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Our Curriculum

by Tina Sharpe

September 24, 2011

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Our Curriculum

Reading      

We use the Reading Curriculum Treasures.  Our daily reading lessons consist of Guided Reading and Whole Group Reading.  This year we are also using the Daily 5: Reading to Self, Reading to Someone, Working on Writing, Working on Word Work, and Listening to Reading. The Daily 5 strategies are being used during our Guided Reading time.  Guided Reading gives our students the opportunity to receive reading instruction in a small group setting.  This allows for necessary reading skills to be taught in a more meaningful way.  In addition to our reading program, we also do daily mini-book check outs.  Please celebrate reading by curling up with you child and their mini-book.  If you have any questions or concerns please stop in!

Writing

Our writing curriculum is a culmination of Bobbi Fisher's book Thinking and Learning and Lucy Calkins and Leah Mermelstein's book Launching the Writing Workshop. We follow six writing rules: Name it, Date it, Draw it, Write it, Read it, and Color it.  We learn a lot about each other while learning a great deal about finger space, capitals, periods, questions and exclamation marks, inventive spelling (sounding words out), the Word Wall, sharing, peer-editing and, eventually, the Have-a-go strategy.

Math   

This year we have a new math program called enVisionMath.  The students are enjoying the hands-on opportunities and the technology component that the program incorporates into a variety of lessons.  The differentiated activities also allow for students to learn and experience math at their level.

Social Studies and Science

Our topic in Social Studies and Science this year are:

August: All About Me, Five Senses, Safety

September: Safety, Apples, Fall, Popcorn

October: Fire Safety, Columbus, Leaves, Halloween/Safety, Pumpkins

November: Pumpkins, Native Americans, Christmas Around the World

December: Christmas

January: Kwanzaa, Winter, Winter animals, 100th day, Black History

February: Dental Health, Germs, Presidents, Dr. Suess

March: Solar System, Life Cycles: Butterfly, Weather/Preparedness

April: Spring, Seed/Plants, Circus, Insects

May: Insects, Mom's Day, Summer