Saint Michael Episcopal School has built a curriculum specifically designed for our learners. Starting in the 3’s classes we begin building on math, reading, writing, phonics and handwriting concepts. Where one grade level ends a concept, the next grade level picks up. As the student moves from year to year, our curriculum continues to build until mastery is reached. We have strived to eliminate gaps in learning and have built a cohesive curriculum that ensures all children’s academic needs are being met.
Saint Michael Episcopal School has implemented The Everyday Math program in all the 3’s, 4’s and 5’s classes. This program is based out of the University of Chicago Science and Math Program (UCSMP). The Pre-K 3’s classes use the foundation lessons to explore new concepts in operations, data and chance, geometry, patterns and number concepts. The Pre-K 4’s classes build on these same concepts with foundation and building lessons and end the year focusing on exploratory lessons in operations, data and chance, geometry, patterns and number concepts. Our Kindergarten classroom works through the Everyday Math Kindergarten curriculum. This program leads them through concepts in all three avenues of foundation, building and exploratory lessons.
Our Handwriting without Tears program casts a wide net on some very important preschool skills. Starting in Pre-K our children are exposed to the Handwriting without Tears Readiness and Writing Curriculum that engages students in creative, interactive, child-friendly lessons that range from letter, number recognition and formation to multi-sensory core-reading activities.
All Pre-K and Kindergarten classes are using the Jan Richardson method to explore phonics through Working with Names, Working with Letters, Working with Sounds, Working with Books and Interactive writing.
Our older Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms are continuing our Writer’s Workshop program through the Talk, Draw, Write method by Martha Horn and Mary Ellen Giacobbe.
With our complete guided reading library, the teachers are able to pull level readers for our older Pre-K and Kindergarten students that are ready to take the leap into early readers.
For our younger learners in our Toddlers and Twos classes, our program offers fun, creative, developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory experiences that help young children learn about their world. Play is an important component for developing self-regulation and promoting language, cognition, and social competence.
A day at school includes opportunities for creative art expression, dramatic play, circle time, music and outdoor play, in addition to problem solving and social interaction. Enrichment for this age includes Chapel, music and large motor activities with Mr. Donavan.