In third and fourth grade, respect and positive reinforcement are interwoven throughout the school day. Students are encouraged to become independent thinkers and cooperation and teamwork are stressed. Students work in cooperative learning groups to develop opinions, plans and formulate new ideas.
The math curriculum is based on the Common Core standards. The students use technology and manipulatives to enhance their learning. Animated math models, iTools, and real world videos parallel with the lessons. Math drills are used to encourage basic math facts.
The Art Attacks video series is used to instruct art class. An artist, Marcia Osterink, instructs the students on line, pattern, color, texture, space, shape and form, and composition. Students learn about other artists and produce incredible artwork that is displayed in the hallway.
In physical education, students participate in calisthenics and organized group games. Sportsmanship is taught and encouraged as students develop their physical skills.
Students participate in hands-on science experiments. They learn and use the scientific method to develop critical thinking skills. They choose an experiment to conduct and report their data at the school-sponsored science fair that takes place every other year.
Students learn about the state of Maryland, communities, and regions in social studies. A field trip to the mayor’s office helps the students understand how their local government runs.