Elementary Group Descriptions

These descriptions are for you to get a basic overview of what each group will do over the school year. Please keep in mind that it is possible for students to be in a different group for Math than they are for Language Arts and we have created our schedule to accommodate this fact.

Pre-K Sibling Group
Age Range: Potty-trained through 5 years
Description:   Each day includes sensory play, outdoor exploration, snack time, lunch time, playground time, arts and crafts, and free play. 
Academics: Fine motor skill practice, science concept activities, social skills, introductory math and phonics through song, video, and hand motions. Students that are ready may also participate in the Beginning Math and Phonics group part of each day. 
Our typical ratio of teacher to student is 1:6.

Beginning Math and Phonics
Age Range: 5 - 8
Description: Each day includes phonics lessons and activities, math lessons and games, handwriting practice, literature concepts, introductory grammar, snack time, lunchtime, PE, and recess. 
Academics: Beginning levels of Math and Phonics.  
Math topics include addition and subtraction facts to 18, place value to the thousands, geometry, measurement, time, money, and basic fractions. 4-digit addition and 2-digit mental addition is also incorporated. Problem solving and place value are emphasized throughout. Homework includes card games for practice and cement skills.
Phonics and language include consonant sounds, short vowel sounds, consonant blends, handwriting, and literature.   Within our weekly literature studies, literary devices, grammar, science, history, geography, art, cooking, and other beneficial subjects or concepts are introduced
Our typical ratio of teacher to student is 1:8.

Age Range: 6 - 10
Description: Each day includes morning math lessons and concept reinforcement activities, snack time, lunch time, PE, recess, and afternoon language arts and critical thinking with rotating science and art activities.
Academics:  Math continues to build on known addition and subtraction facts, works with 4-digit addition and subtraction and 2-digit mental calculations and introduces multiplication and fractions. Other topics include area and perimeter, measurement, money, time, and basic fractions. They also work with drawing tools to explore geometric designs. Problem solving is emphasized.  
Phonics and Spelling also advance with long vowels, vowel and consonant digraphs, compound words, syllable types, word families,  spelling rules, grammar, punctuation, dictionary skills, handwriting, creative expression, and critical thinking.
Our typical ratio of teacher to student is 1:8.

Age Range: 8 - 11
Description: Each day includes morning math lessons and concept reinforcement activities, snack time, lunch time, PE, recess, and afternoon language arts activities.  Each week there are science labs, reading time, creative expression practice, and projects based around history and science concepts. Our intermediate group is a place to transition from elementary to middle school and is for those that have mastered the Basics, are ready to become somewhat independent, and are interested in learning through research and to practice sharing with the group through discussion, projects, and presentations. 
Academics: Math Lessons continue to build on the meaning and properties of multiplication and division, along with the basic facts. Other topics include multiplying a 4-digit number by a 1-digit number, rounding, numbers to millions, area and measurement in both the US customary and metric systems, fractions, and graphing. The children continue work with geometry and angles using drawing tools. Problem solving with all four operations is emphasized. Daily card games are included in the lessons. 
Language Arts skills are honed with individualized spelling program, vocabulary, critical thinking, grammar, handwriting, and creative writing practice. Within our science and history studies, we begin to practice reading for information with opportunities to share by creating projects such as presentations, books, models, and posters. A love for reading is cultivated by providing quality literature to read each week.
Our typical ratio of teacher to student is 1:8.

An intermediate student could be in a higher math group if ready.

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