The Lower Curriculum
Children in Lower Elementary continue at their own pace in a stress free environment, yet are challenged to reach their fullest academic potential through mastery based education in their core subject areas. This curriculum is marked by a higher level of independence where students take charge of their own learning, work alongside the teacher to set their own weekly work goals, grow in developing their research skills, and become proficient in their public speaking and presentation abilities.
Below are the areas covered in the Oak City Academy Lower Elementary Curriculum:
The mathematics curriculum incorporates the use of hands on materials in arithmetic and mathematics so that the students more deeply understand and internalize these concepts. The children’s knowledge of decimal system is extended as they hold materials that symbolize its quantities & qualities. Students practice operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division. They study number hierarchy, fractions, decimals, negative numbers, squaring & cubing.
Students continue to explore geometric concepts on a more concrete level. They use hands on materials to learn concepts of congruence, similarity and equivalence, lines, measurement of angles and, the construction of geometric figures. The use of these concrete materials continues to fame the fan of a love for learning and prepares them for the more abstract lessons that come later in the curriculum.
The extremely rich elementary language curriculum begins with copywork and dictation then progresses to an emphasis on creative and expository writing through the IEW curriculum. Students focus on their Montessori word study, grammar, mechanics, punctuation, handwriting (Handwriting without Tears), and spelling (Spelling Plus). Cursive begins in 2nd or 3rd grade, depending on the child’s readiness. Research skills are also introduced and practiced through individual project work. The children’s language development and comprehension are enhanced through read alouds of influential historical books, biographies, and stories. Rich literature (including books like Frog and Toad, The Courage of Sarah Noble, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) are also discussed during various reading groups each week. The Orton Gillingham method is used, as needed, for struggling readers.
The children primarily learn through hands on materials and discovery projects. These projects give the children a basic understanding of the solar system, the development of the earth and its configurations, as well as an understanding of the needs of plants and animals.
The children build upon their prior knowledge of the continents through further research projects about the peoples and cultures that reside on those continents. Once a month, a “storyteller” (who has visited the country of focus) comes into the classroom to share their overseas experiences.
Rug / Calendar+
Class meetings to discuss classroom concerns or classroom culture, music, Bible story, weekly catechism, prayer time.
Reading, relaxing, calming down, etc.
Classical Education Memorization+
The children memorize facts through song that will be applied throughout their education. History is the backbone of the Classical Curriculum and during this time a history timeline of 160 significant historical events are memorized. Other content committed to memory includes: skip counting (2’s, 3s, 4’s, 5’s, 6’s-15’s), squares, cubes, parts of the body, skin layers, chemistry facts, U.S. Presidents, U.S States/Capitals, Old/New Testament Books, geography facts, English grammar facts, and a whole lot more!!!
Students will be taught basic drawing skills, painting, color mixing, study great artists, theater and dance.