Curriculum Overview

reading writing

LANGUAGE ARTS

SILE aims to prepare students for any reading and writing task they will face and to turn kids into life-long, confident readers and writers who display agency and independence. SILE will be using the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Program curriculum as a base with additional supplements where needed as determined by our curriculum team.

HISTORY

We will be either creating or choosing  curriculum based on how well it represents African culture and world view and whether the activities and lesson plans cater to our children’s unique learning styles.

CULTURAL LANGUAGE

SILE will be teaching our students the  Yoruba language because of its historical role throughout the African diaspora. Once they get to the 3rd grade, students will also learn Spanish for practical reasons while continuing to delve more deeply into our the Yoruba language.

MATH

Using the Common Core Standards as a starting point, scholars will engage in real life applications of grade level math standards using less worksheets and more hands on approaches. We believe that learning is constructed and fostered through problem solving and guided exploration.

 

SILE will be using the  additional supplements where needed as determined by our curriculum team.

character building

1) Character building (cross reference Nguzu Saba and Principles of MAAT) braided into the
school day and curriculum.


2) Assign monthly character trait to highlight each month and students recognized for character achievements

weekly during morning meeting.

 

The “Honor” Society. Students can earn”honor”
points throughout the day. “Community Champions”
Sept- Kindness
Oct- Humility
Nov- SILE + Gratitude
Dec- Compassion
Jan- Fortitude
Feb- Generosity
Mar- SILE + Resourceful
Apr-Cooperation
May- Respect
Jun- SILE + Purpose
July-Faith
Aug- Honesty

music

  • Basic music education

  • Learn 7 notes

  • Sight identification of music notes with learning alphabet

  • Integrating music into the academic subjects

  • Practicing rhythm by clapping out beats and snaps

  • Pitch

  • Time keeping

  • Ear training

SILE will be using the foundations of music as a base with additional supplements where needed as determined by our curriculum team.

science

Our science program design will be based on learning progressions that  provide students with opportunities to investigate core ideas in science in increasingly complex ways over time. Our curriculum will set out to achieve three important goals: scientific literacy, instructional efficiency, and systemic reform.

phonics

Scholars will engage in the 6 phases of phonics which include but is not limited to:

  • Environmental sounds

  • Rhythm and rhyme

  • Alliteration

  • Phonemes

  • Written graphemes

  • CVC words

  • Blending

  • High frequency phonemes

  • Decoding 2-syllable words

  • Sentence writing

  • CCVC words

  • CVCC words

  • Spelling

  • Contractions

  • Suffixes

SILE will be using the 6 phases as a base with additional supplements where needed as determined by our curriculum team.

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