SK Curriculum

Art

  • continuation of materials introduced in JK
  • introduction to papier mache
  • informal introduction to principles of design, repetition, rhythm and balance
  • emphasis on compositional space in drawing and upon size relationships
  • woodworking -- continued exposure to materials and tools plus 3D exploration
  • pottery -- hands-on, imaginative approach to manipulating clay; additive/subtractive methods of constructing and texturing clay

Language Arts

  • continuation of the skills presented in JK
  • printing uppercase and lowercase letters on lined paper
  • oral presentations
  • approximate spelling
  • introduction of sight words
  • journal writing
  • sequencing and recalling events
  • introduction to completing simple book reports for fiction and non-fiction readings
  • practice re-telling

Library

  • instill a joy of reading by sharing a variety of read-alouds, from old classics to new favorites
  • participate in author/illustrator events at the library
  • participate in guided book selection; e.g., students make their own choices from age-appropriate selections made by librarian
  • reinforce the language arts benchmarks for JK, e.g., making letter sound association, mastery of phonetics, sight words, decoding using context and picture cues, etc.

Math

(all math concepts taught with manipulatives)

  • continuation of the Digi-Block program, with an introduction to addition and subtraction
  • measuring with an inch ruler
  • telling time to the hour and half-hour on analog clock
  • estimation
  • introduction of place value up to 100
  • counting by ones, fives and tens
  • reading and writing numbers up to 100
  • graphing

Music

  • expand upon the musical concepts taught in JK
  • introduce the history behind the Pledge of Allegiance and some patriotic U.S. songs
  • introduce songs, singing games, and dances that correlate with social studies curriculum, to include bats, sea life, and family
  • incorporate music into the Jolly Phonics and Handwriting Without Tears curriculum
  • celebrate Mother Goose rhymes, Dr. Seuss, and friendship as students participate in their class assembly
  • participation in various assemblies: Thanksgiving/Grandfriends’ (with 5th grade buddies), Holiday, and Fine Arts Night (with 1st and 2nd grades), and Revels (with 7th grade)

Physical Education

  • movement exploration: body awareness, creative experimentation
  • elementary dance and rhythms
  • perceptual motor tasks
  • primary ball skills -- throwing, catching, kicking
  • games of low organization -- sportsmanship, team concept, non-competitive, non-eliminating
  • kinesthesis -- body image, laterality, directionality, dominance

Reading

  • continuation of the skills presented in JK
  • directional and listening skills development
  • phonetic reading program with review of Jolly Phonics
  • writing with upper and lowercase letters
  • writing using approximate spelling
  • individual and class books
  • daily story time and weekly story with the Headmaster

Science

The child’s world -- who and what is it made up of?

  • five senses
  • animals and their environments
  • winter birds
  • seeds and plants
  • ocean life
  • ecology/recycling
  • the moon
  • cooking
  • nature walks
  • weather
  • growing and changing

Social Studies / History

In-depth examination of people/places in a child’s immediate environment

  • home
  • family - traditional and non-traditional
  • school
  • community
  • holidays
  • Native Americans historically and today
  • Open Circle social competency program
  • anti-bias All Working at Racial Equity (AWARE) curriculum

Spanish

  • emphasis on listening and understanding using a natural approach to language learning
  • singing, movement and role-playing make language meaningful for students
  • students primarily learn to talk about themselves and their immediate world
  • themes tied to social studies, science, art and music where appropriate
  • colors
  • shapes
  • numbers 1-20
  • family
  • animals
  • parts of the body
  • clothing
  • seasons
  • weather
  • holidays

Technology

  • academic technology skills
    • basic computer operation, including using a mouse and launching a program
    • identify, locate, and use letters, numbers, and special keys on the keyboard
    • file menu commands (e.g., New, Open, Close, Save, Print) when in programs
    • software to create drawings and animations
    • age-appropriate online resources to complement academic curriculum
    • iPad navigation/functionality
  • programming/robotics
    • Introduction to programming through BeeBot robotics
    • procedural commands: directional, sequencing, estimation
  • engineering/CAD skills
    • Building and constructing
    • introduction to Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and digital fabrication (laser cutting, 3D printing)
  • digital citizenship
    • appropriate behavior when using technology and how to treat devices
    • Internet safety
    • understand that the Internet can be used as an academic tool
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