Students learn to read early using an approach that incorporates phonics skills throughout reading, spelling, language concepts, and writing.
The curriculum covers reading and writing short vowel words that follow the Consonant-Vowel-Consonant pattern (CVC), long vowel words with silent "e," vowel digraphs like "oa" and "ay," the "sh" digraph, consonant blends like "gr," "st," and "mp." Sight words, such as number and color words, are also covered.
These concepts are taught using phonics skills to emphasize known sounds in words, as well as comparing them to phonetic spellings of the words or illustrating a contrast with known phonics concepts.
Parts of speech
Clues and crosswords Identifying and using nouns and verbs
Suffixes (ing, ed, ly, er, est) Prefixes (be-, a-)
Identifying the correct tense Compound words with -self and -selves
Antonyms and synonyms And more.
Weekly spelling and phonics homework will be assigned.
Students will be introduced to a new workbook for developing writing skills. This workbook offers enhanced structure for both creative and non-fiction writing skill development.
Language Scope and Sequence:
Spelling and phonics weekly homework will also be assigned.
The language and reading workbook encompasses a review of more complex words. It aids students in developing vocabulary, grammar, semantics, creative and non-fiction writing, comprehension of story structure, sentence structure, and more.
Students also continue to engage with the writing skills workbook, which further hones their writing abilities by applying them to spelling or vocabulary word lists.
Additionally, students are assigned spelling and phonics homework on a weekly basis.
The fourth-grade program places emphasis on reviewing phonics and aids students in developing vocabulary, grammar, semantics, creative writing, comprehension of story structure, sentence structure, and more.
Additionally, students participate in writing activities based on reading short stories and books. These activities contribute to their reading skills, reading evaluation, outlining, comprehension of story elements, utilization of graphic organizers, and content reading skills.
Furthermore, an academic writing session is available.
The fifth-grade program encompasses spelling, vocabulary, language, and grammar. The Spelling and Vocabulary Workbook is designed to elevate vocabulary levels while teaching the spelling of more complex words.
The Language and Grammar Workbooks guide students in working with sentences and paragraphs, fostering a deeper comprehension of language function and structure.
The Spelling and Vocabulary Workbook, besides increasing vocabulary, also aids in learning to spell more intricate words. Each weekly list consists of five workbook pages with a phonetic or spelling theme, such as a common vowel sound syllable, suffix, or prefix.
Additional activities are available upon request or are tailored to meet students' individual needs.
An academic writing session is offered, which includes:
A monthly-based writing project
Providing a writing prompt
Exploring idioms, irony, metaphors, personification, similes, word choice practice, general statements, detail statements, and more.