Parent Letters & Information
The curriculum includes concepts of patriotism, appreciation of diversity, and a study of weather and climate. The day is filled with many experiences in the areas of reading, writing and math. We do our best to thoroughly prepare our students for the many testing challenges they will face in the 21st Century.
We emphasize reading for meaning, fluency, and accuracy at the third grade. We take the IRI (Idaho Reading Indicator) in the fall, winter, and spring to help assess student progress in reading. We challenge our students to acquire the necessary skills to do well on the ISAT (Idaho Standard Achievement Test), and to become proficient readers, while striving to instill in our students a life-long love of reading.
Individual rights and the uniqueness of each child are recognized. We study the Jewish, Black, Hispanic and Native American cultures through the wealth of literature within the classrooms. Comprehension, fluency and decoding skills are emphasized.
Our focus for January is the writing of a three paragraph essay with a title, introduction and conclusion. Children really stretch their thinking skills as they learn how to write a good introduction and conclusion. This format really organizes and focuses their writing and helps prepare them for the intermediate grades.
Math is an integral part of each school day. We have adopted a new math curriculum for the 2004-05 school year, and are excited to challenge and motivate students to “think mathematically!”
We believe that being an American citizen carries with it certain rights and responsibilities. We study the three branches of the federal government, as well as state and local government.