Social Studies at Legacy School encompasses instruction in Civics, Economics, History and Geography. Legacy School’s Social Studies curriculum embraces United States patriotism and helps build responsible citizens. Students learn about the people and places around them through research and discovery. Sixth Graders are required to complete 10 service hours in the community as a part of their Social Studies standards.
Legacy School teaches Spanish as the language students learn for a number of reasons. In the United States, Spanish is the second most spoken language. A child has a head-start in today’s world by speaking Spanish. Speaking Spanish opens a new world of possibilities for social interaction and future employment opportunities. Research indicates higher learning quotients for dual language individuals. Legacy School’s students attend 60 minutes of Spanish education every week. The language is presented in a hands-on manner in which all students participate.
The Math program at Legacy School is presented in a large and small group format, along with independent practice every day. New skills are introduced in a large group setting while daily, small group instruction allows time for re-teaching, extension and other needed practice. Legacy School uses a multi-resource approach to teaching mathematics. Hands-on manipulatives demonstrate number sense. Touch math reinforces logical numeration. Real world math is taught through problem solving, fact memorization and critical thinking skills. Because of Legacy School’s integrated approach to mathematics, students find success and long-term mastery of instructional content.
Science instruction delivery is hands-on at Legacy School. Students experience the scientific process through analysis, interpreting, synthesizing and evaluating data. During lab experimentation, students find the answers to their scientific inquiry. Students investigate science through peer collaboration, experimentation and sharing scientific information. Legacy School’s multi-sensory approach to science gives students the tools needed to explore the world around them.
Studies show student involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skills. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork. That’s why students at Legacy School experience 60 minutes of music and 60 minutes of art class every week.
Recreation for children is a key component to a successful educational day. Students are scheduled two recess periods per day, as well as 60 minutes of physical education/health instruction each week. Gross motor opportunities during the day improves student attention, boosts social skills, promotes healthy living and fosters a better learning environment for students.
The Language Arts program at Legacy School encompasses Reading, Writing, Spelling, Handwriting, Speaking and Listening. Instruction is differentiated, as classes are broken into smaller language arts groups. These flexible groups, based on skill level, meet twice each day with the teacher and aide to work on skills such as guided reading, independent reading, book clubs, comprehension, spelling, grammar, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and writing. Authentic assessment is the key to Legacy School’s language arts grouping. Students work in flexible groups, based on skills they may need to be challenged in, introduced to or re-taught. Legacy School’s Language Arts time makes up 40% of the student’s day, with two Language Arts blocks every day. These blocks allow classrooms to collaborate across grade levels for team teaching, peer tutoring and book buddies.
PROJECT BASED LEARNING:
“Project Based Learning is a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning important knowledge and 21st century skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and learning tasks” (PBL in the Elementary Grades). At Legacy School, students learn through rigorous learning experiences allowed through project based learning. All classroom teachers utilize PBL in order to provide meaningful learning experiences for Legacy School’s students. These ongoing projects are assigned either individually or in small groups. Project Based Learning is valuable since it gives students a deeper understanding of concepts and a greater love for learning. With PBL, the school’s curriculum becomes engaging and challenging.