OUR PROGRAMS

At KLA Elementary School, we operate based on the Federal and State Academic Standards through hands on experiences and projects where the children can explore, research, exchange their ideas and be protagonists of their learning process. We are not bound to a single theory. Our curriculum is enhanced by diverse resources, as teachers use a variety of educational practices including: promoting problem solving skills, active learning, collaborative experiences and team work, and differentiated instruction that provide children with skills for life. Children have access to rich, innovative materials, ateliers, laboratories (Kitchen lab, Science lab, Technology lab, Library/Resource Center, Gym, Theater, Music) and other resources in the community. Authentic learning is fostered through inquiry and project based investigations.

Kindergarten

Language Arts and Communication

In our school, we constantly look for different ways to connect oral and written language in ways that are meaningful to the children. We want to foster a love for literacy that will remain in them for years to come; and to support their understanding of its purpose in their daily lives.

Reading

Early in the year, kindergarteners typically develop and strengthen their knowledge of letters. They name them, recognize and write them in both upper and lowercase. By the end of the year, most children will be able to read CVC words and frequently used words (sight words) and the names of their classmates, as well as simple sentences. Stories are often read during our Kindergarten’s daily flow. A rich collection of children’s literature with big, illustrated books, songs and poems is used to support students in recognizing words that occur frequently.

Writing

While connecting to their context and encounters, children document their experiences in journals and create dictionaries to enhance and to support their writing. They use computers, smart boards, scanners, as sources of communication and research, as well as audio books from our library. Through the observation and manipulation of these tools, they familiarized themselves with different texts. Eventually, children will start to write words on their own using emergent spelling. It is important to remember that at this stage the practice of using letters is more important than getting the correct spelling. Learning to spell is a developmental process, and children learn the rules for conventional spelling as they learn more about letter patterns in English words. The progress from making scribbles to printing letters to writing words to sentences to composing stories is an incredible and rewarding one.

Mathematics

Children need to encounter math experiences that incorporate their senses, and require them to experiment, make observations, and that allow them time to investigate a topic further. Numbers are constantly present in a kindergartener’s life and learning process. This is why our environment is enhanced with tools and materials that support the natural development of math skills. Calendars, digital and analog clocks, calculators, counting tools such as beads, rocks and straws are some of the tools that support addition, subtraction and counting. Number sense is very important for success in math. It describes a child’s understanding that numbers represent quantity. In Kindergarten, children see the relationships that numbers have to one another; they understand how numbers are put together and taken apart; and they have an intuitive sense about the number system. They will be working with patterns by sorting and grouping objects into sets and by explaining and extending simple patterns. Kindergarteners explore simple measurements using non-standard units. They analyze how to classify objects based on weight (heavy/light); capacity (holds more/less); and length (long/short). Through their analysis they begin manipulating rulers and other measuring tools that expose them to standard units of measurement. They will have a basic understanding of time concepts, and use graphs in more dynamic ways, using them to collect, analyze, and represent data.

Science

In Kindergarten, children are introduced to the process of scientific inquiry. Our Kindergarten learning environment is filled with opportunities for children to investigate, ask questions and research. It includes a wide variety of materials that allow them to find out how the natural world works, with observable physical evidence. They are also able to record their observations and elaborate theories about their surroundings. We believe that kindergarteners are natural explorers who learn by taking part in meaningful life experiences, by inquiring, asking questions, inventing and through social interaction. Our classroom is filled with provocations that give children opportunities to experiment, giving them the tools to become confident creative thinkers and problem solvers.

Social Studies

Kindergarteners are ready to expand their views beyond their home and classroom environments to their general context and surroundings. They learn more about the rules that help people get along with each other, and begin to form opinions on issues, while understanding that others may have different points of view. Children learn to identify roles and responsibilities in their environment. They develop an understanding of their roles as members of a community. They work towards showing responsible behavior in caring for their environment and begin showing it in their everyday actions.

Kindergarteners will be introduced to new vocabulary to develop their oral skills in order to express feelings and needs. They will start to read and write recognizing the sounds of the letters in Spanish. We will use a variety of visual materials, such as flashcards, pictures, and videos, as well as songs, games, and stories to promote dialogues and conversations where the children can use the new vocabulary in context.

First Grade

Language Arts and Communication

In our school, first graders will envision reading and writing as tools for sharing theories, thoughts and ideas. They will use these competencies to work towards goals, express feelings and to connect with others. Children will be invited to view literacy as a useful instrument that will provide motivation to learn in a meaningful and literacy-rich environment.

Reading

The reading process in first grade varies with every child. Some enter this level as fluent readers, while others begin transitioning from pre-reading to building crucial language skills in reading, spelling and writing. They participate in a variety of experiences such as listening to stories, working in small guided reading groups, writing their own stories for our school’s Young Author’s Workshop, and reading books silently. They learn to use context, syntax and phonetic clues. They explore phonics thoroughly while engaging in activities that support the analysis of consonant sounds, short and long vowel sounds, blends, diagraphs, and word families. First graders also develop fluency and stronger reading comprehension skills by discussing the stories that they read and gaining a deeper understanding of the variety of texts they encounter.

Writing

First graders write to express their ideas and interests. They write with a purpose through stories, letters, and lists. Children print clearly leaving spaces between the words. They add complexity to their sentences by using simple grammar rules, and using appropriate capitalization and punctuation. Children write pieces in a variety of genres, including opinion pieces, narratives and informational texts; progressing from knowing how to write, to becoming writers. They will also integrate the use of technology specifically for writing and research.

Mathematics

We believe that an engaging and encouraging environment for children’s encounters with mathematics develops their confidence, understanding and use of math concepts. First graders begin to connect their real-life experiences with mathematical research. Positive experiences involving how numbers, measurements, graphs, and operations are used in their daily lives as tools to solve problems promote curiosity, flexibility, inquiry and persistence, which contribute to their success inside and out of the school environment. Our research-based approach for teaching math focuses on guiding children in seeing relationships within mathematics and the other fields of knowledge. As a result, they will acquire mathematical knowledge in an integrated, useful way focusing on essential areas such as: understanding of addition and subtraction strategies, whole number relationships and place value, measurement, and attributes of geometric shapes.

Science

In our first grade, children will have the opportunity to strengthen their understanding of living and non-living things and how they are essential parts of our daily lives. Children will be encouraged to observe, infer, and experiment in order to elaborate theories about how the world works. While doing so, children will describe objects and events, ask questions, construct explanations, test those explanations against current scientific knowledge, and communicate their ideas to others.  Students will receive the foundation to develop an understanding of the Earth with hands on experiences. They will expand their thinking and knowledge about plants, animals and different components of our surroundings by focusing on their characteristics and the diversity of life.

Social Studies

 In our program, students will get a glimpse of history, geography, and culture by studying our country’s traditions. First graders will expand their understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens by coming to see their classroom as a component of society. Children learn about democracy while practicing good sportsmanship, voting on classroom rules, and engaging in conversations that foster the exchange and respect of ideas and opinions. First graders continue to study the significance of national holidays and learn to identify the symbols, documents, and landmarks important in U.S. history. Through research, movies, Internet, books, art projects, theater, and music, they learn about people who lived in other times and places. We believe in the value of comparing life in their own families with families in other cultures in order to be able to locate, understand and relate to other communities on a globe.

Spanish

First graders will be introduced to new vocabulary while they continue to develop their oral skills. They will be invited to engage in dialogues and conversations regarding stories read in Spanish that will reinforce their reading comprehension skills. They will read and understand simple sentences and will also begin to write them to express ideas.

Second Grade

Language Arts and Communication

In our school, second graders will continue to value reading and writing as tools for sharing theories, thoughts, and ideas. They will use these competencies to work towards goals, express feelings, and to connect with others. By this time, they view literacy as a powerful instrument that will provide motivation to learn in a meaningful and literacy-rich environment. They are now ready to master all the material introduced in first grade. Second graders apply what they learned about the meanings of letters to more complicated encounters, and begin to develop their analytical abilities even further.

Reading

By second grade, most students can read and write at a basic level. We will put an emphasis on fluent reading (reading without stopping to figure out words) at each child’s own stage. Children need to be able to read words at each level effortlessly before they comprehend what they read. Children will identify and correctly use nouns and verbs, recognize simple prefixes and suffixes, and identify simple multiple-meaning words.

Writing

At this stage children will become better story writers as they write basic sentences and short narratives about an event or a character. Second graders may experiment with different voices, writing some stories from a personal viewpoint, and others in the third person. They use the correct spelling of words that they know more frequently, and use punctuation more regularly. By the end of second grade, kids will be able to write basic stories with a clear beginning, middle, and end. They will also be able to edit and revise their writing to make it clearer and to correct errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization.

Mathematics

Math concepts become more complex in second grade. In addition to counting, reading, writing, and ordering sequential numbers up to 1,000, second graders will be able to add and subtract two-digit numbers more quickly and accurately. They will learn to add and subtract whole numbers up to three digits, and will refine their understanding of place value with three-digit numbers when adding and subtracting. Second graders will also solve multistep addition and subtraction word problems, and gear up to learn simple multiplication, which will be an important third grade skill. They will measure length to the nearest inch or centimeter. They will be able to describe geometric shapes and classify them according to the number and shape of faces, edges, and vertices (corners). Children this age will tell time to the nearest quarter hour, and will understand relationships and units of time, such as the number of minutes in an hour, hours in a day, and days in a month. They have a better grasp of when things happened or will happen.

Science

Second graders will be asked to use what they know to make predictions and find patterns in the natural world. Like in previous grades, children will be encouraged to observe, infer, and experiment in order to elaborate theories about how the world works. While doing so, children will describe objects and events, ask questions, construct explanations, test those explanations against current scientific knowledge, and communicate their ideas to others. They will continue expanding their knowledge about Earth and its natural resources, and how people use these resources to get energy. They look at how the Earth changes over time and how we learn about the history of the Earth through fossils. They may go through a deeper study of the life cycles of plants and animals.

Social Studies

In second grade, children broaden their knowledge of the world. Students learn about the people and places of their local communities and regions, and compare them to other communities and regions. Children are given more responsibility to resolve conflicts with their classmates. They will be expected to have a deeper understanding of the importance of rules and their role in helping people get along.

Spanish

Second graders will be exposed to more specific grammatical and vocabulary concepts. They will apply these to their daily lives while being engaged in projects that will support their use in context. They will continue to express their ideas through oral and written work, adding more orthographic rules and concepts to their text.

Third Grade

Language Arts and Communication

KLA Elementary invites third grade students to use reading and writing as essential tools for sharing their thoughts and ideas. While doing so, they practice reading with fluency and using different strategies to make sense of unknown words. They write more complex sentences and paragraphs to show their understanding of their research and investigations.

Reading

Third graders become more independent readers and are constantly encouraged to share their insight on what they read with more detail. They read longer texts, such as chapter books and instructional texts. The children are encouraged to find the meaning, main idea, and details of the different texts they encounter, as well as to share their point of view on the plot and characters. As third graders read more, they become more fluent and refine their pronunciation of the complex words they find, and they use different strategies to find their definition.

Writing

The strengthening of our third graders writing skills is visible as they write longer, more structured and complex pieces full of details. They use more proper, sophisticated language and continue exploring the essay structure. The formal “writing process” is emphasized as the children are encouraged to spend time planning, revising and editing their texts. They are also invited to use technology such as computers to support their research and writing process.

Mathematics

In third grade, students dive into more complex mathematical skills such as multiplication and division. They also use a variety of math tools to facilitate the understanding of these complex processes. This supports their understanding of the concepts underlying multiplication and division. Instead of memorization, we encourage the analysis of the true meaning of these processes by inviting the children to explain, verbally or in writing, their thinking. Third graders explore number systems to 1,000 and beyond. They use fractions and mixed numbers as mathematical tools to solve daily life problems, and they begin to understand the concept of decimals. Third graders research the attributes of two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes, they explore different units of measurement and use graphs and charts to collect and analyze data.

Science

Third graders research the physical and living world. Through hands-on experimentation, children use the scientific method to infer, inquire, and elaborate theories about their surroundings. These theories are then evaluated, revisited, and updated through investigations and projects that encourage the use of a variety of tools and materials to represent ideas through the different languages of children. Third graders work in small groups and are constantly invited to engage in dialogues and debates about their experimentation process.

Social Studies

Third graders focus on our community, as well as others around the world. The concept of citizenship is thoroughly studied, as well as leaders and governments, and economic systems in different countries and communities. Their research includes a deeper analysis of the similarities and differences between cultures and encourages the development of their own identity and their respect for diversity. Third graders study the history and geography of different communities, and through hands-on investigations, collaborative work, and field trips around the city, they develop a stronger sense of their role as a citizen of the world.

Enrichment Programs

Physical Education/Health/Martial Arts

Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten physical education program develops an understanding of attitudes and skills that will allow each student to develop a lifestyle in which regular physical activity is practiced. The balance between psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains leads to the optimal development of the whole child. All children have the opportunity to exhibit desirable behaviors in each of these domains. Some of the fundamental movement skills include locomotor, non-locomotor, manipulatives, body management, movement concepts and developmental games. Children will explore wellness and fitness principles, as well as essential elements of rhythm and rhythmic activities. They will practice team sports, specialized activities, cooperation, and team building activities. The children go to Karate once a week and are also invited to be part of our KLA Elementary Sports Program which may include soccer, baseball, and track and field among others.

First Grade

In first grade, children begin to master basic locomotor and non-locomotor skills and concepts. They will strengthen their manipulative and motor abilities, associated with sports and games, recreational activities, body management and rhythmical skills. There is a significant emphasis in following directions and interacting with classmates in the different sport related experiences.  Our program fosters the idea that every child benefits from a physically active and healthy lifestyle. The children go to Karate once a week and are also invited to be part of our KLA Elementary Sports Program which may include soccer, baseball, and track and field among others.

Second Grade 

Second graders can use their imaginations to explore new athletic abilities. Children will build on the physical skills they learned in first grade (walking and running; hopping, jumping, and leaping; or galloping, sliding, skipping, and turning). They will practice combining these movements and try transitioning between them. We will use these skills to run relay races, play tag, or explore obstacle courses. PE should also teach warm-up and cool-down exercises such as pull-ups, push-ups, and stretches, which can help children get comfortable with starting an exercise routine. Second graders should learn to appreciate the importance of a healthy lifestyle and learn to care for their bodies by getting enough sleep, eating well, and committing to regular physical activity. Children in second grade should become more capable of cooperating with others during games and sports and practice more problem-solving skills. They think about how to be safe, follow rules, and share. The children go to Karate once a week and are also invited to be part of our KLA Elementary Sports Program which may include soccer, baseball, and track and field among others.

Third Grade

Students in third grade demonstrate physical competency in both individual and team sports. They engage in creative movement exercises while analyzing a variety of movements and applications. They identify these movements in terms of effort, flow, space, and time. Third graders have a better understanding of the importance of personal and group safety during physical activity. They continue to learn the value of health-related fitness as they engage in dialogues about the benefits of physical activity and describe the changes in the body as a result of it. They evaluate and interpret concepts related to body composition, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory endurance. Third graders continue to build on the skills emphasized during previous years regarding loco-motor and non-locomotor movements. The children go to Karate once a week and are also invited to be part of our KLA Elementary Sports Program which may include soccer, baseball, and track and field among others.

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Music

Kindergarten

Music promotes complex thinking, effective communication, aesthetic awareness, collaborative skills, and responsibility. These are all valuable components of a confident and self-assured child. Kindergarteners sing, play instruments and move to music. They learn to keep a beat and tell the difference between loud and soft. They are introduced to the artistic, cultural, scientific and mathematical foundations of music. Kindergarteners develop their voice by singing alone and learn to blend their voice with others by singing in a group as part of the Kindergarten Choir. They learn to sing expressively, on pitch and with correct dynamics. Children will explore musical instruments individually and in a group. They will work with rhythm to find a steady beat.  kindergarteners develop a beginning recognition of musical notation. They learn to read simple musical notes and use invented symbols to represent a beat.

First Grade

Music offers opportunities for the development of the child as a whole individual. It promotes complex thinking, effective communication, aesthetic awareness, collaborative skills, and responsibility. These are all valuable components of a confident and self-assured child. The musical experiences that will be offered in our school will be based on a conceptual understanding of the diverse vocabulary, properties, and elements of music, such as: melody, rhythm, harmony and expressive qualities. The children will research about the role of music in history and develop recognition of musical notation, as they learn to read and write simple rhythm patterns. First graders will feel the joy of creating and experiencing music by singing (individually and as part of a chorus), playing a variety of instruments, composing and listening to diverse musical genres.

Second Grade

Second graders work on developing their understanding of pitch, melody and rhythm by singing, playing instruments and exploring creative movement. They will continue to research famous musicians and the instruments that make up an orchestra. In our program, students are exposed to music of various styles, eras, genres and cultures. They learn about famous musicians of the past, as well as contemporary musicians and those from various cultures. Through these experiences children develop their understanding of the artistic, cultural, scientific and mathematical foundations of music. Second-graders will sing alone and in a group, learning to blend their voice with others and sing in rounds. They sing expressively, on pitch (high and low) and with correct dynamics (loud and soft). They will sing an increasing number of songs from memory and with improved accuracy. Children will learn the characteristics of the musical instrument families: string, woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard. They will listen to the instruments, play them and learn how they work together in an orchestra. Second-graders use the vocabulary of music, learning terms such as tempo, melody, echo, solo, beat, form and dynamics. They will also refine their reading and writing music skills and begin to notate simple melodies.

Third Grade

Third graders continue their understanding of pitch, melody, and rhythm by singing, playing instruments and exploring creative movement. They revisit their research of famous artists and musicians, as well as the instruments in an orchestra. Students deepen their analysis of the artistic, cultural, scientific and mathematical foundations of music. Third graders sing alone and in groups, blending their voices with others. They play more complex melodies in different instruments. Their understanding of rhythm and beat strengthens, and they use the vocabulary of music more often during their encounters with musical experiences. 

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Art

Kindergarten

Kindergarten students are adventurous and intuitive. They draw things that are important to them and reflect what they know about the person or object they are drawing. Artistic media is a powerful tool used to express their ideas, theories, and feelings. Children use diverse artistic languages of expression, such as visual arts, dance, and theater to show their ways of thinking and their understanding of the world around them. Our school encourages intuition and spontaneous expression by providing a variety of materials. This allows for free expression of ideas and space. The Atelier along with other spaces within our environment invite children to invent, create and explore themselves through art. Kindergarteners learn to use visual elements and principles such as line, color, shape, space, texture and balance through the lens of art history with a focus on notable artists and artworks.

First Grade

Artistic media is a powerful tool used to express ideas, theories, and feelings. Children use diverse languages of expression, which include visual arts, as well as performing arts, such as dance and theater, to show their way of thinking and their understanding of the world around them.  Our school offers a wide variety of tools and materials to support and enhance this process. The use of the Atelier and other spaces within our environment invites children to invent, create and explore themselves through art. First graders will be exposed to historical and cultural contexts of works of art, while discovering their significance and value in their lives. We want children to develop aesthetic understanding, perceptual awareness, creative thinking, specific artistic skills and knowledge, and critical analysis, while making connections with their daily experiences and all the other fields of knowledge.

Second Grade

Second graders are engaged and are interested in many things. At this level students like ideas that have emotional appeal and encourage their imagination. They enjoy sharing their ideas and feelings with others, and inquiry that taps into this can lead to fruitful discussion. Second graders are increasing awareness of the world as it functions beyond their direct experience. They are refining their motor skills and have a strong interest in making things. The Atelier along with other spaces within our environment invite children to invent, create and explore themselves through art allowing for free expression of their ideas. Students will continue to practice and begin to refine their use of visual elements and principles such as line, color, shape, space, texture, and balance. They will also begin to analyze notable artwork and describe its visual elements.

Third Grade

In our third grade Atelier, children will follow sequential procedures and techniques to achieve an artistic goal. They will be invited toexplore the use of visual art tools and media while integrating the structural elements of art and principles of design to create artwork. They will continue to develop two- and three-dimensional skills by using various tools, media, techniques, and processes to create art and develop craftsmanship skills through repeated practice. Third graders will create imagery and symbols to express thoughts and feelings and use materials, tools, and processes to achieve an intended result in two- and/or three-dimensional artworks. Students will analyze how the art we see and create is inspired by the art of the world and why it is important. They will identify when art tells stories about our history and where we come from. Students will learn the most relevant eras in art history, and the artists known for them. They will familiarize and begin using proper art vocabulary to share and express ideas. Third graders will use movement as another tool for artistic inquiry and creative expression through reflection and other exercises. By observing and recognizing patterns of movement, students will learn about their personal and collective identities.


Technology and Engineering

Kindergarten

Technology Lab is introduced to the Kindergarten class with the aim to provide a safe and enriching environment for children to combine the field of technology with their own learning experience.  This introduction offers the opportunity for children to connect conceptual knowledge and practical applications.  They will be exposed to programs that expand upon research, presentation, and creative expression.  The children will build upon the foundation of their technological savvy, providing another tool that children will carry with them into their future endeavors.

First Grade

Technology in first grade will be incorporated, as a way to enhance learning experiences and lay a foundation for technological literacy that will support competencies in reading, writing, math and science. The children will become familiar with the computer keyboard and Internet website navigation. They will use multimedia tools to support their projects, as well as other programs that will expose them to the use of technology for robotic exploration, programming, researching, and problem-solving purposes.

 Second Grade

Children in second grade will continue to invest time and thought into incorporating technology into their learning experiences.  There will be a greater emphasis in the use of technology to bring worlds closer together.  Programs that allow children to engage in research, create presentations to share knowledge, and inspire creativity and deep thinking will be encouraged for use among the children. The second-grade class will engage in a variety of opportunities to grow a deeper understanding of how technology can facilitate in our explorations and investigations.  Children will be at the forefront of learning, teaching, and reaching out into the world.

Third Grade

Technology lab in the third grade continues to expand upon the knowledge and experiences that children have lived.  Children will engage in different aspects of research, creative expression, and aspects of engineering.  There will be a greater emphasis in the appropriate uses of technology and the benefits that society can gain from their incorporation.  Techniques and skills will continue to develop and strengthen as we continue to work with computers, iPads, cameras, robotics, and much more.  Technology lab will serve as an added layer to the children’s process in learning and communicating with the world.

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Spanish

Kindergarten

Kindergarteners will be introduced to new vocabulary to develop their oral skills in order to express feelings and needs. They will start to read and write recognizing the sounds of the letters in Spanish. We will use a variety of visual materials, such as flashcards, pictures, and videos, as well as songs, games, and stories to promote dialogues and conversations where the children can use the new vocabulary in context.

First Grade

First graders will be introduced to new vocabulary while they continue to develop their oral skills. They will be invited to engage in dialogues and conversations regarding stories read in Spanish that will reinforce their reading comprehension skills. They will read and understand simple sentences and will also begin to write them to express ideas.

 Second Grade

Second graders will be exposed to more specific grammatical and vocabulary concepts. They will apply these to their daily lives while being engaged in projects that will support their use in context. They will continue to express their ideas through oral and written work, adding more orthographic rules and concepts to their text.

Third Grade

Third graders will continue to strengthen the skills practiced during previous years. They will add more complex vocabulary to their dialogues. They will identify tools that may support the acquirement of new vocabulary, such as dictionaries, web pages, and applications, among others. Students will explore different literature in Spanish and express their thoughts about them orally and through written text while practicing orthography and grammar.

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