Curriculum

TK

RELIGION

Bible stories
Seeds books
Traditional prayers
Spiritual awareness

SPEECH & LANGUAGE

Understands word usage
Responds in a complete sentence

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

Concepts (i.e., big, little, top, bottom)
Grasps quantitative and positional relationships
Identifies shapes
Recognizes names and letters

READINESS

Knowledge of letters
Touch and count to 20
Awareness of numbers
Interest in books, stories, etc.

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Willingness to share toys
Willingness to share information
Cooperative play
Dramatic play exercises
Confidence-building opportunities
Social skill development through group activities
Nurturing playtime

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

Uses scissors to cut in a curved line
Draws a person

MEMORY & ATTENTION

Visuall recalls pictures
Auditory memory of words
Draws shapes from memory
Remembers nursery rhymes
Follows verbal directions
Listens for up to 10 minutes

SPANISH
COMPUTER

K

RELIGION

Old and New Testament stories
Sunday Gospel preparation
Weekly Mass and quarterly Benediction
Daily decade of the Rosary
Traditional prayers
Prayer pets for family prayer

FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS

Primary phonics
Recognition and formation of letters
Dictation and spelling practice
Sentence reading and writing
Series of emergent reader books

LANGUAGE ARTS

Poetry and literature stories
Listening center with activity sheets
Oral communication skills
Reading comprehension
Rhyming patterns, sequencing, and inference
Detail recall

MATH

Number recognition and formation
Number theory
Patterns
Value relationships
Geometry and measurement
Addition and subtraction

SCIENCE

Living and non-living
Animals and plants
Human body, five senses, and healthy foods

SOCIAL STUDIES

Cooperation in a family and community
Development of patriotism
Map Skills

SPANISH
COMPUTER
MUSIC
PHYSICAL EDUCATION

1st

RELIGION
  • Students learn that Jesus teaches us about God's love.
  • Students celebrate God's love in their parish through the sacraments.
LANGUAGE ARTS
  • Students use phonics and word recognition to achieve fluent oral and silent reading.
  • Students use comprehension strategies as they read a variety of materials and learn to respond and analyze text.
  • Students write paragraphs with a central idea, using correct grammar and punctuation appropriate to grade level.
  • Students work on reading at their own individualized level during reading workshop.
MATHEMATICS
  • Students understand and use numbers up to 100 and demonstrate addition and subtraction skills.
  • Students learn to use measurement, geometry, graphs, and reasoning to make decisions to solve problems.
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Students learn about their community, heritage, country, and world.
  • Students learn ways to work with each other to make a difference in their community.
SCIENCE
  • Students learn the differences between solids, liquids, and gases (physical science).
  • Students learn about plants, animals, and the human body (life science).
  • Students study rocks, soil, and how to care for the planet (earth science).
SPANISH
COMPUTER
MUSIC
PHYSICAL EDUCATION

2nd

RELIGION
  • Students focus on preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist.
  • Students grow deeper in understanding Mass.
LANGUAGE ARTS
  • Students continue to develop fluency and comprehension in their readings of grade appropriate materials.
  • Students develop their vocabulary skills.
  • Students learn to write coherent sentences as well as paragraphs that center around a main idea.
  • Students learn to listen critically, respond appropriately to oral communication, and become active listeners.
  • Students learn specific skills to improve reading and apply those skills to their daily reading.
MATHEMATICS
  • Students learn addition, subtraction, and the place value of whole numbers.
  • Students work with patterns, money, and time.
  • Students study fractions, measurement, and simply multiplication.
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Students focus on the USA.
  • Students learn about the symbols of the United States and study their ancestors.
  • Students learn about people who have made a difference.
SCIENCE
  • Students study plants, animals, and fossils as well as nutrition and the human body.
  • Other topics of study include recycling, simple machines, electricity, force, and energy.

3rd

RELIGION
  • Students study the history of the church and the sacraments.
  • Students participate in liturgical celebrations and Christian service in the community.
LANGUAGE ARTS
  • Students read non-fiction, fiction, historical fiction, informational, biographies, poetry, folktales, and fables from all around the world.
MATHEMATICS
  • Students calculate using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and addition.
  • Students study measurement and geometry using the tools and units of measure for length, volume, and weight.
  • Mastery in basic addition and subtraction facts.
  • Calculate using mathematical operations including multiplication and division.
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Students investigate the diversity of cultures and traditions within communities.
  • Students study "Human Rights."
SCIENCE
  • Students study physical science, both energy and matter.
  • Students study life science and learn about God as the Creator.
  • Students learn about environmental adaptations and study objects in the sky.
SPANISH
COMPUTER
MUSIC
PHYSICAL EDUCATION

4th

RELIGION
  • Students focus on living their Catholic faith through Scripture, doctrine, and prayer.
  • Students develop a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith through the study of the Ten Commandments.
LANGUAGE ARTS
  • Reading Workshop focuses on the strengths and needs of each individual reader.
  • Students will learn strategies for reading and comprehension through their study of different literary genres.
  • Literary works are also integrated into the study of California history.
  • Students will produce research-based projects and reports using different forms of technology.
  • Writing focuses on the 6+1 Traits of Writing.
MATHEMATICS
  • Students develop a greater understanding of fractions, decimals, whole numbers, geometry, algebra, measurement, and problem-solving.
SCIENCE
  • Students learn about life science, physical science, earth science, and health.
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Students learn the history of California in terms of the state's vast and varied geography, waves of immigration, continuous diversity, and continuing rapid growth.
SPANISH
COMPUTER
MUSIC
PHYSICAL EDUCATION

5th

RELIGION
  • Students focus on the seven sacraments.
  • Students learn Jesus' model for a prayer-filled life and community of faith.
LANGUAGE ARTS
  • Students focus on reading, comprehension of informational materials, and writing strategies for clear, multi-paragraph compositions.
MATHEMATICS
  • Students learn computation with decimal numbers and fractions, expressions and patterns, converting units of measure and determining volume of composite figures.
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Students examine early United States history and geography of the Americas.
SCIENCE
  • Students explore the properties of elements, the periodic table, changes in matter, the basic needs of plants, eco systems, energy in systems, patterns in the sky, the water cycle, formation of landforms, and alternative energy sources.
SPANISH
COMPUTER
MUSIC
PHYSICAL EDUCATION

6th

RELIGION
  • Students examine the literary forms of the Old Testament and its major people and events.
  • Students learn about the doctrine of the major creedal statements.
  • Students participate in liturgical celebrations.
  • Students also learn about responsible stewardship and the dignity of the human person and community.
LANGUAGE ARTS
  • Students increase their vocabulary and spelling skills, and read and respond to a wide variety of grade appropriate materials.
  • Students are given opportunities to speak orally and continue to develop their writing skills.
MATHEMATICS
  • Ratios and rates
  • The Number System
  • Expressions and equations
  • Geoemtry
  • Statistics and probability
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Students learn about the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome.
  • Student study the history, geography, government, people, culture, social values, and religion of each area.
SCIENCE
  • Student study Life Science, which covers the structure and function of living things.
  • Students explore physical science, covering motion and force, matter and energy, and the periodic table.
  • The curriculum is taught with an emphasis on investigation and experimentation and is very interactive and hands-on.
SPANISH
COMPUTER
MUSIC
PHYSICAL EDUCATION

7th

RELIGION
  • Students learn how to form their consciences and make moral decisions.
  • Students study the Ten Commandments, Beatitudes, and Virtues.
  • Students examine the Creed, divine revelation, and the deposit of faith.
  • Students regularly read the Scriptures and know how to defend their Faith by the use of the Bible.
LANGUAGE ARTS
  • Students read literature selections including Walk Two Moons, Wednesday Wars, Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl, Beowulf: A New Telling, Beowulf, The Adventures of Ulysses, Tunes for Bears to Dance to, "The Stolen Party," and "Ribbons."
  • Composition assignments include narrative, argumentative, informational, and literary analysis.
  • English conversations and vocabulary are studied with a focus toward compelling writing and effective speaking.
MATHEMATICS
  • Students are exposed to a variety of pre-Algebra topics including integers, equations, inequalities, and rational and irrational numbers.
  • Students also learn functions and graphs, probability and statistics, plane and solid geometry, ratios, percents and proportions, trigonometric ratios, polynomials, and properties.
  • Solve written response problems.
  • Monomials and polynomials
  • Powers and negative exponents
  • Factorization
  • Radicals
  • Constructions with a compass and protractor
SCIENCE
  • Students study Life Science, which covers the structure and function of living things.
  • The curriculum is taught with an emphasis on investigation and experimentation and is very interactive and hands-on.
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Students are exposed to Medieval world history and examine several cultures: European, Islamic, African, Japanese, Chinese, and Central and South American.
  • Students analyze the social structure, government, religion, and economy of each culture.

8th

RELIGION
  • Students learn about and participate in the liturgical life of the Church, focusing on prayer, sacraments, and the liturgical year.
  • Students discover their Catholic roots throughout the study of Church history.
  • Students read and discuss the Acts of the Apostles.
LANGUAGE ARTS
  • Students are exposed to literature selections including Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, I Have Lived a Thousand Years, Lord of the Flies, The Worst Hard Time, The Circuit, All My Sons, Out of the Dust, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Why We Can't Wait, Farewell to Manzanar, and "The Lottery."
  • Composition assignments include narrative, argumentative, informational, and literary analysis.
  • English conventions and vocabulary are studied with a focus toward compelling writing and effective speaking.
MATHEMATICS
  • Students examine a variety of algebra topics including properties of exponents, written response problems, and graphs and functions.
  • Students learn linear equations, systems of equations and inequalities, exponential functions, polynomial functions, polynomial factoring, quadratic equations and functions, and radial expressions and equations.
  • Solving and applying proportions
  • Rules of exponents
  • Robotics
SCIENCE
  • Students explore physical science, covering motion and force, matter and energy, and the periodic table.
  • Course work is inquiry-based and therefore very challenging and hands-on.
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Students cover United States history from 1492 to 1920.
  • Students analyze U.S. politics, government, wars, and culture.
  • Students participate in debates, skits, games, and other activities to reinforce the material
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