Silver Oaks Cooperative School is inspired by elements of Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf, Finnish educational philosophies, project-based learning, and workshop model learning. Teachers collaborate, create, and implement tailored units for our community of children and families based on Silver Oaks Cooperative's curriculum. Above all, learning is student-centered, based on leading practices from around the world, and developmentally appropriate.
For specific curriculum objectives click each grade to download. For a more general overview scroll down.
Reading & Writing
In the early grades, children cultivate a love of literacy. Robust literacy programs are ripe with magical stories, exciting new facts, varied opportunities for learning and exploration, and so much more. The children are immersed in an exciting environment that guides them through the natural ebb and flow of childhood learning. A well-structured curriculum creates the robust literacy program and features the four main components of reading: phonics and decoding (sounding out the words), comprehension (understanding what you’ve read), vocabulary, and fluency (reading smoothly).
The curriculum at Silver Oaks Cooperative School will include:
Print rich environments with abundant books
Literacy centers focused on the four components of reading
Montessori style activities to promote self-sufficiency, develop fine motor skills, and appeal to the senses.
Guided Reading Groups: a method of teaching reading where small groups of students work on a skill with the teacher (i.e. a phonics skill, vocabulary words, comprehension strategy, etc.) and then read a text to practice the skill. While the teacher works with small groups, other students work in centers or with the other adult(s) in the room.
Literacy themes to foster interest, explore research, and delve deeper into a topic.
Group literacy and writing activities like games and read alouds
Multiple reading experiences: group reading, partner reading, and independent reading
Writing instruction will focus mainly on Writer’s Workshop. This is a method of teaching writing popularized by Lucy Calkins. The goal of Writer’s Workshop is to help children develop the skills they need to be life-long writers in an incredibly effective, fun, and exciting way. Beginning at an early age, children create and share spectacular pieces of writing.
Math & Science
Math is an integral part of everyday life. We observe, experience, and use math in art, architecture, stories, music, money, nature, and so much more. Accordingly, math in the classroom should appeal to the child’s every day experiences, and prepare them for a life-long relationship with math. Math competency can be broken into five main components:
Number Sense - Understanding the number system and how to compose and decompose numbers
Algebra - Understanding patterns and mathematical relationships
Geometry - Understanding spacial relationships
Data Analysis and Probability- Understanding information, patterns, and problem solving
Measurement – Understanding how to quantify characteristics of objects or events
Silver Oaks Cooperative School will use manipulatives, games, projects, daily routines, and more to help students develop a deep understanding of each mathematical component. Students should understand why, how, and when do we add or subtract a certain way in addition to being able to perform the function itself. Growing up, many adults were only taught math processes. But, in today’s every advancing technological society, children need to understand both the process and what it actually means.
We strongly feel it is important to help children learn to interact with one another. Conflict resolution, empathy and social skills will be taught throughout each day. Through play and cooperative groups, students practice these important skills.
Research shows physical movement is critical to learning for children. Silver Oaks Cooperative will create a daily schedule similar to Finnish Schools where for every 45 minutes of instruction students get 15 minutes of unstructured time. The outdoors, movement, choice, and play will be incorporated into each day to ensure students are learning with their whole body. Students go outside almost every day, regardless of the weather. Children also take a weekly creative movement class with Ms. Alicia.
Students receive 3o minutes of Spanish with Ms. Alicia three times a week.
Art is integrated in the children's daily experience and also taught as a stand alone weekly class. Visual art class focuses more on art theory and process than final product.
We are part of a global society and we want to ensure our students experience the world around them and learn about history in order to process current events. Social Studies objectives are integrated into thematic units as well as taught in a weekly stand alone Social Studies class with Ms. Annette.
Much like Social Studies, Science objectives are integrated in thematic units. They are also taught in a weekly stand alone science class with science extraordinaire and SOCS parent, Olga Peterfalvy. Ms. Olga focuses her weekly class on science experiments and hands-on trials.
We Believe in
authentic, age-appropriate learning
exploring the natural world
student centered curriculum
small class sizes (max 16) and two adults per classroom daily
value-added assessment through portfolios
limited homework which students can complete independently
teaching empathy and conflict resolution
nurturing the whole child
helping students develop a deep understanding of concepts
physical movement throughout the day
incorporating arts into instruction
treating students kindly and gentle discipline