Our Goals for Students
- To deepen your child’s faith and commitment
- To improve grammar and writing skills
- To develop confidence in oral skills
- To encourage writing for enjoyment and purpose
- To foster a love for reading
- To implement innovative problem solving and computation skills
- To create an awareness of global issues facing our Earth
- To spark excitement and discovery of science and new technologies
In order to meet these goals for students, we have several programs which are taught at our grade level.
Our book, Blest Are We, covers the four pillars of Catholic doctrine in every unit: What Catholics Believe, What Catholics Worship, How Catholics Live, and How Catholics Pray. Parents are encouraged to review the “Take Home” page at the beginning of each chapter. Every fourth grader has a Bible to use in school during his/her remaining years at SJC. We also use a program called, “Steps to Respect”. The objective of this program is to help students recognize and prevent bullying. The Archdiocese “Family Life” series is taught in the spring. This year we will introduce “Called to Protect” which increase students’ safety awareness.
We will be using the Pearson Interactive Science text. This program incorporates hands-on experiences. There are also examples of scientific knowledge in Illinois and correlates to the Next Generation Science Standards.
Our text is titled My World, Our Country’s Regions. It covers the eight strands of social studies: economics, citizenship, geography, government, history, culture, technology and social studies skills to better understand the world around us. The students will also be participating in the Regional Fair, which will be in March this year.
The program used in fourth grade is called Wonders by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill. The series is composed of the following skills and concepts: phonics, word study, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and writing. Many different genres and instruction will be used this year.
The fourth graders will use the Go Math series. Units of study will include: naming and constructing geometric figures, finding perimeter, area, and volume of different shapes, using numbers and organizing data, multiplication and division, number sentences, decimals, estimation, fractions, and probability. Please continue to work on mastering basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts at home.
Spanish Grades 1-5
The goal of the Spanish program in Grades 1-5 is to provide an environment where students can gain knowledge of the Spanish language by building confidence and enthusiasm in the beginning student. Correctness is not the main objective but rather to build positive attitudes. Repetition and positive reinforcement are critical. The following topics are covered:
Sign of the Cross, Prayers, Names, Greetings, Farewells, Polite Words, Feelings, Numbers, Animals, Colors, Calendar, Weather, Parts of the Body, Clothing, Classroom Objects, Family, Places to Go, Transportation, Songs, Chants, Hispanic Customs and Holidays