Syllabus

Language Arts

  • Journeys by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • We will focus on advancing children’s phonemic awareness, phonics, and high-frequency word recognition skills, extending their understanding of narrative and informational text, and increasing their efficiency in written communication.  
  • Students will do the following:
    • Complete thematic reading units (each unit has five lessons).
    • Practice using a dictionary, glossary, and thesaurus.
    • Learn how to alphabetize words.
    • Learn vocabulary words for each language arts theme.
    • Learn 16 Spelling words.
    • Dictate sentences using the spelling words.
    • Write using capitalization and punctuation correctly in complete sentences.
    • Read more fluently with expression.
    • Work on decoding and comprehension skills.
    • Learn and practice the different types of writing (narrative, opinion, etc.).
  • Social Studies and Science are incorporated into the language arts curriculum.  In addition, we will learn about the days of the week, months of the year, continents and oceans, compass directions, the four seasons, our addresses, planets, and states.   

Math

  • My Math by McGraw-Hill
  • Students will have deeper experiences with Mathematics due to narrowing the scope of concepts expected to be taught at each grade level.
  • Students will develop a conceptual understanding, learn procedural skills and develop fluency, and apply mathematical concepts in real-world situations.
  • Contents in Brief:
    • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
      • Chapter 1: Apply Addition and Subtraction Concepts
      • Chapter 2: Number Patterns
      • Chapter 3: Add Two-Digit Numbers
      • Chapter 4: Subtract Two-Digit Numbers
    • Number and Operations in Base Ten
      • Chapter 5: Place Value to 1,000
      • Chapter 6: Add Three-Digit Numbers
      • Chapter 7: Subtract Three-Digit Numbers
    • Measurement and Data
      • Chapter 8: Money
      • Chapter 9: Data Analysis
      • Chapter 10: Time
      • Chapter 11: Customary and Metric Lengths
    • Geometry
      • Chapter 12: Geometric Shapes and Equal Shares
  • We will be memorizing addition and subtraction facts.  Each set of facts will be copied on a different color of paper.  The students will cut them out at school and keep them in a brown envelope. They are quizzed using written timed tests. Timed tests will usually occur once per week.   

Science

  • FOSS (Full Option Science System)
  • FOSS was created to give students meaningful scientific experiences through active, hands-on participation.
  • Students will investigate earth, physical, and life sciences through three modules. 
    • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
    • Solids and Liquids
    • Insects and Plants

Handwriting

  • Zaner-Bloser
  • Students will practice manuscript (printing) during the beginning of the year.
  • Students will begin learning cursive after reviewing manuscript. Please refrain from teaching your child how to write in cursive prior to my instruction. It is important for students to review proper letter formation while printing before learning cursive.