Our elementary immersion program builds on the strong foundation of our preschool program to further develop knowledge in line with core content standards while also developing high second language proficiency
Students receive content instruction for language arts, math, science and social studies in the target language. They receive English language arts each day for only one period per day. It is through this intensive exposure to academic content in a second language that enables the mind to develop the mental flexibility leading to greater cognitive abilities and creativity while also enabling our students to become bilingual and bicultural. On alternate weeks students will receive math and science instruction in English.
Language arts objectives are similar regardless of the language of study. Our curriculum is based on essential questions and enduring understanding to guide our study. For reference and support we use McGraw Hill’s Treasures/Tesoras for English and Spanish and Xiao Xue Hua Wen and Meizhou for Mandarin language arts. In Mandarin language arts students are introduced to pinyin in 1st grade, and to traditional characters starting in 4th grade. By the time a student completes 5th grade the goals is for the student to be able to read over 2000 characters.
Kindergarten students are developing reading habits, exposed to storytelling and different types of literature. They learn to make connections, sequence a story and understand print and what it represents. Students are in various stages of learning letter sounds and reading.
1st graders are learning how to select “just right” books for independent reading. They begin learning about character development, author studies and become introduced to writers workshop.
2nd graders are monitoring comprehension, sequencing and summarizing stories, interfering and learning to see things from the perspective of the author.
3rd graders are becoming exposed to different types of reading materials such as memoirs, informational text, mystery and poetry and learning how to write in different genres.
4th graders have more exposure to informational text, learn how to research and become readers in a book club.
5th graders continue to read informational text, narrative text, research studies and deepen analysis and discussion of literature.
We use Singapore Math as a curriculum for K-5. The philosophy behind Singapore Math is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the math concepts developed through a sequence using concrete manipulatives, followed by pictorial representation followed by abstract representation. Students are challenged to understand the “why” and “how” of how numbers can be manipulated rather than memorizing facts or sequences of steps in problem solving. Frequent group work to understand different ways of solving a problem occurs. The description below is a general guideline keeping in mind that we are able to differentiate and advance a student when a concept is mastered.
Kindergarten students are developing sound one-to-one correspondence understanding, sorting by attributes, pattern understanding, money, calendar, clock and time, measurement, and exposure to addition and subtraction.
1st graders continue learning many of the topics introduced in kindergarten and deepen understanding with emphasis on graphing, two digit addition and subtraction, and learning about temperature.
2nd graders manipulate numbers in addition and subtraction facts, and begin adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers. Multiplication and division are introduced.
3rd graders are exposed to place value, decimals, and probability.
4th graders learn about negative numbers, mixed numbers, decimals and one and two digit division.
5th graders continue learning how to multiply and divide fractions and decimals. They also practice with ratios, and percentages.
Using resources such as McGraw Hill’s Science Fusion, emphasis is on discovery through hands on experiences to understand physical, biological, and earth science. Studies are in depth to enable deeper mastery of science concepts. The core content objectives and skill development is the focus rather than memorization of facts in the context of various studies.
Kindergarten students complete animals studies, compare and contrast them. They study trees, wood and paper and fabric.
1st grade students learn about plants, solids and liquids, and air and weather.
2nd grade students learn about the insect world. They study balance and motion concepts, and a beach study including pebbles, sand and silt.
3rd grade students complete study of the life cycle of various animals. They continue learning about water cycle, pollution, and preservation. Exploration of the earth, sun, moon and stars is conducted.
4th grade student learn about the human body in depth, magnetism, energy, and various inventions over the course of history.
5th grade students study nutrition, levers and pulleys, solar energy and multiple cellular systems.
Social studies provides the context for world cultural understanding important in our global curriculum. Our teachers provide authentic knowledge and cultural understanding to help students broaden their understanding of the world.
Topics covered in kindergarten include school, family and the NY region. In 1st grade students learn about world geography, needs and wants, citizenship and folklore. In 2nd grade students learn about what it means to be a consumer, and how the economy and business operate. In 3rd grade student learn about government, elections and the regions of the U.S. In 4th grade students learn about ancient civilizations such as China, Africa, Mesopotamia, and Egypt. In 5th grade students learn about America’s past from the Colonial times to the American Revolution.