Grade Level Curriculum
Master teachers focus heavily on the areas of Math and Language Arts programming to improve these core subjects through hands-on projects and practice. During the morning portion of the program, students also learn from specialist teachers in science and technology and are able to check out books to their classrooms during their weekly lessons with our lower school librarian.
Kindergarten students must be five years old as of November 1, 2020 to enroll.
Overview of Kindergarten Curriculum:
- Teachers will model and teach the foundation of expressive and receptive language skills to help students build a foundation of communication in the school environment.
- Integrated themes featuring topics from nature will infuse all subject areas including pre-math skill builders, oral language development, arts and crafts, cooking projects, and listening skills that will be introduced each week.
- Learning will take place both inside and outside the classroom as students experience the world around them and how it connects to their life at school.
- Students will also create number and alphabet books and will come home with arts and crafts that reflect our units of study.
- Students will have time to explore the classroom during free choice times when they can use manipulative materials, games, and other resources.
Overview of 1st Grade Curriculum:
- The first-grade curriculum enriches all core academic areas, including reading, writing, math, oral language, and art.
- Through theme-based units, each subject area is integrated with multi-sensory activities that help promote mastery and deep understanding. Friendship, Community Helpers, and Ocean Life Care are just some of the themes that students will explore. Fundamental reading and writing skills will be reviewed and applied to a variety of language-based activities. Mathematical concepts will be practiced and expanded through daily application.
- Enrichment games and manipulatives are introduced to help promote number fluency and flexible thinking.
- The social skills of self-confidence, citizenship, sharing, and leadership will be strengthened by creating a strong sense of community and working together as a team.
Overview of Second Grade Curriculum:
- Second-grade students will experience a variety of enriching activities that strive to balance academic and social development.
- Through themes of Family, Community, Pirates, and Animals Around the World, students will connect the outside world to core subjects of writing, math, and oral language skills.
- Examples of activities include measuring plant growth in the garden, mapping where endangered animals live around the world, or looking for hidden treasures. The possibilities are endless.
- Participants will read aloud in small groups in a literature-based program, with time each week set aside for self-exploration in the library.
- Art and science projects will further highlight the second-grade experience through many hands-on activities.
- Grade level computations, number exploration, and problem-solving skills will be introduced.
- Opportunities for math enrichment games will be offered to help strengthen number sense and mathematical reasoning.
Overview of Third Grade Curriculum:
- Third-grade students will receive a balanced academic experience along with continuing practice in social development skills.
- Through a weekly thematic approach, students will integrate the subjects of reading, writing, and math.
- Engaging topics and themes including Space and The Life Cycle of a Butterfly.
- Students will investigate and learn as they refine, enhance and expand their academic skills.
- Project-based activities will allow students to witness, first hand, the various stages, and growth of a butterfly, author their own fictional short story, or design self-portraits.
- As students build their enjoyment of reading, they will practice identifying main idea, plot sequence, and significant details.
- Students will also explore the fun of writing, with attention to essential writing mechanics, fluency, descriptive vocabulary, and content development.
- Grade level computations, number exploration, and problem-solving skills will be reviewed and expanded. Further development of mental calculations and number play will help strengthen math fluency and flexible thinking.
Overview of Fourth Grade Curriculum:
- Fourth-grade students will reinforce, strengthen, and enhance their understanding and application of all core academic areas through project-based activities, formal instruction, and hands-on learning.
- Dynamic lessons designed to excite learning and encourage discovery will support the daily work.
- Students in fourth grade will publish original stories, simulate historical events, construct three-dimensional models, and work cooperatively to solve mathematical challenges.
- Through exposure to many genres, students will practice reading for accuracy, finding the main idea, examining plot sequence, and learning new vocabulary.
- Building enthusiasm for writing will be a special emphasis as students refine their skills in planning, writing, and editing their drafts.
- Writing mechanics and proper use of grammar will be reinforced.
- Basic math skills will continue to be developed and refined through challenging math activities.
- Students will work together to explore, discover, and apply mathematical patterns, logic, and problem-solving techniques.
Overview of Fifth Grade Curriculum:
- Fifth-grade students will participate in an integrated thematic curriculum in reading, writing, and math.
- As teachers encourage a continuing enthusiasm for reading, students will attend to accuracy and fluency as well as practice and apply critical reading skills that enhance comprehension.
- Students will approach the writing process through the stages of prewriting, drafting, editing, and publishing.
- Students' exposure to many writing styles will be used as a tool for expanding their written expression.
- Number exploration, computation, and problem-solving skills will be tailored to meet the appropriate needs of each student.
- Strategic and creative math challenges will serve to intrigue and motivate students, enriching their understanding and appreciation.