The goal of the primary team is to develop, nurture and encourage positive learners who know how to apply basic skills to create amazing products and projects. Children begin to blossom into excited learners with our low student-teacher ratio. Students participate in various instructional groupings to facilitate direct instruction and small group instruction. Grade level focus skills are introduced as a whole group, followed by differentiated small group instruction and center application. Our program allows the teacher to meet the individual needs of all students within the classroom. Students are tested in the basics and placed appropriately in curriculum to address gifted and needs students. Students are able to work at their academic level while developing cooperative learning skills and working to their potential.
Students become able readers through a literacy enriched environment, Harcourt Brace leveled texts, phonetic instruction through Words their Way and Working with Words, and a strong reading-writing connection. Writing skills are developed through the Lucy Calkins’ units of study. The Writers Workshop program provides students the opportunity to brainstorm, write, edit with peers, publish, and share.
Children are immersed in a hands-on approach in mathematics through Eureka, direct instruction, and small group breakouts. Children are taught visualization and graphic strategies through CGI (cognitive guided instruction) along with manipulative applications. Math talks, math journals, math fact timings, and real world applications are stressed in our exceptional program.
EDUPRIZE offers a curriculum rich in science and technology. Students in the primary grades are continually engaged in extensive science programs. They attend specials where cottage-themed instruction is reinforced in the technology lab, science lab, and Live Learning Lab. There are hands-on experiences all over campus, which further extend and apply concepts taught in the classroom. Students use Chromebooks in every classroom on campus and iPads in our TOPS program. This not only allows us to differentiate curriculum for every child, but provides important diagnostic data to judge growth. Social Studies and the Arts are integrated into each cottage experience. The following thematic science units are taught at the primary level:
Plymouth Plantation (Social Science)
Bird House (Life Science)
Mineral Market (Earth Science)
Sweet Shop (Physical Science)
American Boutique (Social Science)
Weather Station (Earth Science)
Dinosaur Dig (Physical Science)
Bug Farm (Life Science)
Students learn about these science-based units through science experiments, field trips, guest speakers, literature, poems, songs, art, dramatic plays, productions, science specials, and our own Live Learning Lab.