Our Curriculum

Silver Oaks Cooperative School will be inspired by elements of Progressive Schools, Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf, Finnish educational philosophies, and project-based learning.  Teachers will collaborate, create, and implement tailored units for our community of children and families based on Silver Oaks Cooperative's curriculum. Above all, learning will be 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.  

Kindergarten Curriculum            First Grade Curriculum          Second Grade Curriculum       Third Grade Curriculum

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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. 

                                      

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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:

  1. Number Sense - Understanding the number system and how to compose and decompose numbers

  2. Algebra - Understanding patterns and mathematical relationships

  3. Geometry - Understanding spacial relationships

  4. Data Analysis and Probability- Understanding information, patterns, and problem solving

  5. 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.  

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Social-Emotional Learning

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. 

Physical Activity

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. 

Spanish

Students receive 3o minutes of Spanish with Ms. Alicia three times a week.

Art

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.

Social Studies

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.

Science

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 18) and two adults per classroom daily

project-based learning

value-added assessment through portfolios

limited homework which students can complete independently

student choice

teaching empathy and conflict resolution

nurturing the whole child

parent involvement

helping students develop a deep understanding of concepts

physical movement throughout the day

incorporating arts into instruction

treating students kindly and gentle discipline

having fun!

 

What we learn with pleasure we never forget.
— Alfred Mercier