Our Language Arts curriculum focuses on the four strands; Reading, Writing, Research Skills, and Listening and Speaking. Students develop word decoding skills; recognize the letters of the alphabet, use phonics and decoding skills to strengthen basic sight word vocabulary and spelling skills. Students use pictures to aid in developing reading comprehension strategies, such as sequencing, generating questions, and basic facts and opinions. Students will analyze and compare various fiction and non-fiction reading materials and identify literary elements. Teacher uses strategies such as adjusting speed, reading on, looking back, and summarizing to guide student reading. Students discuss ideas and tell stories for someone to write. Students use pictures, letters, and words to write. Students use handwriting and spelling rules to write simple sentences. Students develop listening and speaking skills through sharing information and description.
Students have opportunities to develop their number concepts in counting, addition and subtraction. Student will be given many experiences to build their understanding of numbers through the use of hands on experiences.
The units covered include: Number sense and basic operations; learning addition and subtraction using whole numbers. Measurement; learning to measure using non-standard units and telling the time to the hour in analog and digital. Geometry; learning to identify and recreate basic shapes. Data analysis; learning how to take simple surveys and interpret results. Patterns; learning about basic patterns and sequences.
This is a full year course designed to give students an understanding of and an interest in the world around them. This course is a student centered approach in that it focuses on the living things in their everyday world. The course begins by helping the students understand what their five senses are, and how they function. This lays the foundation for the course. The units of study include: Animals, Plants, Earth’s Land, Air, and Water, Weather, Objects around Us and Investigating Water. These are the process skills the students are developing: observing, comparing, and investigating. These methods are aimed at developing students to fulfill the mission statement of the school.
Social Studies K focuses on the four themes of social studies: history, geography, civics, and economics. Students examine cultural heritage through legends, lore, biographies of national heroes, and holidays. Map skills are introduced to identify objects on a map. Students learn about being part of a group and respecting individual differences. Students identify occupations and are introduced to wants and needs.