English

LANGUAGE ARTS

In Language Arts the students are exposed to the four main skills in the English language, which are reading, writing, listening and speaking. English instruction is done in a holistic approach. We develop reading skills such as identifying the main idea and supporting details, identifying cause and effect, predicting, inferring and using reading strategies to learn about vocabulary through context. In the early elementary grades children are taught about the relationship between letters and sounds, also comprehension skills are taught by having the students read silently and answer various types of questions. To help our children develop new vocabulary, we usually provide a spelling list or help them identify vocabulary through context. Children learn to develop more writing skills by creating their own stories using the writing process. Writing development progresses from scribbling to invented spelling to short stories and, eventually, to mature writing. Grammar rules are provided so that students use them while developing writing skills. Speaking and listening is taught through fun activities, such as Show and Tell and Talent Shows, where we encourage children to express their ideas and opinions, or through oral expositions and presentations.

SCIENCE

Science is taught as a tool to support the English education program. In addition to developing new vocabulary and encouraging children to communicate in English, children learn that science develops new ideas through observing, thinking and experimenting. Our students work with projects, presentations and experiments preventing vocabulary from being mistaken for understanding of science itself. Students build connections with other subjects and daily events.