Reading and Language Arts focuses on developing the foundational skills needed to become successful readers and writers. The SuperKids Reading Program is an explicit and systematic phonics program that focuses on learning the sounds of the letters so students can decode (read) and encode (spell) words. The students meet 14 “SuperKids” in Kindergarten, and the students develop their reading skills and strengthen their fluency while reading fictional and informational text about the adventures of these “SuperKids”. Handwriting is taught throughout the program developing uppercase and lowercase letter formations and the writing of sentences. The SuperKids Reading Program is taught through 2nd grade.
Math is the University of Chicago School of Mathematics Everyday Mathematics program. Everyday Mathematics is a research-based and field-tested curriculum that focuses on developing students’ understanding and skills in ways that produce life-long mathematical power. The curriculum emphasizes the use of concrete, real-life examples for meaningful introductions to math concepts, repeated exposures to math concepts, and skills to develop recall knowledge. It uses frequent practice of basic computation skills through games and hands-on approaches to build mastery, but also multiple methods and problem-solving strategies to foster true proficiency. Everyday Mathematics curriculum is taught throughout St. Mark’s Lower School.
Science and Social Studies topics are addressed in themed-based social living lessons which involve numerous resources and projects. Topics include concepts such as the Election, Christmas around the World, and Trip around the World, as well as historical figures such as Martin Luther King, Dr. Seuss, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington. Kindergarten students cook every week in conjunction with their letter of the week. During their cooking lessons, they also receive a math, vocabulary and history lesson based on the food they are creating. They learn simple fractions, descriptive vocabulary, and origins of words and food. Students also exercise their gross and fine motor skills during the hands-on cooking experiments.
Kindergarten students attend Music, Art, Science Lab, Spanish, Christian Ed, Computer Lab, and Library weekly. Beginning in Kindergarten, students attend P.E. daily.
To learn more about these classes, click here or visit the Lower School Enrichment tab for the detailed information on enrichments.