KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM

 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

The academic goal of the Arts Academy Elementary Charter School is to deliver the PA Core Curriculum while embracing frustrational, instructional, and independent literacy levels, differentiating instruction and materials to meet individual needs.

 The Arts Academy Elementary Charter School K-5 ELA Curriculum Continuum will ensure that students will: 

Learn to read independently

Read critically in all content areas

Read, analyze, and interpret literature

Write clearly and effectively in various formats 

Demonstrate speaking and listening skills

Write legibly in manuscript and cursive

 “Students in kindergarten, transition from oral to written literacy. They demonstrate their understanding of the features of print as they learn to track print and develop a sense of letters, words, and sentences. Students develop their phonological awareness skills through activities such as rhyming, counting syllables, and isolating beginning sounds. Students connect letters with their corresponding sounds as well as develop other grade level phonics skills. They develop comprehension strategies that enable them to read grade-level texts, including both storybooks and informational texts, with purpose and understanding. Students identify characters, setting, and major events in stories as well as retell details in informational books. Students write sentences and stories using their letter sound knowledge to spell phonetically. As writers, they focus their writing on one specific topic, use descriptive words and create illustrations rich with details. Students write stories in which they describe experiences and events or form an opinion as they choose between two topics. They use grade appropriate conventions in their writing such as capital letters and end punctuation. Kindergarten students participate in collaborative conversations with peers and adults in small and larger groups, sharing stories, familiar experiences, and interests. Students ask and answer questions in order to seek help, gain information, or clarify something that is not understood.” (Academic Standards for English Language Arts, PA Department of Education, 2014)

 PA Core Standards for ELA - CLICK HERE 

 MATHEMATICS

The academic goal of the Arts Academy Elementary Charter School is to deliver the PA Core Curriculum while embracing all levels, differentiating instruction and materials to meet individual needs.

The Arts Academy Elementary Charter School’s Mathematics curriculum embraces the PA Core Standards, ensuring that all students will:

Learn procedural skills and conceptual understandings to ensure children are learning and applying the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels.

Provide students with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals.

Build the foundation to successfully apply more demanding math concepts and procedures, and move into application.

 “The Pennsylvania Core Standards in Mathematics in grades K–5 lay a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals. Taken together, these elements support a student’s ability to learn and apply more demanding math concepts and procedures. The middle school and high school standards call on students to practice applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges; they prepare students to think and reason mathematically. Additionally, they set a rigorous definition of college and career readiness by demanding that students develop a depth of understanding and ability to apply mathematics to novel situations, as college students and employees regularly do.” (Academic Standards for Mathematics, PA Department of Education, 2014)

PA Core Standards for Mathematics - CLICK HERE 

 SCIENCE

The academic goal of the Arts Academy Elementary Charter School is to deliver the PA Core Curriculum while embracing all levels, differentiating instruction and materials to meet individual needs.

 PA Academic Standards for Science and Technology: 

“In the near future, society will benefit from basic research discoveries that will lead to new tools, materials, and medical treatments. Learning about the world around us, by observing and experimenting, is the core of science and technology and is strongly reflected in Pennsylvania's Academic Standards for Science and Technology.” (Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology and Engineering Education, April 2012)

The Arts Academy Elementary Charter School embraces the PA Academic Standards for Science and Technology as well as the Next Generation Standards for Science and Technology. ELA, Mathematics and the Arts are integrated where applicable.

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SOCIAL STUDIES

The Arts Academy Elementary Charter School embraces the PA Academic Standards for Social Studies, integrating reading, writing, listening, speaking and the Arts where applicable, differentiating to meet individual needs.