Pre Kindergarten Curriculum
Religion is a core curriculum subject area in all grade levels. Religion at the pre-kindergarten level is taught through bible stories. Each week the children learn the importance of family, friendship and caring for others by the use of a main character.
The program used for reading readiness is Saxon Early Learning. Each week children will participate in activities that build phonemic awareness and vocabulary acquisition. The students will be introduced to the relationship between letters and sounds and will be engaged in many classroom discussions. Through these experiences oral language, self-esteem and self confidence will be enhanced. These qualities and experiences prepare the students well for later school success.
The children will be able to recognize the numbers 1-20 and be able to count to thirty. They will recognize geometric shapes, practice sequencing, and begin to recognize monetary coins. They will understand positional concepts such as over, under, beside, inside, left and right.
The Saxon Early Learning program is used to teach the children concepts of Life, Physical, and Earth science. The program is supplemented with the Scholastic “Let’s Find Out” series. The children learn the concepts of good health, nutrition, exercise and proper hygiene. They are also taught about animals and their environments, weather, and seasons. The children are encouraged to observe and explore the world around them with special activities in a science center.
Saxon Early Learning is used to teach the children concepts of transportation, careers, community, and safety. The children are encouraged to examine their world from other’s perspectives. The Scholastic “Let’s Find Out” series is used in addition to Saxon to teach the children about world events and reinforce other social living concepts.
The curriculum area concepts are enhanced through daily centers. The children have art and writing activities, manipulative, home living and dress up. They also have access to blocks of various sizes, puzzles, books, math, and science centers. The children are offered other special activities as they relate to current topics.
The kindergarten curriculum teaches value concepts about our world, family, friends, and holidays. The textbook is based on the liturgical year. The concepts are taught through stories, art, and listening activities.
All of these topics provide a foreground for the Catholic faith. The book that is used for this level is Sadlier “We Believe”. The children are also taught some of the basic prayers, catholic traditions, etc. We have Prayer Services with the children during the year at various times.
The students attend Mass every Friday starting in October.
Orton-Gillingham: We will use the Orton-Gilingham method to teach phonetics. It is a multi-sensory approach that enables students to learn new concepts. We will use multi-sensory approaches with direct instruction to review, practice, and apply concepts.
Whole and small group instruction is used to introduce and review concepts.
Our Math series is My Math from McMillian- McGraw Hill Publishing. It is a two volume set of books that will be completed during the year. There is a high emphasis on numeracy. The children will learn their numbers to 100, recognize numbers in ten frames. They will be able to decompose numbers, add, subtract, etc.
Our Science series is Science Fusion from Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt.
Science is incorporated into the curriculum through our science series, weekly readers, and National Geographic for kids. On Wacky Wednesday, we do various science experiments throughout the year. Also, we complete STEM activities throughout the year.
We keep up with the current events in our world by using the Weekly Reader magazine. This focus keeps us up to date with what’s going on in the world.
Through thematic units and learning centers we learn about family life, friendship, and the customs of various countries. They are also exposed to important events concerning Arkansas and the United States. Our Blast from the Past days during the year helps the children understand things that happened a long time ago.
All curriculum areas at this age level are highlighted throughout the week with centers. These encourage independent thinking and investigative learning. Most centers are independent or small group activities.
Kindergarten students participate in several activities during the week.
They are involved in the following activities: physical education twice a week, music once a week, library once a week, Spanish once a week, and art class once a week. The children participate in classroom art activities at various times during the year.
Kindergarten has homework every night from Monday thru Thursday. The homework consists of letter sound/handwriting, decoding words, practicing sight words, letter fluency, and reading short stories. Math homework follows our Math series with the concepts being taught at the time. Homework does not last more than 30 minutes.
During the course of the year the children participate in family projects! These activities are completed as a family together. The projects are usually once in a 9 week period. The children will tell the other students about their projects before they are displayed in the classrooms. The projects include: disguising a paper turkey, a family tree, and a valentine box.
1st Grade Curriculum
Religion is a core curriculum subject area at all grade levels. The Sadlier “We Believe” series is used with grades kindergarten through six. Scripture verses are part of our handwriting series. Students attend mass weekly with their assigned 6th grade Mass Buddy and are instructed on how to apply Catholic Christian values.
Language Arts instruction is based on materials from Macmillan/McGraw-Hill’s reading series titled Treasures. This series includes children’s stories and poems that will help students develop an understanding of story patterns, plot, character and other literary elements. In our study of grammar, students will learn to write and punctuate a sentence, identify the parts of speech, and compose a story and friendly letter. Phonics and Spelling will be taught with the Orton-Gillingham methodology. This method relies on directly teaching the fundamental structure of the English language, and incorporates a multi-sensory approach to learning. Instruction begins with simple sound/symbol relationships and progresses logically to more complex concepts.
Mathematics curriculum in first grade is taught using the McGraw-Hill My Math program. This program is a skill-based program, which utilizes practical, hands-on instruction. Math meetings are held on a daily basis for application of the concepts.
MacMillan-McGraw-Hill Science is the program used in first grade. This series offers units on life science, earth science, and physical science. The topics include: living and non-living things, plants, animals, how plants and animals need one another, places to live, earth’s land, earth’s air and water, weather, seasons of the year, types of matter, heat and light, pushes and pulls, and magnets.
The curriculum for Social Studies in first grade is presented through the Harcourt Horizons series. The first grade program is called “About My World”. Unit topics include: going to school, good citizens, the land around us, all about people, looking back in history, and jobs people do. In addition to the content information, vocabulary skills, chart and graph skills, map and globe skills, citizenship skills, and textual reading skills are taught and practiced.
The curriculum area concepts in first grade are enhanced through small group centers. These centers are subject area based and encourage independent, investigative learning through independent or cooperative activities. Computers, manipulative, experiments, art, and other methods are used to extend learning.
First grade students also participate in several specialty area subjects. These areas include physical education twice a week, music once a week, library once a week, and art class once a week.
2nd Grade Curriculum
Religion is a core curriculum subject area taught using the Sadlier “We Believe” series. The students attend mass once a week and on Holy Days of Obligation that fall during the school week. During the year, the students prepare for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion.
The language arts program in second grade consists of the MacMillan/McGraw-Hill Treasures Reading Series. This is our literature based reading program, which reinforces comprehension and fluency skills. English is taught using the same series. English uses a workbook consisting of sentences and personal narratives, nouns, friendly letters, verbs, how-to articles, pronouns, adjectives, contractions, and word study skills. The Spelling and Phonics curriculum is taught using a methodology called Orton-Gillingham, which uses a multisensory approach. Concepts are presented, reviewed and tested for mastery on a weekly basis. Phonetic and non-decodable words are presented in order to be applied in written language. Transition is made to cursive handwriting. Computers and listening centers are used as enrichment in the classrooms. The second graders take part in the Accelerated Reading Program to enhance their reading skills.
Mathematics curriculum in the second grade is taught using the 2013 My Math Program by McGraw Hill. This program is a skill-based program, which utilizes practical, hands-on instruction. The skills covered include addition and subtraction facts, thought problems, place value, double digit addition and subtraction with regrouping, adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers, telling time, counting money, measuring, interpreting tables and graphs, probability, shapes and fractions, and introduction to multiplication. Students take weekly timed drills to encourage addition and subtraction mastery.
Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt Fusion is the program used for Science in second grade. This series offers units on life science, earth science, and physical science. The topics include: Plants and Animals, Homes for Plants and Animals, Changes on Earth, The Sun and It’s Family, Matter and Energy, and Energy in Motion. Various video programming is used for enrichment.
The curriculum for Social Studies in second grade is presented through the Harcourt series. The second grade program is called “People We Know”. Unit topics include: Governing the People, The World Around Us, Using Our Resources, People Long Ago, A World of Many People, and People in the Marketplace. In addition to the content information, vocabulary skills, biographies, charts, graphs, diagrams, geography, heritage, and map and globe skills are taught.
Second grade students also participate in specialty area subjects. These areas include physical education, computer lab, Spanish, music, library, and art. PE is two times a week and all others are one time a week.
3rd Grade Curriculum
Religion is a core curriculum subject area in all grade levels. The Sadlier “We Believe” series is used in grades kindergarten through six. We are the Church is the third grade textbook from that series. The students attend mass once a week, and attend adoration weekly. We will have a weekly saint that we study. In the month of October, each child chooses a saint for a research report.
Language Arts curriculum in third grade is taught using the MacMillan/McGraw–Hill, Treasures Series. Reading comprehension is strengthened through summarizing, visualizing, generating questions, predicting, making inferences and evaluating strategies. Story structure is reviewed by completing story maps. The students learn different story genres. Vocabulary is introduced and reviewed through a routine of “define, example, ask”. Phonics and spelling rules strengthen decoding using syllable and morphology strategies. Grammar rules are introduced, reviewed and reinforced through workbook pages and daily student writing.
Mathematics curriculum in third grade is taught using the McGraw-Hill My Math Program. This is a skill-based program, which utilizes practical, hands-on instruction. Students review and expand addition and subtraction skills, as well as develop an understanding of multiplication, division, measurement, fractions, and probability skills. Multiplication facts are studied and review throughout the year to establish fluency.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Fusion Science is used in this third grade subject area. This series offers units on life science, earth science, and physical science. Topics included in this subject include: living and non-living things, plants, animals, interaction of plants and animals, weather, solar system, types of matter, heat and light, engineering. This series emphasizes hands-on activities and e-learning via digital lessons.
The curriculum used in this subject area comes from Harcourt Horizons “People and Communities”. Unit topics include learning about communities, citizenship and government, different kinds of people, communities over time, and the many jobs within a community. In addition to content information, vocabulary skills, chart and graph skills, map and globe skills, and reading skills and taught and reinforced.
The last six weeks of the school year, the third grade classes conduct a cross-curricular study of the rainforests of Central America. Students focus on various aspects of the rainforests, including animals, plants, people, and products. This area of study encourages independence and investigative learning, as well as research skills. Each subject area is addressed in relation to topics pertaining to the rainforest habitat.
Third grade students at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic School also participate in several specialty subjects. Physical education, computer, and Spanish classes are attended twice a week. The students attend art, music, and library once a week. Classroom content and activities are frequently integrated into the various specialty areas, creating wonderful educational experiences.
4th Grade Curriculum
In 4th grade, emphasis is placed on studying what it means to be a faithful Catholic and follower of Christ. You are your child’s first teacher of the Faith and Religion plays a very important role in your child’s life. It is our desire to enrich, enliven, and challenge your child to live his or her faith to the fullest and not limit it to Mass on Sunday or just in “Religion Class” at school. Religious values will be immersed throughout all subjects and activities in 4th grade. The over-all goal is for your child to carry what they gain in the classroom to all aspects of life, whether in school, at home, or out in public.
The Sadlier “We Believe” program is used in grades K-6th to support the Religion curriculum. Throughout the year, your child will learn how to treat others with respect through acts of service for each other, for the parish, for home, and for the community. Students will study The Beatitudes and The Ten Commandments to learn ways to live and practice them in today’s world. We will provide a balance of doctrine, scripture, and liturgical devotions.
Your child will also study the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, and Vocations. Through a unit of study and participating in The Living Stations, students will understand the importance of Jesus’ Life, Death, and Resurrection. The students will attend mass once a week, on special church holidays, and on Holy Days of Obligation that occur during the week. We will also participate in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and have monthly lessons provided by our parish priests.
The Language Arts program uses the MacMillan McGraw-Hill Treasures program to support the curriculum. This program encompasses all subjects related to literacy- literature, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, writing, and grammar.
Your child will utilize all of their Language Arts skills in writing assignments across all content areas throughout the year. A large writing project completed in 4th grade is the students’ Autobiography. Over several months the students will work to write an autobiography, type their work, and then present a portion of the final product. This activity allows them to develop writing and oral presentation skills.
The Accelerated Reader program is used to enhance the Language Arts program by encouraging independent reading and monitoring reading comprehension.
The Mathematics curriculum is taught using the 2013 My Math program. Fourth grade skills include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals, geometry, measurement, and perimeter and area. Special attention is given to critical thinking, and problem solving. Mastery of multiplication facts is essential to successful understand and completion of this curriculum.
Macmillan McGraw-Hill is used in fourth grade to support the curriculum. The children will have an opportunity to investigate and learn about the natural world through units of study divided among Physical, Life, and Earth Science. Some of the topics and projects covered this year include biomes, types of animals, rocks, changes in the earth’s surface, weather, the solar system, states of matter, and simple machines.
The curriculum for Social Studies focuses on the United State by separating the country into regions. Fourth grade uses the Harcourt Social Studies series to support this curriculum. The students will learn the location of the states, continents, oceans, and other important places. Within each region, we will study and explore the culture, economy, and resources of the states and compare them with other regions around the world.
Students will also study the history of Arkansas in a separate unit. We will explore the history of our state beginning at pre-statehood and going through the Civil War.
The Mathematics and Religion series are supported by an on-line component that allows access to the text, review activities, manipulatives, re-teach activities, and other resources. CDs are available for the Reading and Social Studies series for students who need “read aloud” text.
The computer lab curriculum supports Math and Language Arts standards through programs and drills. The lab also provides opportunity for research in the content areas, such as biomes, American Indians, planets, etc. Students type their autobiography in the lab, working on presentation, formatting, and typing skills.
RenWeb is used to provide updated lessons, weekly grades, communication with staff members, and to provide school information. The classroom has Smart Board technology to provide enhanced learning opportunities.
During the year, your child will participate in specialty classes to enhance the curriculum.
5th Grade Curriculum
Religion: Sadlier: We Believe
5th grade is an exciting time of growth for your child. Religion plays a very important role in your child’s life. Through out the year, your child will learn how to treat others with respect through role-playing, prayers, and reading scripture. Your child will learn about each of the 7 sacraments, the roots of each sacrament in Scripture and how they are celebrated in the Church today. We will also learn about the symbols and rituals used in the celebration of each sacrament. We will provide a balance of doctrine, scripture, and liturgical year. The students attend mass once a week.
The Language Arts program uses MacMillan McGraw/Hill – “Treasures”. Language Arts encompasses all subjects related to reading. Our Language Arts program consists of literature, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, handwriting, and grammar. Your child will utilize all of the Language Arts skills in various writing activities this year.
Science Fusion – Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt is used in 5th grade. The children will have an opportunity to investigate and learn about the Nature of Science, STEM, Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. They will also use technology, (computer lab and Chromebooks,) to enhance the chapter content. Some of the topics covered this year are: How Scientists Work; Technology and Engineering; Characteristics of Living Things, Living Things and their Habitats and Environments; Earth and its Resources, Astronomy, Weather, and Climate; Properties of Matter and Energy and Motion and Energy.
The curriculum for 5th grade is broken into two parts. The first three 9 weeks are taught using the Harcourt Social Studies: The United States. The last 9 weeks, the children will study various themes of Arkansas: (Arkansas Studies by Houghton Mifflin) Geography, History and Arkansas today. The children will study the 5 themes of Geography. The themes are human/environment interactions, places, location, and movement.
The math program used is McGraw-Hill My Math. Fifth grade topics include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; geometry; measurement; statistics, probability; ratio, proportion, percent; and pre-algebra. Special attention is given to critical thinking, problem solving, and the uses of technology (computers).
To achieve the above goals, you can help your child by (a) talking to your child about math in everyday situations, (b) encouraging your child so that he/she likes math, (c) providing a quiet space for homework, and (d) instilling the idea that by practicing concepts he/she can have fun while learning math.
During the year, your child will participate in various activities to enhance the curriculum.
6th Grade Curriculum
Religion is a core curriculum subject area in all grade levels. The Sadlier “We Believe” series is used. The sixth grade studies Bible history starting with creation and continuing to the Church in the world today. In addition, we will use the Bible to enhance our studies. The students attend Mass once a week and Adoration on a regular basis.
Language Arts - Our Language Arts program consists of English, Vocabulary, Reading, and Spelling.
Our current English textbook is Language Essentials published by EMC. The grammar units include: sentences, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, punctuation, and diagramming sentences. The writing units include: writing personal narratives, how-to-articles, descriptions, and persuasive writing. I often use Smart board interactive lessons when teaching grammar and the writing process.
Vocabulary and Spelling
Our text is Sadlier-Oxford’s Vocabulary Workshop. It consists of fifteen units and offers review pages. There are twenty words in each unit. The students learn the definition, synonyms, and antonyms of each word. We have unit Spelling tests every other week. I also use Vocabulary workshop online to introduce and review the words.
Our Reading program uses Mirrors and Windows published by EMC, which is more of a literature book. We read a variety of stories including fiction, nonfiction, and folk literature .We also study poetry and drama. The students take selection and unit tests. We enhance our reading program with Accelerated Reader. The students also read several novels as a class throughout the year and complete a book project every 9 weeks. I use a variety of online videos, virtual tours, images, and resources to bring the stories and the people to life.
The Math program is taught using the Holt Mathematics series. It is designed to introduce the building blocks for higher level math. The major concepts covered are decimals, fractions, statistics, various formulas, Algebra, Geometry, and measurement. These are introduced at a beginning level that allows the student to familiarize themselves with higher level concepts at an appropriate learning level.
The Science program uses McGraw Hill Education Integrated Science Series, hands-on labs and various projects to enhance the program. Students study topics in Life, Earth, and Physical sciences. Topics include cells, animals and plants, classification, heredity, ecosystems, matter and energy, as well as, our planet and its resources Some projects include a classification collection, a 3-D aquarium, and various illustration projects.
The Social Studies program uses Glencoe’s Journey Across Time as a textbook. Students study world history, geography (maps), government and culture and how it has changed over time. There are also connections made to our Christian history and American History as possible. The emphasis is on learning to take notes, study from them, and then take quizzes on the information. The time periods covered start with prehistory through World War II.
The sixth graders participate in many specialty areas. These areas include: Spanish, Computers, Art, Music, Library and Physical Education.
Junior High Science
The junior high science curriculum serves both 7th & 8th grade students at Our Lady of the Holy Souls with a challenging program that focuses on life, earth and environmental sciences during the fall semester, and entry level chemistry and physics in the spring semester. The Glencoe Science Series is used as the classroom text, and is supplemented with a variety of outside sources. Students experience a number of different instructional techniques to increase understanding and enhance learning. Assessment of learning is varied so that students have multiple formats and opportunities in which to demonstrate their knowledge of science concepts..
Junior High Social Studies
The Holy Souls Junior High Social Studies program covers American History, Geography and Arkansas History. American History (First Americans to Civil War) is covered in seventh grade and continued (Post Civil War to Present Day) in eighth grade. Arkansas History is covered in the fourth nine weeks of both seventh and eighth grade. World Geography is integrated into the eighth grade social studies curriculum.
Seventh grade American History begins with man migrating to the Americas and typically ends during the Reconstruction Period (1877). Eighth grade American History covers the post-Civil War period to present day. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of government in the United States, the Civil War, and reconstruction, World War I, World War II and the Cold War. Current world events are also covered via reading and analyzing US News and World Report articles.
Geography introduces students to major landforms and water resources of the world along with historical and cultural aspects of many nations of the world. Students are expected to be able to discern how people of our planet formulate and solve issues that are common amongst our global community.
Arkansas History is a survey course concerning the development of Arkansas as a state and the people responsible for its continued growth.
Junior High Mathematics
7th Grade Math
The seventh grade math curriculum uses the Holt McDougal Mathematics book. It prepares the seventh grade students for Geometry and Pre-Algebra. The seventh grade focuses on algebraic reasoning, integers and rational numbers, proportional relationships, graphs, percents, area, volume, and solving multi-step equations. The book repeats concepts that have been taught with “Mixed Review” sections so that students will master the information.
8th Grade Math
The eighth grade math curriculum uses the Holt McDougal, Larson Pre-Algebra book. It prepares the eighth grade students for Algebra 1. The eighth grade focuses on variables and integers, solving multi-step equations and inequalities, factors, fractions, exponents, proportions, probability, percents, linear functions, area, volume, geometry, angle relations, and the Pythagorean Theorem. Vocabulary is emphasized with the students at this grade level to prepare them for advanced mathematics.
Junior High Language Arts
The Holy Souls Junior High language arts program provides a workshop approach to writing as a practical or “hands-on” way to tie together various disciplines—vocabulary, grammar, and even literature—for a more comprehensive understanding. Eighth grade curriculum puts additional focus on test-taking strategies and preparation for high school.
The year is divided into eight primary writing assignments with smaller classroom activities to emphasize specific study units. Sample units include narratives, descriptions, how-to articles, business correspondence, creative writing, persuasive essays, play writing, expository essays, and short research reports. Several group projects, including at least one multi-media presentation, reinforce the workshop environment while providing additional opportunities for students to learn from each other.
Students follow a seven-step process—prewriting, drafting, content editing, revising, copyediting, proofreading, and publishing—for each writing assignment. In the true workshop tradition, students act as both writers and editors at different points in the process and share their work with each other. Supporting grammar studies focus on the most common usage mistakes. Supporting literature introduces students to concepts such as theme, cause and effect, and text analysis while providing concrete examples for each genre; for example, students read narrative poems and short stories in literature as they craft their own personal narratives.
After each writing unit, the classes review the most common errors made in content, style, and grammar. The course emphasizes proofreading and revising as long-term strategies for writing success. By the end of the year, the teacher will meet with each student to review progress and create a personalized proofreading checklist to ensure continuous improvement.
In addition to regular vocabulary, literature, writing, and grammar lessons, students read four books during the year. Three of the books students select based on their own interests (with teacher and parent approval), and one book we study as a class. Students keep a personal reading and writing journal and complete a journal project based on their books to share with the class.
To teach students to write more effectively through writing workshops.
To read and analyze short stories, poems, informational text, and novel excerpts and use supporting audio/visual tools in parallel with writing, grammar, and vocabulary studies.
To analyze grammar knowledge and put grammar rules in context through practical writing applications.
To introduce new vocabulary terms (at least 60 per quarter) and encourage the use of those terms in everyday life.
To encourage daily reading and writing activities through a personal journal.
To teach test-taking strategies such as critical reading, essay organization, analogies, and question interpretation.
1st and 2nd Grade
Individual software programs are used to reinforce and enhance skills in the areas of language arts, math and reading. The software programs allow the students to practice basic skills in math operations, reading, phonics, creative thinking, and word and letter recognition.
3rd and 4th Grade
Integrated Computer Program – Introduction to keyboarding, Learning Expedition - reinforces and enhances the basic skills in Language Arts, Math and Reading. Locally developed units involving Internet research
Units in keyboarding, and word processing. Locally developed units involving Internet research
6th to 8th Grade
Units in keyboarding, word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, electronic presentations, and Internet history and search techniques using software such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, Google Bundle (Docs, Slides, Sheets)
The following are examples of projects:
Using Storybook Weaver, students create a fairy tale by writing a story and designing a picture illustration. This project enables students to learn the necessary elements needed to write stories.
Develop a newspaper about a particular president, which has to include such information as headline article, interview, editorial, a cartoon and a human-interest story. This project requires research, imagination, and organization as well as a variety of computer skills.
A rainforest is created in the 3rd grade classroom. As an extension of this project, countries and animals of the rainforest are researched in the computer lab. This information is used to write reports. The students also use the information in presentations given to those who tour the rainforest.
In celebration of All Saints Day, 3rd grade students study the lives of the saints. Each student chooses a particular saint to study. The students use a combination of books in the classroom and the Internet in the computer lab to research their saint. Their report is keyed in the computer lab and illustrated in the classroom.
Students in the 6th grade create a booklet about a country. This is a project that is directed by the Social Studies teacher. A particular country is researched and a report is keyed in the computer lab. The booklet includes the flag, maps, and a cover that is hand designed.
Our teachers and students work on many other projects throughout the year using the computer lab as a way of reinforcing or enhancing a particular subject area.
Kindergartners learn to develop awareness and control of their own voice, to play rhythm instruments, to recognize dynamics, tempos, classify instruments into instrument families, and begin to write music using iconic notation. Students learn the four instrument families and how to classify a instrument. They also learn songs about God and Christian values.
The students continue with technique, learn to sing in two part rounds, and must be able to stay on a specific part. The hymnals are used to teach students how to find song numbers, how to find where words are located in hymns and how to follow the verses and refrain.
Second graders learn to identify phrases and parts of the melody that sound alike and different, to distinguish between long and short sounds in rhythm patterns, to sing in two and three part rounds and to recognize percussion and tuned instruments. Hymnals are used for Mass music.
Third graders learn to find scales and patterns in melody and to find repetition in melody and harmony, as well as to further expand knowledge of percussion and tuned instruments. Songs from other cultures are introduced. Hymnals are used for Mass music.
Fourth grade learns to improve the ability to sing in tune and to sing legato and staccato. They learn major and minor tones in music, become aware of bar lines, measures, repeat signs, types of notes and time signatures. Fourth graders also explore different styles of music such as Romantic, Rock, and Reggae. Also, they will explore the basics of song writing Hymnals are used for Mass music.
Fifth graders learn basic notation: treble clef note names, note values, and rest values. They develop an understanding of time signatures, dotted note rhythms, and syncopation. As a practical application of the above basics, they learn to play recorders. They also work with harmony and expressions in music. Hymnals are used for Mass music.
Sixth grade performs rounds, melody and descant, and choral harmony. They interpret and employ the symbols of tempo, dynamics, and articulation for expressive purpose. They identify and respond to strong pulse, metric beat, duration of tone, meter change, irregular meter, melodic rhythm, and syncopation. They learn about folk and rock instruments. Hymnals are used for Mass music.
The seventh grade listens to and sings songs of our cultural heritage. They learn to recognize the difference between good and bad content of the popular music of today’s society. They listen to Christian music of the day and discuss the meaning. They further their knowledge of playing music by performing in small percussion ensembles. Hymnals are used for Mass music.
The eighth grade listens to and sings songs of our cultural heritage. They learn to recognize the difference between good and bad content of the popular music of today’s society. They listen to Christian music of the day and discuss the meaning. They further their knowledge of playing music by performing in small percussion ensembles. Hymnals are used for Mass music.
Choir is auditioned for and consists of fifth through eighth graders. Further use of the voice is learned in these classes, as well as part music. Hymnals and sheet music are used in these classes, as only sacred music is sung in preparation for Mass.
Physical Education Curriculum
Physical Education instruction is provided for kindergarten through eighth grade. Teamwork, concepts of winning and losing, trying one’s best and learning to accept the outcome in game situations are a few of the values taught in Physical Education. PE meets the needs of students in general by instilling the importance of respecting one’s self as well as others. Respect for a healthy body is encouraged through physical activity and lifetime fitness. These are stressed as a means to improving quality of life.
K to 1st Grade
These grade levels have PE for 30 minutes, twice a week. The focus is basic physical activity, including gross motor skills (run, jump, skip, etc.) and fine motor skills (throw, catch, balance, etc.). A general concept of teamwork using low organization type games is introduced. Games and activities are used to develop a child’s enjoyment and attitudes toward physical activity.
2nd to 4th Grade
These levels meet for physical education twice weekly for 30 minutes each class. Overall understanding and ability to perform gross and fine motor skills is a major component of these grade levels. A general introduction to team sports teaches teamwork, competition and sportsmanship. More cooperative and team oriented games are played. These games influence positive attitudes, as well as the importance of physical activity. The Presidential Physical Fitness program begins. Activities included in this program vary by grade level.
This level meets twice a week for 30 minutes each time. A major component of this grade level is team sports/activities. Emphasis is placed on teamwork and the overall importance of working together as a team and being a good teammate. Another part of the grade level is an introduction to individual sport skills, which comes with the importance of a positive attitude, self-esteem building and hard work. The fifth grade participates in the Presidential Fitness Program, as well as grade level tournaments.
6th to 8th Grade
These levels meet for 45 minutes twice a week. These grades play a wide variety of team sports. After spending time on lead up and skill progression activities, grade level tournaments are held for each team sport. A major emphasis at these levels is the importance of teamwork and cooperative play. These levels participate in the Presidential Physical Fitness program. They also will complete one health/fitness/sport related paper or project each nine weeks.
Students listen to a variety of stories for appreciation and enjoyment. They learn about book care and the parts of a book. They learn to distinguish between real/make believe and fantasy/reality. Students begin checking out books the second nine weeks of the school year.
1st and 2nd Grade
First and second graders check out books and start Accelerated Reader. They listen to a variety of stories for appreciation and enjoyment. They learn about book care and the parts of a book. They continue to learn about authors and illustrators and award books
3rd and 4th Grade
Third and fourth grade students participate in Accelerated Reader with different goals for each student. We continue to study about authors and illustrators, award books, the Dewey Decimal System, the computer catalog, biographies and autobiographies and all reference books.
5th and 6th Grade
Fifth and sixth grade students participate in Accelerated Reader with different goals for each student. We continue to study about authors and illustrators, award books, the Dewey Decimal System, the computer catalog, biographies and autobiographies and all reference material.
All students are presented mini units on the following subjects through the use of books, film strips, videos and DVD: Johnny Appleseed, Columbus Day, Saint Francis of Assisi, St. Nicholas, St. Patrick, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and St. Valentine.
All students participate in several projects that are coordinated through the library each year. During Children’s Book Week the students celebrate each day of the week with special guests coming into each classroom to read for a short time. There is a daily theme to encourage reading. They decorate grocery sacks with book pictures to be distributed at the grocery store during CBW. We collect warm fuzzy clothing for a Xmas tree in the library. The warm fuzzy tree items (hats gloves, socks, scarves etc) are then given to the Helping Hand. During National Library Week the eighth grade students read to their kindergarten buddies, seventh grade students read to their second grade buddies and sixth grade students read to their first grade buddies.
The philosophy of the Art Department of Our Lady of the Holy Souls School is based on the belief that all human beings have the capacity for creativity and that the opportunity to actively develop this capacity will be available to all students Kindergarten through Eighth grade.
The art curriculum at Holy Souls is based upon offering a wide variety of media, subject matter, and technique. The art program offers a structured approach with a sequential program from kindergarten through the eighth grade. Students meet the state standards in art and participate in local and state art competitions.
The art department believes that students should be taught the techniques and skills in various media, which enables them to express themselves individually and creatively.
Art is taught as an integral part of the school’s curriculum.
Through the study of art, students will be able to:
- acquire knowledge of tools and materials and gain proficiency in the use of them.
- recognize and stimulate intellectual curiosity, emotional insight, and create opportunities where art can offer emotional and creative outlets.
- enrich their leisure time with activities that provide creative and wise use of their time.
- acquire knowledge of and appreciation of the contributions of our diverse ethnic and cultural groups; our art heritage-both contemporary and historical.
- develop a discriminatory eye and establish criteria for esthetic judgment.
- become aware of the numerous job opportunities in the field of art.
Students begin to learn the basic language of art, which includes the materials used as well as why art is an important and integral part of their learning process. Students learn and become familiar with the stages of manipulation of equipment. Early development strengthens their ability to store images they see on a daily basis, how color affects their lives, how history and art are so intertwined, and how art begins to help them become independent thinkers and helps them develop organizational skills. All drawing, painting or sculptural problems center around the use of basic shapes and how they are found in all man made objects. Organic shapes are taught to show how nature is involved. Safety with new kinds of equipment is stressed throughout the school year.
Students quickly remember classroom procedures, equipment manipulation that is not used in their regular classroom, and are more confident in the process of learning to see and think like an artist. They are introduced to how artists see things differently, and they begin to learn more about composition and the importance of using the language an artist uses to participate in classroom procedures. Their assignments relate to studying some types of Art History and using the information as a jumping off point for their work. They gradually begin to use the language of an artist and are able to communicate their skills. Safety with equipment is stressed also.
Students begin to see art as a personal way to express themselves. They generate and communicate ideas more readily with each other and have the ability to teach each other terms, techniques and directions for solving an art problem. They take great pride in their ability to express themselves in a way that reflects who they are and not what a teacher wants from them. The idea that art is a real profession and is important in becoming a better thinker and seeing the world differently is a reality that exists to them. Safety with equipment is stressed also.
Third grade is a year of matriculation. Students move from the lower floor to the upstairs of the school. Besides reflection upon the basics they learned in 1st and 2nd. Grade, students become more familiar with a wider variety of media, processes, techniques and tools. They begin to analyze a variety of ideas for the purposes of creating art that comes from cultural, historical and interdisciplinary influences. Safety with equipment is stressed also.
Students begin to learn how the elements and principles of design become an integral part of the foundation of being an artist. Composition, methods, techniques and materials have all been introduced by this grade, and the year will be spent incorporating the elements and principles to achieve a higher level of thinking skills. The foundation of art comes from these skills and a higher level of thinking is required to use them. Printmaking and other skills are introduced at this grade. Safety with equipment is stressed also.
Students begin to learn to critique their work during this grade. It is a pivotal point in their education in the arts that a critique is a way for artists to learn the vocabulary of an artist in a way that is practical and positive. Students learn that by talking about the strengths and weaknesses in a work of art that they can only strengthen their work from this process. Critiques play no part in the grading process, but students are given letter grades by the 5th year. Students are expected to make deadlines for completion of their work in class work, and students are introduced to going to local galleries and museums to write Art Shows. This is a mandatory part of their learning experience and it also provides them with real world experiences. Students will write 4 shows, one for each nine weeks. This is the beginning of thinking, seeing, and feeling like a real artist. Art History is a major influence in the work the students create. Historical, cultural, socio- economic and interdisciplinary influences become a building block for most of their assignments. There is the reflection of the elements and principles of design, the use of color, light, shading and introduction to new media also. Again, safety is a rule that cannot ever be overlooked, and self-discipline is encouraged strongly.
Students reflect upon the disciplines they have learned every year they have been in art. They compare and contrast art and the environments as a foundation for the creation of art. They use the relationships between organizational elements and principles of design and learn new ways of solving individual problems. Students have choices in what mediums they wish to work in order to solve an assignment or problem. Higher level thinking skills are required of 6th grade students. The process and introduction to right and left brain processes are reinforced and students have more complex and individual ways to solve their assignments. Again, students are required to visit art museums or galleries, plays or the symphony for an art show. Four are required for the year, which is one each 9 weeks. Students are introduced to self-portrait drawing, reintroduced to shading, painting, and mixed media problems. Safety is a golden rule and self-discipline is encouraged strongly.
Students are introduced to a sketchbook. Each student is given one the first day of class. From that day forward, they have weekly drawing assignments. Each assignment is worth 100 points. Tests are taken in the 7th grade, and the Art Gallery or museum work is continued for the 4 art shows during the school year. Perceptual awareness is reinforced-learning to see and think like an artist is a continual process. It never ends. The reinforcement of the elements and principles of design become an integral part of how the students develop a problem in art. The use of the picture plane, the choices of materials, the execution of a material....all are important in their grade level. Learning proportion in how to draw the human form is important as well as reinforcing everything they have learned from 1st- 6th grade. Safety and respect for each other is a huge part of the 7th grade.
If a student makes it through the art program at Holy Souls, they are ready for any high school program in art. 8th grade students have a sketchbook with weekly assignments. They also have the 4 art shows to write during the year, and they also have more assignments than any other grade. The school year is divided up into composition; drawing and design; painting-watercolor, tempera, and acrylic; portraits-Mary, themselves, their pets; collage work-mixed media; historical references from art history in work and 3 dimensional work. The eighth grade year is an exciting year that reinforces years of perceptual thinking, drawing techniques, painting techniques, drawing proportionally and sculptural techniques. Safety, art history, writing skills, shading techniques, and working in different mediums make for a very busy finale. Safety is again reinforced, and the 8th grade students are the leaders of the school, and that includes being role models for all the younger students.
3rd and 4th Grade
Basic vocabulary is introduced. Students participate in conversation exercises, games, and songs using the vocabulary. The students learn numbers, colors, weather, foods, and many other vocabulary words in these grade levels. The students are encouraged to use their imaginations in the context of the Spanish language.
A textbook and workbook are used in the 5th grade. The textbook is designed for those beginning their Spanish studies and for those who have previously acquired some knowledge of Spanish. The objectives of the textbook are to develop, reinforce, and refine proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
6th to 8th Grade
A middle school textbook series is used in grades 6-8. The series is designed for use in the middle school. The program empowers students to learn to speak, read, write, and comprehend Spanish. The students will not only learn academic skills but also problem solving, survival and employment skills, so that when they walk out of the classroom they will be able to communicate using Spanish.