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Lower School includes Kindergarten through 2nd Grade. 

The Kindergarten program is collaborative, developmentally appropriate, and   built   on the tenets of teaching to the whole child. Our classroom provides a caring atmosphere that gives students the freedom to experiment and explore. Through our day we engage them, laugh

with them, listen to their stories and allow space for the unique facets of each child to blossom. We believe that the acquisition of knowledge is active and that children learn best when engaged experientially, working in concert with their peers and conducting independent research. Our classroom environment is enriched by playful inquiry and social and emotional supportive, thus the children in our kindergarten grow to be inquisitive, reflective and critical thinkers. We believe that student driven and teacher guided subject matter comes alive, as our curriculum makes meaning through deep exploration. Classroom investigations are integral to our program and children develop a strong sense of self and community.

CURRICULUM

Reading and Language Arts

In kindergarten the focus is on a systematic, sequential program for phonics. Teachers preview skills, formally introduce them, then create opportunities for children to apply, integrate, and practice these skills repeatedly as they move toward mastery by the end of the year.

Writing

In writing, the children learn the proper formation of both upper- and lower-case letters. They write in a variety of areas including lists, small moment stories, informational projects and letters.

Math

The math curriculum is centered on the concepts of Everyday Math program. The children learn to write numbers, use manipulatives to help develop an understanding of our number system, create patterns and begin the study of addition and subtraction.

Technology in the Classroom

Students develop the recognition of technology and the impor- tance of the role it plays in the world. Kindergarteners practice and develop persistence, communication, logic, problem-solving, cre- ativity, and collaboration through basic technology skills using the Smart Boards and iPads. In Kindergarten, students will be intro- duced also to coding, to iMacs and will use the mouse and full size keyboard. Students in all grades are introduced to new technologies if it is age appropriate like Amazon Echo.

 
Additional Classes
 

Our students go to science, spanish, technology, art, library, physical education, music and movement.

CURRICULUM

Reading and Language Arts

Our goal is for children to become independent, fluent readers who love to read and who read critically and thoughtfully. During first grade, children are introduced to a wide variety of books. Our reading program includes silent reading of student-selected materials, guided reading (the teacher works with a small group of children with similar instructional needs), reading aloud to the children, and working with words. Phonics instruction, decoding skills and the development of comprehension skills are integral parts of our program.

Math

First graders will work on the following skills: Orally count to over 100 by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s. Count backwards from any 2-digit number Writes dictated 2 or 3 digit numbers.

Counts combinations of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to

$1.00. Writes money dictation using: “$” and “.”

Develops addition and subtraction fact power to 18 Constructs fact families

Writes turn-around facts for a fact triangle Constructs and identifies polygons. Tells time to 5 minutes.  Solve number story problems

Identify numbers in the ones, tens and hundreds place.

Writing

Writing in first grade is based on the Writing Workshop approach. Students will go through the following steps in the writing process: prewriting, drafting, conferencing, proofreading, editing and publishing. Students writing in a variety of forms: real life moments, small moments stories, poetry, autobiographies and research reports.

Social Studies

Discover the value of cooperating to complete a task, the necessity for rules and identify school helpers and their roles. Introductions of map skills i.e. compass rose and map keys, international traditions and holidays: Pilgrims, African- American inventors, compare and contrast schools of today against schools of long ago. They identify various groups in society and their characteristics and differences between wants and needs.

Technology in the classroom

Our students have the opportunity to use multiple types of technology within our classroom. We utilize the SmartBoard multiple times a day. Student’s watch interactive videos to cement concepts we are focusing on in the classroom. We also incorporate interactive lessons where the students go up and use the board both individually and as a class. We also use iPads. We use these in a variety of ways to enhance fundamental first grade skills. Having enough iPads for each student to use at once gives us endless opportunities for growth in the classroom.

Additional Classes

Our students go to science, spanish, technology, art, library, physical education, music and movement.

 

CURRICULUM

Reading and Language Arts

Children become independent, fluent readers who  love  to read and do so critically and thoughtfully. A balanced reading approach is used with an emphasis on quality literature, poetry, and explicit instruction in phonics (decoding skills). Children work individually, in small groups, and in whole group. Written and oral comprehension skills such as describing the setting and main characters, finding the main idea, inferring, making predictions, learning new vocabulary, and reaching conclusions are emphasized. Through reading and discussions, children develop critical thinking skills and confidence in their ability to communicate their ideas. Children work with Words Their Way, which is an approach to spelling where children look at words as a whole and identify patterns they see through word study.

Writing

In second grade, children become writers through the use of Lucy Calkins’ Writer’s Workshop. Students go through the following steps in the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, conferencing, proofreading, editing, and publishing. Students experience different types of writing: real life moments, fictional and non- fictional stories, poetry, autobiographies and research reports. The children also learn D’Nealian cursive writing.

Math

Second graders work on the following skills throughout the year through a hands-on approach where they are encouraged to independently problem-solve. They learn multiple strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems within 20 and how to solve two- and three-digit addition and subtraction problems with and without regrouping. They will learn how to tell time to the minute, count, add, and subtract money, tell the temperature, and measure lengths and volume using standard units. They will collect data and analyze it, read and write simple fractions, and work with two- and three-dimensional shapes. The children will develop an understanding of place value to 10,000.

Technology in the classroom

Second graders interact with iPads and MacBooks within the classroom. They utilize many online programs to individualize their learning, including Moby Max, RAZ-Kids, Xtra Math, and IXL.

Additional Classes

Our students go to science, spanish, technology, art, library, physical education, music and movement.