Program of Study

elementary-pic-047The Elementary program offers instruction in the subject areas of Reading/Literature, English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.   A study skills curriculum parallels the core curriculum integrating the practice of skills with subject content.  Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, and Technology round out the student educational experience.

Subject descriptions

Reading / Literature
Major emphasis is placed on reading comprehension, phonics, and vocabulary development.  Students learn to read a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, for various purposes and audiences. Students who struggle with reading may benefit by participating in the Wilson Reading Program.

Math
The Math program provides students with a strong foundation in computational skills.  Students build a concrete understanding of mathematical concepts using hands-on activities and strategies.  The curriculum is designed to provide students with daily opportunities to practice what they have learned.  Review and reinforcement lessons help each student master key concepts and acquire critical thinking skills.  The program supports math literacy by developing mathematical language and communication.

Grammar
Students learn basic grammar skills such as parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, and subject and verb agreement.  They practice correct usage in their Creative Writing compositions and daily journaling activities.

Writing
Students are taught the necessary skills to have knowledge in the structure of language and understand the relationship between the written and spoken word.  With daily journal entries, creative writing stories, and expository compositions the students are able to integrate components of language arts into their own writing.  Students learn to write a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, for various purposes and audiences.  These tools are necessary to help them be life-long learners.

Social Studies
The social studies program is designed to increase a student’s knowledge of the world and promote awareness of its diverse ethnic and cultural elements.  Students are taught to understand the relationship between people, places, and environments.  The lessons are designed to teach students to become wholesome citizens who successfully participate in a democratic society.  Students are provided with learning experiences that enable them to integrate facts, make generalizations, and understand concepts from history and geography.

Science
elementary-pic-053Contents in the science curriculum include: Characteristics of Science, Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, and Life Science.  Students are taught to utilize the skills of observation, classification, communication, measurement, prediction, and inference.  There is a strong emphasis on reading in the content area, organizing thoughts and ideas, and writing across the curriculum.  As a vehicle for learning, a wide variety of hands-on experimentation activities take place in the Science Lab.