Kindergarten at ICS is filled with developmentally appropriate activities. Children are immersed in a literacy rich environment from the time they come to school until they leave.
Thematic science and social studies units are integrated into the language arts curriculum. Students are involved in writing workshop on a daily basis. Math is explored with a hands-on approach using a variety of manipulatives, bringing math to life. Our program fosters a concrete foundation in alignment with the Common Core State Standards. Kindergarteners have the opportunity to role play, problem solve and develop creatively through indoor and outdoor playtime.
Growing closer to God is an essential part of a kindergarteners’ day. Students actively participate in Bible stories, songs and other faith based learning activities. Kindergarten at ICS develops the whole child; socially, emotionally, morally and academically.
Students are engaged in nurturing learning environments where they are encouraged to grow as readers, writers, listeners, and speakers. The teachers use Responsive Classroom techniques that build a community of learners through Morning Meeting activities. These enriching experiences help students learn the social and academic skills they need to make good God choices. First and second grade students learn to love God more through prayer, Bible stories, and faith activities. In second grade the students prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Second graders participate in a religious retreat where they grow and reflect on their faith.
Teachers help students to read using a balanced literacy approach. A balanced program includes reading aloud, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading and opportunities to respond critically and thoughtfully. Students are actively involved in reading and writing strategies throughout all content areas. In math, students use manipulatives to problem solve and explore math concepts emphasizing math vocabulary. Curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Lessons are differentiated in order to meet the needs of all learners. Teachers and parents work together to provide quality education for our students.
Third and fourth grade curriculum involves refining skills that were introduced in the primary grades while developing skills that will ensure success in middle school and beyond. Third and fourth grades help students to become more independent in their work habits while understanding the unique learning needs of 8 -10 year olds. The most important shift in grade three and four is that students are reading to learn, as opposed to learning to read. Students are involved in all academic subjects on a daily basis. Our program is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Students have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways; verbally, logically, kinesthetically and through interpersonal and intrapersonal experiences. A relationship with Jesus is modeled and practiced throughout the day. Students in grades three and four are encouraged to achieve spiritual growth, academic excellence and moral integrity.