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Lower Elementary

The time students spend in 1st & 2nd grades are enormous building years for reading and math development.  Our Sacred Heart students are really challenged to master the very basics of reading and mathematic skills, while developing a youth faith and love for God. Combine these core skills and values with the excitement of science exploration and social studies themes (cultures, government, and citizenship), these years fly by as our students grow into creative thinkers. By the time students finish second grade, they will have learned:

Religion:
*How much God loves them
*Traditional Bible Stories
*Baptism & Holy Communion
*The Saints & All Saints Day Parade
 
"The influence of the Church in the field of education is shown in a special manner by the Catholic school. No less than other schools does the Catholic school pursue cultural goals and the human formation of youth. But its proper function is to create for the school community a special atmosphere animated by the Gospel spirit of freedom and charity, to help youth grow according to the new creatures they were made through baptism as they develop their own personalities, and finally to order the whole of human culture to the news of salvation so that the knowledge the students gradually acquire of the world, life and man is illumined by faith."

Language Arts:  Our Language Arts curriculums use Super Kids© to prepare students to be readers, writers, and thinkers.  Why does Sacred Heart use Superkids?
Use this links to find out more about  SuperKids.
 

1. Systematic, Explicit Instruction: The Superkids Reading Program is a system of instruction. The step-by-step lessons build skills systematically as children progress from kindergarten through second grade, creating confident readers.

2. Decodable Text: As children learn new phonetic elements, they immediately apply these skills to engaging decodable literary and informational text. By second grade, children have learned the phonetic elements necessary to read text that isn't phonetically controlled.

3. Integration: Superkids integrates reading, spelling, handwriting, grammar, and composition into one program.

4. Motivation: Children love the engaging Superkids characters. Each character has a unique personality and interests. The Superkids stories capture the universal experiences of childhood.  Our students in 2nd grade are still very engaged in this curriculum.  The lessons grow with them.

By the time they finish the program, our students have acquired the linguistic understanding required to develop into a fully literate individual. After Superkids, third-graders can read on grade level with accuracy, fluency, and understanding in any reading program.  Most importantly, our teachers say it’s the most effective reading program they have every used.

Use this link to read more about the research & effectiveness studies with SuperKids.

http://www.superkidsreading.org/k-2-reading/research.php

 


 
 
 
Mathematics:
Students master concepts such as:
*Addition and subtraction up to 1,000
*Place value
*Time
*Money
*Measurement
*Multiplication introduction

Social Studies:
Students cover topics such as:
*Citizenship and communities
*Geography & Travel
*Government
*Supply and demand (Market Day)
*US Presidents research projects

Science:
Students cover topics such as:
*Matter
*Insects (meal worms and cockroaches)
*Ecosystems
*Light and sound waves 
*Weather and climate