Students learn how Jesus began his work and showed us how to live as his followers. Discussion includes the origins, characteristics, and work of the Church along with how people work together to serve within a parish. Through various experiences children come to an understanding of ways we can love God and others through acts of generosity and caring in their communities. Students focus on the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments. They learn about Catholic moral values while concentrating on an in-depth study of the sacraments and development of their personal relationship with Christ and the Christian community.
The goal of our reading program is to develop life-long readers. Students will be able to comprehend and analyze their reading independently. Learning different strategies enhances the reader’s experience and ability to comprehend the text. Some of the reading strategies students learn in Reader’s Workshop are: predicting, sequencing, inferring, analyzing, comparing and contrasting, and discussing cause and effect. In addition, students learn to make connections with other books, their life, and the world as they read.
The students enhance comprehension skills and critical thinking through the use of a vocabulary program. Vocabulary skills such as word meaning, synonyms, antonyms, and using context clues assist the student in all areas of reading. Students are taught to read with fluency and accuracy to support comprehension. By the end of fifth grade students are discovering what type of genres they enjoy reading, their favorite authors, and are learning to have a great love of reading.
The writing program is a balance of grammar and writing using Writer’s Workshop. Students learn how to express themselves through writing on a daily basis. Students keep a writer’s notebook and publish their final writing pieces on Google Docs. Students acquire a variety of strategies to learn how to write a personal narrative, an informational piece, and clearly and accurately write their opinion. Grammar is taught separately and integrated into the various writing assignments assisting students to give structure and meaningful cohesion to their writing. Students share their writing pieces, practice peer editing and in the end publish their work.
In grades Three through Five Physical, Life and Earth Science are studied. Students use the scientific method to complete labs which complement their studies.
Some of the topics covered in Physical Science are:
And in Earth Science are:
Each week the students participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities. Students learn to work together in small collaborative groups solving problems using creative and critical thinking skills to arrive at a solution(s.) Students are engaged in solving real-life problems using science and math concepts to attain possible answers to the problem-at-hand. Students learn to analyze and evaluate their work and make changes as necessary.
Students begin by expanding on their knowledge of number patterns, place value, addition and subtraction, and problem solving. Through the use of manipulatives, technology, and other resources, students gain knowledge throughout the third through fifth grades in the areas of: multiplication, division, units of length, units of capacity, geometric figures, algebraic expressions and fractions. Various problem-solving strategies are practiced such as: drawing a picture, looking for a pattern, making a table, and working backward. Students also become familiar with organizing, displaying, and interpreting data. Students participate in a math lab using Khan Academy which allows students to hone their mathematical skills at their own individualized level. This allows for students to practice what they have learned in class, and provides a means for EVEN advanced math students to move beyond their current level.
Beginning in Grade Three students study communities in the United States, and how they interact and depend on natural resources to survive. Other areas explored include: government, geographic features, transportation, and simple economics. In Grade Four students study the state of New Jersey including landforms, people, government and economy. Grade Five focuses on the geography, history, cultures, religions, economies and government systems of the United States, Canada and Latin America. Oral reports and projects by individual students help the class receive an in-depth picture of these countries and cultures. Each unit of study includes a comprehensive program to help students develop reading skill strategies to enhance understanding of Social Studies concepts, objectives, and key terms. Interactive map skills, note-taking skills, and other strategies are employed to help the student have a better understanding of Social Studies.
The goal of the Elementary Spanish program is to establish an immersion experience where students are engaged in authentic communicative tasks that directly relate to their everyday lives while preparing each child for continued study at the middle school level