Field trip starting in Kindergarten, our students are immersed in environmental science content and use the study of the natural world as a focus for reading, writing, creative arts and more. Our youngest naturalists become actively engaged in environmental field studies where they apply what they learn in class to the real world around them. By the time our students have matriculated through our curriculum framework, they are well-prepared for understanding the environment, their place in it, and their responsibility to it. Our K-8 curriculum framework builds upon a strong content-driven foundation and focuses on providing an integrated approach to learning that is unlike any other K-8 school in our region.
Please take time to explore our many classrooms and learn why others have reached out from across the state and country want to replicate our program.
Our school wide ELA program is Journeys.
This program covers:
- Reading Comprehension
- Letter Identification
- High Frequency Words
During Journeys ELA we use the following strategies:
Read-aloud books are standard-sized books that are read by the teacher for the children’s enjoyment. They usually are written on a higher reading level and most cannot be read independently by kindergarteners. However, kindergarteners can gain knowledge about story structure and characters just by hearing and enjoying the story. Read-aloud stories play a large part in instilling a love of literature in children.
Standard-sized books are used in several ways in the classroom. The teacher can read these books to the children, or they can look through them independently in their book baskets. Some kindergarteners will be able to read these books, some will hunt through them looking for familiar words, and some will make up words to go along with the pictures. Any of these independent activities are encouraged because all are reinforcing reading skills.
Big Books (Shared Reading)
Big books are large versions of authentic pieces of literature. The large print enables the children to see the words as the teacher reads them. The teacher point to the words as she reads them, modeling left to right progression and one-to-one correspondence.
During the school year your student will receive teacher-directed reading instruction. During guided reading, the children work with the teacher to preview, explore and read leveled text. The children are working with text that is at their ability level and learn reading strategies during this time. I will keep you informed on when we start guided reading.
In Kindergarten we learn about the Social Sciences on a daily basis with our interactions with one another. We learn about "peaceful problem solving" strategies, called "I Messages." We also reiterate the importance of manners and respect on a daily basis. We will be touching on different holidays throughout the year, as well as learning about the country we live in and the diversity of our families! Our overall goal is to build off of the positive behaviors taught at home and mold our students into model citizens!