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Pre-K (Early Childhood) Curriculum


Pre-K (Early Childhood) Curriculum

Language

• Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 - the Investigator Club series, developed by Sadlier Publishing Company is employed. (Sadlier has aligned this curriculum with the new national standards).

• Kindergarten through second grade - the Journeys reading curriculum is employed by our educators to guide our students through the reading process to achieve optimum success. Through Journeys, students work on sight words, phonemic awareness and fluency. Writing across the curriculum begins at the kindergarten level with drawings. Children dictate descriptions of his/her pictures to the teacher. Letter introduction also begins at this level. In Kindergarten, drawings are usually more detailed due to improvement in small motor skills through formal handwriting instruction and practice. Morning Messages and the use of journals help to develop reading readiness, letter-sound skills and sight word recognition. Inventive spelling can be seen as a progression of the writing process.

Science - The Science curriculum covers areas of earth science, life science and physical science. As children undertake Science activities, for instance, they develop critical thinking and reasoning skills, which they can apply to other subjects.

Special Areas

Music - Classes for pre-K through third grade are designed to help a young child explore his/her world through music. Music activities reinforce language and physical development. The use of music also helps a child to develop his/her aural experience and introduces the world of sound and movement to the child. Introduction to the world of sound begins with the discovery of the child's natural singing and speaking voice and helps to spark the creativity of the child from within.

Art - Concepts of Art are taught in pre-K through third grade. Projects allow for creativity and uniqueness while developing already growing fine motor skills. Students learn about the elements and principals of art and how to use them in his/her artwork. Special techniques are combined with many types of media to work on craftsmanship and problem solving through art. The creative process, creative expression, culture and heritage, artists and art history are touched upon at various times during each project. Art expression is also encouraged within the regular classroom, where projects relate to current themes.

Computer - Taught in a lab environment. Instruction is planned cooperatively with the classroom teachers, incorporating current areas of study. Basic skills such as manipulation of the mouse and navigational skills are developed at the pre-k and kindergarten levels using interactive and engaging programs. Creative writing is further developed at the first, second and third grade levels using word processing skills.

Media Center - Each Early Childhood class visits the Media Center weekly. Children in pre-k and kindergarten are introduced to many genres of literature. The children are also taught how to select and check out a book. In first, second, and third grades, the children are given greater exposure to the various components of literature. Accelerated Reader and Book-It Programs are also available to students in these grade levels.

Physical Education & Health and Guidance - Our Physical Education and Health and Guidance curriculum focus on the overall well-being of our students, that is, in body, mind and soul. P.E. classes are structured to begin with a variety of basic exercises and fun games to work specific areas of skill (eye/hand, eye/foot coordination, under/over hand throwing, spatial awareness, body positioning). Teamwork is promoted and students are encouraged to develop qualities of good sportsmanship and leadership in an atmosphere of respect. At the first, second and third grade levels, students participate in the Presidents Physical Fitness Challenge, leading to a lifelong commitment to good health. Health and Guidance instruction focuses on personal wellness, nutrition and safety. In addition, the Guidance counselor utilizes theme-based lessons that enhance positive character development. Special area teachers work in conjunction with classroom teachers and school administration on activities that relate to classroom academics as well as special events at the school.


Elementary (K-4) Curriculum


Elementary (K-4) Curriculum

Major Subject Areas

Religion - The primary goal of curriculum is to have children learn, understand and relate our Catholic faith to their own lives. This main focus is linked into all other lessons, regardless of subject matter. Children grow in awareness and understanding of Jesus' mission, teaching, death and resurrection. They also become active members in celebrating Mass and Eucharist.

Math - Curriculum uses a wide variety of activities to develop computational and problem solving skills. Lessons in third through fifth grades cover number sense and operation, algebra, geometry and spatial sense, measurement, data analysis and probability. Many Math lessons are also linked to Science and Social Studies skills. This integrated approach enables students to develop knowledge and apply skills in more than one area of study.

Language Arts - consists of the broad subject areas of reading, writing (including spelling, grammar, usage, and penmanship), listening and speaking. Our goal is to give children tools to communicate and effectively interpret the spoken and written word. Teachers provide children with many opportunities to develop and strengthen the love of language, use language creatively and develop their capacity to reason. Students in the elementary level engage in a writing process that extends throughout the curriculum. Writing across the curriculum is achieved by creative writing which is not limited to a specific subject, learning to spell reading words that are used in the different types of writing, and writing summaries in areas such as Social Studies, Reading and Religion. First grade and higher participate in our Accelerated Reading Program in order to enhance their reading level. This program tracks the books each student reads, the level of the book and the overall score and points received when tested. This assists the teacher in tracking each child's reading level and if necessary, implement additional initiatives.

Science - Curriculum covers areas of earth science, life science and physical science. As children undertake Science activities, for instance, they develop critical thinking and reasoning skills, which they can apply to other subjects.

Social Studies - Social Studies in third grade focuses on Communities and Early Civilizations, fourth grade focuses on Florida History and fifth grade focuses on American History. Through Social Studies discussions and investigations, children appreciate the history of our country and begin to develop a global view of the world.

Special Areas

Music - Classes are concerned with the structure and use of music in everyday life. Students learn about instruments and their sounds, musical forms and musical styles. Students learn to play simple instruments, construct simple melodic passages and perform folk dances. They continue to develop their singing voices and learn how to sing simple harmonies.

Art - Students learn about the elements and principles of Art and how to apply them in their own projects. Special techniques are combined with many types of media to work on craftsmanship and problem solving through art. The creative process, creative expression, cultural heritage and art history are touched upon at various times during each project.

Computer Science - Computer skills are taught in a computer lab rather than in individual classrooms. Students are instructed in the proper terminology and use of the computer and then use programs to practice keyboarding, language and/or math skills. Students often use the computer for research, type and publish their work.

Spanish - Spanish instruction in third through fifth grade concentrate on building vocabulary as well as conversational Spanish. Conversational Spanish is geared toward practical use and activities in daily life. Students also work on basic writing skills.

Media Center - Center’s activities build basic library skills and develop reading proficiency. Students are taught to locate and evaluate books for personal reading and for achieving goals in the Accelerated Reading and Book-It programs. Classes have regular weekly visits to the media center, but also have access on an "as needed" basis during other center hours.

Physical Education & Health and Guidance - Curriculum focuses on our students being fit in mind, body and soul. Every year students go through the Presidents Physical Fitness Challenge test. Classes are structured with a variety of basic exercises and fun games to work specific skills like eye/hand coordination, eye/foot coordination, under/over hand throwing, spatial awareness and body positioning. Our guidance curriculum includes a school-wide character development program, as well as lessons and presentations about featured topics throughout the school year. Some of the areas of instruction are personal safety, conflict resolution, drug and alcohol awareness, career planning and study skills.


Middle School Curriculum


Middle School

The study of the Catholic faith is pivotal in our educational process. Students in 5th grade concentrate on the seven sacraments and the lives of the saints. In 6th grade focus is on the Old Testament, in 7th grade the New Testament is the primary area covered and in 8th grade the History of the Catholic Church is covered as well as Theology of the Body.

Math - Students are instructed in ability groups from 5th grade through 8th grade. This permits students to pursue either algebra or pre-algebra by the time they are in the eighth grade.

English – Grammar and literature are used to reinforce writing skills for each student. Teachers focus on grammar to reinforce writing skills across curriculum that are so important for high school success. Research papers for Science, Social Studies and Literature classes are completed during curriculum.

Literature – students are exposed to a wide variety of literary forms including plays, poetry, novel studies and great works of fiction. Through these, students learn the basic elements of plot, character, theme and become versed in completion of character studies. All middle school students participate in our Accelerated Reading Program in order to enhance their reading level. At the completion of each book read each student is able to test their knowledge by taking an automated test in our Computer Center or a student's classroom. The Accelerated Reading Program tracks the books each student has read, the level of the book, and the overall score and points received.

Science - Science is divided into ability levels in grades 7th through 8th. In the sixth grade year, Earth and Space Science introduces students to the world and universe in which they live. This curriculum is closely linked to the Social Studies curriculum, which in sixth grade emphasizes world civilizations Emphasis on beginning laboratory skills is started in the 5th grade. In seventh grade, lab skills are enhanced to include microscope techniques as students are introduced to Life Science, ranging from cells to the complexity of the human body. Weekly, students rotate into the schools' state of the art Science and or computer Lab where lab experiments are conducted using virtual labs as well as hands on experiments. The 8th grade Physical Science class introduces basic concepts in physics and chemistry. This integrates both Science and Math curricula. In addition, eight graders visit regularly the Science and/or Computer Lab where experiments are conducted using virtual labs as well as hands on lab experiments.

Social Studies - Curriculum seeks to promote citizenship and an understanding of our relationship with the world around us. The curriculum includes American History in 5th grade, World Civilizations at the 6th grade level, World Geography at the 7th grade level, and American History at the 8th grade level. In middle school these classes are also divided into ability levels in 7th & 8th grades. Social Studies and Science work together to give the student a total concept of the world in which we live. Each level incorporates current events into lessons by way of discussion and by reading daily events or researching pertinent topics on line.

Special Areas

Music - Classes help the students to develop a more advanced knowledge of the world of music, its structures, and its composers.

Art - Students learn about the elements and principles of Art and how to apply them in their own projects. Special techniques are combined with many types of media to work on craftsmanship and problem solving through art. The creative process, creative expression, cultural heritage and art history are touched upon at various times during each project.

Computer Science - Computer skills are taught in a computer lab rather than in individual classrooms. Students are instructed in the proper terminology and use of the computer and then use programs to practice keyboarding, language and/or math skills. Students often use the computer for research, type and publish their work.

Spanish - Taught throughout all grade levels. In Middle School, Spanish classes are also divided into ability levels with emphasis placed on verb conjugation and conversational Spanish.

Physical Education & Health – The main objective is to promote the students' understanding of proper body mechanics, health, sportsmanship and overall wellness. Health curriculum is coordinated with Life Science curriculum, each reinforcing the other. Students are provided with opportunities to participate in both competitive and noncompetitive sports.