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The goal of Lower School’s curriculum is designed to help children develop not only a love of learning but tools for long-term academic success. It all begins here with the foundational skills needed for future academic success. Our curriculum builds upon the skills and enthusiasm developed in the Preschool and Kindergarten. Our Lower School learners become confident readers with strong math and writing skills with 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 the grades.

Language Arts:

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In Lower School, we focus on laying the groundwork of strong phonological awareness and developing the fundamental skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In 1st and 2nd grades, students learn to read with The SuperKids Reading Program, a phonics-based reading and writing program. In 3rd through 5th grades, students are reading to learn with the Wonders Program. 4th and 5th grade students have novel studies that reinforce the skills learned in Wonders. Our reading programs focus on decoding, comprehension, genres of literature, phonics, vocabulary, handwriting (cursive is taught in 3rd and 4th grade,) grammar, spelling, writing, and listening skills. 

Writing is a critical skill. Writing mechanics and fluency are introduced in Lower School through journaling and writing assignments. Developing students with good writing skills is a top priority for our staff. Students will learn pre-writing and editing skills to produce final written products.

 

Math:

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In Lower School, we focus on the fundamental math skills needed for higher math thinking. Our program, Everyday Math, utilize hands-on experiences to teach number recognition and number sense. In 1st through 5th grade, 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
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  • 5th grade:  Prime factorization of numbers, finding equivalent fractions, multiply fractions, long division, comparing and ordering 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 1st through 5th, students experience hands-on activities and labs pertaining to their current science topic in Science Lab. The 4th grade students tends and manages the school garden. 

  • 1st grade:  Germs, Living vs Nonliving, Bats vs Birds, Arctic, Antarctica, 5 senses, Human Body, Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources, weekly STEM projects 
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  • 2nd grade:  Animal Classification, Habitats, Matter, Space, Nutrition

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

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

  • 5th grade: Scientific Method, Cells, Animal Classification, Genetics, Natural Disaster, Space, Properties of Matter and Force

 

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Students explore the world around them by reading books, class discussion, participating in field trips and listening to outside experts. Students learn about current events and National Holidays. cs.

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

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

  • 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, Government, Map Skills

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