Lower School

ELEMENTARY/LOWER SCHOOL CURRICULUM (Pre-K thru 5th):

Pre-Kindergarten:

The purpose of the pre-kindergarten programs are to provide developmentally appropriate experiences for three and four year old students in order that they may advance to the next level with the readiness skills they need to succeed. A certified teacher and an educational assistant staff the classrooms.

Programs introduce young children to new books, songs, poems and games. The curriculum provides ideas   for   creating   interest   centers   that are child-centered to promote language, phonemic awareness, letter recognition, print awareness, and beginning reading skills. There is a math component as well.  It aligns with the Tennessee Early Childhood Education Standards. Student attend physical education, library, art, music, and Spanish. Socialization is a key factor.  All students must be potty-trained.

Kindergarten:

Our kindergarten program addresses all dimensions of a child’s development: physical, social, emotional, spiritual and academic, building on what the children have already learned at home and preschool. Our program offers children opportunities to develop skills in reading, math, Spanish, and science, as well as allowing them to develop physical skills in physical education. Their interactions in a group setting give children the chance to enhance personal and social responsibility and to communicate effectively. Our goal is for our students to see themselves as capable and competent learners. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys is the language arts program, and Saxon math is the math program. The children go to physical education class twice a week. Also, they attend library, art, and music. The day begins with a Bible story and prayer. Discipline is based on the principal of the “Golden Rule”. One teacher and one full time educational assistant staff each of our kindergarten classrooms.

Grade 1:

The language arts program includes the phonetically based reading series Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys, Saxon phonics, and spelling. Reading and writing are emphasized through book reports and in-class creative writing. STAR Reading and Accelerated Reader, begins in first grade as an added reading assessment to monitor reading progress and encourage students to read independently. Students continue to use Saxon math and explore science in more depth with textbooks and hands-on activities. Students attend physical education class twice a week. They also attend library, music, and Spanish once a week.

Grade 2:

The language arts program includes the phonetically based reading series Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys. Reading and writing are emphasized   during in-class creative writing. Accelerated Reader and STAR continue. Students use Saxon math and explore science in more depth with textbooks and hands-on activities. Students attend physical education class twice a week. They attend library, art, music and Spanish once a week.

Grade 3-5:

Upper elementary students continue to expand their knowledge in the areas of reading, English, writing, spelling, and math. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys is the primary language arts program. Accelerated Reader and Star Reading continue to be part of the reading program. Science and social studies take on a more prominent role in the curriculum. The science lab experience becomes a part of the science program beginning in the fourth grade. Also, students attend art, music, physical education and Spanish. In fifth grade, students have the opportunity to participate in football and basketball and cheerleading.