Lower School (1st through 4th grades)

As a Catholic school, the students’ day is grounded in faith, service and community.  We participate in a variety of service projects throughout the year such as food collections and community outreach.  Older students act as mentors to younger students both spiritually and academically in our Buddy program.  Students participate in weekly school Masses.

 

Our Language Arts curriculum is a literacy based program that teaches independence and gives children the skills needed to create a lifetime love of reading. Students express themselves through creative writing, public speaking, and performing arts. Also taught is traditional manuscript and cursive handwriting.

 

Math follows the standards, building and expanding knowledge as the student’s progress through the grades. Prior knowledge is accessed to assist during instruction. Each grade builds on previous skills in the four operations. Mathematical concepts are developed as students are introduced to skills as stated in the standards.

 

Science and Social Studies are unit-based programs. Students are introduced to concepts and ideas beginning with the community to global awareness. Projects and research are woven into the learning experience.       

Our school days include many project activities to enhance our curriculum.  Below is a sample of special/group projects:
  • Daily Five (Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Religion)
  • Buddy Mentoring program
  • Group/Class projects
    • International Day, Chinese New Year (Grade 1)
    • Embryology: Hatching of Chicks (Grade 1)
    • Sports Day (Grade 2)
    • Colonial Day, State Reports and Illinois State Projects (Grade 4)
  • Grade Level Plays
  • Christmas Pageant (Grades 1-3)
  • Field Days
  • All School Reading Program
  • 100 Day Celebration
  • Monarch Book Award:  Illinois Participating School (Grades K-3) 
  • School Book Fair
  • Oral Book reports