THOMAS HUXLEY, 1877
“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the things you have to do, when they ought to be done. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned— however early that training begins.”
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROGRAM
A comprehensive literature-based reading series is used in the elementary school. Phonics and the skills necessary for oral reading and comprehension are taught. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary development, literary appreciation, and study skills. A literature program involving the reading and discussion of novels is also included.
The English program aims to improve written and oral expression. Creative writing, poetry, letter writing, handwriting skills, spelling, grammar, and punctuation are stressed. Group discussion is used to increase the student’s ability to present ideas orally to both small and large groups. Study skills are taught and instruction is given on how to use various kinds of reference books.
Progressive emphasis is placed on the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, using whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Concepts of measurement, geometry, area, volume, percentages, graphic representation, and problem solving are also taught.
Science units range from human growth and change to the importance of proper nutrition. Attention is given to the environment, the seasons, weather, rocks and minerals, trees and plants, conservation, sound and light, ecology, physical and earth science, and the animal world. Students demonstrate their understanding of the scientific process by working in small groups to complete science lab activities.
Social Studies units include the study of the United States and the world, geography, the United States local, state and federal government, map skills, and American History. Current events are discussed and students develop an awareness of the importance of events occurring around the world, as well as in the United States.
Students become familiar with the keyboard, computer operations, computer terminology, and software usage. Logic and problem-solving strategies, as well as keyboarding skills, are developed. The computer laboratory is equipped with the most current technology available.
Students focus on singing in tune, playing and reading rhythms on various percussion instruments, dancing to folk music and moving creatively to various styles of music. Third and fourth grade learn to play the soprano recorder and fifth grade learns to play the alto recorder. These learned musical skills are showcased by students in two musical productions each year.
Promoting and understanding the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle through creative play, physical activity and sport is emphasized. Students participate in cooperative games, football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, track and field, floor hockey, bowling, kickball, softball and physical fitness units. Skill building, decision making, teamwork, citizenship and sportsmanship are encouraged. Having fun and building self-esteem are highlighted.
Students in grades one through five are given the building blocks of art history, art criticism, and creative expression with Art Connections. This visual arts program provides fundamental instruction in the elements and principles of art, and is built upon each year. Each lesson exposes students to works of fine art, history and culture, creative art production activities, and critical thinking.
The Spanish program consists of basic vocabulary in categories such as colors, numbers, days of the week, months, animals, greetings, and conversation. Students are also taught grammar and language structure as well as various aspects of the Spanish culture for social and linguistic understanding. The program will focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking. All lessons are presented using the TPRS method (Teaching Language Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling). Songs, games, and videos will keep this program fun and exciting.
The library curriculum is based on information problem-solving and skills that include literature appreciation and an introduction to “The Big Six,” a problem-solving process that includes how to locate and access information. Students can choose from over 26,000 titles on the library shelves and from the extensive e-book collection through the digital Overdrive checkout system.