ST. FRANCIS PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN

St. Francis of Assis School provides education for elementary and middle school students.

Preschool & Kindergarten Classes Overview:

Religion: Kindergarten students will use the Kindergarten book, God Made the World. Students will learn about the gifts God has given us and that God is our Creator. Jesus came to show us God’s love and then He wants us to share His love.

Language Arts: Kindergarten students focus on basic reading and writing skills. Letter recognition, letter-sound recognition, and blending of sounds as well as recognizing and reading aloud sight words. Manuscript handwriting (printing) is learned at this level as well. Students learn to write simple sentences.  Spelling and grammar skills are developed along with reading skills.

Mathematics: Students learn basic skills in the areas of number sense (counting, number sequences), the vocabulary of addition and subtraction, measurement. They learn how to collect data and record results, and begin problem-solving.

Social Studies: The focus in the primary grades is on the basic skills of social studies; using maps and globes, timelines and charts, and learning the basics of the elements of culture, tradition, and history of their family and community. Students are introduced to important figures, holidays, symbols, and celebrations of their state and of the United States.

Science: Students use scientific methods to observe, collect, record, and analyze data. In physical science, they learn the structure and properties of matter, the characteristics of energy, and the interactions between matter and energy. Life Science includes the interdependence of living things and their environments. In Earth and Space Science, students understand the structure of the Earth, the solar system, and the universe.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

St. Francis of Assis School provides education for elementary and middle school students.

Elementary School Classes Overview:

First – Second Grade

Religion:  This year our combined first and second-grade classes will use the Grade 2 book, Jesus Shares God’s Life. Students will focus on the sacraments of the new rite of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, and Reconciliation. In addition, the Law of Love and the stories of Mary and the saints will be studied.

Language Arts: First and second-grade students continue working on phonics using the base skills learned in kindergarten. They continue to learn sight words and to segment words by sounding them out.   They continue to write in manuscript and write more complex sentences. During the second half of grade 2, students begin cursive handwriting. Spelling and grammar skills are developed along with reading skills.

Mathematics: Students continue number sense skills on their grade level, measurement, represent, and compare data. They learn multi-step problem solving, use mental math skills, and do double-digit addition and subtraction. Memorization of addition and subtraction math facts is critical.

Social Studies: The focus in the primary grades is on the basic skills of social studies; using maps and globes, timelines and charts, and learning the basics of the elements of culture, tradition, and history of their family and community. Students are introduced to important figures, holidays, symbols, and celebrations of their state and of the United States.

Science: In grades 1 and 2, content and skills are a continuation of Kindergarten learning. Students, in simple investigations, observe, collect, record, analyze, predict, interpret, and determine the reasonableness of data. In physical science, they learn the structure and properties of matter, the characteristics of energy, and the interactions between matter and energy. Life Science includes the interdependence of living things and their environments. In Earth and Space Science, students understand the structure of the Earth, the solar system, and the universe.

Third – Fourth Grade

Religion: This year our combined third and fourth grades will use the Grade 4 book, God’s Law Guides Us. Students will first study Jesus as Savior Who gave us the gifts of conscience, taught us how to forgive and to be reconciled to God and neighbor. Next, students will learn the meaning of commandments 1 through 3. The Mass will be the next focus. Commandments 4 through 8 comprise Unit 3 and, finally, in Unit 4, students will study the Beatitudes and see Jesus as our model of holiness.

Language Arts: Students are taught at grade level. Grade 3 includes some phonics skills. In both grades 3 and 4, students read fiction and non-fiction, develop vocabulary and spelling skills. Grammar is integrated into the reading and writing programs. Students write descriptive pieces, narratives, fantasy, and so on.

Mathematics: Students are taught at grade level. Grade 3 continues the basic skills of K-2. Grade 3 begins multiplication; grade 4 begins division. Memorization of math facts is critical. Number sense expands to thousands and millions. Concepts of area and perimeter are introduced and solidified. Other skill areas such as measurement and problem solving become more complex.

Social Studies: Third grade is the culmination of what has been covered in the primary grades, with special emphasis on the concept of community, especially in the realms of economics, civics, and democracy. Fourth grades include a specific focus on New Mexico.

Science: Grades 3 & 4 continue to use the scientific method. In Physical Science, they work on the structure of matter and the characteristics of energy. In Life Science, they understand the interdependence of living things and their environments. In Earth and Space Science, students understand the structure of the Earth, the solar system, and the universe. All of these concepts are more complex than in the primary grades.

 

Fifth – Sixth Grade

Religion: This year our combined fifth and sixth grades will use the Grade 6 book, We Are God’s People.

Students will study the development of the Covenant between God and His People in the Old Testament, then move on to the New Testament to see Jesus as the fulfillment of the Covenant. Jesus commissioned the Apostles to take His message to the world which is still the mission of the Church today.

Language Arts: Students are taught at grade level.  In both grades 5 and 6, students read fiction and non-fiction, develop vocabulary and spelling skills. Grammar is integrated into the reading and writing programs. Students write descriptive pieces, narratives, fantasy, and others.

Mathematics: Number sense expands to billions. In Grade 5 Algebraic expressions are more advanced; volume is added to perimeter and area. Students practice to proficiency in division and are able to use fractions and decimals fluently. Mental math includes all arithmetic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  In Grade 6, positive and negative numbers with basic operations are introduced as are percentages. Measurement now includes formulas to calculate the size of geometric figures such as circles. Problem-solving for each grade becomes more complex.

Social Studies: This year grades 5 and 6 will focus on the history of the land and people who will become known as the United States of America from prehistoric times to the end of the Civil War.

Science: The content learned in grades K-4 are continued, but with more complexity. Grades 5 & 6 study heredity, develop a science project using the scientific method. The students also learn how to apply scientific knowledge to real-world situations. Added at this time, is a requirement to write research reports.

 

Seventh – Eighth Grade

Religion: This year our combined seventh and eighth grades will use the Grade 8 content, As Members of the Church. Students will learn how to live out the 10 commandments and the Great Commandment of Love. Then, students will learn how the Church began and then continued through to the Second Vatican Council. Finally, students will study their own role as disciples, continuing in the traditions of the Church.

Language Arts: Students are taught at grade level.  In both grades 7 and 8, students read fiction and non-fiction, develop vocabulary and spelling skills. Grammar is integrated into the reading and writing programs. Students write descriptive pieces, narratives, fantasy, and others.

Mathematics: Grade 7 includes:  exponents, powers, and roots; algebraic equations; graphing and interpretation; measurement systems and the Pythagorean theory; problem-solving; mental math.

Grade 8 includes: rational numbers; graphing and interpretation; slopes; problem-solving; mental math.

Social Studies: Grades 7 and 8 will focus on American History from the Reconstruction to the Modern Era.

Science: Grades 7 & 8 study heredity, develop a science project using the scientific method. The students also learn how to apply scientific knowledge to real-world situations. Students are required to write research reports, integrating technology into their work.

PE, Music, Art, Health: All grades will receive instruction in these subjects as the COVID-19 pandemic allows.

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