Our Primary School programs are meant to build solid foundations to foster success in later learning. Our teaching faculty works with each child in a structured and supportive environment to develop problem-solving, organization and collaboration skills.
The multi-sensory approach to teaching means that children are exposed to concepts using a variety of visual, auditory and kinesthetic/tactile teaching methods. This model allows our teachers to individualize instructional methods designed to stimulate creativity and positive thinking.
Through guided practice, modeling, repetition and reflection, students learn persistence and flexibility to become metacognitive learners. Students are taught to apply and transfer these skills to new settings for continuing success.
Homework at this level is meant to reinforce skills that are taught in class and are assigned based on the daily observation of each student’s individual progress.
At this young age, it is a priority for our teachers to create a caring sense of community. Building a personal relationship with each student helps to create positive associations with learning and sets an example for future social interactions.
Areas of Study:
- Reading programs, including Project Read Phonology, RAVE-O, and Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing, are integrated into small group and individual instruction to enhance language and comprehension skills.
- Math instruction uses Saxon Math which emphasizes structured, cumulative study of mathematical thinking taught in small increments.
- Writing programs, including Just Write and Handwriting Without Tears, help children with learning differences to understand the writing process. Students learn to practice writing skills through journaling and written responses to reading.
- Science and Social Studies are introduced into the curriculum in these grades. Each child works in collaboration with their teachers to apply the learning strategies that work best for them to gain knowledge about history, geology, health and basic scientific concepts.