The English curriculum is a comprehensive one that is accurately planned to engender and develop a variety of learning skills.

The students will work individually or in peer groups to enhance their reading and writing abilities. They will work to understand, recall, analyze, think critically, and deduce conclusions.

Through well planned assignments and activities, students will be able to produce a wide variety of texts, become involved in discussions and execute projects.

Pre Kindergarden

Reading/ language arts lessons are focused on language acquisition which include oral language development and vocabulary activities.

  • Exposure to alphabet: letter names and sounds
  • Recognize, spell, write first name
  • Hold a pencil, marker, crayon correctly
  • Retell familiar stories
  • Answer questions about stories
  • Repeat simple nursery rhymes and finger-plays
  • Concepts of print: left to right direction, holding a book right-side-up
  • Build new vocabulary
  • Build basic listening skills
  • Develop fine motor skills: play dough, scissors, etc.

Kindergarten

Reading

Recognize letter-sound relationships to generate rhyming words, identify sight words and develop strategies to read unknown or difficult words

Writing

Print letters, taking into consideration size and spacing, while beginning to express ideas in writing using spelling and known sight words

Listening and Speaking

Sit quietly and listen; respond when requested, and learn to speak effectively with appropriate volume and remain on topic

Grades (From 1 to 5)

Reading

Read and recount stories to determine the central message, lesson or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text; use word unlocking strategies, when necessary

Writing

Practice stages of the pre-writing and writing processes; formulate sentences, using a variety of subject and parts of speech

Speaking & Listening

Speak in complete sentences, demonstrating command of grammar and usage when writing or speaking

Language

Understand the meaning of prefixes and suffixes, decode multi syllable words, use correct punctuation and verb tenses; consult with reference materials, as needed

Grades ( From 6 to 12)

Reading

Analyze how an author’s choices of structure sets the tone

Describe how a story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes, and how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text

Writing

Write informative or explanatory texts, fiction or non-fiction and arguments, producing clear and coherent writing by planning, revising and editing

Use technology to research, produce and publish writing, while assessing credibility and avoiding plagiarism

Speaking & Listening

Prepare and participate in a range of conversations, expressing ideas clearly and in a way that listeners can follow the line of reasoning

Language

Demonstrating a command of the English language by:

– using correct grammar in speaking and writing

– using capitalization, punctuation and spelling in writing

Goals

 

Students will communicate and interact with growing confidence in French, while developing the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they need to participate fully as a French citizens.

In all French as a second language programs, students realize the vision of the FSL curriculum as they strive to:

-use French to communicate and interact effectively in a variety of social settings;

-use effective language learning strategies;

-be responsible for their own learning, as they work independently and in groups.

The Strands in the French as a Second Language Curriculum

curriculum expectations

A.Listening

Overall expectations by the end of Grade 12, students will be :

– Listening to Understand: determine meaning in a variety of oral French texts, using appropriate listening strategies;

– Listening to Interact: interpret messages accurately while interacting in French for a variety of purposes and with diverse audiences;

B.Speaking

Overall expectations by the end of Grade 12, students will be:

– Speaking to Communicate: communicate information and ideas orally in French, using a variety of speaking strategies and age- and grade-appropriate language suited to the purpose and audience;

– Speaking to Interact: participate in spoken interactions in French for a variety of purposes and with diverse audiences

 

C. Reading

Overall expectations by the end of grade 12, students will be:

C1. Reading Comprehension: determine meaning in a variety of French texts, using a range of reading comprehension strategies;

C2. Purpose, Form, and Style: identify the purpose(s) and characteristics of a variety of adapted and authentic text forms, including fictional, informational, graphic, and media forms;

 

D.Writing

D1. Purpose, Audience, and Form: write French texts for different purposes and audiences, using a variety of forms and knowledge of language structures and conventions appropriate for this level.

D2. The Writing Process: use the stages of the writing process – including pre-writing, producing drafts, revising, editing, and publishing – to develop and organize content, clarify ideas and expression, correct errors, and present their work effectively;

PRE-Kindergarden

Mathematics is based on Building Blocks, the result of NSF-funded research, and designed to develop children’s early mathematical knowledge through various individual and group activities.

  • Recognize and print numerals 1-10
  • Count using one-to-one correspondence
  • Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size
  • Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC
  • Sizes: small, medium, large
  • Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, triangle
  • Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.
  • Same and Different
  • More, Less, Same

Grades ( From 1 to 5 )

Regarding to the Common Core Standards,

We are going to focus on 4 critical areas which are:

 

1) Understanding and using the operations of  addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with whole numbers, decimals and fractions to solve real life problems.

 

2) Understanding and using the place value system in comparing and ordering whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.

 

3) Understanding  the concepts of area and volume, and relate area and volume to multiplication. Drawing and identifying  lines , angles and triangles. Classifying 2-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.

 

4) Represent and interpret data.

Grades (6,7and 8)

We are focusing on 5 critical areas which are:

1) Understanding the concept of ratio, rate and proportional relationships.

2) Understanding the meaning of expressions, equations, and inequalities and applying equations in one and two variables.

3) Understanding the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships.

4) Draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them.

5) Applying Pythagorean Theorem and the concepts of similarity and congruency.

Grades ( From 9 to 12)

* Core-Plus Mathematics is a problem-based, inquiry-oriented program that builds upon the theme of mathematics as reasoning and sense-making.

* The Core-Plus Mathematics is focusing on two main mathematical and instructional features which are :

1) Integrated Content : Understanding of mathematics

along interwoven strands of algebra and functions,

statistics and probability, geometry and trigonometry,

and discrete mathematics.

2) Mathematical Modeling :

It includes the processes of data collection,

representation, interpretation, prediction, and simulation.

Pre Kindergarden

Science instruction provides students with skills in investigating and observing scientific concepts and methods during weekly science-focused, large-group activities, and Center Time activities.

  • Explore science tools: magnets, prisms, magnifying glasses, etc.
  • Experience the world through nature walks, gardening, and other explorations
  • Observe insect life
  • Observe plant growth
  • Observe weather and plant life during each season
  • Measure and mix ingredients in cooking activities
  • Identify basic colors and explore color mixing
  • Make observational drawings and dictation
  • Explore the world with the five senses
  • Investigate animals, the homes they live in, the food they eat.

Next Generations

Science Classes Will Change by using those concepts

1-More than facts

For too long, science education in the United States has emphasized rote memorization

That approach leaves out the most important part of science: the practices and critical thinking that scientists actually use to do their jobs.

Under the NGSS, students will instead concentrate on asking questions, developing hypotheses, testing models, making evidence-based arguments and learning other skills that real scientists “use all the time,”

teachers might ask students to posit theories. Instead of giving straight facts

2- Seeing the edifice

By engaging kids in theory, the new standards will impart a better appreciation of the significance of science,

“The big achievements in science, the things that get your name in the books, are theories — Darwin, Einstein That needs to be communicated to students.”

“What students need is a sense of the edifice of science, What they tend to get is the bricks.”

3- The Most Important Question Is “Why?”

In addition to teaching information and skills, the CCSS focuses on teaching students how to apply and understand what they’re learning. Your child’s teacher will teach how to arrive at an answer by developing the process behind it and understanding the reason behind it. “The thinking about how did we get here and why it is important is going to start in kindergarten”

Pre Kindergarden

Social studies is addressed weekly and allows children to learn about:

Their community, History, Geography, Growing and Changing, Citizenship, Amazing animals, The Earth and Sky and Healthy Food/Healthy Body

By the end of the scholastic year, students should be able to state personal information, recognize months, weeks and days of the year. Students work in groups or with a partner on a variety of projects.

Grades (From Kindergarden to 5)

Chronological and Spatial Thinking (when & where)

Understand place and time using maps and timelines to highlight historical events and trends

Research, Evidence and Point of View

Review historical documents and question the source, as well as distinguish between fact and fiction

Historical Interpretation

Distinguish between the use of barter and the use of money in the exchange for goods/ services, identify key events of each era

Grades (from 6 to 8)

Chronological and Spatial Thinking (when & where)

Construct maps and time lines of events, people, places, cultural features and periods in history

Research Evidence and Point of View

Distinguish fact from opinion in historical narratives and stories, taking into account the source and point of view

Historical Interpretation

Understand cause, effect and correlation in historical events to explain emergence of new patterns and identify

key steps of a processes

Grades (From 9 to 12)

Chronological and Spatial Thinking (when & where)

Compare past with present, using maps and other sources, analyzing change and the rate at which it happens

Research Evidence and Point of View

Distinguish valid from false or biased historical interpretations

Historical Interpretation

Show connections between events and larger social, political or economic trends; while understanding the context of historical events based on conditions during that time period rather than current conditions