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Lower School Curriculum    

                             

St. Andrew’s  

Overview “TO KNOW AND INSPIRE EACH CHILD IN AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY DEDICATED TO EXCEPTIONAL TEACHING, LEARNING, AND SERVICE.”

WE STRIVE TO CHALLENGE AND SUPPORT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS IN A BALANCED PROGRAM TO NURTURE THEIR ACADEMIC, ARTISTIC, ATHLETIC, AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH.


St. Andrew’s

“TO KNOW AND INSPIRE EACH CHILD IN AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY DEDICATED TO EXCEPTIONAL TEACHING, LEARNING, AND SERVICE.”

PRESCHOOL I

Irina Varamesova~  ivaramesova@saes.org                Andrea  Saah  ~  asaah@saes.org                 Margy  Hemmig~  mhemmig@saes.org                            Cindy  Bassett  ~  cbassett@saes.org Book exploration is an important part of our day in Preschool I

Curriculum Highlights Language Arts Mathematics Social and Emotional Learning Program • Prepares students for Responsive Classroom® approach (PK - 6th grade) Special Classes • Chapel • Music • PE • Science • Spanish

Students experiment with object buoyancy during free choice.

WE STRIVE TO CHALLENGE AND SUPPORT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS IN A BALANCED PROGRAM TO NURTURE THEIR ACADEMIC, ARTISTIC, ATHLETIC, AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH.

2012 - 2013


Daily Schedule

Students tackle age-appropriate and challenging art projects.

8:15 Arrival Table Top Activities

8:50 Morning Meeting 9:00 Free Choice Art Project

9:40 Snack 10:10 Circle Time 10:30 Special Class 11:00 Quiet Reading Bathroom

11:20 Recess 11:50 Closing Meeting 12:00 Dismissal

Math Program The Preschool I students build fundamental skills such as rote counting, basic color and shape recognition, matching, simple sorting, and oneto-one correspondence through the use of puzzles, games, songs and finger plays.

Language Arts Program The Preschool I students work on expanding their vocabulary and developing expressive and receptive language skills by reading stories, singing songs, reciting nursery rhymes, and performing finger plays related to monthly themes such as “Me and My Friends”, “Down on the Farm”, “Dinosaurs”, “Nursery Rhymes”, and “Zoo Animals”. Basic letter and name recognition, rhyming, and phonemic awareness are informally introduced through songs, games, and daily activities.

Social and Emotional Development The Preschool I students work on attaining social and emotional skills that will enable them to be successful and productive in a large-group setting. These skills include sharing and taking turns, sitting still and attending during circle time and special classes, expressing feelings appropriately, following simple directions, and being kind and caring friends. We also facilitate the development of self-help skills such as putting on and taking off one’s own jacket, using the bathroom independently, appropriate care of personal items and classroom materials, and problem-solving skills. Mastering those self-help skills helps to foster a child’s independence and self-esteem and prepares them for the rigors of academic life.


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PRESCHOOL II    

Lisa Sidel  ~lsidel@saes.org              Laurre  Reeder  ~lreeder@saes.org Jenny  Olin~jolin@saes.org              Nikki  Starace~nstarace@saes.org

“TO KNOW AND INSPIRE EACH CHILD IN AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY DEDICATED TO EXCEPTIONAL TEACHING, LEARNING, AND SERVICE.”

Children engage in a variety of multi-sensory projects to acquire and retain new information and concepts.

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Curriculum Highlights Language Arts Students employ both expressive and receptive language skills through alphabet introduction, reading comprehension, dictation, acting out stories and songs, nursery rhymes, circle time, calendar, imaginary play, and free play.

Special Classes

Mathematics Students learn spatial relationships, patterning, sequencing, number recognition 1-15, one-to-one ratio/correspondence, comparing and ordering, big and small, short and tall, same and different, and space and shapes.

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Chapel Music PE Science Spanish

Field Trips Potomac Public Library King Barn Dairy MOOseum

We strive to challenge and support all of our students in a balanced program to nurture their academic, artistic, athletic, and spiritual growth.

2012 - 2013

Friendship Friday! Both PSII classes join together to share special activities each Friday.


Daily Schedule: •Free Play •Morning Meeting

A student observes, compares, and contrasts the different sizes and shapes of gourds during science exploration.

•Snack •Specials PE - Twice per week Music - Twice per week Chapel - Once per week Science - Once per week Spanish - Once per week •Circle Time and Story •Recess •Closing Meeting

Social and Emotional Development

The six social and emotional development skills that are emphasized in Preschool II to prepare students for Responsive Classroom® approach (PK - 6th grade) are: • Cooperation: Students interact during free play and clean up following classroom activities. Students also learn how to take turns. • Empathy Students value being kind to others and show and care for their classmates. • Problem-Solving Students learn how to use their words to resolve conflict.  They also learn to ask and seek help when needed in the classroom. • Respectfulness Students develop good manners and ways to express themselves with appropriate words and actions while respecting classroom materials. • Risk-Taking Students learn to try new ideas that build confidence and are willing to express ideas and feelings in a group setting. Students speak in front of whole class (show and tell). • Self-Reliance: Students learn how to use the bathroom and dress independently by following classroom routines. Students work through activities independently prior to seeking help from the teacher.      


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Pre-­‐Kindergarten

“TO KNOW AND INSPIRE EACH CHILD IN AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY DEDICATED TO EXCEPTIONAL TEACHING, LEARNING, AND SERVICE.”

Peggy Best  ~  pbest@saes.org Sherry  Craig  ~  scraig@saes.org Jody  Widrick  ~  jwidrick@saes.org Dramatic play allows children to represent real-life situations and practice problem-solving, cooperation, negotiation, and appreciation of another’s efforts.

Social and Emotional Development We use Responsive Classroom® to emphasize the following key developmental skills: Develop self-control and initiate play Work cooperatively with peers and adults Develop self-confidence and independence

Field Trips Homestead Farm Planetarium Adventure Theatre

Increase social skills, academic engagement, learner investment, and positive behavior WE STRIVE TO CHALLENGE AND SUPPORT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS IN A BALANCED PROGRAM TO NURTURE THEIR ACADEMIC, ARTISTIC, ATHLETIC, AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH.

2012 - 2013


Special Classes Art •

One class per week

Chapel •

One class per week

French/Spanish •

Two classes per week Expressive and receptive language skills are expanded

Library •

One class per week

through the exploration of literature, group discussions, and social interactions.

Music •

Two classes per week

Physical Education •

Three classes per week

Science •

One class per week

Language Arts Program Enhance Reading Readiness • Letter Sounds • Auditory and visual patterning • Decoding • Sight word recognition • Expressive and receptive language

Core Curricular Units • All About Me

Handwriting Without Tears® Program • Individual workbooks • iPad instruction

• Under The Sea • Native Americans and Pilgrims • Holidays Around the World • Fairy Tales • Outer Space • Dinosaurs • Rainforests

Growing With Mathematics • Employ a Kindergarten curriculum program • Direct hands-on experiences • Mathematical learning that is active, thought provoking, and rich in mathematical language • Individual workbooks


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Kindergarten

“TO KNOW AND INSPIRE EACH CHILD IN AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY DEDICATED TO EXCEPTIONAL TEACHING, LEARNING, AND SERVICE.”

Kindergarteners connect on the playground during recess.

Curriculum Highlights Language Arts Curriculum • Good Habits Great ReadersTM • Words Their WayTM • Handwriting Without Tears®

Mathematics Curriculum • Everyday Mathematics®

Social Studies Units • Kindergarten Quilt • All About Me • Valentine Project • Our Families • Our School

Specials • Art - two classes per week • French/Spanish -two classes per week • Music -two classes per week • Science - two classes per week • Library - one class per week • Technology - one class per week

We strive to challenge and support all of our students in a balanced program to nurture their academic, artistic, athletic, and spiritual growth.

2012 - 2013

Social and Emotional Curriculum • Responsive Classroom®

www.responsiveclassroom.com

Field Trips Butler’s Orchard Building Museum Nature Center Adventure Theater

Sung Hee  Kim  ~  skim@saes.org Liz  Moses  ~  lmoses@saes.org   Timika  Tyson  ~  ttyson@saes.org   Carolyn  Webber  ~  cwebber@saes.org


Daily Schedule

Making discoveries in Science

Arrival Morning Meeting Language Arts Snack/Break Handwriting Math Lunch Recess Social Studies Writing Specials Closing Meeting Dismissal

Technology in the Classroom •SMART Board •iPads •MacBooks Technology is used to teach and reinforce lessons in Math, Handwriting, Language Arts and Social Studies.

Language Arts Program Good Habits Great ReadersTM The program is called Good Habits Great ReadersTM because researchers in the field of literacy have identified that the best readers have seven habits and strategies in common. The program is a comprehensive reading and writing curriculum for Kindergarten through 5th grade. There are seven units in the program, and each unit is based on one of these habits. The program provides systematic instruction and practice in five areas of reading: 1. Phonemic awareness (sounds as they appear as part of words: beginning consonant sound, end consonant sound, /at/ in “cat”) 2. Phonics (letter sounds: /g/, /k/) 3. Fluency 4. Vocabulary 5. Comprehension

Mathematics Program The Everyday Mathematics® program is a hands-on, multi-sensory math experience that provides lots of real-world problem solving opportunities. It is auditory, visual, kinesthetic and stimulates higher order thinking and fun! Math Strands: Number and numeration (counting, place value, fractions) Operations and computation (addition, subtraction) Data and chance (graphs) Measurement (length, weight, money) and reference frames (temp, time) Geometry (2, 3-D shapes, symmetry) Patterns and functions Lesson Structure: Group lesson introduces concept. Small groups follow to practice concept at different levels. Overall program encourages breadth as opposed to a linear study of math and offers lots of opportunity for extending the lesson to explore concepts at a deeper level.


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1st Grade   Christine  Lewis  ~  clewis@saes.org

“TO KNOW AND INSPIRE EACH CHILD IN AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY DEDICATED TO EXCEPTIONAL TEACHING, LEARNING, AND SERVICE.”

Students have the opportunity to connect and play together on the playground during daily recess periods.

Social and Emotional Development Introduction to leadership skills Development of collaborative skills Continued practice with self-regulation strategies Ongoing use of personal and community reflection practices Consolidation of self-reliance and materials management skills Introduction to self-directed learning and knowledge construction Exploration of the concepts of personal identity formation and issues of equality

Field Trips Strosniders Hardware PNC Bank Cabin John Fire Station Potomac Village Giant Potomac Library Dr. Heald (dentist) Falls Road Veterinary Hospital

National Building Museum Lisner Theater Production

WE STRIVE TO CHALLENGE AND SUPPORT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS IN A BALANCED PROGRAM TO NURTURE THEIR ACADEMIC, ARTISTIC, ATHLETIC, AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH.

2012 - 2013


First grade students read, rehearsed, and reenacted a

Special Classes

play during an All-School assembly.

Art •

Two classes per week

French/Spanish •

Two classes per week

Library •

One class per week

Language Arts Program

Music •

Two classes per week

Physical Education •

Three classes per week

Religion/Chapel • •

One class per week One service per week

Science •

Two classes per week

Responsive Classroom® Our social and emotional curriculum focuses on: • Providing structure for differentiation of instruction • Informing lesson design • Guiding social curriculum • Directing our relationships with families • Strengthening professional development •www.responsiveclassroom.org

Good Habits Great ReadersTM encourages the development of proficient, engaged readers. The program provides instructional materials for shared reading (whole-class instruction), guided reading (small group instruction), writing, and ongoing assessment. The following are major concepts and skills emphasized in 1st grade:

Good Habits Great ReadersTM • Concepts of print • Phonemic awareness • Phonics - Words Their WayTM • Structural analysis • Fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension • Literary response, analysis, and appreciation Writing Program • Six Traits: ideas, organization,voice, diction, sentence fluency, conventions • Grammar, usage, and mechanics • Genres and forms of writing • The craft of writing

Mathematics Program Everyday Mathematics® is a spiraling curriculum that focuses on the consolidation of critical concepts in practice-through-play activities thoughtfully designed to establish automaticity with computation facts and a deep understanding of universal concepts of logic. •Numbers and Numeration •Operations and Computation •Data and Chance •Measurement and Reference Frames •Geometry •Patterns, Functions, and Algebra


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2nd Grade   Lisa  Anzelone  ~  lanzelone@saes.org

“TO KNOW AND INSPIRE EACH CHILD IN AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY DEDICATED TO EXCEPTIONAL TEACHING, LEARNING, AND SERVICE.”

Students work together intentionally to achieve a harmonious work and play environment.

Social and Emotional Development We use Responsive Classroom in 2nd grade to emphasize the following social and emotional skills:

To bolster self-confidence To foster independence To strengthen a teamwork ethic To encourage a sense of compassion and integrity

Field Trips Tour of DC monuments & museums Baltimore Aquarium Kennedy Center Imagination Stage Politics and Prose Bookstore

WE STRIVE TO CHALLENGE AND SUPPORT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS IN A BALANCED PROGRAM TO NURTURE THEIR ACADEMIC, ARTISTIC, ATHLETIC, AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH.

2012 - 2013


Special Classes

Students learn about the relationship between reading and writing, are provided authentic writing opportunities and learn to reflect on, edit and prepare their own work for publication.

Art •

Two classes per week

French/Spanish •

Two classes per week

Library •

One class per week

Music/2nd & 3rd Chorus •

Three classes per week

Physical Education •

Three classes per week

Religion/Chapel •

One class per week

Science •

Two classes per week

Responsive Classroom® Our social and emotional curriculum is focused in: • Increasing social skills • Increasing academic engagement • Increasing learner investment and independence • Encouraging positive behavior •

www.responsiveclassroom.org

Language Arts Program Good Habits Great ReadersTM Focus on skills and strategies essential to literacy development Teacher modeling, supported partner work, and independent practice Shared reading lessons build community in the classroom, provide daily reading strategy instruction, impart explicit skill instruction, and create a common classroom language around reading strategy and skill instruction Guided reading in small groups every day Writing: descriptive, narrative, responsive, creative, informative, persuasive Words Their WayTM Explores letter patterns, meanings, usage, and application to writing throughout all content areas Spelling and Word Study

Mathematics Program The University of Chicago Everyday Mathematics® Program High expectations for all students Concepts and skills developed over time and in a wide variety of contexts Balance among mathematical strands Dynamic applications Multiple methods and strategies for problem solving Concrete modeling as a pathway to abstract understanding Collaborative learning in partner and small-group activities Cross-curricular applications and connections


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3rd Grade   Dale  Kynoch  ~  dkynoch@saes.org

“TO KNOW AND INSPIRE EACH CHILD IN AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY DEDICATED TO EXCEPTIONAL TEACHING, LEARNING, AND SERVICE.”

Third graders take on leadership roles during our weekly chapel services.

Social & Emotional Development The six social and emotional development skills that are emphasized daily in 3rd grade are:

Cooperation Empathy Problem Solving Respectfulness

Field Trips Kennedy Center Opera Politics and Prose Bookstore Book Writing Project with St. Andrew’s 12th Graders Claude Moore Farm Lisner Auditorium

Risk-Taking Self-Reliance

WE STRIVE TO CHALLENGE AND SUPPORT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS IN A BALANCED PROGRAM TO NURTURE THEIR ACADEMIC, ARTISTIC, ATHLETIC, AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH.

2012 - 2013


Special Classes

administrators to brainstorm, draft, and approve Lower School rules for 2012-2013.

Art •

Third graders team with their teacher and

Two classes per week

French/Spanish •

Two classes per week

Library •

One class per week

Music/2nd & 3rd Chorus •

Three classes per week

Language Arts Program

Physical Education •

Three classes per week

Religion/Chapel • •

One class per week One service per week

Using the Good Habits Great ReadersTM curriculum, students will read, write, and practice grammar with children’s fiction and non-fiction books, reader's theater, magazines, media, and poetry. Students learn to be great writers and readers who: see themselves as readers

Science •

Two classes per week

make sense of text use what they know understand how stories work

Responsive Classroom® Our social and emotional curriculum is focused in:

read to learn monitor and organize ideas and information think critically about books

• Increasing social skills • Increasing academic engagement • Increasing learner investment and independence • Encouraging positive behavior •

www.responsiveclassroom.org

Mathematics Program Using Everyday Mathematics® students solve problems using real-world, ageappropriate, hands-on learning activities, home-school connection activities, and written and oral progress checks. The strands in the curriculum include:

Operations and Algebraic Thinking Number and Operations in Base 10 Number and Operations with Fractions Measurement and Data Geometry

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