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ELEMENTARY GROUP


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


What is the age group?
Our Core Elementary groups accepts 5 - 10-year-olds (in a "grade" setting, roughly K- 5th grade).

What programs are offered for Elementary at LIFT?

What subjects are taught?
Core students have three main areas of study.  Each day students participate in leveled Math lessons, Math concept practice and review. Language Arts includes, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, handwriting, grammar, literature, and creative expression.  Our Social Studies program incorporates science, history, geography, art, character building, and thinking skills within each literature study.

Foundations Over an eight-year "career," LIFT Foundation students will cover units such as Light, Weather, Senses, Systems of the Body, World Explorers, Sailing/Navigation, Kings & Queens/Middle Ages (including a Medieval Feast!), Solar System, Settlers/Colonists, American Revolution, U.S. Government/Electoral Process, Geology, Botany, Birds, Animals, Flight/Airplanes, States & Regions of the U.S., Olympics, Great Feats & Expeditions, Inventors & Inventions, American Frontier, Texas History, Electricity, Industrial Revolution, Africa, Russia, and more. Each unit incorporates history, science, writing, grammar, vocabulary, literature, and thinking skills. 

What is the student to teacher ratio?
We try not to exceed 6 students per teacher in most classes in this group and sometimes have a smaller ratio, for example math lessons could be 4:1 or 6:1, and 8: 1 for recess or lunch.

When do you meet?

LIFT is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9:15 - 2:30 for 30 weeks from fall through spring.  See Calendar for exact dates.

3-day Core meets for 30 weeks on all three days
2-day Core meets for 30 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday.
Foundations meets for 24 weeks on Wednesdays.


Is there homework?
Core students will have some homework such as reading, building words with letter tiles, playing math card games, and occasional review sheets.  
Typically these will take about an hour over 1-2 days per week.
Families can request more homework as needed, each situation and student's need varies.

Foundations students will have something to do at home most weeks, although sometimes they may not.  Age-appropriate reading, a short research project, vocabulary pages, or memorization, are examples. Some students like to participate in show & tell, a precursor to giving presentations, and that is available weekly.  

Do you test and use grades?

Our program is mastery based rather than performance based so testing and grades are not our basis for measuring accomplishment. A low teacher to student ratio allows us to immediately know if a student is understanding and ready to move on or needs further instruction and practice.  Regular review within our curriculum, reading aloud, and communication with parents are also ways in which we know how students are doing in each subject area.

Do I purchase books? Is there a supply list?

We do all purchasing and provide all resources, books, supplies, and curriculum with the Registration Fee and  Curriculum & Supply Fee each year.  We won't ask you to make any further purchases, search for books, or give you a supply list!  
Occasionally we may ask for some recycled items such as 2-liter bottles or shoeboxes ask to borrow items that would be returned to you - costumes or props like clothing or sports equipment, for example.

What is the daily schedule?


 Tuesday

Core
 Wednesday

Core & Foundations
 Thursday

Core

 Arrival & Visiting Time Arrival & Visiting Time Arrival & Visiting Time
Math Lesson
Math Centers
 Core
Math Lessons
Math Centers

Foundations
Science
Math Lessons
Math Centers
RecessRecessRecess
 Lunch Lunch Lunch
 Language Lab Literature Language Lab
Art / Science Projects Art / Science


 
 Pick Up Pick Up Pick Up


Can you describe the classes shown on the schedule?

Math @ LIFT
The whole school does math in the mornings so everyone can receive the instruction and concept practice needed according to their knowledge and experience rather than age or grade level. 

Math Lesson 
We have an individualized Math Lesson with a few students at a time where they are taught based on their exact skill level.   
Not only does this allow students to get immediate feedback and help, with one-on-one interaction, teachers are consistently able to asses students progress and needs.

Math Centers
Math Centers allow students to be introduced to, review, and practice concept areas throughout the school year. We do this so students are exposed to concepts and vocabulary no matter where they are in their lessons and can stay current or advance while avoiding gaps or boredom.   Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Geometry, Area & Perimeter, Word Problems, and Time & Money are Concepts of the Month wherein leveled centers are provided each day.  These centers can incorporate a variety of activities, so we are able to meet learning needs for most students, add in or adjust for different learning styles or struggles, and make math memorable with  games, projects, videos, worksheets, and board games.  

Language Lab
In language lab, students that need individual support while learning phonics, spelling, or writing have someone to walk them through each assignment "holding their hand" until they can "walk" on their own.  
Students work on activities such as writing stories, spelling bees, dictionary skills, educational games, and more.

Literature Units
We use good literature in order to introduce interesting topics and skills to our elementary students.   This is a way to bring enjoyment to reading while also bringing relevance to the other subjects.  In addition to a good story and illustrations, each literature piece has possible connections for science, history, geography,  language, art, character, or practical skills, through games, projects, experiments, and discussion.

Art
Art projects and drawing sessions occur here on a regular basis.  This is meant to be fun and we also teach a few elements of skill as students have interest.  Sometimes this is a free style session and at other times, a part of our literature study.


Science
We complete multiple experiments and demonstrations over the year, with our main emphasis on hands-on with discovery based inquiry.  One of our trademark science projects is a monthly themed slime or dough!