PRE-K 3 / PRE-K 4

The Early Childhood Program provides a solid formation for growing and learning.  We have a safe, caring environment. Our curriculum incorporates Reading and Math Readiness through opportunities for the students to express themselves and to be creative.   We encourage awareness and sensitivity toward others through religious beliefs and values.


KINDERGARTEN

The Kindergarten Program employs a multi-disciplinary approach. The curriculum revolves around the reading readiness series. The importance of phonetics and writing is stressed. The math program consists of counting, telling time, the use of money, simple addition and subtraction. There is also participation in hands-on Science and Social Studies experiences. In the Religion program, the focus is on introducing God as a friend, who created each of us as unique and special individuals, with gifts and talents to be shared with others. There is an evaluation of students, both on the individual level and on their participation in group activities and the ability to work with others.


GRADES 1-8 RELIGION

Religion is at the center of everything we do at St. Theresa School. It is not only treated as an academic area, but also as an experience with God and His love for each of us.  For this reason, we begin each day with an assembly for the sharing of Sacred Scripture and Morning Prayer. The students are encouraged to live the “Law of Love” in all they do throughout the day. Basic Catholic beliefs, the Sacraments, the Commandments, prayer/worship, and Scripture study are included in the Religion Curriculum.  Classes plan and participate in Liturgies and Prayer Services.  Catholic Teachings are an integral part of daily living, and are incorporated into all areas of the curriculum.


MATHEMATICS

Grades 1-2

The curriculum for these two grades includes addition and subtraction of single, double and triple digits and also regrouping and word problems. They focus on time, money, with the addition of measurement and fractions.  There is a hands-on approach to Math through the use of manipulatives and teacher-designed activities.  In Grade 2, the multiplication tables are introduced.

Grades 3-5

The curriculum moves toward higher order of thinking, by specifically using an enthusiastic approach to problem solving.  The concentration continues on to whole numbers and counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as fractions and units of measurement.

Grades 6-8

Students continue the exploration of basic operations, whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers, algebra and geometry.  The mental aspects of math, number sense, probability, and problem solving are also stressed.  Qualifying students in Grades 6-8 are given the opportunity to participate in the Advanced Math Program.


LANGUAGE ARTS

The Language Arts curriculum is a comprehensive program that includes the study of communication skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking. Grammar is taught to improve writing and speaking skills.  Literary magazines, writing and the performance of student-written plays, creative literature-based presentations, cooperative groups and peer editing enhance the Language Arts Program.

Grades 1-2

The Language Arts curriculum incorporates Reading, using literature-based readers and a phonetic approach.  It is comprised of phonics, listening skills, grammar and includes basic elements of speech and writing skills. It also includes sentence structure, sequence, main ideas and other details.  Weekly spelling lists and creative story writing are also utilized.

Grades 3-5

The curriculum includes phonics and grammar with an emphasis on vocabulary usage. Writing skills are reinforced through activities such as writing centers, book reports, class newspapers, creative story writing and plays.  Comprehension is a fundamental component of the program and is taught through the use of novels and anthologies.

Grades 6-8

The Language Arts curriculum combines reading and writing skills with a strong grammar component.  Students produce writing portfolios that demonstrate growth over the course of the year.  Reading comprehension, literary skills and vocabulary is taught in conjunction with classic and modern novels and anthologies.


SCIENCE

Grades 1-2

In the primary grades, the Science curriculum introduces the students to the world around them.They study living things such as animals and plant life and the solar system.  Students work on group and individual projects related to the unit under study.

Grades 3-5

The curriculum stresses the scientific method.  The physical world, as well as life sciences, is explored.  Study units are reinforced through the use of experiments, field trips, research and technology.

Grades 6-8

The curriculum includes the study of earth, life and the physical sciences.  Students carry out hands-on experiments and projects for classifying,  predicting, hypothesizing, estimating and problem solving.


SOCIAL STUDIES

The Social Studies curriculum focuses on global studies, the Western Hemisphere and the United States.  Our program utilizes maps (individual as well as classroom), graphs, charts, cooperative learning activities, audio-visual materials and field trips to enhance the curriculum.

Grades 1-2

The Social Studies curriculum encompasses many areas. Students learn about different types of land and water formations. They study neighborhoods, communities, countries, and continents, with a focus on the United States.  They also learn how their families are unique and special.  American History is studied through units on United States holidays, symbols of the United States and famous people.

Grades 3-5

The Social Studies curriculum comprises the study of communities, the history and geography of New Jersey, United States History with emphasis on the colonies, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and the United States Constitution. Lessons are reinforced through the use of dramatic presentations, guest speakers, research projects, field trips, and technology.

Grades 6-8

The 6th Grade students study the history and culture of the Western Hemisphere. The focus in Grades 7-8 is on American History.  Students become active participants in the learning process through research projects, debates, computers and related software, field trips and the use of other technologies.


*For more detailed descriptions of our curriculum according to the Middle 5tates Accreditation please go to Middle States Website