Lower school  > Curriculum

         

Language Arts

The Pre-K through third grade reading program, Imagine It!, is a comprehensive reading, writing, and learning program, designed using thoroughly researched instructional reading strategies.  The research base used to develop Imagine It! spans more than 45 years, significantly longer than most other reading programs.  Its development included feedback, advice, and the best practices of 45 years of classroom experience.  This experience, coupled with the most up-to-date educational and reading research, has resulted in that program that is highly effective.

Imagine It! is a program that

  • develops confident reading by building a solid foundation through print and phonemic awareness activities and explicit, systematic phonics instruction.
  • builds fluency through instruction that focuses on accuracy and rate.
  • increases vocabulary knowledge through exposure, instruction, and the opportunity to apply these new words in reading, writing, and discussion.
  • engages students in constructing meaning through the teaching and application of comprehension strategies and skills as well as discussions.
  • incorporates writing and language arts skills, including spelling, vocabulary, and penmanship, through explicit instruction and meaningful practice applications.
  • includes quality, thought-provoking fictional and nonfictional literature to create a classroom environment in which students explore, discuss, and research ideas.
  • develops an understanding of the Inquiry process that provides students with the tools to become independent, self-directed learners.
  • uses ePresentation instructional tools, online lessons, and integrates eInquiry for each unit for grades Pre-K-3.



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Mathematics

Fayetteville Academy uses Progress in Mathematics for first through fifth grade, a research based curriculum that reflects the most current pedagogical elements identified through scientific research.  This program places a key emphasis on the development of higher-order thinking skills and fluency while encouraging students to reflect on the mathematical process and patterns as well as their own ideas.

 

Progress in Mathematics is a program that

 

  • ensures careful sequencing of all topics, ensuring that there are no gaps in instruction.
  • introduces concepts and skills in a concrete setting, proceeding to the abstract application.
  • assist students in learning to value and communicate mathematically.
  • helps students become confident of their mathematical abilities.
  • incorporates the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, including the eight Mathematical Practice Standards
    • make sense of problems & persevere in solving them.
    • reason abstractly and quantitatively.
    • construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
    • model with mathematics.
    • use appropriate tools strategically.
    • attend to precision.
    • look for and make use of structure.
    • look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


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Science

The Lower School features a unique elementary science program. Beginning in pre-Kindergarten, the students receive science instruction from two dedicated Lower School science instructors in our two science labs. One of our labs is designed for pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students and the other lab is home to our 1st through 5th grade students.

 

In grades 1-5, Fayetteville Academy utilizes an online TechBook which not only ensures our students always have current content available to them at any time but also incorporates all varieties of learning styles into the presentation of content. Students can access their accounts at home for further reinforcement through a variety of activities and virtual explorations.  This also allows parents to accurately see what their child has learned on specific days.

 

Our STEM program enables students to seamlessly integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math while applying this knowledge in a real world context.  A few examples of the opportunities available for our students to demonstrate these skills are through our Lego Robotics and Science Olympiad teams.   

 

In addition, students incorporate the use of 21st Century Skills to empower them in areas such as:

  • Information Literacy – the ability to find useful and appropriate information in any given challenge

  • Creativity & Innovation – exploration of imagination; refining and improving original ideas

  • Collaboration – working together to share, advocate, and compromise on issues critical to success

  • Problem Solving - experimentation of new and familiar concepts while processing information until a viable solution is reached

  • Communication – ability to read, write, present, and comprehend ideas between a variety of mediums and audiences

  • Responsible Citizenship - demonstration of proper technology use, global awareness, and moral capacity in and outside of the classroom

Our pre-K and Kindergarten use many of these same skills while learning through the use of exploration. Their program utilizes a hands-on approach where multiple senses are incorporated.


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Social Studies

One aspect of our social studies program for grades Pre-K-3 is built around research themes from the Imagine It! reading program.  These themes include Helping Hands, Homes, Making a New Nation, and Taking a Stand. 

The significant portion of our social studies, for grades Pre-K-5, covers all major disciplines such as geography, history, economics, government, and citizenship.  In addition, our social studies program includes map skills and thinking skills.

Thinking skills are taught systematically at each level.  Lower grade levels begin with units focused on the smaller, more intimate world of the young child.  For example, the spiral begins with a study of families, moves to the school community, and then to the local community.  From there, the program continues to expand the breadth or perimeter of social studies topics until eventually, at the fifth grade level, students are learning about America.  This expansive, spiraling nature of the elementary Social Studies Curriculum is consistent with the Academy’s priorities of developmentally appropriate practices, 21st Century Skills, and with our understandings of children pedagogy.


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