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Diocese of Harrisburg began the initiative to adopt the National Common Core Standards. Our curriculum follows these national standards.
In Math, we utilize Sadlier’s “Progress in Mathematics” as our primary program to meet the Common Core. Instruction is supplemented with differentiation, “Touch Math” and many hands-on manipulatives. We conduct benchmark assessments using DIBELS Math, to monitor the children’s growth.
For our Language Arts program, we incorporate research-based direct instruction in Phonics, using “Saxon Phonics”. We utilize differentiated instruction to reinforce critical phonemic awareness and pre-reading skills. Our program is supplemented with the new Letter People and a “book treasure” approach to reinforce literacy elements. The children practice handwriting, kid writing, encoding and begin writing to a prompt throughout the year. In late winter, we begin guided reading with the children utilizing developmentally appropriate leveled books. We assess using DIBELS Next, DRA and running records regularly to monitor the children’s growth.
Loyola Press’ “God Loves Us” series is our Religion curriculum. As a school and a class, we pray in unison throughout the day. Daily, we read a Bible story and hear a Bible meditation. Kindergarten attends prayer services. Beginning in January, we begin attending weekly Mass in school. Kindergarten says a Decade of the Rosary daily, beginning slowly out-loud and progressing towards the children leading their friends using their own rosary. We supplement with learning about saints and various liturgical seasons. For our community service project, we visit a local nursing home to re-enact the true reason for Christmas with our big buddies.
Kindergarten attends special classes weekly. The specials include Art, Music, Library, and Computer for 30 minutes. We also attend Physical Education on two days (for 50 minutes.)