Lower Elementary Curriculum
The lower elementary curriculum focuses on learning the basics of math, language, grammar, time and money through the use of hands on materials that is completed at their own pace. The students will also learn about physical and life science and world geography. These cultural works are taught through the use of great stories and experiences.
The focus in the language arts is on word study and vocabulary. Students will learn about compound words, prefixes, suffixes, homophones, homographs, and homonyms and other aspects of our language. Other studies include developing reading and writing skills.
By the end of the third grade students will have been exposed to all parts of speech and will be able to identify them in a sentence. This is done using our grammar boxes and syntax lessons.
The focus in the lower elementary class is to learn the basic operations- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Students learn these operations using multiple types of manipluatives, which leads to an effortless move to doing the operations abstractly.
Students will be able tell time to the nearest minute by the end of the third grade. They will also be able to identify, count and make change with money. In geometry students will be introduced to all of the major shapes and concepts of plane geometry.
Our science curriculum rotates through a three year cycle with each year focusing on different topics. Topics include the universe, chemistry, physics, electricity, plants and classification.
Our geography lessons also rotate through a three- year period. Each year we focus on two different continents and study the people, geography and animals native to that continent.