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Elementary (Grades 1-5)

A New Approach to Education

Elementary (Grades 1-5)

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 The Elementary School plays a major role as where the basic foundation is established. SKILLS Lower School offers a challenging program within a nurturing, caring and child-centered environment. Young learners thrive in a supportive atmosphere of high expectations and ongoing emotional and academic support that gives every child the opportunity to develop, excel and achieve his/her highest potential. The Elementary School curriculum includes Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Arabic, French, Computer, Physical Education, Art and Music. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of the English Language.

English Language Arts Program

EngageNY Curriculum

SKILLS is using EngageNY curriculum and resources for ELA and Mathematics. EngageNY.org is developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) .It is the official website for current materials and resources for the implementation of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). It provides curricular modules in P-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics that SKILLS School is adopting.

ELA Curriculum

EngageNY ELA Curriculum for grades Pre-K-2 is made up of three components: the Listening and Learning strand and Skills strand (from the Core Knowledge Language Arts-New York Edition) and Guided Reading and Accountable Independent Reading. The Listening and Learning strand lessons, comprised of teacher read-alouds, class discussion, vocabulary work, and extension activities, build on the research finding that students’ listening comprehension outpaces their reading comprehension throughout elementary school. These read-alouds and exercises are organized in 11 to 12 domains (units) per grade. Each domain is dedicated to a particular topic, and the class stays focused on that topic or theme for 10 to 15 days of instruction. The domains build on each other within and across grades. The Skills strand teaches reading and writing. Children practice blending (reading) and segmenting (spelling) using the sound spellings they have learned through a synthetic phonics approach. Handwriting, spelling, and the writing process are also presented in the Skills strand. Guided Reading and Accountable Independent Reading (GRAIR) is additional literacy time within the school day where teachers can work with students in developmentally appropriate groupings to meet their individual needs. This is an opportunity for the favorite traditional read aloud work, literacy based centers, and immersion in text, where teachers can facilitate student choice from existing leveled libraries based on interest, availability, and readability. The purpose of this time is to build independent, interested, and capable readers. For more information, visit: https://www.engageny.org/english-language-arts

Math Curriculum

EngageNY Math Curriculum modules in mathematics are marked by in-depth focus on fewer topics. They integrate the CCLS, rigorous classroom reasoning, extended classroom time devoted to practice and reflection through extensive problem sets, and high expectations for mastery. The time required to complete a curriculum module will depend on the scope and difficulty of the mathematical content that is the focus of the module (first priority cluster area for a given grade level). Curriculum materials for Mathematics subjects are structured into 3 levels of hierarchy. By grade, then by various modules within the grade. Each module is then divided into lessons. For more information, visit: https://www.engageny.org/mathematics

Science Curriculum-NGSS

“Inspire Science Curriculum” is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade begin to develop an understanding of the four disciplinary core ideas: physical sciences; life sciences; earth and space sciences; and engineering, technology, and applications of science. In the earlier grades, students begin by recognizing patterns and formulating answers to questions about the world around them. By the end of fifth grade, students are able to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in gathering, describing, and using information about the natural and designed world(s). The performance expectations in elementary school grade bands develop ideas and skills that will allow students to explain more complex phenomena in the four disciplines as they progress to middle school and high school. For more information, visit: http://www.nextgenscience.org

Online resources (www.education.com):

We believe in integrating technology to the learning process. SKILLS school has an account at www.education.com. This educational website provides standards-aligned supplemental educational resources in ELA, Math, and more, to support and extend core curricula. These resources include digital games and online lessons that engage students and reinforce core skills and track progress. It also provides analytics and academic progress through identifying strengths, weaknesses, progress, and mastery with actionable student dashboards and reports.

Instructional Links and Resources

https://www.engageny.org http://www.nextgenscience.org https://www.education.com/common-core https://www.readtheory.org/ Google Classroom SKILLS G Suit