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St. John's Episcopal School offers students, 2 years old through 5th Grade, an interdisciplinary curriculum that stretches and challenges each child and values collaboration among both students and teachers. Our curriculum includes reading, writing, spelling, science, public speaking, mathematics, and social studies. 

Curriculum Guides

The separated EPK (Early Pre-Kindergarten) Building is organized to allow for easy movement from group learning activities into independent play areas. The creatively designed area gives St. John’s youngest students a sheltered, safe place to become accustomed to life away from home. Physical separation from the older students ensures quiet rest time and safe play areas that are designed specifically for their age level.

Language Arts / Reading
  • Thematic units are used throughout the year
  • Oral language, phonological awareness, letter knowledge and concepts of printed words
  • Recognizing the first letter of own name · Introduction to language skills and building vocabulary to prepare for literacy
  • Introduction to the letters of the alphabet
  • Use of simple sentences to express needs
Mathematics / Science
  • Within the thematic units basic math and science concepts are covered
  • Introduction to numbers · Learning basic shapes and colors
  • Introduction to order and sequence events
Motor Skills
  • Growth in physical and motor skills to help reinforce each child’s development
  • Exhibiting healthy behaviors and body coordination
Social / Emotional Skills
  • Playing cooperatively in a small and large group
  • Reinforcing responsible behavior in social situations
  • Using the five senses
  • Expressing emotion with music, dance and drama
  • Reinforcing citizenship skills
  • Potty training
Enrichments
  • Music, P.E., Spanish, Technology and Library
Religion
  • Attend Chapel three days a week beginning second semester (Tuesday and Wednesday for Praise and Worship, Thursday for a Class Lead Chapel)
  • The students also learn Bible stories in the classroom to promote Christian character St. John’s Episcopal
School strives to instill within our students a healthy love and desire for learning. Helping each child make a successful transition from home into the educational environment is an important goal of our PK2 program.

The separated EPK (Early Pre-Kindergarten) Building is organized to allow for easy movement from group learning activities into
independent play areas. The creatively designed area gives St. John’s youngest students a sheltered, safe place to become accustomed to life away from home. Physical separation from the older students ensures quiet rest time and safe play areas that are designed specifically for their age level.

Language Arts / Reading
  • Thematic units are used throughout the year
  • Oral language, phonological awareness, letter knowledge and concepts of environmental print
  • Recognizing own name in print
  • Identifying letters of the alphabet
  • Introduction to language skills and increase vocabulary to prepare for literacy
Mathematics / Science
  • Within the thematic units basic math and science concepts are covered
  • Mastering basic shapes and colors
  • Identifying numbers 1-10 in English and Spanish
  • Beginning to order and sequence events
  • Identify and sort the seasons and weather
  • Sort objects by attributes
Motor Skills
  • Growth in physical and motor skills to help reinforce each child’s development
  • Practicing holding pencil, crayon and scissors correctly
  • Exhibiting healthy behaviors and body coordination
Social / Emotional Skills
  • Increase attention and focus in group lessons and staying focused for a 15 minute lesson
  • Playing cooperatively in a small or large group
  • Reinforcing responsible behavior in social situations
  • Using the five senses
  • Expressing emotion with music, dance and drama
  • Reinforcing citizenship skills
  • Recite Pledge of Allegiance
  • Follows simple rules and routines
Enrichments
  • Music, Spanish, P.E., Technology, Godly Play and Library
Religion
  • Attend Chapel three days a week (Tuesday and Wednesday Praise and Worship, Thursday for a Class Lead Chapel)
  • Lead Praise and Worship Sessions and Class Lead Chapel
  • The students also learn Bible stories in the classroom to promote Christian character
Language Arts / Reading
  • Thematic units are used throughout the year
  • Mastery of letters, sounds, while increasing vocabulary
  • Book knowledge, phonological and phonemic awareness, comprehension skills
  • Concepts of print, mastering own name
  • Listening and oral language skills
  • Introduction to rhyming and syllables
  • Knowledge of author, illustrator, and alliteration
Mathematics/Science
  • Within the thematic units basic math and science concepts are covered
  • Mastery of numbers 1-15 in print and sequence
  • Identify and copy patterns
  • Sort by attribute
  • Observe and perform simple science experiments
Motor Skills
  • Growth in physical and gross and fine motor skills to help reinforce each child’s development
  • Practicing holding pencil, crayon and scissors correctly
  • Exhibiting healthy behaviors, body coordination, and self-expression through music and dance
Social / Emotional Skills
  • Playing cooperatively in a small, large group, and independent play
  • Reinforcing responsible behavior in social situations
  • Reinforcing citizenship skills and showing respect to others by being proactive
  • Recite Pledge of Allegiance, Texas Pledge, and St. John’s Eagle Creed
Enrichments
  • Music, Spanish, P.E., Technology, Godly Play and Library
Religion
  • Attend Chapel three days a week (Tuesday and Wednesday for Praise and Worship, Thursday for a Class Lead Chapel)
  • Lead Praise and Worship Sessions and Class Lead Chapel
  • The students also learn Bible stories in the classroom to promote Christian character

 

Language Arts / Reading
  • Balanced Literary used along with Saxon Phonics – designed to differentiate learning where phonological and phonemic learning, coupled with opportunities to read and write, ensures literacy success
  • Forming words with letters
  • Recognition of upper and lower case
  • Basic handwriting, beginning writing skills including sentence structure
  • Becoming emergent readers, increasing vocabulary and learning story comprehension skills
Mathematics
  • Simple addition and subtraction
  • Concept of time
  • Basic graphing, sorting and patterns
  • Counting to 100 in 1’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • Recognizing coin and value of money
  • Geometry of shape
Science
  • Describe, observe and investigate properties of common objects
  • Use simple measuring devices
  • Discussing and observing life cycle with the hatching of butterflies
  • Performing simple experiments in the classroom
Motor Skills
  • Growth in physical and motor skills to help reinforce each child’s development
  • Mastery of fine motor skills such as pencil grip, tying their shoes, knowing left and right
  • Demonstrating personal coordination
Social / Emotional Skills
  • Following directions & participating in group activities
  • Demonstrating self-control, exhibiting responsible behavior and showing respect to others through varied developmental centers
Enrichments
  • Art, Music, Spanish, P.E., Technology, Godly Play and Library
  • Participate in Reading Buddies with older grade level students
Religion
  • Attend Chapel three days a week (Tuesday for Praise and Worship, Wednesday for Formal Chapel, Thursday for a Class Lead Chapel)
  • The students also learn Bible stories in the classroom to promote Christian character
Language Arts / Reading
  • The language Arts Curriculum includes reading comprehension strategies, sight words and vocabulary, interactive writing, shared writing, and independent writing activities in daily journals as well as lessons in grammar
  • Identify upper and lower-case letters in the sequence of the alphabet
  • Saxon Phonics Curriculum focuses on phonemic awareness, alphabetic knowledge and phonics instruction
  • Decode words for consonants, vowels and blends
  • Recognize distinguishing features of a sentence including punctuation
  • Daily 5 Literacy Stations reinforce all language art skills
  • Zaner-Bloser handwriting program is used for manuscript writing skills
Mathematics
  • Envision math emphasizes concepts including numbers, patterns, measurement, symmetry, counting, money, time, place value, graphing, geometry, algebra, and fractions
  • Apply mathematics to problems arising in everyday life
  • Solve word problems
  • Supplemented with independent practice and exploratory math tubs
  • A math calendar notebook is also kept on a daily basis
Science
  • National Geographic, Discovery Education, and Houghton Mifflin Discover Works Science Curriculum units explore all aspects of science including life science and physical science
  • Observe and describe the natural world using the five senses
  • Identify parts of a plant
  • Experiments are done in the classroom weekly
  • Submit a class project for the school’s science fair
Social Studies
  • Identify contributions of patriots, historical figures and good citizens
  • Identifies the United States and Texas flags
  • Identify tools that aid in determining location, including maps and globes
  • Identify the physical characteristics of places such as landforms, bodies of water, natural resources and weather
  • Time For Kids periodicals offers a variety of rich material intended to establish the foundation for responsible citizenship
Enrichments
  • Art, Music, Spanish, P.E., Technology, Godly Play and Library
Religion
  • Attend Chapel three days a week (Tuesday for Praise and Worship, Wednesday for Formal Chapel, Thursday for a Class Lead Chapel)
  • The students also learn Bible stories in the classroom to promote Christian character
Language Arts / Reading
  • Treasures Language Arts Curriculum includes phonics, spelling, reading, writing, capitalization, punctuation, prefixes, suffixes, contractions, complete sentences, synonyms, antonyms, homophones and vocabulary
  • Identify parts of a sentence
  • Identify the different parts of a book
  • Saxon Phonics is also used for phonemic awareness and phonics rules
  • Decode words in context and in isolation
  • Read with grade level appropriate fluency and comprehension
  • Read and understand a variety of literary types; such as Poetry to create individual Fairy Tale Books
  • Use elements of the writing process when composing text to express ideas and feelings
  • Use elements of the writing process to compose texts using drafts and publishing skills using Write Steps
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting used to practice manuscript handwriting
Mathematics
  • Envision Math emphasizes numeration-counting, place value, fractions and money
  • Addition, subtraction, problem solving, graphing, measuring and probability
  • Geometry of 2-D and 3-D shapes, patterns, functions, and basic Algebra
  • Supplemented with independent practice using Math 2.0 online
Science
  • National Geographic Science Curriculum units and Discovery Education explore all aspects of science including Health, Weather and Seasons, Magnets, Properties of the Earth, Living Things and their Environments, and Rocks and Soil
  • Observe and describe the natural world using the five senses
  • Use appropriate tools and models to investigate the natural world
  • Experiments are done in the classroom weekly
  • Submit a class project for the school’s science fair
  • Animal research project
Social Studies
  • Understand the origins of customs, holidays and celebrations
  • Understand and identify how historical figures, patriots and good citizens shaped the community, state and nation
  • Understand the concepts of time and chronology, economics and government
  • Treasures Reading Curriculum also includes coordinated Social Studies units which include Community, Geography and Maps, Early Settlers, and U.S. symbols and figures
  • Understand geography through the Flat Stanley project
  • Social Studies Weekly
Enrichments
  • Art, Music, Spanish, P.E., Technology, Godly Play and Library
Religion
  • Attend Chapel three days a week (Tuesday for Praise and Worship, Wednesday for Formal Chapel, Thursday for a Class Lead Chapel)
  • The students also learn Bible stories in the classroom to promote Christian character
Language Arts / Reading
  • Saxon Phonics focuses on pattern and phonemic rules for spelling
  • Decoding multisyllabic words in context and independently
  • Write Steps is used to teach capitalization, punctuation, dictionary usage, sentence combining, and grammar concepts
  • Read grade-level text with fluency and comprehension, silently and aloud
  • Read a variety of text types such as fiction, nonfiction, folktales and poetry
  • Learn to read with meaning by building a schema, making meaningful connections, creating mental images, inferring, asking questions, and synthesizing information
  • Use elements of the writing process to compose texts using drafts and publishing skills using Write Steps
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting used to practice manuscript and introduce cursive handwriting
Mathematics
  • Envision Math emphasizes addition and subtraction facts, place value, money, time, 3-D and 2-D shapes, whole-number operations and number stories, fractions, measurement, decimals and place value
  • Use numbers, operations and quantitative reasoning
  • Use patterns, relationships, algebra, geometry and special reasoning
  • Concepts supplemented with independent practice using Math 2.0 on Renaissance Learning at home and school
Science
  • National Geographic Science Curriculum units and Discovery Education explore all aspects of science including the Human Body, Weather and Seasons, Magnets, Properties of the Earth, Living Things and their Environments, and Rocks and Soil
  • Use scientific safe practices for observation, investigation and reasoning
  • Use age appropriate tools and models to investigate the natural world
  • Understand the physical properties of matter, organisms, environment, earth and space
  • Identify the basic needs of plants and animals
  • Experiments will be conducted in the classroom weekly
Social Studies
  • Social Studies consists of thematic units such as government, holidays, patriotism, goods and services
  • Understand the significant of landmarks and celebrations in community, state and nation
  • Understand concepts of time and chronology to related to past present and future
  • Interpret basic information from maps and globes
  • Important People in History-V.I.P. project
  • Understand the basic roles of producers and consumers with goods and services
Enrichments
  • Art, Music, Spanish, P.E., Technology, Godly Play and Library
Religion
  • Attend Chapel three days a week (Tuesday for Praise and Worship, Wednesday for Formal Chapel, Thursday for a Class Lead Chapel)
  • The students also learn Bible stories in the classroom to promote Christian character
Language Arts / Reading
  • Reading comprehension from a variety of texts for context clues, relevant questions and drawing conclusions
  • Grade level reading comprehension, accuracy, fluency and vocabulary through selected novels
  • Everyday Spelling curriculum is used in conjunction with cross-curricular vocabulary
  • Write Steps curriculum is used to reinforce capitalization and punctuation skills, sentence structure, composition and listening / speaking skills
  • Grammar terminology and editing for grammar, spelling, and mechanical errors
  • Communicate and support their ideas, experiences and feelings in organized written paragraphs
  • Experience writing in a variety of forms, including journals, novel responses, songs, poems, letters, stories, and research papers
  • Zaner-Bloser is used as a guide for handwriting, working on manuscript and cursive practice
Mathematics
  • Envision Math along with on-line resources focuses on basic facts, operations, quantitative reasoning, algebra, geometry, measuring and probability
  • Master basic facts, including those of numerical fluency, place value, money, multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Word problems to develop appropriate problem solving skills using mathematical processes and tools
  • Explain all their mathematical thinking through pictures, numbers, and words
Science
  • The National Geographic Science Curriculum units and Discovery Education explore Earth Science including the Earth, Sun, Moon and stars, weather, energy, matter, motion and light
  • Scientific inquiry methods by evaluating data, interpreting patterns, and by making observations and conclusions
  • Explore physical science such as matter, organisms and the earth’s natural resources
  • Explore the solar system demonstrating the relationship of the Sun, Earth and Moon
  • Use scientific safe practices, investigation and inquiry methods to conduct weekly experiments
  • Create a Science Fair entry as a class
Social Studies
  • National, state, and local governments
  • Understand how individuals and events influence history
  • Understand the concepts of location and how to use a compass rose, grid system, and symbols
  • Understand the free enterprise system by creating a product for an economics fair
  • Demonstrate skills to determine expenses, profits, net- loss, and create advertisements
  • Social Studies weekly periodicals offer insight to the study of community and government
Enrichments
  • Art, Music, Spanish, P.E., Technology, Godly Play and Library
Religion
  • Attend Chapel three days a week (Tuesday for Praise and Worship, Wednesday for Formal Chapel, Thursday for a Class Lead Chapel)
  • The students also learn Bible stories in the classroom to promote Christian character
Language Arts / Reading
  • Reading implements the Comprehension Toolkit curriculum, and focuses on developing in the students a love of reading
  • Analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about the theme and genre in different contexts
  • Comprehension, accuracy, fluency and vocabulary are emphasized through selected novels
  • Everyday Spelling curriculum is used in conjunction with cross-curricular vocabulary
  • Zaner-Bloser is used as a guide for handwriting, working on cursive practice
  • Write Steps curriculum is used to develop compositions skills, as well as reinforce grammar competence
Mathematics
  • Envision Math and Math 2.0 RL, focus on comparing and ordering fractions and decimals, applying multiplication and division, and developing ideas related to congruence and symmetry
  • Identify and describe attributes of geometric figures using formal geometric language
  • Use organizational structures to analyze and describe patterns and relationships and are expected to describe the relationship between two sets of related data such as ordered pairs in a table
  • Use mathematical strategies such as pattern, relationships and algebraic thinking to solve problems
  • Use processes and tools to apply measurement concepts, probability and statistics
Science
  • National Geographic Science Curriculum used to learn about the natural world, Earth, space and organisms in their environment
  • Understand that certain types of questions can be answered by investigations and those methods, models, and conclusions built from these investigations change as new observations are made
  • Develop an understanding of the Scientific Method and strengthen critical thinking, research skills, and the ability to synthesize information while developing scientific vocabulary, knowledge, and lab skills
  • Apply the Scientific Method to identify problems and test hypotheses for Science Fair projects
Social Studies
  • Texas History is the primary focus from the early beginnings of Texas to the present context
  • Including: the Texas Revolution, establishment of the Republic of Texas, studying regions of physical features and human activity from European exploration to American Indian cultures and modern day Texas influential people
  • Texas Weekly periodicals are used in class
  • Learn and implement the methods of research and elements of a research paper as they complete an in-depth project
Enrichments
  • Art, Music, Spanish, P.E., Technology, Godly Play and Library
Religion
  • Attend Chapel three days a week (Tuesday for Praise and Worship, Wednesday for Formal Chapel, Thursday for a Class Lead Chapel)
  • The students also learn Bible stories in the classroom to promote Christian character
Language Arts / Reading
  • Reading implements the Comprehension Toolkit curriculum, and focuses on developing in the students a love of reading with a variety of genres
  • Grade-level comprehension, accuracy, fluency and vocabulary are emphasized through selected novels
  • Everyday Spelling curriculum is used in conjunction with cross-curricular vocabulary
  • Zaner-Bloser is used as a guide for handwriting, working on cursive practice
  • Write Steps curriculum is used to develop composition skills, as well as reinforce grammar competence
  • The writing process will be used to create a variety of text to communicate information, thoughts and feelings
Mathematics
  • Envision Math includes numeration, operations, data analysis, geometry, measurement, patterns, functions, algebraic thinking and geometry/special reasoning
  • Use of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division efficiently and accurately
  • Describe relationships mathematically and select from and use diagrams and equations such as y = 5 + 3 to represent meaningful problem situations
  • The concept of division and how it relates to fractions, decimals and percents
  • Understand the definition and function of a fraction, be exposed to the ideas of equivalent fractions, improper fractions vs. mixed numbers, fraction inequalities, the addition and subtraction of fractions, and ultimately, changing fractions into decimals and percents
  • Data collection, data analysis, and graphing
Science
  • The National Geographic Science Curriculum units support scientific thinking through wonder, thought, exploration, investigation, observation, and developing critical response skills
  • Study of matter and energy, force and motion, flow of electricity
  • Earth and space focuses on rocks, landforms, earth, sun, moon and living organisms
  • Use critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions and analyze, evaluate and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning and experimental observations
  • In Science Fair, students apply the Scientific Method to identify problems and test their hypotheses
Social Studies
  • Explores the history and development of the United States of America beginning with the Native people of North America, their relationship and roll in developing native civilizations
  • Explore the reasons and motivations behind the Age of Exploration and Explorers with the lasting effects of specific explorations connected to "famous" explorers
  • Study the actions leading to the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War, major battle action during the war and the ultimate victory of the new country
  • Study the development of the United States Constitution
  • Research skills, discernment strategies, economic decision making, and examine positive character traits
  • U.S. Weekly periodicals are used in class
Enrichments
  • Art, Music, Spanish, P.E., Technology, Godly Play and Library
Religion
  • Attend Chapel three days a week (Tuesday for Praise and Worship, Wednesday for Formal Chapel, Thursday for a Class Lead Chapel)
  • The students also learn Bible stories in the classroom to promote Christian character