Our Pre-K focus for our 3 and 4 year old students begins with following routines, learning how to listen to directions, becoming comfortable in school, and socializing with peers. We learn a new letter of the alphabet and a new number each week. Throughout the year, we are learning sight words. Students will also be able to write their first and last name, write various words and be able to begin reading and writing short complete sentences. Science and Social Studies are explored through experimentation and stories. Religion is a core element in our classroom. Students will learn biblical stories and learn to say multiple prayers. Addition and subtraction are introduced at the end of the year.
Kindergarten students at St. Martin de Porres are immersed in hands on science, language arts, and math experiences. Observing the life cycle of a butterfly, and creating puppets for language development are just two examples of our creative learning adventures. Students participate in reading programs and journal writing, school prayer and various other religious experiences. Scheduled into the kindergarten program are gym, chorus, art classes and class trips.
The first grade is dedicated to educating each child within the scope of his/her own abilities. The aim for the year is to stimulate the child’s intellectual, social, and spiritual development.
Religion is taught as a subject. Each child’s spirituality is developed through day to day activities and discussions. Through interactive activities, the children are taught to use the tools they need to form their reading and mathematics abilities. Children learn to understand the concepts of addition, subtraction, place value, telling time and a basic understanding of money. Our reading program stresses the importance of phonics, comprehension, and critical thinking. Creative writing is a common thread that is woven into each academic area, with emphasis on grammar. SMMS strives to help students become proficient and enthusiastic readers and writers. To assist students, SMMS offers a program that supplements classroom instruction. The amount of support varies by student need and grade level. Social Studies and Science complement the fundamentals of reading and mathematics.
The primary focus of second grade is to build on the fundamental skills acquired in first grade.
Reading is conducted using a leveled group model. Reading intervention is available to those students struggling with reading comprehension and phonics.
Beginning paragraph writing is taught where students are encouraged to think beyond the basic model and to be more creative in their language use. Grammar skills are emphasized through both sentence structure and creative writing.
Students continue their study of math concepts moving into regrouping for addition and subtraction.
Students also take a class in Chorus every day. Art, Gym, and Tin Whistle classes are also given every other day.
Students receive First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion with their class as part of their faith formation.