Curriculum and educational program choices are teacher-directed, developmentally appropriate, differentiated and grounded in research. All components will be evaluated regularly and modified as needed based on student performance and ongoing success. Lessons will be delivered at an individualized pace for the student to ensure mastery at every level. Best teaching practices for beginning learners will be incorporated in reading, math, science and social studies instruction. Writing will be used throughout the school day.
The reading curriculum will include the use of flexible reading strategies, written response, and meta- cognitive modeling. This curriculum will allow students to reflect on reading strategies and monitor their comprehension while they read literature, narrative, and expository texts. Math will incorporate direct instruction, guided practice, structured review and continuous assessment with ample opportunities for problem-solving and real-world connections.
Social Studies courses will utilize inquiry, analysis, evaluation, and research as students link the past to the present. In Science, students will use the scientific method, inquiry, research, and in class “lab” experiences to explore life, earth, and physical science. Social studies and science concepts will be taught simultaneously with English/Language Arts Skills to support ongoing literacy development and English Language/Reading proficiency.
Ample opportunities will be provided for students to delve into cross-curricular topics through an integrated curriculum approach so that students recognize that subject areas do not stand in isolation from one another.