At Genesis Elementary, we take our responsibility to our youngest students seriously. We understand that the earliest years, from preschool on, form a student’s first impression of education and we know that you don’t get a second chance to make that impression. But we also know that little children can take big steps toward academic success.
Therefore, we have created a curriculum that combines a traditional approach with an accelerated curriculum, giving our smallest students the building blocks they need to succeed. Below you’ll find an overview of our academic curriculum for each grade level. In addition to these activities, students also participate in enrichment classes on a weekly basis, including technology, art, music, physical education, and Spanish.
Reading and Writing
Genesis Elementary uses the Open Court Reading and Writing program, a phonics-based program that introduces children to new sounds and words through stories. They learn, through this program, to link sounds and spellings together, applying decoding strategies to eventually blend those sounds into words and, later, sentences. They also use those sound-spelling relationships to build their writing skills, practicing writing sounds in isolation, in words, and in sentences. By the end of the year, kindergarten students are reading independently and writing their own stories.
Kindergarten students are immersed in a hands-on approach to math skills, including basic addition, subtraction, patterns, counting and printing numbers through 100, and place value. Technology, a vital part of our 21st century world, is also incorporated into the math curriculum to enrich their skills.
Social Studies and Science
Kindergarteners tackle monthly topics in social studies, including safety, holidays, communities, and hygiene, using activity books. Students also begin geography studies, understanding how maps, globes, and graphs work. One special unit, called the Fifty Nifty United States, is a key part of the Kindergarten year, giving students the chance to learn about each of the fifty states.
In science, kindergarten students are introduced to plants, animals, Earth’s materials, weather, the senses, and a host of other topics. Science projects and hands-on activities give students the opportunity for enrichment.
Reading and Writing
Third graders at Genesis Elementary work on the building blocks of language arts, including reading, spelling, handwriting, grammar, and writing. Accelerated Reader programs, as well as classroom discussion and quizzes, allow students to develop their comprehension and reference skills. Students master cursive in third grade, practicing it in their class work throughout the second half of the year. As students are developing these skills, they are also improving their vocabulary and spelling skills, with a weekly spelling curriculum and practice in mastering the grammatical foundation for writing. In third grade, Genesis Elementary students also focus on writing, stressing the steps in the writing process. Students in grades 3 through 5 are required to complete a research project, which offers them invaluable experience in navigating the research and writing process simultaneously.
Third grade at Genesis Elementary uses the Saxon Math program, which builds on the concepts they’ve learned while encouraging them to extend their knowledge. Math concepts taught in third grade include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with one-digit divisors, fractions, decimals, reading and constructing graphs, and word/story problems.
Geography, History, and Science
Third grade moves to geography and history, studying both physical and human geography. Reading & interpreting a map, including legends, political/elevation/route maps, and calculating distance, are a core component of third grade geography. In history, third graders explore a number of topics, including ancient human migration, early European exploration, and the formation of the 13 original colonies.
In science, third grade students learn the scientific method through the completion of a Science Fair project. Areas of study for third grade science include plants and animal life cycles, earth science, conservation, the water cycle, and simple machines.