Through the association of letter forms and sounds, the blending of sounds and recognition of sight words, our students begin the reading process. Building on their phonics skills, they are able to decode and encode unfamiliar words. Once fluent in reading, students develop comprehension skills.
The Reading program in the intermediate grades incorporates spelling and vocabulary skills, and comprehension strategies for successful performance in all areas of the curriculum. Critical thinking and communication skills are sharpened through research and inquiry activities, book critiques and oral reports.
LANGUAGE ARTS (K-3)
Language Arts is taught with a view to developing the communication competencies of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Our students are introduced to language mechanics concepts, including parts of speech, capitalization and punctuation. Vocabulary, spelling and dictionary skills are developed.
LANGUAGE ARTS (4-6)
The language mechanics introduced in the primary grades are refined in the intermediate grades. Activities include all aspects of the writing process from journaling to publishing.
Students develop skills related to numbers, numeration, reasoning, logic and measurement, along with basic computational operations. Direct instruction is supplemented with use of manipulatives, technology and cooperative learning. Problem-solving and critical thinking skills are reinforced.
Our students review, develop and enhance skills related to mathematical computation and problem solving. They learn to solve problems creatively, organize information efficiently, think critically, and reason and communicate mathematically.
Students in the primary grades study life science, earth science and physical science. Through experimentation, our students are encouraged to make observations and inferences, recognize relationships, predict outcomes, use variables and interpret data.
Science is taught as a process of hands-on discovery and research. Using the principles of the scientific method, questions are posed and explored. Each student is responsible to create a comprehensive science project.
SOCIAL STUDIES (K-3)
Beginning with a study of families, homes and neighborhoods, the primary social studies curriculum is expanded to include a study of the community—local, state and national. Students develop map skills, along with cultural awareness and appreciation. They study current events, conflict resolution and important social issues.
SOCIAL STUDIES (4-6)
The Social Studies curriculum includes the study of the regions of the United States, the Western Hemisphere and the Eastern Hemisphere with a focus on history, geography and citizenship.
Students learn the principles of Christianity and the Catholic faith through reflection on their own experiences. The course content is based on the Bible, preparation for the Sacraments and the traditions of the Catholic faith. The program encourages faith development, self-examination and prayer.
The Religion program continues to evoke an understanding of Catholicism. It emphasizes our students’ everyday lives and encourages them to participate in the sacramental and parish life of the Church.