GRADE 1

First graders are navigators of their world.

They are becoming confident learners who understand that making mistakes is what makes them learn and grow. They are aware of who they are and their place in the world. We use a strength-based approach to improve their literacy and mathematical practices.

Whenever possible and appropriate, we integrate social-emotional lessons, history, social studies, and current events into our writing, reading, and math tutoring sessions.

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ACADEMIC TUTORING

A whole child multi-sensory approach.

A whole child approach is way to which the triad (child, tutor, and parents) are all safe, engaged, supported, and challenged during their tutoring sessions. When students feel physically, emotionally, and psychologically safe, they will be more engaged in their learning, and they will be more willing to receive support in their learning. We use state and national standards to motivate, prepare, and asses the child's learning. Establishing positive relationships and open communication with one another helps to better and more comprehensively support meaningful learning for your child.


Children learn in many different ways. A multi-sensory approach engages the learner by using varying combinations of their senses to process the information that they hear, see, and do. Using senses such as touch, sight, sound, and movement allows children to work in the way that they learn best and to form new memories. A multi-sensory approach allows children to make connections between exisiting knowledge and new ledge; work through solving problems; as well as collecting new knowledge and skills.

 

PRE-K

Early learners learn best through play. (3 & 4 years old)

Our play-based approach has an academic purpose. To the eyes of early learners, they are just playing with toys. Through these toys they build a solid foundation for literacy skills and logical mathematical thinking. They develop their logical mathematical thinking. They begin to understand how the world works through play.

Whenever possible and appropriate, we integrate art, music, movement, history, social studies, and current events into our writing, reading, and math tutoring sessions.

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WRITING

Our youngest learners are becoming emergent writers. Focus will be on developing fine motor and gross motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and visual spatial reasoning. Students will be introduced to letter and number formation.

READING

Students at this age are constantly reading their environment. They recognize symbols and signs and develop meaning from it. They develop phonological awareness by segmenting and blending sounds and syllables. They begin to connect sounds to the written symbol. They begin to understand the concept and purpose of printed text.

MATH

As learners begin to understand how parts of a system work together, they develop their mathematical thinking as they sequence, classify, and seriate to derive meaning from them. They begin to express logic and reasoning skills. Students will be introduced to numerals, quantity, geometry.

 

KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarteners are full of curiosity.

Kindergartners' best learning tools are their hands! They use their hands to construct and deconstruct their learning in order to develop their own meaning of the world. We use a hands-on and integrated approach to learning reading, writing, and math.

Whenever possible and appropriate, we integrate social-emotional lessons, history, social studies, and current events into our writing, reading, and math tutoring sessions.

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WRITING

Penmanship- Students will continue to develop with fine motor skills and eye hand coordination in order to strengthen their hand muscles to acquire endurance for writing 

Craft of writing- Students will be introduced to the workshop model to writing narrative and informational text. Students will independently write on a specified genre using the 5 stages of writing: planning, writing, revising, editing, and publishing. At this age, students are highly encouraged to write phonetically and reference their list of kindergarten sight word.

READING

Decoding text- Students will apply what they know about letters and sounds to decode words. Decoding strategies include stretching out the sounds that they see in a word, and covering up chunks of sounds to solve one piece at a time. 

Guided Reading- Students will review and learn high frequency words in texts that are at their reading level. They will work on reading comprehension, retelling and writing a response to their reading.

MATH

Number sense- Students not only work on counting, recognizing, and writing numerals up to 100. They will learn to represent numbers in different ways. Having a strong Number Sense helps students to understand numbers and their relationships. They get introduced to math tools such as: 100 chart, number line, tens frame, and number bonds.


Operation & Story problems- Students will learn that numbers can: join, separate, and compare. Students develop a variety of strategies to problem solve equations and story problems.

 
 
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WRITING

Spelling- Students will continue to develop their penmanship as they learn to spell sight words, and words with digraphs, blends, welded sounds, vowel teams, and r-controlled vowels.

Craft of writing- Students will write longer and stronger as they learn the stages of writing: plan, write, revise, edit, and publish. They will learn how to use writing tools such as the word wall, and an editing checklist. 

Second graders love challenges.

GRADE 2

Second graders are full of spunk and moxie. They love to accept challenges and give challenges. They often use phrases like, "I triple dog dare you!" The neuroplasticity of their brain is amazing. As they take on challenging tasks that they have not yet mastered, they are stretching and growing their brain and learning new skills. They try, and try and try again. We use a scaffolded and gradual release to support these learners in core curriculum areas: literacy, math, science, and social studies. Let's bring on the challenge!

 
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WRITING

Spelling- Students will continue to practice their penmanship as they learn spelling patterns. This includes building on from first grade spelling patterns (welded sounds, bonus letters, vowel teams, r-controlled), suffixes, comparison endings, and writing multiple syllabic words.

Craft of writing- Students will learn different ways to hook their reader in their introductory paragraph, add descriptive details, and write a concluding paragraph. They will learn how to include dialogue and use the correct punctuation within and at the end of the sentence.