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St. Edward Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness Program is dedicated to preparing children, ages 3, 4 and 5, to successfully enter kindergarten. Our children are cared for in a warm, happy, and creative environment that promotes love of God, self, and others, in addition to meeting the learning standards of the Ohio Department of Education and the Diocese of Cleveland.
Our focus is on the whole child, nurturing the mind, body, spirit, and soul of the child. We recognize that children are unique individuals who are eager to learn and we value their differences, needs, learning styles, experiences and interests. Learning activities are age and individual-appropriate.
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The mission of a First Grade Teacher is to create a faith community with the students, parents and teacher. Saint Edward's First Grade provides the students with the opportunity to discover their talents and abilities, as well as academic and social skills. We learn to respect ourselves as well as respecting others.
Our religion activities are centered around the teachings of Jesus. We attend mass weekly and pray together daily. Reading, phonics, spelling and language arts are all important parts of our curriculum. The children work together in groups or pairs as well as independently. Problem solving, computation, number concepts are all part of our Mathematics curriculum. We learn how to read simple maps, explore our community, state and discuss people who have helped form our country in our Social Studies lessons. We also will study Life Science and Earth/Space Science in First Grade.
Our hope is to encourage our First Graders to become life long learners.
What an exciting grade! We learn about so many different things. We work extremely hard to develop excellent reading through the phonics program and the development of reading strategies throughout our reading. By integrating these reading strategies throughout all our subjects, second graders are beginning to be successful independent readers.
In science, we are learning how to think like scientists! We are developing the skills that scientists use in their work. We are learning how to observe, measure, compare, classify, make models, infer, communicate, put things in order, predict, investigate and draw conclusions. Our beautiful science lab enables us to have the perfect working environment to develop all these skills. We are learning to write observations and complete experiments in our science journals. Our technology enables us to complete our learning with information right at our fingertips.
We are really developing into excellent writers. We are learning writing skills that can help your child become a better writer. The types of writing we will be focusing on are: writing complete sentences, personal stories, friendly letters, paragraphs that describes, story, and how- to paragraphs. We are displaying our writings in our journals. What a treasure you will have at the end of the year.
Our Math program is a success-oriented program that enables all children to develop a solid foundation in the language and basic concepts of all areas of mathematics. Through this program, the child develops competence and confidence in math concepts.
Second graders are very busy learning strategies and information that will enable them to become life-long learners. Our goal is to develop children that are eager to learn because learning is so much fun!
The third grade program at St. Edward School continues to nurture the Catholic values instilled at home while providing students with a strong academic curriculum. Students learn about God's love through daily religion lessons and classrooms experiences.
The third grade year represents a transition for children. Through the course of the year, third graders progress from being in a primary grade to becoming intermediate students and accepting responsibilities that come with this progression. Third graders should become more independent and personally responsible for their work. A strong core academic curriculum is the main focus of the third grade. In addition to the core curriculum, wide ranges of instructional methods are offered to help children learn both formally and informally.
For student's personal growth, third grade incorporates the Catholic faith into each day's program. The focus is on respect for others, following directions and rules, and being responsible for one's on actions.
The teachings of Jesus fill every aspect of our students' daily experience. We start each day with daily devotions and stress the importance of living according to Christ's word. Our philosophy of education is a combined effort. We encourage our students to think critically and learn problem-solving skills. We also believe it is important to encourage self-confidence so they will feel free to voice their opinions and ideas.
Fourth grade is a big change in their academic journey. Independence is encouraged throughout the academic year. We have high expectations and hope they will reach for the stars. Students are expected to work hard and do their best. We make sure to show them we value their hard work with rewards and positive reinforcement. In the beginning of the year we establish the routines and procedures that will make our classroom run smoothly. Our classroom has a warm and inviting atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Christ is the reason for our school.
The fifth grade philosophy revolves around the principles of LISTENING, LEARNING, and DOING. Coursework engages multiple modes through which students learn. These include the linguistic, logical mathematical, spatial, musical, kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalist intelligences.
These concepts are also developed in our music, art, Spanish, physical education, and technology programs. Field trips bring cultural awareness to the 5th grade student through hands-on learning activities. Ultimately, the classroom setting establishes a climate of respect through a faith-based tradition that brings to fruition the guideline of "Loving your neighbor as yourself."
The seventh grade offers a faith based, curriculum driven education to all of its students. An emphasis on studying literature, the arts, and the applied sciences through both classroom instruction and outside field experiences enhance their overall learning. Throughout the school year, each individual student is given the encouragement and the means to achieve his or her own personal best.
The St. Edward Eighth Grader's role is to serve as a leader and role model for younger students of the school by demonstrating proficiency in academic/organizational skills and assuming responsibility for his/her actions. As a young adult, the St. Edward Eighth Grader will be involved in community service projects, will begin to learn the art of compromise, and will work cooperatively for the benefit of all students of St. Edward School. Critical thinking skills, such as analysis and synthesis, will be developed to prepare students for a successful high school career.
Our philosophy of art through all grades is to have them work through all the basic art mediums starting with crayons and moving on through markers, construction paper, tempera paint, 3 dimensional work, clay, and so forth. It is our objective that each year they become better skilled at working with the art and particular mediums. Their understanding of art terms and techniques improve with each year.
As we mine through the year, the art projects are matched with various areas of study as to seasons, holidays, and areas of faith. A concentrated effort is made for them to see the beauty of Christ as Creator in all areas of life, in their own work, and that of others. It is also our desire that they find great joy in the creating of their work and see it as a worthy outgrowth of who they are.
Throughout all the grades we try to work in correlating examples of great artists through the ages for them to see what has been done and how others have expressed themselves in those particular art mediums. In the 7th and 8th grades, a greater in-depth study of particular artists is done with a more intense study of various art mediums.
In all grades, we try very strongly to develop in the students a joy of art and of what they have done. "Yes I love it... it is a masterpiece!" Yes, each of your children are a masterpiece as it says in Psalms 139 "Fearfully and wonderfully made."
Music at St. Edward School is based on the philosophy of Helen Kemp, a famous director of sacred children's choirs: "Body, mind, spirit, voice - It takes the whole person to sing and rejoice." We approach the music for each weekly children's mass from this perspective. We use liturgical motions, sign language, barred and percussion instruments, scarves and other props to enhance the learning and performing of the music. Music of other cultures and languages is also included. We study composers and of course, the basics of reading music. It's hard to cram so much exciting material into two short periods a week, but we have fun trying!
Our goal for the Spanish students in grades K-3 is to have an introduction to the Spanish language. This introduction includes becoming comfortable pronouncing the Spanish phonetics, listening to the language and understanding a large range of Spanish vocabulary. Songs, poetry, games and stories are important tools in reaching this goal. Reading and writing are introduced in the lower grades in a non-threatening atmosphere.
Our goal for grades 4 through 8 is to begin a more formal study of the Spanish language. A combination of building vocabulary and grasping grammar concepts is used to reach the goal of conversing in Spanish. Using what is learned in Spanish class to express the student's own personal thoughts is an important element in the higher grades. Reading and writing skills in Spanish are also expanded. The concepts covered in grades 4 through 8 are those typically covered in Spanish 1.