is while reading a book, learning a new note on the recorder, working out a math problem, teaching a friend to play chess or writing a class play. With children's excitement, needs and inquiry as our lead, we learn and gather experience from many different opportunities. I'm just lucky enough to be the teacher who is able to support the YG children in these daily adventures."

This is Christine's third year as the Younger Group teacher. She enjoys learning and laughing with the children of the Antioch School each school day.
The Younger Group
For first-, second-, and third-graders
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Upcoming Younger Group Events

Wed Aug 22 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
Garden Work Day

Sat Aug 25 @ 9:00AM - 02:00PM
Beginning of school year work bee

Wed Aug 29 @ 8:30AM - 03:00PM
First Day of School

Thu Aug 30 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
School Welcome Picnic

Contact Christine

If you have a question for Christine, please use the form below to send her an email.

Testimonial of Alban Holyoke.

Alban Holyoke
The Antioch School 1990-1999


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