Small classes, with the support of associate teachers in kindergarten, first, and second grades, provide the ideal environment for children to reach their full potential.
Utilizing a curriculum that supports different learning styles, students receive instruction in ELA (Grammar, Reading, Phonics, Speaking, Spelling, Writing), Math, Religion, Social Studies, and Science. In addition, children attend Art, Guidance, Library/Media, Mac Lab, Music, Physical Education, and Spanish classes.
Significant emphasis is placed on establishing strong academic, spiritual, and character foundations. Free expression, respect for others, conflict resolution, leadership, and spirituality are fostered.
The sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are important milestones in the spiritual development of our Second Grade students. The celebration of sacraments is family oriented and recognizes all that is good and special about each child.
English Language Arts (ELA)
Using differentiated instruction, children develop reading and language skills through an integrated balanced literacy approach. The children are immersed in a variety of activities each day to further enhance the following skills: speaking, listening, phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and writing. Skilled enthusiastic lifelong readers and writers work daily in both large and small flexible groups. Two teachers in the classroom enhance our ability to tailor lessons reaching all students according to their learning style. Each classroom has a large library containing various genres and levels of books. Literal reading comprehension skills as well as those of inferential reading skills are fostered using a variety of materials. Daily writing across the curriculum allows students to write for different purposes.
Students have ample opportunities to practice their oral language skills during morning meetings, peer and partner discussions, class projects, school plays, and prayer service participation. Strong skills and the love of reading and writing are instilled from an early age.
Great emphasis is placed on math skills in the primary division. Number relations, classifying, grouping, comparing, patterns, sequencing, addition, subtraction, multiplication, money, time, and word problems are included in our program. Children work in both large and small groups, using a variety of manipulatives. Our new math series has a vast amount of technology incorporated into each lesson. iPads, computers, and interactive whiteboards are all used for learning. Children also enjoy learning math skills with games, songs, centers, and a variety of hands-on activities. Primary children enjoy the challenge that our program promotes.
Grey Nun Academy’s faith-centered learning environment emphasizes our Catholic faith and traditions with focus on the liturgical calendar. Our program provides opportunities to build and develop the spiritual lives of children and to receive sacraments. Our non-Catholic students are welcome to share and take part in religious ceremonies. There is an emphasis on service to support the needs of the community in honor of the foundress of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Saint Marguerite D’Youville. Children build a relationship with God through family, friends, and community. They learn about the life of Jesus, the Church, and the sacraments. Second Grade students prepare for and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
Our Social Studies program fosters positive attitudes towards self and society. It presents the story of our nation, the story of families and cultures, and the story of our world. Teachers encourage respect for others and provide opportunities to learn about various cultures by singing songs and reading stories from various viewpoints and cultures, displaying pictures that reflect families in the community, and modeling an appreciation for all cultures and backgrounds. Lessons center on families, communities, map skills, community helpers, wants and needs, our earth, famous Americans, holidays, and celebrations. Children are active participants in this child-centered program.
Our program provides early science experiences that promote problem-solving skills, which empower students to participate in an increasingly scientific and technological world. Through books, songs, and hands-on activities, children in the primary grades explore different topics in life science, earth science, physical science, space, and technology. Each unit includes a lab zone where inquiry and process skills are nurtured. The content is organized on the basis of broad conceptual themes that are developed and expanded as students progress through the grade levels.