SK Curriculum


  • 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


  • 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.


(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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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