Curriculum

Religion:  Stories of God’s Love, RCL Benzinger

Our religion program provides experiences to foster ideals, knowledge, understanding, and above all, build the firm foundations of faith and an earnest love of God. Students attend Mass weekly in addition to daily prayers and blessings before snack and lunch.

Language Arts: Students receive whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while the teacher provides focused instruction to individuals and small groups. We do daily guided reading.

  • Daily 5:
    • Read to Self
    • Work on Writing
    • Word Work
    • Listen to Reading
    • Read to Someone
  • Word Study: Weekly spelling program emphasis on word patterns and features
  • Writer’s Workshop:
    • Daily writing approach
    • Focus:  Writing process/ 6+1 Traits of Writing

Handwriting:  Zaner Bloser

Writing stations, writer’s workshops, & student journals: correct formation of letters using various mediums (i.e. markers, crayons, finger paints, salt, jello & shaving cream)

Math:  Everyday Math

Students receive whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to practice math concepts independently while teachers provide focused instruction to individuals and small groups.  Our math program contains a variety of manipulatives, such as unifix cubes, teddy bear counters, pattern blocks, etc. for hands-on learning to motivate and engage the children.

The following skills are taught:

  • Sorting and Classifying
  • Patterns
  • Numbers 0-31
  • Data, Graphing, & Probability
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Number Patterns
  • Measurement
  • Money and Time
  • Geometry and Fractions

Social Studies: Macmillan/McGraw Hill (Friends and Neighbors)

The students will learn a variety of concepts while exploring literature, art activities, and group discussions. The concepts include:

  • Culture: Friends & Family
  • Geography: Where We Live
  • Government: Working Together
  • Citizenship: I am a Citizen
  • Economics: People Work
  • History: Things Change

Science: Harcourt School Publishers

The students will learn about physical science, earth science, and life science as well as participate in hands-on learning experiences and experiments introducing the following concepts:

  • Matter and Energy
  • Force and Motion
  • Earth and Its Weather
  • Earth and Space
  • Animals and Plants
  • Habitats

Technology: Technology is integrated into the classroom as an instructional tool through the use of iPads, computers, Smart Board, and a listening station. Technology is used for whole group lessons in all subject areas and for a small group or independent student work.

Art, Music and PE:  Students will participate in these classes once a week.

World Languages:  Students have Spanish once a week for the first semester and French once a week during the second semester.

Recess:  Students have a structured activity for 20 minutes during morning recess.  In the afternoons, students have a second recess for 25 minutes.

Assessments: As teachers, we will evaluate the children’s performance in language arts, reading, math, handwriting, social studies, and science with the following assessment tools:

  • Daily classroom observation
  • Performance checklists
  • Daily work
  • Small group work
  • Teacher assessments
  • Literacy/math stations
  • Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)
  • Report Card- every 9 weeks

Field Trips (changes from year to year)

  • Carter Mountain Apple Orchard
  • Maymont
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
  • Richmond Metro Zoo

Special Activities

  • Kindergarten Nativity
  • Donuts with Dad
  • Muffins with Mom
  • Kindergarten End of the Year Celebration
  • Book Buddies: Read with third-grade students once a week
  • Mass Buddy: Attend school-wide Mass & Prayer Services with eighth graders as role models of our faith and have monthly religion activities together.