Lower School Curriculum
We are in the fourth year of implementing Language Arts curriculum from the Center for Collaborative Classrooms. How does this help our students?
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105
At the Master's Academy we know that God's Word is living and active. We are passionate about equipping our students with the skills needed to read, understand, and meaningfully communicate to others. For the last few years we have been adding collaborative literacy in pieces, but after much learning and training we are excited to provide a consistent K-5 curriculum for reading, vocabulary, word work, writing, and grammar this year. Everything research tells us about students thinking deeply about text, sharing their thinking for deeper understanding, and applying their learning at the highest level is a reality for our students every day.
Being a Reader(K-2) teaches younger readers the phonological awareness, phonics, and sight words they need to be successful with foundational skills. This is done whole class and in small groups by meeting students at their point of need in leveled reading groups.
Making Meaning(K-5) teaches students how to use reading strategies to understand complex texts and apply those strategies during time spent reading a variety of available literature each day through the addition of leveled classroom libraries.
In Being a Writer(K-5), students are exposed to content rich mentor texts and given the opportunity to apply their learning into their own writing with tailored instruction. Students spend time writing each day as they practice their craft, conferring with their teacher and peers to reach new depths of understanding. Our students are thrilled to become skilled authors as they inspire one another to write for a purpose, sharing with the writing community during Author's Chair.
Woven throughout this curriculum are opportunities for students to practice making their thinking explicit through engaging social and emotional activities. Our students love it, and we do too! We are so blessed at TMA to deepen our ability to comprehend so we can understand God's Word and practice communicating more like Jesus through these supportive and engaging learning experiences.