Singapore Math upholds high academic standards. It supports students in learning new concepts and working through independent practice on these concepts. The goal of Singapore Math is to build a foundation of critical thinking that will position students for success in more advanced concepts by building core knowledge of a concept before moving on to new concepts. The program promotes this by first introducing students to key concepts with pictures and concrete examples. The student then progresses to understand the abstract concept. It is a balance between independent practice, mental calculations, word problems, and creating problem solving.
100 Book Challenge
100 Book Challenge is a unified system of independent reading for students and instructional reading for teachers. The program allows all students access to great books. 100 Book Challenge integrates all reading materials and assessment tools into one simple color-coded system that kids, teachers and parents can understand and use to learn in their daily work together. All students are reading at their independent level. Students read for at least 30 minutes a day at school and read at home. During this time teachers are conferencing with students and determining the next step in each student's reading instruction. Skills and concepts are embedded in the program. Additionally, this program develops a sense of family literacy in all homes by holding students accountable for their reading. Through all the components students learn to love books and are inspired to be life long readers.
Making Meaning is a reading comprehension program. Through interactive read aloud students are taught reading comprehension skills with growing complexity through the years. The program fosters discussion and collaboration while enhancing comprehension strategies.
The project approach is a method of teaching in which an in-depth study of a particular topic is conducted by a child or a group or children. Children study a topic that is interesting to them and on their level. The teacher acts as a facilitator. The approach facilitates integration between subject areas and allows students to relate home and school learning. Children are expected to work cooperatively on complex and open-ended tasks as well as follow instructions in step-by-step learning. The project approach provides one way to introduce a wider range of learning opportunities into the classroom.
Our school's Science curriculum is inquiry-based and hands-on. Grades K - 5 utilize Full Option Science System (FOSS) and Science and Technology Concepts (STC) kits to engage students in fun, hands-on science lessons. Inquiry-based learning is an educational practice in which students seek answers to their questions through active, hands-on involvement with curricular concepts and materials. For example, instead of reading a textbook, listening to a lecture, or watching a movie that provides pertinent information about levers and pulleys, students work with materials to build and experiment with lever and pulley systems, allowing them to gain a better understanding of the concepts.
The Responsive Classroom
The Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching and learning that fosters social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community. The goal is to enable optimal student learning. The Responsive Classroom is based on the premise that children learn best when they have both academic and social-emotional skills. Therefore, the approach consists of classroom and school-wide practices for deliberately helping children build academic and social-emotional competencies.
Students in grades K - 4 participate in the Best Self Curriculum, applying viable strategies such as independent problem solving, conflict resolution, and self-empowerment skills, aiming to help students first develop self-awareness of who they are individually, and then identify and apply the skills to unlock their personal potential. Several themes explored are Growth Mindset for long-term success, the science of character development and core virtues that lead to a meaningful life, perseverance as a strength, and the constant striving to improve our character through practice. Part of the natural progression of this curriculum is that students, on a journey of self-discovery, ultimately recognize, appreciate, and encourage the character strengths in others, too. Empowering children to exercise the best version of themselves is at the core of this curriculum.