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.