General Program Goals 6-9
Respect for each other, care of the environment, and a love of learning are the overall expectations. We provide a prepared environment, prepared teachers, and freedom in learning, balanced with responsibility.
Social and Academic Goals:
- Work independently & responsibly
- Work in small & large groups cooperatively
- Develop ability to speak out as well as wait turns & listen to others
Academic Development Goals:
- Each will make an effort to do his/her own best work
- The unique styles of each child will be respected & accommodated as much as possible
- Each will be involved in his/her own education by taking responsibility for time and work and by self assessing and personal goal-setting.
The Language Arts:
We use a phonetic base in learning to read, while also saturating the environment and curriculum with print to be read for meaning.
- Skills, strategies, speed and smoothness, comprehension & gaining information, vocabulary, literary analysis, confidence, appreciation of different types of literature (folk tales, poetry, adventure, fantasy, history, biography, non-fiction, etc.)
- Reading related to culture subject: guided reading, discussions, meaning-based books, books related to individual interests.
- Literary Groups: shared inquiry discussions, interpretive questions, reading aloud, meaning-based activities presentations.
- Sustained silent reading – individual interest: reading logs.
- Skills: spelling, capitalization, punctuation, alphabetizing, descriptive language, dictionary skills, reference books, research and note taking, synonyms and antonyms, homonyms and homophones, compounds, contractions, abbreviations, word usage & parts of speech, sentences & phrases, development of paragraphs, dictation, manuscript or cursive handwriting.
- Writer’s Workshop (more skills): fluency, proofreading, editing, revising, conferences with peers, critiquing, publishing, journals, reports, expository writing, letter writing.
- Oral Expression: sharing, problem solving, speaking in front of a group with ease.
- Listening: following multiple directions, listen to class discussion with understanding, listen to chapter book with understanding.
Work is done with manipulative, working from the concrete experience (visual, knesthetic) toward the abstraction (on paper & mental math).
- Skills: linear counting, skip counting, square numbers, cube numbers, symbol/quantity relationships, place value, base ten hierarchies, expanded notation, understanding & analyzing numbers, prime numbers, odd/even, problem solving, geometry/patterns, measurement, area/perimeter, thinking skills, explaining of mathematical thinking, communicating ideas & understanding, the four operations & algorithms & facts, different formats, fractions, negative numbers, money, time.
- Skills: asking questions, observing, classifying, comparing & contrasting, estimating, predicting, drawing conclusions, making inferences, vocabulary, communication.
- Life Science: the characteristics of living things, the five kingdoms, botany: classification/observation/physiology, biomes & habitats, nutrition.
- Earth Sciences: experiments & observations, solar systems, movements of the earth (day/night seasons), geology.
Geography / History:
Development of a sense of time and the idea of the enormity and diversity of the world.
- Skills: map making/reading/labeling, identification of continents/oceans/land/water forms, continent studies (physical, political, natural and cultural features), geologic time- history of the earth, the needs of people, cultural celebrations, people to know, how to measure time/calendars, the history of writing, etymologies, the history of numbers/number systems, personal timelines.