Primary Curriculum

The Primary School is a self-contained village, which provides a caring environment where children are encouraged to develop a deep love of learning and a respect for others. The Primary School builds the foundation for a child's learning habits and social skills. The low student-faculty ratio enables each child to receive a high level of individual attention. The faculty also works closely with one another to develop each child's talents and strengths. Learning levels are flexible, and special assistance is available to children who may need help in a specific area. By the time a child leaves the Primary School, she will have solid academic skills and responsible study habits.

First Grade

List of 14 items.

  • Art

    The main objective in the First Grade art classroom is to make the students comfortable with experimentation and self-expression within the specific guidelines set out in each project. The art room is a relaxed place to be. It is a room where wrong answers do not exist and a place where self-expression is of the utmost importance. With the wise freedom found in the art room and a pinch of some tender loving care, the potential for growth becomes the ultimate goal.
  • Computer

    First graders are introduced to computers as a learning tool. The main focus throughout the year is to develop mouse and keyboard skills. Microsoft Word, Paint programs, and the Internet are used to aid instruction. By the end of the year, the goal is for the first graders to be more comfortable using the computer so they are ready for more challenging work in second grade.
  • History

    First Graders learn history using The Story of the World, History for the Classical Child. This series teaches history from the earliest nomads to the late Roman Empire chronologically using narratives. As the year progresses, the girls study communities from the past, and the historical figures that were a part of them. By the end of the year, we learn that we are part of a global community. The girls work with maps to study geography as it relates to the Earth as a whole.
  • Language Arts

    Reading and writing are a constant focus throughout the day at Carrollton. Reading and writing workshops drive the language arts program in first grade. When the girls arrive in first grade, they are exposed to a variety of literature from many different genres. Students study spelling patterns, and sight words to help them become fluent readers. They quickly begin to apply comprehension and phonetic skills while reading and writing. Reading and writing are weaved through all disciplines and as their skills continue to develop, they become active learners and start reading for pleasure and information.
  • Library

    The Primary library provides an engaging program that instills a love of reading through weekly storytimes. The building of information literacy skills focuses on the Dewey Decimal system and ensures that students are exposed to literature that promotes self-discovery and self-direction. Special activities such as author visits, creative literature expression,and our annual book fair enhances the library program.
  • Mandarin Chinese

    The first grade students will learn basic Chinese vocabulary and simple structures with primary focus on listening and speaking skills. Students will build a strong foundation in the fundamentals of speaking Chinese. Also, students will be introduced to different aspects of Chinese culture.
  • Mathematics

    First graders learn that math is all around them. The mathematics program at Carrollton encourages the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills every day. Students explore number patterns and their relationships while learning about money, measurement, time, geometry, fractions, and graphing. They are engaged in hands-on activities that give concrete meaning to addition and subtraction.
  • Music

    In first grade, music class emphasizes basic recognition of music notation and rhythms. The students learn by singing, playing instruments, moving, listening and creating music. First graders will study some of the instruments in the orchestra in order to recognize the unique sound of each. In addition, the students will become familiar with great masterpieces of the Baroque era and study important composers including Bach and Handel. Throughout the year the first graders will prepare special programs including The Advent Prayer Service and The Spring Arts Showcase.
  • Physical Education

    Physical Education in the first grade includes instruction and activities in swimming, physical fitness activities, locomotors, fine and gross motor skill development. Skill development and lead-up games are introduced in the areas of basketball, soccer, and t-ball. Health and wellness is integrated throughout the year.
  • Religion

    Spiritual development is a constant theme at Carrollton. Children learn that God loves us as our Father, and that Jesus came to tell us about God. We read about the life, death and resurrection of Christ while also learning about the role of the Holy Spirit in our community. Students work to develop a personal relationship with God through prayer and worship.
  • Science

    Science is a time for inquiry. Children learn to ask questions and investigate science topics including plants and insects, weather, balance and motion. Through experiments and observation, children learn about science as it relates to their lives.
  • Spanish

    In this, their first year of Spanish, First graders will be introduced to new vocabulary and expressions as they travel to different parts of the Spanish speaking world. Students will develop their oral proficiency and be introduced to reading and writing skills.
  • Student Development

    The First Grade students begin to learn the importance of values such as honesty, responsibility, kindness, respect, cooperation, and fairness. The continuing development of self-esteem and the reinforcement of healthy behavior are stressed through the I Care Rules. This curriculum emphasizes the peacemaking and conflict resolution skills necessary to support the development of behavior consistent with these values. In addition to conflict resolution skills, the following topics will be covered throughout the year: assertiveness skills, friendship skills, body image, hygiene, touching safety, bullying prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, cooperation, feelings, and responsibility.
  • Violin

    One​ ​40-minute​ ​class​ ​per​ ​week​. All First grade students will receive a complete review of the basics of playing the violin, including playing position and the 'bow hold.' Students will begin by bowing the open strings and will end by playing music that includes the use of fingers on the A string or the E string. The classes will prepare for opportunities to perform in student assemblies and other sharing events. The music and rhythms used for the class will be selected from many styles (i.e. classical, jazz, bluegrass, Latin) and the students will have the opportunity to play along with exciting pre-recorded accompaniments that will inspire them and expose them to advanced examples of different instrumental ensembles.

Second Grade

List of 14 items.

  • Art

    Students have developed a stronger sense of self and thus can use their new found abilities to create work based on a broader range of experience. They begin to understand that art can communicate abstract thought as well as an emotion. Art work now takes on a very personal meaning. The art room offers a wonderful means of developing a cooperative and collaborative work environment.
  • Computer

    In second grade, classes are primarily focused on word processing and keyboarding skills. Student projects focus on combining creativity and technology skills. The importance of internet safety is stressed throughout the year as well.
  • History

    The history program continues “The Study of the World” from Grade One. We begin with the fall of the Roman Empire and continue up to the rise of the Renaissance. Through daily chronological narratives, class discussions and writing reflections the girls learn about the time periods and its people. Map skills complement the lessons and help the students visualize the world geographically.
  • Language Arts

    The second grade reading program continues the development of basic reading skills: word attack, syllabication, context clues, phrasing, and oral reading. Conceptual learning at this level includes recall of facts, comprehension, predicting outcomes, and interpreting material. We will be incorporating many different types of literature into the program including fiction, non-fiction, biographies and poetry. A primary focus is reading for enjoyment and enrichment. A secondary focus is reading for information which is used in projects. The program focuses on the writing of clear, interesting sentences and simple paragraphs. Stories, poetry, personal narratives, and letters are written. Emphasis is placed on listening and speaking skills. Spelling, phonics and grammar are an integral part of the curriculum. The students are taught cursive writing in the second semester. Students are introduced to Thinking Maps in order to help them organize and visualize their thinking. These maps are extended into all other areas of the curriculum.
  • Library

    The Primary library provides an engaging program that instills a love of reading through weekly storytimes. The building of information literacy skills focuses on the Dewey Decimal system and ensures that students are exposed to literature that promotes self-discovery and self-direction.
  • Mandarin Chinese

    The second grade students will continue developing their Chinese vocabulary and sentence structures. Listening and speaking skills are the primary focus in the class. The students will also start learning typing and basic writing in Chinese. The students will learn to enjoy and respect the Chinese culture.
  • Mathematics

    The students will learn by active participation. The students will review and master addition and subtraction facts to 18. They will work with time, place value, money, and measurement. Coupled with these skills, the students will practice problem solving, logical reasoning, and higher order thinking strategies. Regrouping using 2 and 3 digit numbers for both addition and subtraction will be developed. Work with the concept of fractions, estimation, graphs, and multiplication expand the curriculum.
  • Music

    Second grade music students will learn to read music in treble clef by singing, writing and playing music written on the staff. After basic skills of music notation are achieved, the class will compose their own music using what they have learned. Throughout the year, students will also study the lives and works of several prominent composers including Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The students will prepare special performances including The Advent Prayer Service and The Spring Arts Showcase.
  • Physical Education

    Physical Education in the second grade includes instruction and activities in swimming, physical fitness activities, locomotors, fine and gross motor skill development. Skill development and lead-up games are introduced in the areas of basketball, soccer, and t-ball. Health and wellness is integrated throughout the year.
  • Religion

    The student will learn the meaning of God's activity in their lives. The concept of faith is explored. They learn that life in the Church flows from the Sacraments. In particular, the students study the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and the Eucharist. The Rosary is introduced. The school provides for the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the winter and First Eucharist is celebrated soon after at St. Hugh Catholic Church.
  • Science

    Hands on activities will help the students learn about soil and silt, sound and butterflies. They will observe, record, measure and draw conclusions from explorations.
  • Spanish

    Students oral skills are developed and encouraged by introducing new vocabulary and expressions through rich cultural content of different Spanish speaking countries. Proper sentence structure in Spanish will help them develop their writing skills by starting to write short paragraphs in the target language.
  • Student Development

    The student development curriculum in the second grade builds on the foundation in values built in Montessori and First Grade. Students are encouraged to practice their peacemaking and conflict resolution skills inside and outside the classroom. In addition to conflict resolution skills the following topics are discussed throughout the year: cooperation, uniqueness and similarities, feelings, problem solving, assertiveness skills, responsibility, touching safety, bullying prevention, body image, hygiene, and drug and alcohol prevention.
  • Violin

    One​ ​40-minute​ ​class​ ​per​ ​week​. All Second grade students will continue to refine the skills required for basic sound production on the violin. They will begin to work on music that includes string crossings (between the A and E strings) and varied rhythms. The students will be challenged to produce more beautiful tones on the violin with longer bow strokes.. They will also begin to name pitches and identify where to play different pitches on the violin. The students will work on connecting concepts from their music class with how the concepts are applied on the violin. Students will prepare for opportunities to perform in student assemblies and other sharing events. The music for the class will be selected from many styles (i.e. American classical, jazz, bluegrass, Latin) and the students will have the opportunity to play along with exciting pre-recorded accompaniments that will inspire them and expose them to advanced examples of different instrumental ensembles.

Third Grade

List of 14 items.

  • Art

    Teaching Art from grades one through three is a sequential process. Having had a formidable background in grades one and two, third graders have reinforced numerous basic skills. Third graders work on interdisciplinary projects which weave together concepts from science, computer, language arts and art. These projects foster cooperation and compromise.
  • Computer

    Third grade students develop more advanced computer skills with a focus on using Microsoft Office and the internet. They practice keyboarding skills through the use of software games and creative writing projects. The goal is to help them become more independent using a computer by using their creativity and problem solving skills. Wise use of the technology resources like printers, the World Wide Web and all electronic equipment is taught during each class. Students will reinforce their Science, Math, Technology and Engineering skills learning to build and program autonomous robots, and by applying the Engineering Design Process to find solutions to real life problems.
  • History

    The Story of the World series links literature to history. Our students will have an opportunity to hear the stories of each country as they learn more about that country’s past and its people. The history program teaches comprehension, helps students pick out and remember the central facts in each story and becomes the training ground for beginning writers.
  • Language Arts

    The program provides the students with the continuing development of technical reading skills, with versatility in word attack methods, and with practice in understanding context clues. Students also continue to develop these comprehension skills through exercises in paragraph interpretations, in making references, predictions, and drawing conclusions. Students are encouraged to read for pleasure. This is supported by weekly visits to the library and silent reading for enjoyment. Reading the American Girl Series provides additional material for reading for pleasure, vocabulary and contextual reading. Grammar and Spelling are developed for effective writing. Students are taught how to write several kinds of sentences and practice developing paragraphs. The writing of short stories, book reports, and social letters are introduced. Continued work is done with the skills for listening and speaking.
  • Library

    The Primary library provides an engaging program that instills a love of reading through weekly storytimes. The building of information literacy skills focuses on the Dewey Decimal system and ensures that students are exposed to literature that promotes self-discovery and self-direction.
  • Mandarin Chinese

    The third grade students will continue developing their Chinese listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The students will also continue to learn how to type in Chinese. The students will learn to enjoy and appreciate Chinese culture.
  • Mathematics

    Math Connects incorporates a balance of instruction throughout. The program incorporates a balanced approach to mathematics by: investigating concepts and building conceptual understanding; developing, reinforcing and mastering computational and procedural skills; and applying mathematics to problem-solving situations. On line support is available in order to access the eBook, which will provide students and parents with the following online assets: Personal Tutor, Self-Check Quizzes, and Test Practices. Math Connects provides students with ongoing opportunities to apply their math skills and solve problems using visual thinking, logical reasoning, and number sense and algebra.
  • Physical Education

    Physical Education in the third grade includes instruction and activities in swimming, physical fitness activities, locomotors, fine and gross motor skill development. Skill development and lead-up games are introduced in the areas of basketball, soccer, and t-ball. Health and wellness is integrated throughout the year.
  • Religion

    Students learn the guidelines for Christian living through the study of Jesus and his teachings. Special emphasis is given to the study of the Apostles Creed, the Mass, and Church leadership. Students study the life of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, patroness of the school. They are encouraged to investigate how the Sacred Heart goals apply to their everyday life. The intellectual basis of our social justice program is strengthened by reading stories of the American Girl's necessity to help others.
  • Science

    The third grade science is all about teaching the girls to think like scientists that are to explore, to make a hypothesis, to test it, and to understand the use of controls and variables. The units used to understand these concepts are lifting heavy things, rocks and minerals and habitats.
  • Spanish - Non Speakers

    In third grade for non-speakers, students will be using Descubre el Español D. They will be introduced to the culture and main landmarks of several Spanish speaking countries. Two characters will be exposing them to cultural adventures, acquiring vocabulary and improving their language skills in Spanish.. The students will enrich their reading comprehension, phonics, sentence structure and grammar. The workbook will review and reinforce the concepts contained in the student textbook. They will develop their communicative competency while being exposed to topics relevant to each country and living in a multicultural world. They will develop their writing skills through teacher produced activities which focus on grammar.
  • Spanish - Speakers

    In third grade for speakers, the students will enrich their reading comprehension, phonics, sentence structure and grammar. The workbook will review and reinforce the concepts contained in the student textbook. Students will enrich their reading comprehension, phonics, sentence structure and grammar. The workbook will review and reinforce the concepts contained in the student textbook. They will develop their communicative competency while being exposed to topics such as the environment. They will develop their writing skills through teacher produced activities which focus on grammar.
  • Student Development

    The third grade students develop knowledge and skills to resolve conflicts, communicate effectively, build self-esteem, and develop empathy. Students are expected to practice their peacemaking skills and conflict resolution skills inside and outside the classroom. Stories, role playing, and small group activities play an important role in the curriculum. The following topics that were taught in first and second grade are reinforced in third grade: Cooperation, feelings, stress and anger management, problem solving, assertiveness skills, touching safety, bullying prevention, body image, hygiene, puberty, and drug and alcohol prevention.
  • Violin

    One​ ​40-minute​ ​class​ ​per​ ​week.​ ​All Third grade students will begin with a review of the bow-hold and bowing the open strings. They will also review other music and techniques from the previous year. Students will begin to learn how to read and play written music and to understand and apply basic music theory concepts. The music will include more string crossings and varied rhythms. The production of beautiful tone will be the primary emphasis of the class and will be practiced by preparing some slower, more lyrical pieces. The music for the class will be selected from many styles (i.e. American Classical, jazz, bluegrass, Latin) and the students will have the opportunity to play along with exciting pre-recorded accompaniments, which will inspire them and expose them to advanced examples of different instrumental ensembles.
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