The balanced literacy approach by Lucy Calkins and Colleagues introduces Reading and Writing Workshops. The Reading Curriculum consists of a reading workshop where students are introduced to mini-lessons designed to teach a strategy or skill. Shared reading is also a key component of our reading curriculum which focuses on comprehension, word solving, and using visual cues to figure out difficult words. Students explore a variety of fiction storybooks and non-fiction titles during reading Alouds.
Our Writing Curriculum mirrors the Reading Curriculum by utilizing workshops with mini-lessons, interactive writing, and word study. Students focus on a strategy or skill used for writing a particular genre, the sharing of a pen between student and teacher, phonemic awareness, high-frequency words, parts of words, etc.
Our Math Curriculum, by Debbie Diller, introduces math workstations which are areas in the classroom where students work with a partner and use instructional materials to explore and expand their mathematical thinking. The Math Curriculum consists of a literacy based mini lesson followed by workstations with a partner, independent stations, and math journals.
- Reinforces and extends prior instruction
- Practice problem solving by reasoning, representing, communication and making connections
- Teacher observes and interacts with individuals at work stations and meets in small groups
Social Studies and Science Curriculum
Our curriculum will consist of hands-on activities, Promethean board research, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), and theme-based exploration for Science and Social Studies with the recommendation of TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills).
Students will participate in physical education daily and as well as music activities.
- 8:00 Morning Meeting
- 8:30 Reading and Writing
- 9:30 Morning Snack
- 10:00 Math Curriculum
- 10:40 Technology
- 11:00 E.
- 11:30 Phonics
- 12:00 Lunch
- 12:30 Music
- 1:00 Science/Social Studies