The K-2 program focuses on developing mathematical understandings and identifying numerical and analytical relationships. The curriculum includes activity-centered programs and promotes a cooperative learning environment. Children are actively involved in hands-on experiences using a variety of manipulatives and materials. They are encouraged to demonstrate flexibility in working with mathematical ideas and problems by learning to apply a variety of strategies, techniques, and materials when solving problems. The program provides a blend of experiences in computational skills, logical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem-solving techniques, and mathematical applications.
The goal of our reading program is to develop confident, enthusiastic, and skilled readers. We meet children where they are, help them progress at their own rate, and celebrate their successes along the way. We provide ample opportunities for reading, using a literature-based environment. The vital interconnectedness of reading, writing, and language is continually recognized.
The goal of the writing program is to develop confident, skilled writers who see writing as a means to an end—effective communication. Content is emphasized as students engage in writing for real-life purposes, including authoring and publishing books. Conventions such as spacing, punctuation, spelling, and letter formations are introduced as tools for effective communication. Our curriculum helps children see themselves as writers capable of sharing their personal experiences and knowledge.
A continuum of reading and writing development is useful for identifying challenging but achievable goals. Individual variation is to be expected and supported. The use of our developmental continuum enables teachers to assess individual children’s progress against realistic goals or benchmarks and then adapt instruction to ensure that children continue to progress. Additional instructional strategies are used for children whose learning and development are advanced or in need of more support.
Thematic studies provide experience-based science and social studies activities, which develop children's powers of informal observation, discrimination, and description. New concepts develop through class discussion, field trips, live animals, videos, books, and experiments.
Thematic units of study also allow children to have many opportunities to connect mathematics with real-life problems in the areas of science, social studies, and health. Students graph, measure, observe, discuss, and record data collected during theme activities.