Counting, cardinality, geometry, measurement, data, numbers and operations and algebraic thinking are all explored in this spiraling curriculum where learning is spread out over time rather than being concentrated in shorter periods. Material is revisited repeatedly over months and across grades. This spiral approach creates more robust pathways for recalling information. Multiple, strategically spaced and strategically progressing learning experiences produce deeper, more conceptual learning. Games are an integral part of the program in order to replace boring skill-and-drill type activities.
The reading workshop model (mini lesson, read aloud, independent reading and conferencing, guided reading, response reflection, and sharing) allows teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of all of their students. Reading Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and gives students chances to practice reading strategies independently and with guidance.
Using a Science “techbook” from Discovery Science, students engage in hands-on activities, virtual labs, and technology while delving into the scientific themes of Earth and space science, life science and physical science.
Through a Project Based Learning approach, students explore and investigate American History, government, economics and geography, working on long-term multidisciplinary projects that are structured around rich, real world, and relevant research questions. This engaging method develops students' skills in investigation, collaboration, communication, time management, organization, and use of real-world technology.
Each student in the class is a working author using the Writer’s Workshop approach. Students engage in a variety of genres, including opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing with increasing complexity and sophistication. Instead of spending the majority of class time on spelling tests, grammar worksheets, handwriting practice and other isolated sub-skills of writing, Writer’s Workshop is designed to emphasize the act of writing itself.