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Thematic Instruction

Thematic instruction is one way of presenting a cohesive, organized approach in the classroom. Assigning a theme to each of the four grading periods of the school year makes it easier to plan lessons that correlate to the school’s scope and sequence. Thematic instruction also facilitates integrating subjects across the curriculum, thus providing a more brain compatible approach to learning.

Reflection – First Grading Period

Students spend the first nine weeks of school on self-reflection. Through literature, students will learn about themselves, their families, and friends. This is a time students will be learning how to set daily learning goals and long term goals.  Students will connect with story characters that may be similar or different to their own character. Virtues and personality characteristics are studied during this period. When students are aware of their strengths, it is easier to learn how to work with the areas needing improvement.

Discovery – Second Grading Period

Now that students have reflected and have a better picture of who they are, it is time to spend the second nine weeks discovering the world around us.  Fiction and non-fiction titles that cover topics from explorers in social studies to seasons and weather in science bring a sense of discovery to the classroom. Students are ready to delve deeper in discovering math in their daily lives.

Challenge – Third Grading Period

The third semester begins with the study of heroes and how heroes meet their challenges.  Biographies and autobiographies provide the students information about historical figures in all walks of life. During this grading period, there is the study of Martin Luther King and other outstanding citizens. Students are asked to interview their parents concerning personal heroes. Students are given every opportunity to learn about people who have met with challenges in order to learn how to meet with their own challenges.

Imagine – Fourth Grading Period

Now that students have reflected on their life, discovered the world around them, and learned about people meeting challenges, they are ready to Imagine the Possibilities! Students are reading books that inspire them to reach for the stars and follow their dreams.

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