Our Kindergarten & 1st Grade Curriculum
At Ravenswood, we believe purposeful play is a powerful tool all children need to be successful, both in and out of the classroom. It gives children the chance to experiment and understand the world around them without being directly instructed by an adult. Children develop skills to interact with others, regulate their emotions, and build independence and confidence in themselves. Much like a reading or writing workshop, students are instructed as a whole group, given time to practice newly learned skills, and then share about their experience.
Balanced Literacy is an approach to teaching that exposes children to reading and writing through a wide variety of experiences. This highly effective framework for literacy instruction allows children to take ownership of and interest in their learning. As members of balanced literacy classrooms, the children will participate in activities (e.g., guided reading, interactive read aloud, writing workshop, etc.) that will increase their skill level while fostering their interest in and love of reading and writing everyday.
Much of our instruction follows the workshop model. With this model, we will be teaching lessons, providing time for the children to work independently and with partners, and then wrapping lessons up with share time.
Ravenswood uses Everyday Math from pre-k through fourth grade. This curriculum revisits concepts multiple times throughout the year and in between the years. This approach can seem different than a more traditional model in which math concepts are taught to mastery. Everyday Math exposes students to concepts over time to deepen understanding.
SCIENCE and SOCIAL SCIENCE
At Ravenswood, we use an Inquiry-based model to investigate science and social science concepts. Students are given ownership over learning as we guide them through the skills necessary to research independently. These include asking meaningful questions, researching a topic, and presenting new information to a wider audience. Students are also explicitly taught how to collaborate with peers in this learning process.