What we Teach!
Grade One at Academy Avenue School is a crucial year in the academic and social development of children. Initially children often find the transition from kindergarten to first grade very tiring and difficult. In Grade One we focus on:
* Reading (which encompasses a wide range of activities to develop reading, phonemic awareness, writing, speaking, and listening skills)
* Math (which focuses on introducing math concepts through the use of manipulatives and games which work to enhance the student's understanding)
* Weekly homework packets which reinforce daily lessons - also includes a nightly reading log and classroom updates.
Grade Two we provide a variety of learning experiences to accomodate the different learning styles of our students. Throughout the year students are encouraged to work independently on many projects for the purposes of fostering positive self-esteem and good work habits.Grade Four at Academy Avenue School is an important year for students' development as learners and as unique individuals. The ability to express their ideas clearly in their writing as well as in oral discussion is a major focus. Overall goals also include applying previous knowledge to new areas of the curriculum, and connecting learning to real world experiences. In order to prepare students for the transition to intermediate school, our fourth grade classrooms emphasize independent student-centered learning and the development of organizational and time management skills.
Grade Third grade is a very exciting year. We work on mastering some of the skills and understandings which were introduced in earlier grades as well as delving into brand new concepts. There is so much that is covered in the third grade curriculum that we look to reinforce our classroom activities with nightly homework. We all work together towards the goal of having well adjusted, enthusiastic learners. We look to creating an environment where students thrive academically and socially.
Students have specialist time every day. Mr. Goffrier, Miss Logan and Mrs. Soracco bring art and music into the classrooms weekly. The students go to the Gym for physical education.
Art: The goal of the Arts Curriculum include a variety of lessons and media in the areas of drawing, painting and three dimensional art. This requires personally meaningful ideas from each child. Your child is becoming aware of basic design elements through such lessons.
Music: The primary school music curriculum sets standards of achievement in singing, performing, improvising, composing, reading, listening, evaluating and understanding music in relation to history and culture, and understanding the relationships between music, the other arts and disciplines outside the arts.
Physical Education: The goals of the physical education program are the development of skills, enjoyment of physical activities, full participation by all and an appreciation of a lifetime goal of physical fitness. The average lesson is divided into 3 parts: the first is physical fitness, the second is skill development and the third is the playing of a game.