Our homeroom curriculum
balances foundational curriculum in reading, writing, math, and social studies instruction with innovative experiences including the project approach, small-group literacy classes, and full-class explorations classes. Educational units often culminate in a meaningful assignment, presentation, performance or related special event. Full class and small group instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills make up a robust language arts program, while an in-depth math program and diverse social studies units round out the homeroom core curriculum.Reading skills
are strategically developed through small group instruction, (literacy groups based on ability levels), from kindergarten through fourth grade. These guided reading groups typically meet for half hour blocks three times per week and are the basis for individualized skills instruction relevant to student needs, including phonemic awareness skills, reading fluency, and comprehension strategies. Writer’s workshop and other language arts programs, including spelling and handwriting instruction, round out the Lower School program in this crucial content area.
are taught using a hands-on approach to math explorations and number sense. Through the Math In Focus program (a version of Singapore Math), students acquire a multitude of math skills, work independently and collaboratively, and share their discoveries through standard and student-created equations, problem-solving strategies, and peer discussions.
units range from studying our local communities to learning about the continents. These units often connect and integrate with classroom literature, library class research activities, and final projects. Within this meaningful approach to learning about local and distant cultures, past and present, greater meaning is acquired through essential questions ranging from, "What kind of community do we want to 'live' in at Berwick Academy?"
to "What are some similarities and differences between local and worldwide communities?"