Skills-Based Learning Curriculum: Grades 1-5
Language and Literacy
The elementary language program is individually focused on each student’s level. Grammar and spelling skills are practiced daily. Reading instruction is grade level appropriate and has a balance between required reading and free choice. Literature circles are also used to develop vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking. Oral language is practiced weekly during public speaking. Written language is project based and used for a variety of purposes which include: journal time, letter writing, research projects, poetry, five-paragraph essays, creative writing, play writing and personal choice.
The math program is skills based along with “real life” problem solving. Each student is working on grade/age level appropriate skills with the freedom to move quickly or slowly, depending on individual need. Small group and one-on-one instruction is provided through out the school year. Students are encouraged and assigned opportunities to become peer teachers for others in the class. Students also become leaders in planning field trips and “Cool Camp” trips. This allows opportunities to deal with time, money, division, multiplication, fractions and measurement in “real life” situations.
We want our students to experience science as it occurs in their world and connects to human experience. Students explore science within a natural setting. At our private camp, named Cool Camp by the kids, students investigate a variety of topics related to: Earth science, life science, astronomy, and physics. Science exploration also ties to other areas of our curriculum such as: history, social studies, literature, math and art.
Social Studies and History
Our goal is to educate sensitive and caring students that are open to diversity and see differences as a gift. History/social studies lessons are from a variety of cultures and focus on a multitude of inspirational events and figures ranging from George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. to Frida Khalo. These themes are used for extended study in all areas of our curriculum, which may include literature, art, science.