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The goal of Lower School’s curriculum is to help children develop not only a love of learning, but the tools for long-term academic success. Our curriculum builds upon the skills and enthusiasm developed in the preschool to help young learners become confident readers with strong math and writing skills and deep and broad general knowledge. In grades 1 through 5, the vertically aligned curriculum in each subject area ensures strong continuity and reinforces the skills across grades. The core curriculum is enriched with classes in Spanish, science lab, computer, art, library, and music. The students are further nurtured with instruction in religion and daily physical education.

Language Arts:

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We focus on laying the groundwork of strong phonological awareness and then building on the fundamentals of reading, writing, listening and speaking. In grades 1 through 2, students are learning to read with The SuperKids Reading Program while in grades 3 through 5, students are reading to learn with Wonders. Our programs include reading strategies and literature, phonics, vocabulary, handwriting (cursive is taught in third grade), grammar, spelling, writing, and listening and speaking skills.

 

Math:

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Our program, Everyday Math, utilizes hands-on experiences to teach number recognition and number sense.  In grades 1through 5, students develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and high-level problem-solving skills through daily problem-based interactive learning.

  • 1st grade:  Number patterns, measurements, basic facts, place value, fact families, geometry, money, fractions
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  • 2nd grade:  Compare fractions and numbers, add/subtract 3- and 4-digit numbers, make change, find range, median, and mode, measurements to the nearest centimeter, perimeter and area
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  • 3rd grade:  Linear measures and area, multiplication and division, decimals, measuring angles, volume, naming parts with fractions
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  • 4th grade:  Solve multiplication/division problems involving multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000, geometry, multiply 3-, 4-, and 5- digits, long division, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimal numbers, read and write decimals to ten-thousandth
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  • 5th grade:  Prime factorization of numbers, find equivalent fractions, multiply fractions, long division, compare and order decimals and integers, multiply/divide money
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Science:

Students explore grade specific topics by conducting research, reading books, participating in field trips and listening to outside experts speak to the class. In grades 1 through 5, students experience hands-on activities and labs pertaining to their current science topic in Science Lab weekly. The Lower School tends and manages the school garden. 

  • 1st grade:  Germs, Living vs Nonliving, Bats vs. Birds, Artic and Antarctica, 5 Senses, Human Body,   
  •                        Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources
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  • 2nd grade:  Animal Classification, Habitats, Matter, Nutrition

  • 3rd grade:  Rocks, Simple Machines, States of Matter, Endangered Animals

  • 4th grade:  Plant Lifecycles, Classifying Living Things, Water Cycle, Weather, Sound, Light, Magnetism

  • 5th grade:  Scientific Method, Plant/Animal Cells, Genetics, Natural Disasters, Space, Properties of Matter

 

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Students explore the world around them through the following topics.

  • 1st grade: Manners, Presidents, Land forms, Famous Americans

  • 2nd grade: Concept of Communities, Citizenship, and Diversity Among Cultures

  • 3rd grade: The State of Louisiana: Regions, Cities, Government, Culture

  • 4th grade: The Regions of the United States, Government, Exploration of America

  • 5th grade: American History

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