Making Christ Known . . .

Memorial Lutheran

Chapel School

Our Curriculum

Children learn best through hands-on experiences with people, materials, events, and ideas.  That principle—validated by decades of research—is the basis of High/Scope’s approach to teaching and learning.

The High/Scope curriculum integrates all aspects of child and youth development.  Using research-validated strategies, this approach enhances each young person’s growth in the foundations of academics as well as in social-emotional, physical, and creative areas.

 

3375 U.S. 1 South

St. Augustine, Florida  32086

To contact us:

Phone:  904-797-8777

Fax:  904-794-5083

Email:  director@lutheranchapelschool.com

Preschool Curriculum

Elementary Curriculum

Based on the child development ideas of Jean Piaget, the MLCS elementary curriculum stresses the High/Scope approach, with active learning experiences and reading and writing across the curriculum, problem-solving, observation, experimentation, exploration and collaboration with other learners.  Teachers support and extend children's activities as appropriate, arranging instructional activity centers in the classroom and maintaining a daily routine to provide active learning experiences in mathematics, language, science, art, social studies, movement, and music that match children's needs and address appropriate content, skills, and concepts in these areas.   Our schoolwork has intrinsic value and connects with life outside of school, which helps to engage and motivate learners.  Our goal is to foster well-rounded and happy children in a joyful yet challenging academic environment; one in which they are unafraid to take risks and have many opportunities to demonstrate and strengthen what they can do.

In our elementary level, instruction is organized as a workshop. Class meetings begin with a whole-group mini-lesson, and each lesson is followed by time for individuals to try out new skills or concepts in the context of authentic activities monitored by the teacher. In the workshops, teachers introduce the standards and conventions of writing, reading, math, social studies, and science; children apply these in hands on activities and are encouraged to explore and expand on the subject being taught. Teachers circulate among their students to help each child, reinforce what they have taught, and introduce new skills and concepts in context.

An important part of our program is our emphasis on literacy across the curriculum. We use few commercial programs; instead, children learn to read through research based best practices and real books, often of their own choosing.  There are mini lessons on phonemic awareness, phonics, reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary, and then children read, sometimes through guided reading with the teacher, sometimes with a partner, sometimes at the listening center or with a computer book, and sometimes individually in the class book area.  Instead of everyone in the class all always doing the same thing, instruction is differentiated to the needs of the learner.

In Writing Workshop, students develop their own ideas for writing and draft, revise, edit, and publish their work.  They conference often with the teacher who moves along as they write, offering help, asking questions, and making records of students progress.  They also collaborate with peers for ideas and editing help.

In Social Studies and Science students engage in hands on explorations and projects.  The topics in kindergarten Social Studies are:  Spatial Sense, an Overview of the Seven Continents, Native Americans, Early Exploration (Pilgrims), and an introduction to the Past and Present Presidents.  In First Grade the Social Studies topics are:  an introduction to World Geography, Early Civilizations (Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt), Mexico, Early People (Maya, Inca, Aztec). early Exploration and Settlement, the American Revolution, and Exploration of the American West.  In Kindergarten Science children study:  Plants, Animals and their Needs, the Human Body and the Five Senses, an Introduction to Magnetism, Seasons and the Weather, Taking Care of the Earth, and Dinosaurs.  In First Grade the topics are:  Living Things and their Environments, the Human Body and Body Systems, Matter, Electricity, Astronomy, and the Earth.  Students will often explore beyond these topics depending on their interests.

The basis of our Math curriculum is Everyday Mathematics, which is a comprehensive and balanced mathematics curriculum developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and based on extensive research, teacher input and field-testing.  Students learn computational skills as well as a broad range of mathematics concepts including data and probability, geometry and spatial sense, measures and measurement, algebra and uses of variables.  Our students use manipulative materials to grasp the math concepts through hands on learning.

Students are evaluated three times during the school year on the basis of their own progress. Teachers keep records of student activity, with much of the work produced by students staying at school so that their growth may be analyzed and appropriate goals established.  Progress is reported to parents through a progress report given out three times a year and during evaluation conferences.