Teachers integrate instruction through a balanced approach to literacy instruction where students engage in authentic reading and writing experiences so that students can learn how to use literacy strategies and skills. Teachers employ shared reading, read alouds, guided reading, word study, along with with independent reading. Students participate in reading and writing workshops.
At St. Paul’s, we implement Handwriting Without Tears beginning in our three-year-old program. Threes practice many of the fine motor skills needed to form a solid foundation for letter formation. In PreKindergarten, our students learn how to form all of the capital letters and continue on to form lowercase letters in kindergarten. Our first graders continue practicing all of these letters to ensure mastery. Second grade students are introduced to cursive handwriting and work to master that in the third grade.
Singapore Math in Focus is an approach to teaching mathematics that challenges students to problem solve with concrete and real world experiences. Singapore math focuses on children not just learning but also truly mastering a number of concepts each school year. The goal is for children to perform well because they understand the material on a deeper level. Singapore math relies on visualization. Students learn concepts through concrete, pictorial, and abstract approaches.
Our Science curriculum engages the student with hands on inquiry based learning. Students are active participants in the exploratory learning. St. Paul’s Episcopal School uses the STEMscopes curriculum. Accelerate Learning, in conjunction with Rice University, created the most widely used PreK-12 science curriculum in Texas, STEMscopes.
At St. Paul’s Episcopal School, we believe it is important to develop strong citizens. Our Social Studies curriculum shares stories of our community and world. The curriculum progresses from learning about the community close to us to the study of Texas History in 4th grade, US History in 5th grade, and World History and Geography in 6th grade.