PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN
Now viewed as the year that reading begins to develop, it is important that students enter kindergarten with a background in alphabetic knowledge and phonemic awareness. Students are expected to have a strong number sense and understand place value. The beginning of addition and subtraction begin in kindergarten. If you think that your child may need to get a leg up in their kindergarten year, Atlas Academy is the place to turn. We have experienced early childhood educators and former kindergarten teachers on our team who can help your little ones learn the alphabet, letter sounds, sound manipulation and may even be able to start some early reading. We will also focus on a strong foundation in math, by strengthening number sense, patterning, sorting, and more.
Students entering first grade should have a strong foundation in phonics, reading, and math. First grade students are expected to master phonics and reading. This means that they have learned all of the typical spelling patters, and many of the unusual spelling patterns that occur in English and are able to apply this knowledge to their reading and writing. Students at this level are also asked to interpret what they have read by making connections or summarizing. First graders will ultimately write paragraphs on various topics. Our early childhood specialists and former first grade teachers have what it takes to develop not only a strong grasp on reading, but a true love for it. Our first grade program targets each student’s specific needs whether it be in language arts, math, or both. Students will learn the word reading and phonemic awareness they need to strengthen their reading fluency. In math, students will strengthen their number sense and their addition and subtraction skills. All students will get the teaching and support that they need to ensure success. Best of all, they will have fun while they do it!
SECOND AND THIRD GRADE
Once Students have finished first grade, it is expected that the foundation for their reading has been set. The focus in these grades is not on decoding, but on reading for purpose and with expression, as well as understanding what they have read. When students read grade-level appropriate texts, they are expected to be able to ask and answer questions, describe characters, compare and contrast, and understand text features. By third grade, students will learn prefixes and suffixes and will understand point of view. They are also expected to determine the meaning of words as they are used in context. Students at this level develop their writing skills in narrative, informational, persuasive, and research writing. Students are expected to convey ideas clearly, to describe adequately, argue a point convincingly, and provide a sense of closure.
Over the course of these two years, math education moves rapidly and progresses quickly. Students are expected to understand place value into the 1000’s as well as solve addition and subtraction problems within 100. This progresses to multiplication and division, and having a deep understanding of the relationship between the two. Ultimately students are expected to apply what they know about place value to solve multi-digit arithmetic. Students develop an understanding of fractions as well as being able to solve equations for area and perimeter. Tutors at Atlas have years of experience of helping students to conceptualize, understand, and apply these concepts. Our educators can pinpoint your child’s area of need and can help him or her improve reading, writing and math skills. The support we provide will lead students to mastery which will ultimately translate to success and confidence in the classroom.
FORTH AND FIFTH GRADE
In the fourth and fifth grade, a level of sophistication is applied to all of the skills that students have worked on to this point. Reading comprehension and writing become intertwined in these years, as students are expected to read grade level texts and write responses. Students are expected to understand structure and elements, compare and contrast two texts on the same topic, or explain relationship and interactions in scientific or technical texts. Overall student’s writing becomes more sophisticated and writers are expected to think about task, purpose, and audience. Students are also expected to draw evidence to form an argument from literature.