In the primary grades, students are not only taught in groups but also rotate throughout “centers” in the classroom. This approach is important as it encourages the early-learning phase of independent and group learning.
In the intermediate grades, we offer students a hands-on approach to learning. Understanding that students learn in different ways, the teachers vary classroom activities. Class sizes are small enough that teachers can offer personal attention to each student. This approach allows students to develop a lifetime love of learning.
Grade 1 Curriculum
In first grade, we introduce the Accelerated Reading Program. This program encourages students to read selected books and take a 5-question quiz to enhance reading comprehension.
In religion, we pray a decade of the rosary daily and learn the mysteries of the rosary. In October we make our own beaded rosary that gets blessed at Mass. We also read a Bible story daily and finish the Old and New Testament by the end of the year.
In Math, we continue the concepts introduced in kindergarten: addition, subtraction, time, money, geometry, measurement, ordinal numbers, fractions, place value, and learn to add and subtract 2-digit numbers.
Writing stories and the introduction of grammar rules begins in first grade. We also learn about nouns, verbs, adjectives, plurals, capitalization, punctuation, and contractions.
We enjoy going to The Magic House for a field trip to learn more about Community Workers in social studies. Our second field trip is to The Science Center after completing a unit on space.
Students use iPads and Chromebooks daily to reinforce math skills, spelling and reading skills, and to take Accelerated Reading and Math quizzes.
Grade 2 Curriculum
Second grade continues practice and use of printing. The students begin to learn cursive but will not use it in their daily work.
Second grade science explores the life cycle of a butterfly. We typically raise a caterpillar to butterfly for real life experience. We then focus on the environment, states of matter, and our changing earth. We do child-centered projects in each of these units.
For reading, students will read the selections in Journey’s and complete the work which reinforces their learning in their reader’s notebook. Assessments will be completed that are based on this text. Spelling quizzes will also generally incorporate words from the Journey’s units. An additional chapter book or additional appropriate text will be read aloud to students at the end of each unit.
There may be some additional reading for students related to enrichment, as may be desired, for some students reading above grade level. The additional book selections will likely include Johnny Appleseed, A Bad Case of Stripes, Abe Lincoln’s Hat, MTH Sunset of the Sabertooth, and possibly Eerie Elementary – The School is Alive.
Second grade math focuses on addition,subtraction, graphing, fractions, rounding, and word problems. We enhance our math with math sites on our Chromebooks.
Second grade religion prepares students to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Social justice and the virtues are also a part of our preparation. We have a Project Day where the children bake bread, make plates, wear aprons they designed, and join together with their families in a prayer service.
Grade 3 Curriculum
Third grade students continue to learn cursive writing to build on their knowledge of writing complete sentences with correct punctuation and grammar.
For reading, students will read the selections in Journey’s and complete the work in their reader’s notebook. Assessments will be completed that are based on this text. Spelling quizzes will also incorporate words from the Journey’s units. An additional chapter book or additional appropriate text will be read aloud to students at the end of each unit. There may be some additional reading for students related to enrichment, as may be desired, for some students reading above grade level. The additional book selections will likely include Charlotte’s Web, Stone Fox, A-Z Mysteries Operation Orca or MTH Dolphin’s at Daybreak, one of the I Survived books.
Third grade math focuses on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.
We also demonstrate skills in counting money, place value, rounding, and time. We use iPads and Chromebooks to enhance our skills.
Third grade English addresses nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, subjects, and predicates. We also have a strong focus on writing.
Third grade religion brings the students many different bible stories, parts of the Mass, the sacraments, along with learning about our relationship with God. We discuss social justice and how to help people in our community.
Third grade social studies focuses on the different types of communities, map skills, early American life, and the symbols of the United States. Students have 2 main projects; they construct a building from one of the three types of communities and complete a report on a president that is 1-2 paragraphs long, as well as make a likeness of the president by decorating the template to look like the real president.
For science the units of study will include using the scientific model, exploring forces, motion, plant and animal life cycles, organisms and their environments as well as weather and patterns.
Third grade students take two field trips which correlate with their learning growth in the content areas of science, social studies, religion, and possibly literacy. The past 3 years we have gone to the St. Louis Zoo to learn about animal habitats and to Daniel Boone’s House to experience life back in earlier times.
Grade 4 Curriculum
Fourth grade attends 2 field trips that promote learning growth in science, social studies, and religion.
Fourth grade continues to learn and use cursive writing daily.
Fourth grade has a strong focus on United States geography and history, as well as, the 50 states and their capitals.
In math, we continue to grow our skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, rounding, and estimating. We also begin to convert measurement, gain an understanding for statistics and probability, and explore and identify fractional parts.
In religion, the fourth grade text, Jesus Our Guide, covers a simplified introduction to Bible stories and teachings of the faith. Along with this, we have weekly meetings to encourage living a life of virtue, praying together for special intentions, learning how to solve problems in a correct manner, and discussing social justice as well as how to be better citizens in our community.
Students have several chapter books read aloud to them throughout the year, these include but are not limited to, Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Andrew Clements' Frindle, and R. J. Palacio's Wonder.
Students use Chromebooks daily for Accelerated Reader Reading, Math 2.0, and Math Facts in Flash. They also use Chromebooks for researching, typing, and for extra practice in math, English, and reading. Along with this, students use the classroom’s Clevertouch Board to enhance their technology use, while demonstrating their skills with classroom subjects.
Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) time is set several times throughout the week, where students read silently for a designated time.