THE ELEMENTARY PROGRAM

The daily schedule begins with Choral Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. The school day is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a balance of group work, individual work, and complementary activity. Our own kitchen and chef provides a hot breakfast at 7:15 a.m., morning snack, lunch, and Afternoon Tea at 4:00 p.m. Another snack is set out at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesdays through Fridays are regular academic days with new material and concepts presented. Mondays are reading assignment days, lab days, outdoor activities, or museum or other field trip days. Special teachers present art and physical education as well as music. Students are issued individual laptop computers and there are printers in the classrooms.

THE CONCRETE LANGUAGE STAGE: AGES 3-7

Kindergarten:

Student language work includes the Languages Through Phonics Level R for English, Spanish, French, and Latin, and Level R Italic Handwriting. Other work includes sequential phonetic readers, a vocabulary book, and learning to diagram subject and predicate.

Montessori topics in math include the decimal system, composition of numbers, dynamic addition and subtraction, fractions, time, money, and skip counting, with practice sheets. Montessori topics in science include parts and function of the plant. Montessori topics in geography include the United States puzzle map, labels, tracing, animals of the continents, the US flag, the Texas flag, and flags of the world.

Grade 1:

Student language work includes Languages Through Phonics, Level A for English, Spanish, French, and Latin, Level A Italic Handwriting, sequential phonetic readers, basal readers, a vocabulary book, original source literature from Memoria Press (such as Little Bear and Make Way for Ducklings).

Singapore Math 1 topics include ordinal numbers, addition, subtraction, shapes, measurement, weight, time, money, and graphs. Practical applications and word problems are used throughout.

Montessori topics in math include greater/less than/equal to, addition and subtraction charts, vocabulary, work cards, and word problems. Montessori topics in science include classroom animals and health. Montessori topics in geography include Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, maps, labels, and tracing.

Grade 2:

Student language work includes Languages Through Phonics Level B for English, Spanish, French, and Latin, Level B Italic Handwriting, basal readers, McGuffey’s Second Eclectic Reader, a vocabulary book, and original source literature from Memoria Press (such as Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Tale of Peter Rabbit).

Singapore Math 2 topics include addition and subtraction with renaming, multiplication and division, place value, measurement, money, introduction of fractions, writing numbers in words, time, graphs, and introductory geometric shapes and area. Montessori topics in math include multiplication, division, bead cabinet, and fractions.

The Latin text is Prima Latina. In American history a reader and a study of states and capitals are included.

THE GRAMMAR STAGE: AGES 8-11

In the Grammar Stage the foundation of Latin provides an academic vocabulary, a formal system of grammar, and critical thinking. The study of the cultures of Athens and Rome, as well as Biblical and Church history, provides a basis for the understanding of European and American history. Beginning in Grade 3, students study English grammar and classical composition. Ancient writers used a way of teaching composition known as progymnasmata, which taught a disciplined approach to communication, appealing to logic as well as the heart. The core education of a classical person was designed to produce “the good man speaking well”. Thus was the teaching of John Milton, William Shakespeare, and Benjamin Franklin.

Grade 3:

Student language work includes Italic handwriting, basal readers, short literary selections, vocabulary work, and original source literature, (such as Farmer Boy and Charlotte’s Web). This age begins a study of English Grammar for the Grammar Stage: Book I, and continues diagrams. In languages they study Latina Christiana I, First Start French I, and Vamos Amigos I.

The math text is Singapore Mathematics 3. The science text is The Book of Astronomy. The history subject for Grade 3 is Texas History with a number of texts and original source materials and some reference to American History.

Grade 4:

Student language work includes Italic handwriting, a basal reader, short literary selections, and vocabulary work. They read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Heidi, and Lassie Come-Home, and complete Christian Studies I: Old Testament. They study Classical Composition I: The Fable Stage. Languages continue with Latina Christiana I, First Start French II, and Vamos Amigos.

The math text is Singapore Mathematics 4. In science they study Exploring the World of Biology. In American History they read The Story of the Thirteen Colonies, The Great Republic, and other topics.

Grade 5:
In the Saint Nicholas sequence is considered middle school.

PARENT GUIDE FOR SINGAPORE MATHEMATICS

Singapore mathematics curriculum is organized in three categories: number sense, model drawing with word problems, and using mental math without paper and pencil. Like the Montessori method, Singapore Mathematics works from the concrete (objects) to pictoral (using pictures), and finally to the abstract (numbers represent symbolic values).

The Singapore mathematics program requires a secure foundation in number sense, measurement, and geometry for each level before beginning another. Therefore, students who are moving into this math program after grade three from another program take a placement test for correct placement. Descriptions of the levels are provided:

Grade 3:

Topics for Singapore Math 3 include more advanced work in the four arithmetic operations including long division, equivalent fractions plus adding and subtracting, measurement, graphs, time, and geometry. Two step word problems and mental calculation is included.

Grade 4:

The math text is Singapore Math 4. Topics include all four functions with both fractions and decimals. Geometry includes computing degrees in angles and complex area and perimeter questions. Students work with advanced whole number concepts such as factors, multiples, and rounding off. Other topics are money, other geometric concepts, graphs, and averages. Two digit multipliers are introduced.

© Margot Heard 2014

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