Kindergarten

 

Religion

The kindergarten religion curriculum concentrates on proclaiming the goodness of God’s love for us.  We encourage prayer and a personal relationship with Christ, as well as the nurturing of faith, hope, and love in all students.  Students are encouraged to relate God’s message to real-life experiences.  The rich traditions and doctrine of the Catholic faith are presented. 
Text:    Loyola Press, God Loves Us, 2008
Pflaum Gospel Weeklies:  Promise
 

Superkids Reading Program

Superkids Reading Program is a core reading program designed for kindergarten through second grade that looks like no other and works like no other, with a cast of characters that children love. Based on a proven pedagogy and compelling brain research, it combines rigor and fun to deliver on its promise:  Every child will learn to read.
Kindergarten focuses on the 26 letters of the alphabet. Students systematically learn to read and write letters, to associate letters with sounds, to blend letter-sounds to form words and sentences, and to read and write phonetically regular words as well as Memory Words.
Kindergarten year is split into two levels:
Level 1 begins children’s formal phonics instruction by teaching 13 letters of the alphabet—five short vowels and eight consonants. Students learn one sound for each of the letters and how to blend the letter-sounds to read words and eventually sentences. They also learn how to write the capital and lowercase form of each letter and to encode (spell) words with the letters and sounds they’ve been taught.  Comprehension instruction begins with lessons about read-aloud stories and then continues, starting in the middle of the level, with lessons about short decodable stories children read themselves. Lessons for each story build background and vocabulary before reading and help guide children’s comprehension as they read.  Expressive writing is taught through shared writing activities and independent writing in which children dictate what they want to write or use temporary spelling. By the end of this level, students understand how written language relates to spoken language.
Level 2 continues children’s phonics instruction by teaching the remaining 13 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each, and how to write the capital and lowercase forms. With each new letter they learn, children are able to decode and encode (spell) more and more words. They read longer decodable stories as the level progresses, and lessons continue to develop their comprehension and vocabulary through reading. Expressive writing is taught the same way as in the previous level, but as children increase their knowledge of letters and sounds, they are able to write more words themselves.
Text:    Rowland Reading Foundation, 2009

 

Math

McGraw-Hill My Math Grade K provides the rigor, personalization, and student engagement that students need to be successful. This re-imagined approach to elementary math is fully aligned with the state standards and mathematical practices, allowing you to focus on inspiring a love of learning.
Fun interactive mathematical instruction engages all learners using print and digital formats. Content is built to address the state standards for mathematics while emphasizing mathematical practices throughout. Hands-on activities connect learning to real world problem solving.McGraw-Hill My Math Grade K is organized into units based on groups of related standards called domains. The standards for  mathematical practices are embedded throughout the course.
The curriculum includes, but is not limited to:
  • Numbers 0 to 10
  • Numbers Beyond 10
  • Compose and Decompose Numbers to 10
  • Compose and Decompose Numbers 11 to 19
  • Measurement
  • Classifying Objects
  • Position
  • Two-Dimensional Shapes
  • Three-Dimensional Shapes
Text:  McGraw-Hill My Math Grade K, 2014
 

Social Studies

The social studies curriculum integrates weekly themes into the children’s awareness of the world, emphasizing people and cultures.  Kindergarten students learn about themselves and their families, and how they relate to home, neighborhood, and school environments.  Special emphasis is placed on holidays and the joy of celebrating all people.
Text:    Teacher-Generated Materials

 

Science 

The kindergarten science curriculum provides many opportunities for students to develop and maintain the essential skills that form the basis for lifelong learning. The science process skills are important inquiry tools and are essential for investigating our natural world.  These skills include observation, comparison, classification, communication, experimentation, and the gathering/recording of data.  The program strongly incorporates reading, writing, and math skills.
Text:    Teacher-Generated Materials 
 

 

 

 

First Grade

 

Religion

The 1st grade religion curriculum is designed to provide a simple overview of the mysteries of the Catholic faith.  Through learning of the goodness of God and the love of Jesus, students respond to God in friendship and prayer.  Students should become aware of God’s presence and goodness in their lives, in others, in the world, and in His Church, and respond to God’s goodness by loving Him and others.          
Text:    Loyola University Press, Christ Our Life School Edition, 2009 
Pflaum Gospel Weeklies:  Promise
 

Superkids Reading Program

Superkids Reading Program is a core reading program designed for kindergarten through second grade that looks like no other and works like no other, with a cast of characters that children love. Based on a proven pedagogy and compelling brain research, it combines rigor and fun to deliver on its promise:  Every child will learn to read.
In first grade, students learn more complex letter-sound relationships. They continue to develop their decoding and encoding skills and read longer stories where comprehension and fluency are emphasized.
The 1st grade year is split into two levels (Level 3 and 4):
Level 3 steps up students’ phonics instruction by teaching more complex letter-sound relationships, such as digraphs and long-vowel sounds. Instead of focusing just on individual letter-sounds, children learn to use word families and whole-word patterns to help them decode and encode. They also learn how to read and spell six new Memory Words—high-frequency or sight words—in every unit. The decodable stories children read in this level are longer and more complex than those in kindergarten. Lessons for each story help guide children’s understanding and explicitly teach comprehension skills and strategies. Lessons also teach and have children practice using fluency skills, such as reading with expression and natural phrasing. Explicit and systematic instruction in expressive writing teaches children how to write a wide variety of products and introduces them to the writing process.
Level 4 teaches more difficult phonetic elements, including r-controlled vowels and vowel combinations, such as au, oi, oy, and oo. Children learn strategies for decoding and encoding (spelling) words with variant vowel sounds. Then also continue learning to read and spell new Memory Words (sight words). By the end of this level, students are able to read and spell all 220 sight words on the Dolch Basic Word List. Comprehension and fluency skills are explicitly taught and children practice applying the skills to progressively longer and more challenging decodable stories. Instruction in expressive writing teaches children how to write additional products and use the writing process to plan, draft, revise, and publish.
Text:    Rowland Reading Foundation, 2009
 

Math

McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 1 provides the rigor, personalization, and student engagement that students need to be successful. This re-imagined approach to elementary math is fully aligned with the state standards and mathematical practices, allowing you to focus on inspiring a love of learning.
Fun interactive mathematical instruction engages all learners using print and digital formats. Content is built to address the state standards for mathematics while emphasizing mathematical practices throughout. Hands-on activities connect learning to real world problem solving.
McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 1 is organized into units based on groups of related standards called domains. The standards for  mathematical practices are embedded throughout the course.
The curriculum includes, but is not limited to:
  • Addition and Subtraction Concepts
  • Additional and Subtraction Strategies to 20
  • Place Value
  • Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction
  • Organizing and Using Graphs
  • Measurement and Time
  • Two-Dimensional Shapes and Equal Shares
  • Three-Dimensional Shapes
Text:  McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 1, 2014
 

Science

Through hands-on activities, students will build on their knowledge of the importance of a push or pull to changing the motion of an object; recognize the features and patterns of the earth/moon/sun system as observed from Earth; understand the physical properties of Earth materials; understand characteristics of various environments and behaviors of humans that enable plants and animals to survive; summarize the needs of living organisms for energy and growth.  Science is supplemented through the integration of Scholastic News.
Text:    Harcourt School Publishers Science, 2000

 
Social Studies 

Through group work and discussions, students will build on their knowledge and understanding of the importance of rules, that history tells a story of how people and events changed society over time, of how humans and the environment interact within the local community, of basic economic concepts, and identify characteristics of various landforms and bodies of water. Social Studies is supplemented through the integration of Scholastic News.
Text:    Harcourt Social Studies North Carolina: Grade 1 Communities Around the World, 2009

 

 

Second Grade

 

Religion 

In 2nd grade, students prepare for the reception of Reconciliation and Eucharist. The learner will review their Baptism and the fact that they are members of God’s family, the Church.  The students explore God’s commandments and discover the power of God’s love through His forgiveness.  The students also study the Mass so that they have a better understanding of the greatest prayer of our church and grow in an appreciation of the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Text:    Loyola Press, Christ Our Life, 2009
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Superkids Reading Program

Superkids Reading Program is a core reading program designed for kindergarten through second grade that looks like no other and works like no other, with a cast of characters that children love. Based on a proven pedagogy and compelling brain research, it combines rigor and fun to deliver on its promise:  Every child will learn to read.
In 2nd grade, students have a rich and varied curriculum using multiple components:
  • Decodable Reader
  • Word Work Book
  • SUPER Magazine
  • The Book Club for Super Kids
  • Write It Right
The 2nd grade year is split into two levels (Level 5 and 6):
Level 5 reviews, at a much faster pace, all the phonics and spelling skills taught in the first-grade levels of the program. The goal is for children to master these essential skills so that they are confident, automatic decoders and spellers. At the same time, this level greatly expands students’ world of reading. Children are taught how to apply comprehension skills to a wide variety of authentic fiction—including folktales, historical fiction, and realistic chapter books—and to nonfiction science and social studies articles in SUPER Magazine. Children’s vocabulary and fluency are also developed through their instruction with these materials, plus a Decodable Reader. Expressive writing skills are taught in greater depth than in the previous levels and children use the writing process to publish one final piece in every unit.
Phonics and spelling instruction in Level 6 introduces children to some of the complexities of the English language. In the Decodable Reader and Word Work Book, children learn less common sound-spellings to add to their knowledge of sound-spelling patterns. They soon realize that their new challenge is in having to remember which pattern applies to which words. Explicit instruction in comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency continues, but at a higher level as children read longer, more complex chapter books in the Book Club and nonfiction articles in SUPER Magazine. In Write It Right, children are challenged to produce longer, more complicated expressive writing products, including a research report and their own magazine. They are also are expected to use the writing process with greater independence with each unit. Additionally, cursive writing is an option if schools choose to introduce it in grade 2. By the end of this final level of the Superkids Reading Program, students should be confident, independent readers and writers, ready for intermediate-grade work.
            Text:  Rowland Reading Foundation, 2009
 

Math

McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 2 provides the rigor, personalization, and student engagement that students need to be successful. This re-imagined approach to elementary math is fully aligned with the state standards and mathematical practices, allowing you to focus on inspiring a love of learning.
Fun interactive mathematical instruction engages all learners using print and digital formats. Content is built to address the state standards for mathematics while emphasizing mathematical practices throughout. Hands-on activities connect learning to real world problem solving.
McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 2 is organized into units based on groups of related standards called domains. The standards for  mathematical practices are embedded throughout the course.
The curriculum includes, but is not limited to:
  • Applying Addition and Subtraction Concepts
  • Number Patterns
  • Adding and Subtracting Two-Digit Numbers
  • Money
  • Data Analysis
  • Time
  • Customary and Metric Lengths
  • Geometric Shapes and Equal Shares
Text:  McGraw-Hill My Math Grade 2, 2014
 

Social Studies 

The focus of the 2nd grade social studies curriculum is community.  Students understand the importance of family life and develop as good citizens in the classroom, school, community, and world. They will learn the importance of government in providing services to the community and will become aware that things change over time and that all people are important to a community. The students appreciate that geography has an important role in people’s lives and discover the importance of environment and their role in maintaining it.
Text:    Harcourt Social Studies North Carolina: Grade 2 Regions Around Us, 2009
 

Science 

Students discover how living things grow and change and study living organisms, their habitats, and life cycles.  They learn about weather patterns and how weather affects the environment.  They also learn about the three forms of matter and investigate sound and vibration.  These facts will also be studied as gifts of our creator.
Text:    Harcourt School Publishers Science, 2000