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Primary & Extended Day

From birth to age 6 there are two principal objectives of the human being: to bring order to the vast amount of information that comes to us via our senses and to absorb the distinctive elements of our culture. Our Primary program supports each child in meeting these objectives.

Practical Life

  • Dressing independently

Purposeful activities

  • Polishing
  • Dusting
  • Table washing
  • Food preparation

Exercises for increasing sense of order:

  • Movement from left to right
  • Completion of activities
  • Returning activities to shelf

Exercises for increasing ability to concentrate

  • Development of logical thought process

Exercises for control of movement:

  • Gross and fine motor
  • Hand-to-eye coordination

Care of indoor/outdoor environments

  • Gardening

Language Arts

Oral Language Acquisition:

  • Listening
  • Articulation
  • Vocabulary enrichment

Reading:

  • Phonetic sounds 
  • Word building skills
  • Decoding 3- to 4-letter words
  • Sight words
  • Phonograms

Literature discussions:

  • Listening skills
  • Reading Comprehensions Skills – predicting, making connections

Writing:

  • Simple compositions
  • Pencil control
  • Cursive and manuscript letter formation and spatial considerations
  • Simple research in conjunction with cultural activities
  • Beginning punctuation

Math

  • Number recognition

Concrete materials to explore place value:

  • Units
  • Tens
  • Hundreds
  • Thousands
  • Sequencing place value

Concrete materials to perform operations:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Written numerals 1-1000
  • Skip counting
  • Even and odd numbers
  • Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Simple money

Sensorial

Identification, comparison, gradation of colors, shapes, sounds, and sizes:

  • Hand-to-eye coordination
  • Spatial awareness

Weight, temperature

  • Dimension – length, width, height
  • Sensorial exploration of plane figures, geometric solids, and regular polygons
  • Algebra – binomial
  • Trinomial cubes

Science

  • Classification:
  • Living and nonliving
  • Vertebrate and invertebrate
  • Vertebrate classes
  • Animal grouping
  • External parts of vertebrates
  • Weather
  • Human body
  • Parts of a plant
  • Life cycles
  • Nutrition
  • Magnetic and nonmagnetic
  • Space and solar systems
  • Basic gardening experience
  • Rocks/minerals

History / Geography

  • The calendar
  • Days of the week
  • Months of the year
  • Seasons
  • Telling time to the hour
  • Globe as Earth’s shape
  • Continents/countries
  • flag study
  • Land and water forms

Grace / Courtesy

  • Respect for self
  • Respect for peers
  • Respect for adults
  • Manners
  • Classroom protocol
  • Meal etiquette
  • Introduction and greetings

Anti-Bias

Students learn to:

  • describe themselves and others using adjectives and descriptive language
  • identify similarities and differences they notice in their classmates
  • identify things they like/dislike and why people like/dislike certain things
  • Identify similarities and differences among different types of family structures and sizes.
  • Identify groups to which they belong and prioritize those most important to their identity.
  • Identify examples of culture
  • Reflect on gender messages

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