The Younger Group



Christine Lipari-Althaus teaches the three-year span of the Younger Group. She "lives the day" with her students, 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 YG, 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 YG 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

  • 100 Days of School

    The 100th day of school! Upon filling in our days of school count the excitement of reaching 100 was a true happiness for all the children in the class. We had a few ideas of how to celebrate this glamorous number.

    We wrote numbers up to 100, counted 100 Cheerios as we strung them onto necklaces. We counted 100 giant steps, and passed a ball from classmate to classmate 100 times! Children baked brownies and enjoyed them together after our gym and swim afternoon session “to celebrate so many days of school- 100 is a lot”!

    We celebrate the idea of 100! As a group we have…
    -come to school for 100 days
    -said good morning 100 times
    -read over 100 stories 
    -held 100 morning meetings as a class
    -shared sunny days, rainy days, windy days and snowy days
    -told jokes… surely hundreds of those!
    -solved puzzles, mazes, math problems and codes
    -wrote stories and poems
    -played drums, sang songs
    -wrote and performed an original Fall play, countless skits and many “stuffie-weddings”
    -took hundreds of steps in Glen Helen Nature Preserve 
    -embraced hundreds of opportunities to grow
    Congratulations to the YG and this exciting day of 100!
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Christine - The Younger Group Teacher

Christine - Younger Group

Christine graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in Intervention. During graduate school Christine taught first grade in the hills of Athens County, Ohio.  Later, she moved to Southeastern Ohio to teach Kindergarten at a private school with a Reggio-inspired philosophy. Through these experiences Christine discovered her teaching passion of being part of a school community that trusts children, values their differences, and places an importance on human development and the relationships that are built during this brief, but vital, time of a child’s life.

 “The children of the Antioch School are given the freedom and responsibility to embrace their learning and design their school day. As a teacher at the Antioch School, I am also given these freedoms and responsibilities. I love the emerging projects, daily curiosities, and how the excitement of the students can guide our work and time together.”

Christine lives in Yellow Springs with her family. She strives to be an advocate for protecting the joy of childhood for today’s children. She is a believer in the magic of a muddy puddle, a shovel and a pail.


The Younger Group
For first-, second-, and third-graders
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Upcoming Younger Group Events

Mon Apr 03 @12:00AM
Archaeology Residency

Mon Apr 03 @12:00AM
School Resumes

Tue Apr 04 @12:00AM
Archaeology Residency

Wed Apr 05 @12:00AM
Archaeology Residency

Thu Apr 06 @12:00AM
Archaeology Residency

Fri Apr 07 @12:00AM
Conference Day - School Closed

Fri Apr 14 @12:00AM
Conference Day - School Closed

Thu Apr 20 @12:00AM
Swim & Gym Thursday

Fri Apr 21 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Scholarship Gala

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