Curriculum

St. Bernard School’s curriculum is based totally on Catholic principles.

Based on our Catholic heritage and traditions, all students are involved in religion class and the celebration of Mass. Students attend Mass or Prayer Service once a week. During all these Masses the classes will sit together to build community.

The Diocesan course of study with suggested texts is followed at all grade levels in all areas of the curriculum. Ongoing evaluation of different subject areas provides for a continual updating according to the needs of the study.

We make use of a wide variety of supplemental materials to meet the developmental needs of each grade.

Our primary and intermediate grades (grades 1-4)  have the option of participating in a multi-age classroom.

HOMEWORK

Students usually have homework on a daily basis. On average students have about 10 minutes of homework per grade level; e.g., 3rd grade, 30 minutes. There are several reasons for homework:

to provide extra practice on learned skills
to provide further learning in areas covered in the classroom
to provide an opportunity for students to learn good work habits

to provide an opportunity for growth and responsibility
to provide parents with an opportunity to see what students are studying and how well they are doing.

We think learning is important and that learning should continue after school hours. The daily homework in no way is to be viewed as punishment, but rather as a way for encouraging and extending learning.

 

 


EC3 Curriculum

The St. Bernard Early Childhood curriculum for 3 year olds is centered on social development while exploring early learning concepts. Specifically, teachers plan age-appropriate and active lessons in the classroom environment to include the following:Social Growth

  • Experiences in group situations to encourage taking turns, sharing, and manners.
  • Participation in simple games, group and movement activities
  • Drama and make-believe activities to practice social interactions and realistic roles.
  • Short circle times to support attention to stories and discussions.
  • Activities to explore self; likes, dislikes, wants, needs, family, and environment of the child.
  • Christian themes to promote kindness, manners, and care towards others, and to celebrate our Christian beliefs and traditions.

Cognitive Development

  • Drawing activities to promote early spatial and writing skills.
  • Sorting/matching activities by one characteristic such as color, size or shape.
  • Comparing activities to heighten awareness of big/bigger, small/smaller, and more objects.
  • Counting activities to develop number concepts of quantity and order to five.
  • Variety of puzzles and building blocks to engage the child in problem-solving.
  • Art activities to foster color and shape recognition, as well as experimentation and creative expression.

Emergent Literacy

  • Stories to promote listening attentively, making appropriate comments, and answering simple questions about a book.
  • Library and Listening centers to encourage “reading” and book knowledge.
  • Use of rhyming stories to help with sound recognition
  • Show & Share to promote comfort speaking publicly and talking about items the student has knowledge of
  • Adult and peer communication to encourage talking about objects, people, events, and actions.

Motor Development

  • Activities to promote fine motor development such as holding a crayon or marker, building with blocks, puzzles, modeling with
    dough, manipulating small objects, and art projects.
  • Movement/Music activities and outdoor play to encourage large motor coordination such as balancing, jumping, hopping, ball handling and climbing.

EC4 Curriculum

The St. Bernard Early Childhood curriculum for 4-year-olds is centered on kindergarten readiness which encompasses concepts, skills and social development. Specifically, teachers plan age-appropriate and active lessons in the classroom to include the following:Social Growth

  • Experiences in group and center activities to promote cooperation, friendly play, sharing, and taking turns.
  • Drama and make believe play to encourage positive communication and role playing
  • Social studies concepts to develop positive ideas of self and community
  • Christian themes to foster kindness, manners and care towards others; and to celebrate our Christian beliefs and traditions.
  • Circle time activities to promote independence, attention and participation in conversations.
  • Interaction with adults to assist in conflict resolution and appropriate communication.

Cognitive Growth/Emerging Literacy

  • Discovery based centers (science, puzzle, math, blocks, drama, library, art, writing and play dough) to promote inquiry, exploration, problem solving, and discovery using their senses.
  • Comparing, classifying, sorting of objects by characteristics such as size, color and details.
  • Simple patterning and sequencing; creating and extending patterns with manipulative object.
  • Calendar time to practice counting, passage of time, number recognition, days of the week and months of the year.
  • Teacher directed centers to build specific skills in numbers, alphabet and phonemic awareness
  • Daily read aloud stories, finger plays and songs to promote book awareness, print/picture concepts, rhyming, vocabulary
    development, responding to a story, reading for enjoyment and listening skills.
  • Speaking opportunities such as sharing time to practice effective speech.
  • Opportunities to practice writing letters, numbers, shapes and figures.
  • Interaction with adults to encourage talking about events and people for self-expression of thoughts, wants, needs and ideas.
  • An introduction to the Spanish language with basic vocabulary such as numbers and colors.

Motor Development

  • Activities and centers to promote fine motor skills such as holding writing tools, painting scissors, puzzles, play dough, lacing and blocks
  • Outdoor and classroom movement and music activities to develop large motor skills in hopping, jumping, running, ball handling, climbing, balance and self-expression