First - Third Grade Curriculum
Students in 1st-3rd grades are exposed to a challenging curriculum designed to encourage students to become engaged, active learners. Students participate in a variety of rigorous and relevant activities throughout the school-day to engage them in the learning process. Relationships are established to instill virtues, knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for moral, intellectual, and physical development. Teachers use a variety of methods, such as group activities (cooperative learning), individual activities, student-initiated activities, teacher-directed activities, and computer/iPad activities.
The curriculum devotes no less than fifty percent of the school-day to the skill subjects of language arts and mathematics. Religion, science, and social studies include lessons of language arts. In all subjects, lessons are planned using the Baton Rouge Diocesan standards, which are adapted from the common core curriculum standards. Grade-level teachers collaborate on planning, analyzing, and assessing students' progress.
To help students strive for spiritual growth, the Religion curriculum is rooted in the Catholic faith. Students learn prayers, traditions, and values. They learn the history of Jesus' life and death, as well as the history of the church through the years. Students learn that they are beautiful children of God and that God loves them.
Students participate in prayer throughout the day, each school-day, and they participate (readers, choir, gift bearers) in weekly school-wide Masses throughout the school year. The Diocese of Baton Rouge also encourages students to learn ritual prayers to enhance their prayer life, as well as, their relationship with Jesus. Masses for homerooms and/or grade levels are also held during the school year. Each grade level participates in a retreat, either on or off campus.
Students learn about service and loving each other. They participate in food drives, donations for specific causes, living rosaries, and presentations of the Stations of the Cross. Students donate some of their earned Warrior Bucks (rewards for good deeds/behavior) to Mass collections to work with the St. Theresa Middle God's Warriors Club to help purchase items for those less fortunate. The donating of Warrior Bucks is a life-lesson for students to follow in their parents' footsteps by giving some of their earnings to the church.
In 1st-3rd grades, Sadlier's We Believe program teaches that God created the world and everything in it. Students will learn that God made all people - and that He made each one as a special, unique human being. They will recognize that through his life and ministry, Jesus shows us God's love, and in turn, Jesus wants us to share God's love.
An important note for 2nd Graders: Preparation and Reception of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion takes place within the church parish. Please contact the Director of Religious Education in your church parish to enroll in their sacramental prep program.
The math program for 1st-3rd graders includes hands-on activities, including manipulatives and technology. Students work in peer groups to foster interaction and engagement. Students also work individually to improve personal skills.
Content areas include, but are not limited to, numbers and operations, number patterns, place value, measurement, money, time, fractions, geometry, probability, and data analysis. Most content areas in math are covered in each grade level, increasing in depth as the student progresses from grade to grade.
Language Arts Program
Language Arts is a vital part of the curriculum for 1st-3rd grade students. Students learn using a variety of strategies, including small group collaboration, partner-sharing, peer-leading, and individual practice for improvement. Teachers use work stations to enhance the language arts curriculum for practice and assessment. They utilize leveled readers, anthology selections, interactive charts, computers/iPads, and much more.
Students focus on the oral language (listening comprehension and phonemic awareness), word study (phonics, spelling, vocabulary), reading (comprehension and fluency), and writing (punctuation, parts of speech, and sentence structure). Religion, Science, and Social Studies are cross-curricular subjects with regard to language arts.
In Science lessons, students are actively involved by using the Scientific Method. Students utilize process skills to test, collect data, make conclusions, and tell what they learn, utilizing a variety of strategies, such as partner-sharing, small group collaboration, and more. Projects and experiments are used to further engage students in the learning process.
Throughout the three years, students learn about life science (plants, animals, and living things), physical science (matter, motion, movement, gravity, energy, and sound), earth science (landforms, water, wind, natural resources, planets and more), and the human body (bones, muscles, and health).
Social Studies Program
The Social Studies curriculum in 1st-3rd grades focuses on skill lessons that include, but are not limited to, the following: maps, globes, graphs, diagrams, and timelines. Students learn about the people and places of the state and of the world. Teachers use a variety of learning styles to engage the students in the lessons, such as compare/contrast, cause/effect, sequence, problem/solution, main ideas/details, draw conclusions/predict, categorize, and more.