Academics

Kindergarten and Grades 1-2

Kindergarten and Grades 1-2

The Beaches Episcopal School kindergarten, first and second grade programs provide a wholesome environment for learning by providing a variety of experiences to develop the whole child. Through an integrated, hands-on curriculum (including a commitment to enrichment programs), students are encouraged to develop inquisitive, creative minds, and a joy of learning. Technology is integrated into our daily curriculum to give students a more diverse learning experience incorporating iPads, SMARTBoards, a 3D printer, and a laser cutter.

Art, movement, music, library, computer science, Spanish, and Christian education provide avenues for self-expression and enhanced learning. Students actively participate in chapel services twice weekly and share classroom prayers.
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Kindergarten

Core Academic Subjects

Language Arts

  • Develop print awareness
  • Develop phonemic awareness, phonics, and sight word recognition
  • Introduce and develop emergent reading skills and comprehension
  • Introduce and develop written expression
  • Introduce and develop beginning skills in grammar
  • Develop and practice communication expressively and receptively
  • Develop the skills of working independently for a short time

Math

  • Introduce and develop number awareness, patterns, geometry, measurement, and number relationships
  • Learn to communicate mathematical ideas to individuals and in group discussions
  • Develop the ability to solve problems through number sentences and stories
  • Develop and practice calendar skills, telling time, graphing skills, and understanding concepts through stories

Science

  • Use senses to explore, manipulate, observe, classify, solve problems, and draw conclusions
  • Participate in real life experiences as they care for and explore their environment
  • Explore relationships between animals, plants, and their habitats
  • Learn about how things move and work

Social Studies

  • Understand laws and behaviors that help people get along in a community
  • Develop ways to communicate expressively and receptively for working in the classroom community
  • Explore holidays, famous Americans, national symbols, and songs that promote national pride
  • Learn personal information

Enrichments

Art

  • Explore creativity using various art materials.
  • Elements of art are explored while creating personal works of art.
  • Students are acquainted with some of the great artists and their works of art.

Christian Education

  • Use Bible stories, songs, scripture memorization and class activities to continue to develop an awareness of God’s love for us and his involvement in our lives
  • Introduce a basic understanding of scriptures and Bible structure.

Media/Technology

  • Identify parts of a book
  • Use proper behavior, listening and sitting during story time
  • Exhibit proper checkout procedures, care of books and proper return of materials
  • Introduction of computer basics
  • Introduction of computer coding
  • Introduction to internet safety
  • Introduction of keyboarding

Movement

  • Develop concept of body, space, effort and relationships
  • Perform locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills with body control
  • Incorporate Fruits of the Spirit concepts in daily lessons

Music

  • Sings simple melodies from a varied repertoire
  • Reproduces steady beat with instruments or movement
  • Recognizes melodic movement
  • Performs simple rhythm patterns

    Spanish

    • Greetings
    • Colors
    • Weather
    • Clothing
    • Calendar
    • Seasons
    • Numbers 1-30
    • Family
    • Science topics (plants, habitats, animals)
    • Food
    • Body parts
    • Emotions
    • Songs
    • Games
    • Culture
    • Expressing likes and dislikes

    1st Grade

    Core Academic Subjects

    Language Arts

    • We empower students to read a variety of text
    • Build confidence in our readers with strong foundational skills
    • Learn multiple writing concepts
    • Practice grammar usage to develop writing skills
    • Practice high frequency and spelling words
    • Develop academic vocabulary

    Math

    • Developing skills in addition and subtraction strategies, place value, measurement, geometric shapes, patterns, and two-digit addition and subtraction
    • Daily calendar math that supports our math concepts
    • Learn problem solving strategies

    Science

    • Explore physical, life, and earth science
    • Engage in hands-on experiments to provide opportunities for students to use skills and knowledge
    • Utilize STEM activities to learn how to apply science and engineering skills to real world problems
    • Develop a scientific vocabulary

    Social Studies

    • Discover a wide variety of concepts and skills in the areas of American history, geography, economics, and government
    • Discover the areas of school, the community, and learning about our world
    • Engage in class discussions through written and oral presentations

    Enrichments

    Art

    • Explore creativity using various art materials
    • Elements of art are explored while creating personal works of art
    • Students are acquainted with some of the great artists and their works of art

    Christian Education

    • Use Bible stories, songs, scripture memorization and class activities to continue to develop an awareness of God’s love for us and his involvement in our lives
    • Introduce a basic understanding of scriptures and Bible structure.

    Media/Technology

    • Continue to review learned skills
    • Identify and locate collection of materials
    • Identify, reshelf, alphabetize, and organize books
    • Introduce word processing, drawing, and internet
    • Continue coding
    • Continue to use the computer to enhance learning through curriculum integration
    • Introduction to digital citizenship

    Movement

    • Refine locomotor and manipulative skills to mature pattern
    • Refine body management skills
    • Demonstrate good sportsmanship and teamwork in activities
    • Develop health-related fitness attitude
    • Recognizes the value of physical activity

    Music

    • Reproduces and creates patterns on pitched and unpitched instruments
    • Develops a singing voice using songs from a varied repertoire
    • Reads and performs quarter notes, quarter rests, and paired eighth notes
    • Relates the sound of an instrument to a feeling, idea, or character

    Spanish

    • Greetings
    • Colors
    • Weather
    • Clothing
    • Calendar
    • Seasons
    • Numbers 1-30
    • Family
    • Science topics (plants, habitats, animals)
    • Food
    • Body parts
    • Songs
    • Games
    • Culture
    • Expressing likes and dislikes

    2nd Grade

    Core Academic Subjects

    Language Arts

    • Read a variety of genres
    • Develop and practice spelling, thematic vocabulary, and sight words
    • Develop and practice the writing process using different styles
    • Develop grammar, sentence structure, and language concepts
    • Continue to develop handwriting skills
    • Continue to develop and build fluency of reading
    • Develop and practice communication skills, expressively and receptively

    Math

    • Mastery of addition and subtraction facts. Multiplication by 0, 1,2,3,4,5,10
    • Develop place value, money, addition, subtraction with and without regrouping
    • Develop and practice grade level geometry, measurement, time calendar, and fractional concepts
    • Understand different strategies for solving world problems
    • Communicate mathematical ideas, terms, and skillful thinking by working in cooperative learning groups

    Science

    • Plan and carry out investigations to answer questions or test solutions by using the scientific method
    • Develop an awareness and understanding of Earth’s place in the universe using models, text, and media
    • Develop a scientific vocabulary
    • Use appropriate tools and scientific instruments to gather information about weight, balance, and changes in matter
    • Engage in a simulation of zoo animals: understanding, animals’ habitats, adaptations for survival, classification, and reporting

    Social Studies

    • Develop and understand concepts about Earth and using a globe and map
    • Understand why it is important to have rules and laws
    • Explore the areas of governing bodies and why it is important to have rules and laws
    • Read a variety of books about the Indians and how they contributed to the first Thanksgiving
    • Develop ways to communicate ideas orally, in written expressions and through presentations
    • Identify symbols of America
    • Develop ways to communicate expressively and receptively independently or in cooperative groups
    • Engage in discussions and reading about our continent, country, state, and community

    Enrichments

    Art

    • Develop confidence and express joy through creative expression in various art mediums
    • Elements of art are developed while creating works of art
    • Students are acquainted with some of the great artists and their works of art

    Christian Education

    • Use Bible stories, songs, scripture memorization and class activities to continue to develop an awareness of God’s love for us and his involvement in our lives
    • Introduce a basic understanding of scriptures and Bible structure

    Media/Technology

    • Identify and locate collection of materials
    • Identify, reshelf, alphabetize, and organize books
    • Continue word processing, drawing, and internet
    • Continue coding
    • Continue to use the computer to enhance learning through curriculum integration.
    • Continue digital citizenship
    • IUnderstand the importance of internet safety

    Movement

    • Refine locomotor and manipulative skills to mature pattern
    • Refine body management skills
    • Demonstrate good sportsmanship and teamwork in activities
    • Develop health-related fitness attitude
    • Recognizes the value of physical activity

    Music

    • Creates and performs simple melodies and accompaniments on barred instruments
    • Sings songs representing a variety of genres and cultures
    • Reads and performs rhythmic symbols adding half notes and half rests in standard notation
    • Responds through movement to selected prominent musical characteristics
    • Expresses personal preference for specific styles and genres of music

    Spanish

    • Greetings
    • Colors
    • Weather
    • Clothing
    • Calendar
    • Seasons
    • Numbers 1-30
    • Family
    • Science topics (plants, habitats, animals)
    • Food
    • Body parts
    • Emotions
    • Songs
    • Games
    • Culture
    • Expressing likes and dislikes