"Tell me and I forget
Teach me and I remember
Involve me and I learn". Benjamin Franklin
K - 1 Preschool Class
In our K-1 class, the students are learning a little more about their world through their senses. They are given the freedom to explore by tasting, touching, seeing, hearing, feeling and smelling. While we do work with our curriculum for this age as well, a majority of what they are learning is basic recognization and fine/gross motor skills development. They learn their lessons through song and continue to explore the exciting world they live in.
K - 2 Preschool Class
Our K-2 students are focusing more on the structural makeup of a classroom setting. Still enjoying the freedom of learning while also settling down for structured circle time. Some of the areas we focus on at this age are letters and their sounds, colors, numbers, shapes, calendar skills, and language development.
Letters and sounds are introduced at an early age in order to build a foundation for reading and literacy. Other skills we work on are sharing and playing nicely with our friends. Throughout the year our two-year-olds blossom so much. Many can recognize most or all of the letters and sounds of the alphabet. Much of our lessons are taught to music and or rhythm so that the information is fun and easily retained.
K - 3 Preschool Class
In the K-3 class, students will be learning about our world and developing language skills with the help of many animal friends. Coloring, painting, and gluing will help develop gross and fine motor skills. Stories, poetry, and music will aid the development of comprehension, language, and thinking skills. Your child will also learn all the letters of the alphabet and their sounds, recognize numbers 1 through 15, and count from 1 to 30. This class is the bridge to reading which begins in the K-4 class. Lessons are presented in a fun and interesting manner to help students stay focused and retain as much information as possible.
K - 4 / VPK Enrichment Class
In the K-4 class, students review the letters and their sounds and begin learning vowel and consonant blends. After this, students start adding consonants to the blends and start reading simple short and long vowel words phonetically. Students begin reading in October and progress from reading blends and one vowel words to sentences with long and short vowel words.
Our curriculum focuses on phonics, reading, and literacy. Students also learn to write their letters in manuscript. We practice writing letters, our names, and other blends and words regularly. Number skills are also an important part of our K-4 class. We learn to recognize and count the numbers 0-100 and the concepts of numbers 0-20. We also learn to count by two’s, five’s, and ten’s from 0 to 100. Later in the year, we introduce students to basic addition skills. Other areas we focus on include Calendar activities, spelling, presidents, language development, skills development, art, music, and poetry. Our goal is for our four-year-old students to be able to read and write simple words and sentences, and demonstrate number concepts and skills such as counting and addition by the end of the K-4 class.
We have great success with students in this age group and this is a crucial year for students in which they learn literacy skills that set them up for success in the future.
In the Kindergarten class, students use the skills they have acquired in the K-4 class to start reading short and long vowel words and sentences. Students are also introduced to the special sounds which give students the tools to read numerous words phonetically. Many sight words are also added to their reading vocabulary. Students will learn to read for both fluency and comprehension. Students will learn addition families and will be introduced to subtraction, money skills, time, ordinal numbers, and skip counting. Manuscript handwriting practice will continue and students may even learn to start writing their names in cursive. Other subjects that will be covered include science, social studies, spelling, art, and language development.
First-grade students will review all of the skills learned in Kindergarten and will add new skills including compound words, contractions, prefixes, suffixes, root words, alphabetical order, creative writing, cursive writing, the addition of two-digit numbers, subtraction, reading & writing numbers up to 1000, measurement, perimeter, place value, basic multiplication concepts, and fractions. First Graders will also learn about American Patriots, landmarks, and good citizenship during their history lessons. Science, Health Safety and Manners are also taught throughout the school year.
Second-grade students will review all of the skills learned in First grade and will add new skills including four-digit addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, rounding, metric measures, and fractions. Coordinated with thorough instruction in phonics, the foundational grammar concepts of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, word usage, and sentence analysis are introduced. American History, Science, Health, Safety and Manners are also taught throughout the school year.
Third-grade students will review all of the skills learned in Second grade and will add new skills including mastering their multiplication and division facts. Students will continue to work with fractions, they will learn to reduce, add, and subtract them. Grammar concepts of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, word usage, and sentence analysis will be mastered. During History lessons the students will read the biographies of 50 historical figures, giving them a chronological understanding of American history, but also inspiring character-building qualities to emulate. In Science and Health, our third graders will be learning about the bodies they live in, plants, animals and their habitats, and all about our weather.
Fourth-grade students will review all of the skills learned in Third grade and will add new skills including maintenance of basic arithmetic skills which continue to build a foundation of understanding necessary for more abstract concepts being taught. Students will be reading from classics, and modern stories to poetry. Our fourth graders will become more comfortable with correct grammar in conversation and composition. Students will continue to learn about America's History with colorful visuals and a lively narrative writing style. In Science and health, they will learn how to keep their bodies healthy.