Curriculum


Math, reading, and writing lessons are taught daily using short themes from children's literature. We teach the way children learn: lessons are short, with hands-on applications and meaningful context. We use activity, songs, and --where we can sneak it in -- fun experiments and art to teach.

Differentiated instruction is provided based on the needs of the student with a goal of school preparedness. Children are introduced to foundational skills before they are expected to master more complex and challenging skills and concepts.

Lessons combine kinesthetic and auditory activities and games along with more traditional learning exercises.

Kindergarten (the following are some examples of things that students will learn):

Math
  • Recognize and write numbers to twenty
  • Count to 100 orally
  • Count to 100 by 10s and 5s
  • Match objects with their numbers to twenty
  • Understand and use ordinal numbers
  • Recognize, name, and sort shapes
  • Identify and create patterns
  • Read a calendar using days and months

Reading and Writing
  • Write name using capital/lowercase letters appropriately
  • Identity letters and sounds of the alphabet
  • Learn through systematic instruction in phonetic elements and patterns
  • Write uppercase and lower case letters
  • Use drawing as a step to writing, adding in labels and then short sentences.
  • Learn sight words and basic word families
  • Sound-spell words
  • Recognize and write colors


First Grade (the following are some examples of things that students will learn):

Math
  • Build on foundational skills; focus on and develop skills in any areas with difficulties
  • Count, read and write numbers to 100
  • Count to 100 by 10s 5s and 2s
  • Compare and order whole numbers to 100: less than, greater than, or equal to
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Money
  • Calendar and Time
  • Graphs

Reading and Writing
  • Build on all foundational skills; focus on and develop skills in any areas where there are difficulties
  • Learn through systematic instruction in phonetic elements and patterns
  • Word decoding strategies to build reading skills and comprehension
  • Short and long vowel words
  • Sight words and word families
  • Rhyming
  • Reading/Comprehension of literary texts including stories and poems
  • Journaling with pictures, sentences, and basic punctuation


Handwriting (for Kindergarten and First Grade learners)

Lessons are designed to increase your child's knowledge as well as strengthen their fine motor skills and build stamina for writing.
  • Proper pencil grip
  • Correct writing directionality
  • Correct letter formation