The Religion Program teaches the student about Jesus and God, how we worship, how we live as Christians, the seasons of the Church year, and about prayer. The students are introduced to the sacrament of Baptism, the Mass and Bible stories. They are encouraged to live as determined, loving and active members of the Church.
Phonics builds a rich foundation in phonics and phonemic awareness to help all children achieve in reading. Explicit instruction and practice is in the areas of phonemic awareness, letter recognition, sound to symbol relationship, high frequency words, writing and short and long vowels. Students are taught to read using an organized method of encoding words and sentences.
Math introduces the student to a wide range of mathematical concepts that include number sense, numeration, patterns, basic addition and subtraction, introduction to coins and their value, telling time to the hour and counting by 2's, 5's and 10's. The program is composed of hands on activities that help introduce and build on these skills throughout the year.
The Science Curriculum provides the children with the opportunity to express their scientific thinking through reading, writing listening and speaking. Hands on activities help the children build on their knowledge and observe the relationships between literature shared with the class and observations made in the classroom and the environment around them. Science lessons are tied into Religion and Phonics lessons as they interrelate.
The Social Studies curriculum provides the children with the opportunity to explore new worlds and the community around them. It is tied in with monthly holidays and celebrations throughout the year.
GRADE 1 CURRICULUM
The First Grade Religion Program teaches the student about Jesus and God, how we worship, how we live as Christians, the seasons of the Church year, and about prayer. The students are introduced to the sacrament of Baptism, the Mass, and Bible stories. They are encouraged to live as determined, loving and active members of the Church.
The phonics program is a multiskills, multisensory approach to reading and language arts. Students are taught to read by using an organized method of decoding words, and are taught to write by using an organized method of encoding words and sentences. It provides flexibility and recognizes learning styles of students. Each daily lesson integrates word attack skills, structural analysis and comprehension skills.
The Reading Curriculum uses explicit teaching, and active, direct instruction along with cooperative learning and reciprocal teaching to give the students a strong foundation in beginning reading skills, decoding and word study, vocabulary, comprehension, language and thinking. The students will enjoy silent reading as well as oral reading, and are exposed to rich, fresh language that delights, informs and surprises through their own lives and the lives of others.
The First Grade Student will learn to spell assigned words. They will write with organization and focus, use capitals when appropriate, and use correct punctuation.
The Science Curriculum gives students a well-balanced foundation of basic science concepts based on three major blocks: Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. The students will learn about plants, animals, our earth, weather and matter.
The first grade students are introduced to a wide range of mathematical concepts that include numeration, number theory, addition and subtraction, number sense, estimation, problem solving, and counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. The program is composed of problem solving and hands on activities that help students get a solid foundation.
The Social Studies Program helps students understand themselves and the world around them. It instills in them the knowledge and skills necessary for responsible citizenship. The program begins with a study of self and family, expands to a study of neighborhood, community, state, nation and the world.
GRADE 2 CURRICULUM
The Religion program prepares students for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. Our curriculum teaches the parts of the Liturgy, introduces the components of the Liturgical year: Lent, Holy Week, Advent, and Christmas.
In Language Arts, the curriculum combines reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Students gain an understanding of phonics, grammar, spelling, and comprehension strategies. In addition, the program helps to instill a love of reading, writing, communicating, and fosters creative thinking and good study skills.
The Math program engages students in learning activities designed to help children understand and apply basic mathematical concepts. Through daily review and practice, the students learn to connect these skills to their everyday life. Manipulatives are used to introduce new concepts and emphasis is placed on computation and problem solving.
The Science curriculum introduces the Scientific Method. Students will become lifelong learners who are able to use methods of inquiry to understand the principles of natural science.
The focus of Social Studies in grade 2 is on the types of communities in which our students live, the environment, and laws that govern our society.