Brookline Regional Catholic
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Curriculum & Methods
Worship, service and prayer are a large part of the Primary Religion curriculum.
In Kindergarten and Grade 1 the children focus on the love for Jesus, the importance of family and helping others. In Grade 2 the children learn about the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. The children prepare for the sacraments throughout the school year. The theme for Grade 3 is the Church continuing the work of Jesus today by sharing the Good News, celebrating the sacraments, and serving all God’s people.
The Primary Language Arts program teaches reading, writing, listening and speaking as an integrated process within a literature-based curriculum. Phonetic decoding and comprehension are taught as part of the reading process. Students write in various modes and learn the writing process to revise and edit work. Writing mechanics are taught along with grammar.
The Primary math curriculum develops mathematical skills and concepts. Content follows the most recent NCTM standards and benchmarks. Memorization of basic math facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are required. The Box It/Bag It and Opening Eyes programs provide students with hands-on learning experience using manipulatives and visualization. The Math calendar is a tool used daily to provide critical thinking skills along with math concepts.
The Primary Science program emphasizes a developmental hands-on approach fostering the children’s natural curiosity about the world. Through DASH the children develop skills in asking scientific questions, observing, and measuring. Major topics of study include living creatures, matter, energy, mechanics, our planet and space. Students in grades 1-3 may participate in the annual Science Fair. It is available for those who wish to go beyond the usual classwork.
The Primary Social Studies curriculum develops an understanding of various cultures and essential geographic skills. The children study urban, suburban and rural living. The children also study map skills, landforms, and a bit of history. Children will also discuss current events through Scholastic News; newspaper and magazine articles whenever appropriate to increase their knowledge of the world around them.
Primary Music explores fundamental processes of performing, creating and responding to music, emphasizing musical elements and literacy. Responses are fostered through singing, movement and playing instruments. The Primary Art program encourages individual expression in various art modes such as watercolor, pencil and clay.
In Grade 4 we respond to God’s call by living as members of the community of the Church. By studying the Ten Commandments, the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, and the Beatitudes the children develop a better understanding of what it means to live as Jesus did. Grade 5 children learn about the seven sacraments in order to share the life and person of Jesus. The children in Grade 6 study the Old Testament learning about persons of faith. Worship, service and prayer are a large part of the Intermediate Religion curriculum.
The Intermediate Language Arts program develops comprehension, vocabulary, and decoding skills as essential elements for successful reading. Through the study of various genres the program combines literature with relevant skills instruction. Students write in various modes and learn the writing process to revise and edit work. Writing mechanics are taught along with grammar.
The intermediate math curriculum develops mathematical skill and concepts. Content follows the most recent NCTM standards and benchmarks, which include computational skills with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Geometry is studied in Grades 4-6 as well as measurement, numeration, functions, patterns, problem-solving strategies, sequences, and spatial sense. Ratio and percent is studied in Grade 6. Using calculators, hands-on activities, games, technology and rote practice, the children develop valuable math skills.
Using laboratory, technology and resources, the children in the Intermediate Science classes develop advanced skills in asking scientific questions, observing and measuring. Through the DASH program, students learn to “do and explain” science. The major topics of study include space, physical, earth and life sciences.
The children in Grade 4 study the geographic areas of the United States, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and introduction to U.S. Government. The children in Grade 5 study American History from discovery to the early years of the United States. They also continue their study of the geography of the U.S. The sixth Grade curriculum centers on World Cultures and World Geography. The students have opportunities for varied research on these topics. All Intermediate Social Studies classes discuss current events.
Intermediate Music explores the fundamental processes of performing, creating and responding to music. Listening skills are emphasized and students are encouraged to find pleasure and value in music. Intermediate Art explores the well-known artwork of a variety of artists and cultures. It also broadens the variety of materials and techniques used. These include a variety of paints, papers, pencils, ink, chalk, foil, clay and printing materials. A cross-curriculum emphasis is added at this level.
Upper Elementary (7-8)
Seventh and eighth grade is a time of rapid change. Physically, cognitively, morally, emotionally and socially these young people are “crossing the bridge” between childhood and adulthood. In Grade 7 the students study the life of Jesus Christ by reading the New Testament. The students develop a better understanding of what it means to live as Jesus did. In Grade 8 the students prepare for Confirmation by exploring the traditions and doctrines of the Catholic Church, and applying them to their own life situation. They
are presented with a brief overview of Church History. Students in 8th grade also discuss Catholic morality and the challenges they will face in today’s world.
The Upper Elementary Language Arts program focuses on an introduction to American literature and enjoying literature. Extensive analysis, critical writing, and revision are integral to the program. Extended written responses to a diverse literature curriculum as well as creative writing projects are incorporated. Research and discussion of novels are also a part of the curriculum.
Pre-Algebra and Introduction to Algebra I are taught in Grades 7-8. The students learn skills for success in Algebra, linear and quadratic equations, working with variables and data, inequalities, radicals, exponential, polynomial and rational functions as well as connecting Algebra and Geometry. Using calculators, technology and rote practice the students develop their math skills.
Foundational Approaches in Science Teaching (FAST) is a sequence of inquiry science courses designed to address the developmental needs of students’ ages 12-15.Content is organized into strands called physical science, ecology, and relational study. Relational study focuses on the interrelationships of the science disciplines and the interactions of science and society. The objectives are to develop knowledge of concepts, laboratory and thinking skills and use of tools employed in science while engaging in scientific inquiry. Special emphasis is placed on students communicating what they have learned through oral and written reports, graphing, etc.
The Upper Grades Social Studies curriculum is organized around American History. Grade 7 lessons focus on the U. S. from the colonies through the Civil War. Grade 8 lessons begin with Reconstruction and continue through modern times. Both grade levels include lessons on map skills and current events. Grade 7 students participate in the National Geographic Geography Bee and Grade 8 students prepare projects for National History Day competitions at the Heinz Regional History Center.
Upper Elementary Music continues to explore processes of performing, creating and responding to music. The students listen to music from various cultures and genre, developing critical listening skills and are encouraged to find pleasure and value in music. Upper Elementary Art examines and incorporates styles and techniques from a variety of artists and art periods. Advanced techniques and an ever-increasing variety of media, including acrylics and computer graphics, are used at this level.
The study of Spanish is offered to the children beginning in the primary grades. Through Espanol Para Ti children in grades K-5 develop vocabulary and cultural awareness through repetition, games, songs and technology. In Grade 6 students begin to use Spanish word cards and textbooks to develop more complex skills in communication, vocabulary and grammar. Listening, speaking and writing skills are developed through repetition, games, songs and technology. Spanish is offered in the Upper Elementary program. The students study vocabulary, grammar and syntax. Elementary listening, speaking, writing and reading skills are developed in order to prepare students for future high school language study. Students in Grades 7 & 8 use a Spanish textbook.
The Primary program develops locomotive skills, balance, eye-hand coordination, and gross motor skills. Activities include low organization games, team sports and fitness exercises. The program introduces the topic of team play and encourages cooperative learning. The Intermediate program continues to develop gross motor skills, balance, and eye-hand coordination. Classes include team sports, physical fitness and specific sport skills. The program encourages team play and cooperative learning. The Upper Elementary program continues to develop motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Team sports, fitness and specific sport skills is the primary focus of each class. The program encourages team play and cooperation.
Practical skills in the Primary Computer classes include letter recognition, keyboarding and word processing and graphics. The program supports instruction in the content areas including, Language Arts, Math, Religion, Science and Social Studies. The Intermediate Computer program includes word processing, creating spreadsheets, database and graphics. The program supports instruction in the content areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The Upper Elementary program includes word processing, creating spreadsheets, database, graphics and presentation software. The program supports the instruction in the content areas. Specific lessons and discussions are held with regard to appropriate use of the Internet and ethics and the computer. An acceptable use policy is sent home with all children in the first