Students will demonstrate reading readiness by:
Students will demonstrate writing readiness by:
Students will demonstrate readiness with listening and speaking skills by:
Handwriting: Students will be learning basic manuscript strokes, letters and numerals. Even in today's digital world, handwriting skills are critical to students' academic success. There is a strong connection between handwriting proficiency and literacy. Students will be practicing using a proper pencil grip and working hard to form letters and numbers correctly.
Fundations Phonics: Students will be taught carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during story time activities.
Reading Workshop: Students will participate in Reading Workshop each day. Reading Workshop starts with a mini lesson, which focuses on teaching children various reading strategies. Students will then spend time reading with a partner, reading independently, and joining back together for what is called the group share. Students will participate in guided reading and confer with the teacher during this time block. The children will “book shop” once a week from the classroom library, choosing “just right books” at their reading level, as well as books that they choose on their own.
Writing Workshop: Students will participate in Writing Workshop each day. During Writing Workshop, the teacher acts as a mentor author, modeling writing techniques and conferring with students as they move through the writing process. Students will be learning to write at least three types of text: narrative, opinion, and information texts. They will also be introduced to early versions of revision and editing.
Students will identify that God is a loving creator. They will learn about the Holy family and that Mary is the mother of God. Students will listen to and retell bible stories, as well as listen to stories read at Mass. Students will identify customs and liturgical seasons and participate in special masses throughout the school year. Students will learn about character, compassion, and values. Students will recognize needs of the poor and the importance of service to others in need in our community.
Students will learn why it is important to follow rules and what it means to be a good citizen. Students are introduced to symbols of our state and country, as well as symbols and signs that they might see in their neighborhood. They will discuss the jobs that are important in our community, jobs their parents may have, and talk with members of their community about their roles and responsibilities. Students will be introduced to location by learning to find things on a map or globe, and to identify places in their neighborhood or school. Students will begin to explore the concept of time by using and interpreting a calendar. Students will learn from times past by discussing holidays and traditions, reading about important people in history and identifying how things have changed.
Students will be exploring materials in our world, investigating trees and weather, and comparing structures and behaviors of animals using the FOSS (Full Option Science System) from the Lawrence Hall of Science. Students will observe and compare the difference between solids, liquids, and gases. Students will be introduced to different types of plants and animals that inhabit the earth, as well as discuss that the earth is made up of air, land, and water. Students will participate in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) activities once a month.
The Second Step program is designed to increase students’ school success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation. It teaches skills that strengthen students’ ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems.