Primary Education Curriculum

Art Education
Art education is taught once a week for 40 minutes in grades one through three.The program offers a planned sequential curriculum in design, drawing, painting, print making, clay, crafts, and sculpture. A certified art teacher provides students with opportunities for visual self-expression using a wide variety of tools, materials, and techniques. Progress is reported to parents at the end of the second and fourth report periods.

Computer
Computer Instruction

Computer technology is not viewed as a separate entity at the elementary level.It is the function of the elementary schools to teach curriculum... not to "teach computers". Therefore all teachers must be able to use this tool to enrich, extend, and supplement curricular content. Classroom and special area  teachers use the services of a technology resource teacher in each building to plan for curricular integration and receive any needed teaching in how to carryout instruction with technology. All schools are equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia computer labs in which children can access the Internet and work in a whole-class setting when appropriate.

Additionally classrooms are equipped with networked computers capable of internet access and in continuing instruction that may be initiated in the lab. It is here that teachers may use their computers to prescribe drill and practice software for individual students. White Board

Integrated Language Arts

The language arts program encompasses the areas of reading, writing, and speaking. Students are involved in activities beginning in kindergarten which are designed to help them explore their interests, share their experiences, and develop a lifelong love of reading.

Through guided reading the teacher meets several times a week with small, flexible groups of students with similar reading levels and skills.  The goal of guided reading is to provide research based reading strategies to enhance the students' fluency and comprehension.  Students are assessed throughout the school year to assure proper instructional grouping and reading level.
 
Instruction includes, but is not limited to, development of phonetic skills, phonemic awareness, word attack skills, vocabulary fluency skills, comprehension skills, writing process skills, and research. 

Library

Children at all grade levels are provided an opportunity to obtain books from the library each week. Students in grades one through five receive a weekly class in the library taught by the school librarian. The library program provides children with experiences with all forms of literature and basic library skills. Children are instructed in forms of research including information retrieval. The school library has a computerized circulation system, computerized card catalog, and internet access. Students can also use an electronic catalog search to locate books in the various libraries.

Mathematics

The math program is designed to help prepare students to meet tomorrow's challenges. The program is sequential and in clearly defined strands. The primary math program focuses on concept development, computation, problem solving connected to real-life applications, and communication of mathematical concepts and processes.

 

Kindergarten students begin to develop and master math readiness skills such as number recognition and patterning. Computation is formally introduced in first and second grade with a focus on addition and subtraction skills. Multiplication and division is a focus in third grade.

These skills are further developed and expanded . Number concepts, geometry, measurement, problem-solving and other related skills are taught at all levels. Student progress is reported to parents as a letter grade beginning the third nine-week report period of first grade.


ChildrenPhysical Education

Children participate in physical education class twice a week for 30 minutes.The program in grades one through three provides activities that encourage movement, cooperation, physical fitness, and learning skills that can promote a physical life style.
 
Adaptive, modified activities are provided on an individual basis for students that require such accommodations.  Kindergarten students' physical education is integrated within the curriculum and supplemented with recess. 

 

The curriculum focuses on a variety of individual and team sports and activities. Added at this level is an emphasis on critical thinking skills. Progress is reported at the end of the second and fourth report periods for all students.

Science/Health
The science curriculum exposes students to a wide range of topics in the areas of earth and space science, life science, and physical science. Students are presented with opportunities to develop the skills needed to understand how science works, learn new concepts, solve problems, and make decisions in today's technological society. Students at each grade level participate in two hands-on science modules.

A textbook is also used with this program. The health program is designed to motivate students to build healthy life styles. Selected topics include nutrition, discrimination between helpful and harmful drugs and the human body.

Social Studies
The social studies program is sequenced to build on major skills and understandings that the students have. It focuses on people, places, and time.Major understandings are developed in the areas of geography, history, civics and government, economics, and culture. Map, chart and graph skills as well as citizenship skills are emphasized at each level.

Music Instruction

The primary music program provides students with musical knowledge along with habits and experiences, which will become an integral part of their adult lives. The primary curriculum objectives use singing, movement, and instrumental play to build skills in the musical elements of rhythm, melody, and harmony. The music curriculum also provides students with opportunities to appreciate and discriminate among the works of composers, time periods, and style.

All elementary students receive music instruction. Students are taught by a music specialist once a week for a 40-minute period. Kindergarten students receive music instruction by the classroom teacher.

The music program provides students with musical knowledge along with habits and experiences which will become an integral part of their adult lives.

Students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills and participate in vocal and/or instrumental performance ensembles. Progress is reported to parents at the end of the second and fourth report periods.


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