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Elementary School

Kindergarten-5th Grade

In Kindergarten through 5th grade not only is academic development important, but  also social/emotional, physical and intellectual development. To ensure growth  in these, opportunities for learning are integrated within Science,  Mathematics, Social Studies and Language instruction. The habits of mind that  successful people call upon when encountering a new situation are also  important to the development of each child. A variety of teaching and learning  strategies are used depending upon the discipline, concept, and student.
The content standards start  simply and become more complex as children develop through the grades. They are  learned through projects, integration with other subjects, projects and through  direct instruction depending upon the concept, the student and the situation.


Math

As students advance through the grades and master the standards in math  they are able to exhibit the following behaviors and knowledge:

Mathematical Behaviors

Math Concepts

• problem solving and perseverance• counting & cardinality
• abstract and quantitative reasoning  • operations & algebraic thinking
• mathematical modeling• numbers & operations
• attending to precision• measurement & data
• looking for and making sense of structure• geometry
• looking for and expressing regularity in repeated  reasoning 


  

Science

Learning in science spirals  throughout the grades with varying complexities. The English/Language Arts  skills as well as Mathematical skills are applied in science projects in the  following scientific areas. In each area systems sustainability and the effects  on our future are emphasized.

    
 • Physical science • Engineering
 • Life science • Technology
 •  Earth & Space • Applications of science


 

English/Language Arts

The following are  taught using English and increase in complexity as children progress through  the school year/ grade level:

Reading

   Speaking

 • Foundational  Skills • Story  Telling
 • Literature • Oral  Presentations
 • Informational  Text • Debate/Defense
 • Analysis  of print and digital media • Presentations  of Learning
 • Research  Skills • Public  Speaking
  • Language  Registers

 

 

Writing

   Listening

 • Foundational  skills • Understanding  and Following Verbal Instructions
 • English  Grammar in Context • Active  Listening
 • Writing  Process • Note  taking
 • Informational  Writing • Analysis  of speeches
 • Persuasive  Writing • Responding  to verbal communications
 • Creative  Writing 
  


Social Studies

As a child grows his/her world expands and the study of the social sciences follows the same path. Younger children use the domains of social studies to understand themselves, their homes, and their communities and the world that they can see and touch. As the child progresses their studies grow to include places, peoples and ideas away from home.

 • Geography • Government/Civics
 • History • Global  Citizenship
 • Economics • Culture



Habits of Mind

Children also need to develop the habits of mind that  will help them be happy and reach goals throughout their lives. The following  are dispositions that successful people use and which we integrate in our  educational plans.

 • Persisting • Thinking  about thinking (metacognition)
 • Thinking  and communicating with clarity and precision • Taking  responsible risks
 • Managing  impulsivity • Striving  for accuracy
 • Gathering  data through all senses • Finding  humor
 • Listening  with understanding and empathy • Questioning  and posing problems
 • Creating,  imagining, innovating • Thinking  interdependently
 • Thinking  flexibly • Applying  past knowledge to new situations
 • Responding  with wonderment and awe • Remaining  open to continuous learning