7:45 – 8:00am
After scholars arrive by car or school bus, they start their day with a healthy, balanced breakfast surrounded by friends from their homeroom. During this time, all staff members are available and say good morning to scholars, greet families, and prepare for a day of learning.
8:00 – 8:10am
Each day begins with joy! Scholars wake up their brains with energetic review questions and build classroom community by singing songs and chants that celebrate learning. Scholars also learn and practice real-world skills by shaking hands to greet their teammates and teachers.
Listening and Learning
8:10 – 9:00am
During Listening and Learning scholars engage with exciting science and social studies topics through rigorous non-fiction texts read aloud. Scholars celebrate the end of each unit with a project, experiment, or guest speaker.
9:00 – 9:50am
Each scholar participates in small-group literacy instruction every single day. Authentic books are selected to be at scholar’s instructional level and lessons are designed to improve reading levels quickly. Scholars practice word-solving and comprehension skills with direct feedback from one of the two teachers in the room during this time.
9:50 – 10:00am
During one of the many brain breaks scheduled into the academic day scholars play whole-class games, dance to their favorite songs, and eat a healthy snack.
10:00 – 10:50am
Scholars interact with classic, beloved books during this thematically planned block. Some of our favorite units include “Survival in Harsh Conditions” and “Southern Folktales”. Scholars read texts together as a class, independently, or listen to a text read aloud and engage in rich discussions about the characters and themes of the book. Think of it as a Advanced Placement Literacy course - only more fun.
10:50 – 11:40am
Scholars work on their writing development in small, leveled groups with two teachers in each classroom. This allows for scholars to received quick, personalized feedback that elevates their writing to the next level. Writing types spiral between Narrative, Informational, and Opinion-based. We use the knowledge scholars gain in Listening and Learning and base the topics of scholar writing on the topics of that course. For example, during the Ancient Rome unit of Listening and Learning scholars are simultaneously writing a narrative about what would happen if they one day woke up as an Emperor’s child.
Lunch and Recess
11:40am – 12:40pm
Scholars eat lunch as a class and enjoy structured talk time as they eat. After lunch, scholars run to our open play-ground or play a game of pick-up kickball in the grass.
Story Problems and Fast Facts
12:40 – 1:40pm
Each day scholars are presented with a new real-world math story problem. Scholars are given a chance to represent the problem with cubes, a drawing, or an equation. After turn and talks and a whole class discussion about their representations, scholars solve the problem and share their work as a class. After Story Problem, scholars practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts in a fast-paced and lively review.
1:20 – 2:30pm
During Math scholars learn mathematical concepts and skills and have ample opportunities to practice what they learn. For the first twenty minutes of class, scholars work on computer-based review programs to build skills on their level while the teacher pulls small groups for intervention, remediation, and enrichment.
2:30 – 3:20pm
Our Specials classes are truly unlike those that you’ll find elsewhere. Scholars participate in Physical Education, Spanish, and Music classes from Kindergarten-Fourth Grade.
Choice Time and Closing Circle
3:20 – 3:50pm
The day ends with a closing circle where students reflect on what they have learned, prepare for the next day, and reinforce our core values through “shout outs”. You may hear scholars in kindergarten praising a teammate for showing “focus and resilience” on a difficult math problem.
At 4:00pm, scholars head home for the evening. Scholars receive “Lifework” nightly and are expected to read independently or with an adult for at least 20 minutes each night.