Curriculum

Lower School

Kindergarten

Highlights of the Kindergarten program:

Math

  • Counting, reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers 1 - 100
  • Addition and subtraction facts to 20
  • Identification, comparison and description of geometric shapes and objects
  • Concepts introduced: patterns, time, money, skip counting, place value and graphing
  • Emphasis on developing problem solving skills using a variety of methods and strategies

English Language Arts

  • Reading: systematic, explicit phonics instruction using the Superkids program
  • Lessons integrate reading, spelling, writing, comprehension and listening skills
  • Focus on phonemic awareness, phonics-based decoding, and recognition of memory words
  • Concentration on proper letter formation of capital and lower-case letters
  • Sentence writing is introduced
  • Writing and spelling skills are practiced through phonetic dictation

Social Studies

  • An interactive based curriculum with a focus on communities
  • Thematic based curriculum teaches children through listening, observing, role-playing, building, brainstorming and decision-making

Science

  • Introduction to the basics of scientific inquiry during science lab instruction and investigation
  • Hands-on curriculum explores the areas of life science, Earth science and physical science

Study Skills

  • Priority placed on working independently, staying on task, cooperative learning and collaboration
  • Introduction of homework twice a week as a way to reinforce recently learned skills in both math and reading

Public Speaking

  • Development of communication skills through book reports, child of the week and academic sharing in a nurturing environment

Art

  • Use of a variety of media for class art projects and specific art activities integrated throughout the daily curriculum as a way to express creative ideas
  • Art in Action, a study of fine art, sponsored by our Parents’ Club

Music

• Weekly music classes include songs and rhythm instruments as a way to develop a sense of music style
• All students participate in our December Holiday Show and the annual Spring Sing

Technology

  • One laptop per child with a concentration on opening and closing files, saving student work, proper use of mouse pad and locating and opening predetermined educational websites
  • Several projects using online sites and other software that support the kindergarten curriculum

Spanish

  • Introduction of the Spanish language through songs, conversational phrases and high use vocabulary including colors, numbers, shapes, body parts and animal names

Sign Langauge

  • Students learn and practice American Sign Language (ASL) in a fun and creative way through songs, props, and movement activities.
  • Our students will be exposed to the ASL alphabet—the origin of the language—and introduced to basic signs such as “hello” and “please.”
  • Each month will present a new and amusing theme and along with it new songs and activities. Monthly newsletters are sent home so that you may sign, sing and shimmy along with your little one.

Physical Education

  • Development of gross motor skills through individual and group activities in a fun and accepting environment while promoting physical fitness and good sportsmanship
  • GROWFIT PE program is a fun, game-based approach that provides the ability, confidence and desire to be physically active for life

First Grade

Highlights of the first grade program include:

Math

  • Mastery of addition and subtraction to 20, telling time and money
  • Concepts introduced: place value, multiplication, fractions and geometry
  • Emphasis on developing problem solving skills using a variety of methods and strategies

English Language Arts

  • Reading: systematic, explicit phonics instruction using the Superkids program, Lippincott, and Reading Street anthology
  • Mastery of long vowels, phonemes and vowel diphthongs
  • Concentration on more difficult memory words which expands vocabulary
  • Sentence writing with a focus on structure with the addition of adjectives and adverbs
  • Basic grammar rules and an introduction to editing as a part of spelling and creative writing
  • Introduction of D’Nealian handwriting which incorporates slant, rhythm and spacing

Social Studies

  • An interactive Social Studies curriculum allows for open discussion and sharing
  • Themes include: importance of friends, community, map skills and other cultures

Science

  • Hands-on science lab program allows students the opportunity to use the scientific method and inquiry to investigate the world
  • Curriculum explores the areas of life science, Earth science and physical science

Study Skills

  • Priority placed on time management, personal responsibility, organization and self-help skills
  • Development of critical thinking and problem solving skills through independent activities and cooperative learning opportunities

Public Speaking

  • Development of confident communication skills through book reports, small group assignments and presentations

Art

  • Integrated throughout the curriculum art provides students a way to express their ideas through a variety of mediums
  • Our Parents’ Club sponsors Art in Action, a study of fine art

Music

  • Weekly music classes include songs and rhythm instruments as a way to develop a sense of music style
  • All students participate in our December Holiday Show and the annual Spring Sing

Technology

  • Students utilize iWork, Pages, HyperStudio 5 and Education City
  • Introduction of basic keyboarding skills
  • Online sites and other software are used to support and enhance areas of study

Physical Education

  • Develop large motor skills through individual and group activities in a fun and accepting environment while promoting physical fitness and good sportsmanship
  • Our SPARK PE program designed to be inclusive, active, engaging and fun

Spanish

  • Exposure to the culture of Spanish speaking countries through activities, music and high use vocabulary
  • Exploration of Spanish vocabulary and high frequency phrases including colors, numbers, shapes, animals, seasonal vocabulary, the calendar, greetings and courtesy words and school and classroom vocabulary

Second Grade

Highlights of the second grade program include:

Math

  • Advanced studies of the following concepts: place value, multiplication, division, telling time, money, decimals, fractions, geometry, graphing and measurement
  • Emphasis on developing problem solving skills using a variety of methods and strategies
  • Ongoing assessment includes individual practice and tests

English Language Arts

  • Reading: phonics instruction and literature study using Lippincott, Reading Street anthology series and chapter books
  • Emphasis on reading short stories to develop strong comprehension and summarizing skills
  • Writing includes: rules of grammar, story mapping, creative writing and formal paragraphs
  • D'Nealian writing is mastered
  • Introduction of cursive handwriting with a focus on slant and legibility

Social Studies

  • An interactive social studies curriculum explores the importance of family and people who have shaped our communities
  • Map skills and geography are highlighted throughout each unit

Science

  • Hands-on science lab program allows students the opportunity to use the scientific method and inquiry to investigate the world
  • Curriculum explores how living things grow and change, the Earth, space and weather
  • Emphasis on in-depth understanding through reading, vocabulary and assessment

Study Skills

  • Priority placed on time management, personal responsibility and organizational skills
  • Prioritization and organization of schoolwork with the introduction of a planner
  • Through independent and cooperative learning activities, students continue to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills

Public Speaking

  • Confident communication skills are further developed through the presentation of class work, book reports and creative projects

Art

  • Integrated throughout the curriculum, art provides students a way to express their ideas through a variety of mediums
  • Our Parents’ Club sponsors Art in Action, a study of fine art

Music

  • Weekly music classes include songs and rhythm instruments as a way to develop a sense of music style.
  • All students participate in our December Holiday Show and the annual Spring Sing

Technology

  • Mastery of the following skills by the end of the year: opening and closing files, saving student work
  • Software and application include: iWorks, Garage Band, Mavis Beacon Typing, Education City, BrainPop and HyperStudio 5
  • Continued practice of keyboarding skills
  • Online sites and other software are used to support projects and enhance areas of study

Physical Education

  • Develop large motor skills through individual and group activities in a fun and accepting environment while promoting physical fitness and good sportsmanship
  • SPARK PE program is designed to be inclusive, active and fun
  • Teamwork and positive play is encouraged

Spanish

  • Review the prior year’s vocabulary while working on ease of conversation and writing of new common phrases
  • Exposure to the culture of Spanish speaking countries through activities, games, music and expanded vocabulary for family, holidays, rooms in a school, weather, feelings and clothing
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