The Lower School program carefully considers all aspects of a child’s development: emotional, social, physical, and cognitive.
In the Lower School, Kindergarten through Fourth Grade, During these grades it is a time for children to expand their love of learning, their ability to get along with others, and their interest in reaching out to the world. The classroom will have a loving and nurturing environment while engaging in daily activities will help foster their development and growth in the areas of academic, social, emotional, and gross/fine motor. Conversations about and explorations of spirituality, religion, and ethics at Alverno Heights Academy are woven naturally into the fabric of school life. They occur in classrooms, among faculty and students in the hallways, and at our weekly Prayer Service with Deacon Manuel.
Christ Our Life by Loyola Press is our series for Religion. Written by the Sisters of Notre Dame, Christ Our Life fosters children’s love of God while providing a rich knowledge of our Catholic faith. Christ Our Life comprehensively presents the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church and is the only program aligned with the Church’s mission for a New Evangelization, the NCEA: IFG ACRE assessments, and the Six Tasks of Catechesis.
Alverno’s Reading curriculum is Lucy Calkin’s Units of Study, a rigorous and highly effective program that explicitly teaches reading skills while growing students into independent and life-long readers. Additionally, we will also be reading several core literature books throughout the year.
Our writing curriculum parallels reading as it is also Units of Study. Throughout the year, students learn the craft of writing through specific genres within narrative, opinion, and persuasive themes. As is such in reading, student choice is vital to learning. Students learn to use their voice – that what they have to say matters and that it’s their story to tell. Additionally, we use Daily Grammar Practice and Word Study to enhance our knowledge of grammar and spelling rules.
Our Math curriculum consists of two programs that work hand in hand: Saxon Math and Simple Solutions Math. To master mathematics, students need to build on prior learning—what new concepts they can learn depends on which concepts they already know. Saxon Math provides a learning structure proven to advance students steadily and assuredly to higher levels of understanding. Simple Solutions Standards-Based Mathematics aligns with standards for Mathematics. These standards identify key ideas, understandings, and skills, and emphasize deep learning of mathematics concepts in each grade level.
In grades TK-4, Mystery Science, as well as additional supplemental materials, to enhance our understanding of earth, life, and physical sciences. Science is hands-on and engaging, often requiring partner or group work.
TeachTCI’s History Alive is our curriculum for Social Studies. Lessons enhance students’ knowledge of the past in an engaging and meaningful way. Their elementary social studies curriculum ensures that educators can focus on differentiating instruction and supporting students by providing everything teachers need for success.