Elementary K-5 Grades

Elementary Education at St. Monica Catholic School

St. Monica Catholic School exists to proclaim the Gospel message, to build community, and to educate. All the school people —administrators, teachers, clergy, parents, and students — share a common life of prayer, mutual responsibility, and freedom. Life in a Catholic school is shaped by the values of the Gospel — peace, justice, community, love, patience, reconciliation, and respect.

We build our curriculum on a program of study modeled after the Trivium based on grammar, logic, and rhetoric, engaging the natural stages of a child’s development and their desire to learn. During the “grammar” years, children soak up knowledge. They memorize, absorb facts, learn phonics and spelling rules, recite poetry, and study plants, animals, basic math, and other topics. Moral lessons are included. Teachers stay up-to-date through continuing education and in-service programs. We design each course of study to make the most of all our resources.

Our curriculum is integrated (inter-disciplinary) and scaffolded (frequent return to concepts and deepening of knowledge and understanding), aids in establishing connections, cementing concepts, and promoting relational thinking. We follow a historical timeline approach to teaching our integrated subjects, have a Walk to Math program in the whole school, and use the Slingerland Method to teach oral and written language skills in the classroom for all learners.

Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow, Today

 

Jesus Christ is the foundation for our school community. His call to teach is our inspiration; his image the model for our students. Working with parents, we prepare our students to become active members of the Catholic Church, serve others, and make a difference in the world.

Historical Segments

Walk to Math

Our schedule is set to simultaneously have math class first period in the whole school, allowing students to attend the math class at their instructional level.  A few students from each class “walk” up to the next level math class to meet their individual needs and provide an appropriate academic challenge. Using Saxon math, teachers assess students every five lessons, but only on concepts that have been practiced for at least ten days.  As a spiraling curriculum, concepts are gradually built upon and frequently reviewed to not forget them.

Slingerland Method

Our elementary teachers use the Slingerland® Approach to teach oral and written language skills in the classroom to all learners.

  • Reading fluency
  • Decoding
  • Reading comprehension
  • Basic writing skills
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Handwriting
  • Phonics and word recognition
  • Oral language skills

Recitation

Recitation is a valuable and important aspect of classical education. It helps students develop excellent rhetorical skills, it gives them almost immediate feedback on their hard work, and it challenges their fear of speaking in public.