READING/ LANGUAGE ARTS
The Open Court Reading Program (SRA/McGraw-Hill) is used to teach phonics, reading, language and writing skills in all lower school classes. Accurate spoken and written English is a critical aspect of these formative years in the education of our students. Storybooks and poetry enhances the reading and oral language experiences. Spelling and vocabulary derived from stories studied connects language arts and reading skills. Regular writing assignments are given and graded with an emphasis on correct standard English usage.
Kindergarten – Grade 5 students use SRA/McGraw-Hill Open Court Reading Program to study phonics, reading, language and writing skills. Storybooks and poetry enhance the reading and oral language experiences. Regular writing assignments support reading comprehension, spelling and vocabulary. Through Reading and Language Arts, JPA students develop an appreciation of literature and the skills necessary to express complex ideas and opinions.
SRA/McGraw-Hill is the primary source for instruction in math classes. Students become proficient in all the major strands of math from addition, subtraction, and multiplication to measurement, estimation and algebra. Students practice application of math in real life situations, such as calculating areas and angles in and around the classroom. Mathematics is further supported by the use of digital resources such as Khan Academy.
Students understand how the world around them is understood through the application of the scientific method. Students have opportunities to experiment and test scientific concepts as they explore life science, the properties of Earth, the principles of energy, nutrition and health. There are opportunities to study objects, plants and animals in and around their classrooms and to conduct practical experiments. Integrated science classes allow students to observe and understand basic principles of biology chemistry and physics.
Using Macmillan/McGraw-Hill social studies text books, children become familiar with the world’s geographical features, map study, history, biographies of significant world figures. Students study major historical world events, ancient civilizations and cultures past and present. Civics and citizenship are central to social studies as students explore their place in their community at school and beyond and how they may make a meaningful contribution to their communities.
LIBRARY RESOURCE CENTER
Students visit the library regularly to check-out books connected to current curriculum topics and cross-curricular areas. The library assistant works with classroom teachers quarterly to develop age-appropriate research projects, through which students learn, practice and develop research skills.
Students become familiar with basic IT skills and programs and learn to use computers to access appropriate information. Students become proficient in word processing and data entering and graphing.