Lower School Curriculum
A multi-sensory, integrated curriculum of phonics, reading, grammar, writing and spelling is taught primarily using a program called “Literacy by Design” as well as other programs. It focuses on the many ways children learn by using visual, aural, oral, singing, rhythm, and movement aids. As their skills increase, literature books and writing projects are introduced as well as an increased focus on reading for comprehension and the exploration of different styles of writing. Reading is emphasized both at home and in the classroom. Weekly trips to the library encourage children to choose books outside of their realm of study. Writing skills include narratives, descriptive summaries, expository papers, and persuasive writing. The children will also be introduced to literary discussions using compare and contrast methods.
Our math program develops a solid foundation of basic skills while also focusing on real-world application. Students build an understanding of how math connects to various disciplines, careers and our daily life. Teachers use direct instruction, both small and whole group, technology, games, manipulatives, and independent practice to reach all students and their learning styles..
Social Studies is taught by project approach and research. Children participate in planning, discovering, researching, and sharing. Starting on a local level and expanding to United States and World Geography/History, students will learn about maps, states, community, globes, government, presidents, topography, habitats, explorers, and current events. Many of these topics are reinforced through field trips and community resource people.
Our approach to science curriculum incorporates the use of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) where teachers use innovative projects, connecting disciplines and showing the significance to our world today. Students participate in discussions, collaborative activities, and experiments that take them through the scientific method and the engineering design process that cover Earth Space, Physical and Life Sciences.
Elementary students have a variety of related arts classes each week to round out the development of their whole being. These include Spanish, art, music, technology, and physical education.