LOWER SCHOOL CURRICULUM
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Singapore Dimensions Math
The Singapore math method is focused on mastery, which is achieved through intentional sequencing of concepts. Some of the key features of the approach include the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) progression, number bonds, bar modeling, and mental math. Instead of pushing through rote memorization, students learn to think mathematically and rely on the depth of knowledge gained in previous lessons. An attitude that math is important and approachable is also essential. Students perform at a higher level when their potential for understanding and success is assumed.
The intentional progression of concepts in the Singapore math approach instills a deep understanding of mathematics.
Singapore math programs raise U.S. student performance internationally and at home on standardized and state assessments. With the use of our programs, more students rank “At or Above NAEP Proficient” on U.S. national math assessments.*
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Our spiral reading and writing programs build upon the strengths of each individual student. Teachers work in small groups guiding students through the appropriate levels of reading, literature, writing, researching, and creating. These curricula teach and deepen skills, concepts, and understanding, helping each child to thrive and grow.
The science in the Lower School includes multiple inter related experiments and experiences. The students learn thematic units that align with each other to teach concepts, methods, comprehension, and interpretations. Each unit touches on multiple aspects of science learning. We use a hands-on approach to weekly science education. Each lesson contains an experiment that deepens the students’ broader understanding of science.
Our Social Studies curriculum follows the state guidelines, that have been designed to be developmentally appropriate. Each lesson carefully considers the students ability to absorb and make meaning of the subject matter. The curriculum moves from self awareness to community, country and world, then builds in depth knowledge as they are ready to comprehend the information.