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KINDERGARTEN

Language Arts

What we do:    

  • Develop concepts of print, phonemic awareness, phonics, and knowledge of story language

  • Pre-reading and writing skills

  • Practice early reading strategies: using picture clues, beginning sounds, and patterns

  • Play with rhyme and rhythm

  • Approximate writing by drawing and labeling

  • Use invented spelling

How we do it:   

In kindergarten, students begin to build the foundational skills for reading through interactive read-alouds, shared readings of poems and songs, and daily reading centers. Students develop their phonological awareness, early literacy concepts, letter and sound knowledge, and understanding of how words work. They are supported with a balance of whole-group, small-group, and one-to-one instruction that allows each individual student to become a more competent reader and writer. Letter formation is introduced and practiced using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.


Math

What we do:

  • Count and compare numbers to 100, with a special focus on numbers to 20

  • Represents addition and subtraction with objects, drawing or verbal explanations

  • Sort, compare, and draw shapes

 

How we do it:

The kindergarten program blends problem-solving and skill building with teaching strategies and objectives. Combining whole group, small group and independent activities, instruction supports the development of mathematical thinking for students through exploration with manipulatives, testing and reasoning.


Science

What we do:

  • Demonstrate curiosity through questioning, observation, and investigation

  • Make hypotheses from observations and information

  • Demonstrate understanding of content and key concepts

 

How we do it:

Children are encouraged to discuss their work in small groups and during whole class discussions. Experiments are hands on and investigations are driven by student interests. Field trips and expert visitors encourage deeper connections to learning.



Social Studies

What we do:

  • Mindfulness practice

  • Exploration of the school community

  • Essential concepts of family and culture

 

How we do it:

Through group projects, discussions, classroom play, literature, and field trips, children learn to interact positively with others while building the self-esteem, confidence, and self-control necessary for learning the skills and work habits to be successful learners and members of the school community.

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1ST GRADE

Language Arts

What we do:

  • Compare and contrast and text-to-self and text-to-text connections

  • Understand setting, sequencing and making predictions

  • Read aloud with appropriate fluency

  • Demonstrate phonemic awareness through spelling strategies and decoding of words

  • Use descriptive words when writing

  • Print legibly and space letters, words and sentences appropriately

 

How we do it:

Students are immersed in  materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole-group, small-group and individualized instruction to progress to the next level. Students are exposed to a variety of genres, comprehension strategies, and decoding skills. Through a balance of whole-group, small-group and one-on-one instruction, each student is supported in becoming a more competent writer. Teachers introduce high-frequency words, common spelling patterns, and word solving strategies students practice that they complete during literacy centers and throughout the day. Letter formation is reviewed and practiced using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.


Math

What we do:

  • Add and subtract with numbers to 20, including with story problems

  • Become fluent with addition and subtraction facts to 10

  • Count to 120 and learn about place value (ones, tens, hundreds)

  • Identify, sort, and draw shapes

 

How we do it:

Instruction blends problem-solving and skill building with teaching strategies and objectives. The program combines whole group, small group and independent activities and supports the development of mathematical thinking for students through exploration with manipulatives, testing and reasoning.


Science

What we do:

  • Investigate animals  and plants; examining their needs, their habitats, their adaptations, and their interdependence with one another and with us.

  • Explore balance, motion, and stability

  • Experiment with minerals and the rock cycle

 

How we do it:

Students practice the scientific process by asking questions, making and recording observations, exploring and experimenting with materials, and researching. Read-alouds,independent reading, field trips and expert visitors encourage deeper connections to learning.


Social Studies

What we do:

  • Distinguishes opinion from fact

  • Demonstrates basic map skills

  • Understands cause and effect relationships

  • Demonstrates understanding of content and key concepts in current units

  • Demonstrates empathy, knowledge and understanding of the environment, animals and people around the world

 

How we do it:

Through whole and small group discussions, project- based learning, and hands-on investigations, students immerse themselves in a variety of topics.

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2ND GRADE

Language Arts

What we do:

  • Knows and applies grade level phonics and word analysis skills when decoding words

  • Reads with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension

  • Uses words, illustrations, and context clues to identify characters, setting, and plot

  • Asks and answers questions to demonstrate understanding of a text

  • Retells stories and demonstrates understanding of the main ideas

  • Writes legibly and uses appropriate spacing

  • Uses capitalization and punctuation appropriately

  • Uses letter sound knowledge to spell words

  • Identifies and uses spelling patterns

  • Uses the writing process effectively: brainstorms, drafts, revises, edits, publishes

  • Demonstrates use of character, plot, setting and conflict in fictional writing

  • Communicates ideas clearly in writing

 

How we do it:

Students are immersed in  materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole-group, small-group and individualized instruction to progress to the next level. Students are exposed to a variety of genres, comprehension strategies, and decoding skills. Through a balance of whole-group, small-group and one-on-one instruction, each student is supported while  becoming a more competent writer. Teachers introduce high-frequency words, common spelling patterns, and word solving strategies students practice that they complete during literacy centers and throughout the day.


Math

What we do:

  • Make sense of problems and perseveres in solving them

  • Represent thinking with visual models

  • Communicate mathematical thinking effectively

  • Count by 1's, 2’s, 5’s, 10's and 100's up to 1,000

  • Understand and identifies place value to thousands

  • Add fluently within 20

  • Subtract fluently within 20

  • Represent and solves addition and subtraction problems within 100

  • Describe and classifies regular and irregular 2-D and 3-D shapes

  • Identify the fractional parts of whole shapes

  • Measure and compare in standard and metric units

  • Tell and write time to nearest 5 minutes

  • Solve word problems using money

  • Recognize, extend, and create patterns

  • Solve addition and subtraction problems with unknowns in all positions

 

How we do it:

    Our curriculum blends problem-solving and skill building with a variety of teaching strategies and objectives. The program combines whole group, small group and independent activities and supports the development of mathematical thinking for students through exploration with manipulatives,testing and reasoning.


Science

What we do:

  • Animals and their  habitats

  • Explore balance, motion, and stability

  • Develop an understanding about simple machines

 

How we do it:

Students plan and conduct simple investigations, employ tools and techniques to gather data,  and use data to construct reasonable explanations. They construct an understanding of science concepts through their own investigations and analyses, using laboratory equipment, student readings, and interactive technology.


Social Studies

What we do:

  • Distinguish opinion from fact

  • Demonstrate basic map skills

  • Understand cause and effect relationships

  • Demonstrate understanding of content and key concepts in current units

  • Investigate past figures who have left a lasting impact on the Earth

 

How we do it:

Second graders learn to identify the overall “big picture” ideas, select and use appropriate sources to answer questions, draw a conclusion about the main idea and supporting details and synthesize information through simple note-taking strategies. Through whole and small group discussions, project based learning, and hands-on investigations students are engaged in their learning.

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