English Language Arts & Literature
Language Arts includes English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Handwriting, Writing, Spelling, and Reading.
In First and Second Grades our program utilizes a phonics based all-inclusive program including decoding strategies, sight word recognition, and reading groups. Handwriting, grammar, and writing are a part of this program as well ensuring a well-rounded, yet comprehensive understanding of the English language which encourages growth at each student’s individual level and pace.
In Third and Fourth Grades we implement a Book Club format to dive deeper into novels and understand the components of comprehension. Additionally, Grammar, Vocabulary, Cursive Handwriting, and Writing use supplemental pieces which conjointly fit into our academic program and encourage growth and individuality throughout.
Using a Singapore Math curriculum, students learn math concepts through a concrete-pictorial-abstract learning progression with real world, problem solving hands-on experiences.
A strong understanding of number sense (how numbers relate to each other) and math facts are key to our program which translates to a deeper understanding of all Math concepts.
For students moving into our Singapore Math program, we reteach the fundamentals of Singapore Math as necessary to fill in any gaps.
Religion classes continue to explore Bible stories and formulate respect, empathy, justice, and peace towards each other and all of God’s creation through recognition of God as the Creator. Additionally, students are introduced to an in depth exploration of the truths of our faith contained in the study of the sacraments, the life of Jesus, learning traditional prayers, and the community of the Church.
The elementary science program is an entirely hands-on exploratory experience. In every grade and unit, we focus on scientific and engineering practices, deep understanding of “crosscutting concepts” (such as: cause & effect, patterns in science, etc.), and the four disciplinary areas within science (life science, physical science, earth & space science, and engineering & technology). Students will be energized as they analyze and apply their learning to inquiry-based discoveries and our in-depth hands-on approach.
Social Studies in the First through Fourth Grades develop young people to make informed and reasoned decisions as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society while keeping in mind Catholic ideals and teachings. Students explore our world through geography, map skills, and history of our state, region, country, and world.