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Lower School

 

 

3 Year Old - Grade 5

The Lower School offers a warm, family-like atmosphere dedicated to meeting the social and emotional needs of each child.

The school promotes the development of the child, academically, through a balanced core curriculum, socially, through leadership opportunities, aesthetically, through programs in art and music, and physically, through a comprehensive physical education program.

The school is a co-educational day school for children aged three years old through Grade 5. 

After Care & Auxiliary Program Information

Dr. Mohammad Faisal Family Media Center

Character Education

An important part of our mission is the reinforcement of the same values and manners that are taught in the home. There is a school-wide emphasis on teaching manners, respect, kindness, honesty and responsibility. In addition, students are involved in grade appropriate community service projects which provide them with the opportunity to apply these principles outside the school setting.

 

3 Year Old Class

Three-Year-Old Class Curriculum

Oak Hall School provides an active learning environment for three-year-old students to develop through experiential learning.

Children participate in a variety of developmentally appropriate activities in the classroom. Active learning is a dynamic creative process, and our goal is to provide children with the materials, experiences, and ideas to develop their curiosity about the world and therefore become lifelong learners.

Three-year-old students engage in a curriculum that promotes emotional, social, and intellectual growth through art, music, Spanish, math, science, language arts, library, physical education, and free play. Faculty provide a safe and nurturing environment for students to learn and grow through hands-on activities. 

Junior Kindergarten

Junior Kindergarten Curriculum

Oak Hall School strives to create a safe, nurturing environment and sense of community for the children in the classroom. An emphasis is placed on character education, and students are guided in using a problem solving approach to conflict resolution.

Activities are constructed to support the many learning modalities and developmental stages of a child's literacy growth. These activities are implemented through immersion, demonstration, and small/large group instruction. Through the Rowland "Happily Ever After" Reading Program, we emphasize oral language development, phonological and phonemic awareness, print and book awareness, alphabetic knowledge, awareness of the alphabetic principle, emergent writing, and shared reading. Our Handwriting Without Tears program uses multi-sensory teaching methods and hands-on manipulatives. Research shows this combination complements all learning styles of children (visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic). 

Earlybird Kindergarten Singapore Mathematics program provides opportunities for consolidation, remediation, and enrichment. Activities in the form of practical tasks provide hands-on experiential learning for students forming the basis for a concrete, pictorial, and abstract approach.

JK students also engage in hands-on activities through art, music, Spanish, science, library, and P.E.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Curriculum

Reading
  • Phonemic awareness and phonics.
  • Develop understanding of plot, compare and contrast, identify the genre through literary informational texts.
  • Introduced to story vocabulary words, position words, idioms, homophones, synonyms, multiple meaning words, and compound words.
  • Begin building expressive reading through speaking as a character, poem reading, natural phrasing, observing punctuations, and speaking with the appropriate stress.
Science
  • Use our senses to discover what weather is happening around us and using our discovery tools to predict what may happen next.
  • Explore with hands-on activities to find out what we learn and how we learn.
  • Learn the difference parts of a plan and how they grow.
Math
  • Count, write, and sequence numbers to 100.
  • Identify greater than, less than, or equal.
  • Compose and decompose numbers using number bonds.
  • Develop understanding of addition and subtraction.
  • Identify, describe, and draw shapes and patterns.
  • Measure length, weight, and capacity.
  • Introduction to time, money, and fractions.
Writing
  • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose and share writing ideas.
  • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative and explanatory texts in addition to supply information about a topic.
  • Write legibly in manuscript.
Social Studies
  • Develop an understanding of maps and globes.
  • Identify important American symbols.
  • Identify the purpose of national holidays.
  • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of good leadership.
Technology
  • Weekly Technology class.
  • Classroom center set with iPads and software.
  • Learn keyboarding and computer programming.
  • Use technology to innovate and express creativity.
Character Education
  • Cooperation and collaboration among students are emphasized over competition.
  • Core values, including respect, responsibility, honest, and kindness are part of everyday lessons in and out of the classroom.
  • The focus of classroom management is to concentrate on problem solving and positive reinforcement.
Physical Education
  • Promote teamwork and leadership with small group games.
  • Set fitness goals with Oak Hall standards.
  • Practice dribbling, throwing, catching, kicking, and striking balls.
  • Introduce parachutes for cooperation, coordination, and strength.
  • Listen to and follow verbal instructions.
Art
  • Creative and instructive lessons in basic art skills.
  • Timeline Art history and cultural awareness.
  • Exposure to various artists and art styles.
  • Expansion of skills and confidence through the use of various materials, 3-D concepts, and paper techniques.
Spanish
  • Develop ability to communicate likes, dislikes, and feelings.
  • Identify colors, numbers, weather, foods, animals, friends, and family.
  • Employ active learning and storytelling techniques to engage imagination.
Performing Arts & Music
  • Perform and distinguish the steady beat and long vs short sounds.
  • Perform and distinguish soft, loud, fast, flow and high/low.
  • Explore pitch matching vocal exercises.
  • Sing and play simple songs and circle games.
  • Explore space, time, and energy through structures and unstructured movement to music.

First Grade

First Grade Curriculum

Reading
  • Teach phonics, structural analysis, and spelling through decoding and encoding. 
  • Develop strategies through literary and informational text reading, such as compare and contrast, main idea and details, sequencing events, drawing conclusions, text structure identification, cause and effect, and author's purpose.
  • Expand vocabulary through use of multiple meaning words, idioms, synonyms and antonyms, sequence words, homophones, compound words, and figurative language.
  • Use Accelerated Reader to build student's reading skills.
Science
  • Explore sound and light; learning about traveling in waves.
  • Learn how living things interact with the environment in different ways.
  • Discover similarities and differences between the states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases.
Math
  • Develop fluency with addition and subtraction of whole numbers (100).
  • Multiply and divide numbers through 40.
  • Develop understanding of understanding of fractions.
  • Apply strategies to mentally calculate sums and differences of numbers.
  • Tell and write time from digital and analog clocks.
  • Measure and estimate length, weight, and capacity.
  • Organize, represent, and interpret data.
Writing
  • Develop the writing process in various genres, including expository and opinion.
  • Write legibly in manuscript writing with proper letter formation.
  • Apply basic rules of capitalization and punctuation with appropriate spacing between words.
  • Develop and practice spelling patterns and sight words to apply in writing.
Social Studies
  • Develop map skills.
  • Explore American history with emphasis on holidays and heroes.
  • Develop an understanding of basic government and community leaders.
  • Develop and understanding of goods and services.
Technology
  • Weekly technology class.
  • Classroom center set of iPads with educational software enabled.
  • Learn keyboard and introduce computer programming.
  • Use technology to innovate and express creativity. 
Character Education
  • Cooperation and collaboration among students are emphasized over competition.
  • Core values include respect, responsibility, honest, and kindness and are part of everyday lessons.
  • Classroom management focuses on problem solving and positive reinforcement.
Physical Education
  • Increase speed and agility while practicing locomotor skills.
  • Show competency in movement forms and patterns.
  • Demonstrate dribbling, throwing, catching, kicking, and striking skills.
  • Encourage teamwork/leadership with small group games.
  • Set fitness and aerobic goals with Olympic Club and Eagle Fitness standards.
Art
  • Basic drawing, painting, and paper skills; color theory explored.
  • Enhancement of visual concepts are explored (motion, expression, use of space).
  • Variety of media and artistic techniques advance confidence and problem solving skills.
Spanish
  • Introduce Spanish vocabulary in age-appropriate thematic units.
  • Develop the ability to communicate likes, needs, and information relevant to first grade students.
  • Employ active learning and storytelling techniques to engage imagination.
  • Ability to understand instruction and to respond to simple questions.
Performing Arts & Music
  • Perform, read, write, and improvise rhythm patterns and melodies.
  • Explore space, time, and energy through structured and unstructured movement to music from different cultures and historical periods.
  • Perform with and develop playing techniques on Orff and unpitched rhythm instruments.
  • Explore pitch and matching exercised and perform in-tune singing, individually and with a group. 

Second Grade

Second Grade Curriculum

Reading
  • Develop skills in phonics, syllabication, and decoding.
  • Develop reading strategies for comprehension of text.
  • Develop fluency and expression in oral reading.
  • Develop vocabulary and figurative language.
  • Learn spelling rules.
Science
  • Discover how objects move and balance.
  • Learn the physical properties of pebbles, sand, and silt.
  • Follow the life cycle of an insect and plant.
  • Use hands-on learning to discover length and capacity.
Math
  • Develop fluency with addition and subtraction of whole numbers (thousands), multiplication, and division (through ten).
  • Measure and estimate length, weight, and capacity.
  • Tell and write time from digital and analog clocks.
  • Solve problems involving money.
  • Interpret and represent data.
  • Apply strategies to mentally calculate sums and differences in numbers.
  • Develop a foundation for understanding area, volume, congruence, similarity, and symmetry.
Writing
  • Improve understanding and practice with writing in complete and strong sentences.
  • Enhance understanding of grammar and parts of speech.
  • Develop writing skills in the following genres: expository/informative, narratives, opinions, letters, and journalism.
  • Write legibly in manuscript.
  • Learn cursive writing.
Social Studies
  • Develop map skills.
  • Explore geography on world and local levels.
  • Develop an understanding of communities in the past & present.
  • Develop an understanding of the US government.
  • Enhance characteristics of a good citizen.
  • Explore current events.
Technology
  • Weekly technology class.
  • Classroom center with set of iPads in each with educational software enabled.
  • Learn keyboarding and introduction to computer programming.
  • Use technology to innovate and express creativity.
Character Education
  • Cooperation and collaboration among students are emphasized.
  • Core values including respect, responsibility, honest, and kindness are part of everyday lessons in and out of the classroom.
  • The focus of classroom management is to concentrate on problem solving and positive reinforcement.
Physical Education
  • Large and small group games to build sportsmanship and teamwork.
  • Ball skills include dribbling, throwing, catching, kicking, and striking skills.
  • Eagle fitness - flexibility, upper body strength, agility, core strength, and endurance.
  • Competence in movement forms and patterns, quick direction change.
Art
  • Intermediate drawing, painting, and paper skills.
  • Observation and study of art and artists, as well as timeline Art history.
  • Intermediate folding, paper cutting, and 3D techniques are explored.
  • Expressive exploration using wide variety of media.
Spanish
  • Introduce and/or reinforce Spanish vocabulary in age appropriate thematic units.
  • Develop the ability to communicate feelings, likes, needs, and relevant personal information.
  • Employ active, experiential, storytelling, and cooperative learning techniques to motivate learning.
  • Ability to understand instruction, basic conversation, and to respond in simple phrases.
Performing Arts & Music
  • Identify accented beats and beats grouped in 2 & 4.
  • Performs, read, write, and improvise rhythm patterns and melodies using more complicated note values and pitches.
  • Move expressively to music from different cultures and historical periods.
  • Perform more complicated playing techniques on Orff and unpitched rhythm instruments.
  • Drama - grade level musical & assemblies. 

Third Grade

Third Grade Curriculum

Reading

  • Read and understand a variety of texts.
  • Continue to develop oral vocabulary instruction.
  • Identify and apply phonics and word analysis.
  • Novel studies.
Science
  • Use the scientific method to predict the weather around us and to discover the properties of air.
  • Explore dinosaurs, paleontology, and food chains to learn how animals interact.
  • Use hands-on activities to discover the relationship between force and motion.
  • Use geometry and astronomy concepts to discuss the solar system.
Math
  • Develop fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers (ten thousands).
  • Develop an understanding of fractions, find equivalence, and compare and order fractions.
  • Solve real world problems involving measurement and estimation.
  • Understand concepts of area and perimeter. 
Writing
  • Understand and apply the writing process in the following genres: narrative, expository, persuasive, response to literature, poetry, and research.
  • Write for a wide variety of purposes and audiences across curriculum.
  • Practice legible manuscript and cursive handwriting.
  • Understand and apply English grammar rules.
Social Studies
  • Develop map and globe skills.
  • Explore geography of the United States.
  • Develop an understanding of the US government and economy.
  • Explore current events.
Technology
  • Weekly technology class.
  • Classroom center set with iPads and software.
  • Learn keyboarding and computer programming.
  • Use technology to innovate and express creativity.
Character Education
  • Cooperation and collaboration among students are emphasized over competition. 
  • Core values including respect, responsibility, honest, and kindness are part of everyday lessons in and out of the classroom.
  • The focus of classroom management is to concentrate on problem solving and positive reinforcement.
Physical Education
  • Locomotor skills and competency in all forms of movement.
  • Lifetime fitness goals, including Eagle Fitness & Olympic Club.
  • Cooperate and compete in large group games; demonstrate sportsmanship and teamwork.
  • Demonstrate good technique in throwing, catching, striking, dribbling, and kicking a ball.
Art
  • Intermediate drawing, painting, and paper skills and advancing techniques.
  • Expanding awareness in Art of light and shadow, color theory, and calligraphy.
  • Art history emphasis on Impressionism, Pointillism, Expressionism, and Fauvism.
  • Individuality and confidence are always emphasized.
Spanish
  • Spanish vocabulary in age appropriate thematic units.
  • Understand basic classroom conversation and participate by rephrasing questions.
  • Express comparisons, placement, and description.
  • Understand gender and number agreement of nouns and adjectives.
Performing Arts & Music
  • Identify accented beats and beats grouped in 2, 4, and 3.
  • Create and compose melodies and rhythms using known note values and melodic pitches of the scale.
  • Perform American folk dances and dances from other countries.
  • Read and perform melodies using notes B, A, and G on the recorder.
  • Drama - musical & assemblies.

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade Curriculum

Reading
  • Read and understand a variety of texts.
  • Understand basic reading comprehension strategies.
  • Understand basic idioms.
  • Novel studies.
Science
  • Discover that the world is made up of systems and subsystems; they are all interrelated.
  • Explore the Earth's creation and changes in the Earth due to volcanoes, earthquakes, and plate movement.
  • Follow the flow of electrons in a circuit from start to finish and apply this knowledge to the building of a model house.
  • Observe how waves travel through substances and learn how to manipulate the waves to produce different sounds.
Math
  • Develop fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers (millions) and decimals (thousandths).
  • Find factors and multiples of a given number.
  • Become proficient with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals.
  • Draw, identify, and measure angles.
  • Solve real world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
Writing
  • Develop familiarity with the writing process.
  • Write papers in the following genres: narratives, explanatory, text, and opinion pieces.
  • Develop experience in writing a research paper.
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the organization and development are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Write legibly in cursive and manuscript.
Social Studies
  • Develop map skills.
  • Explore Florida history through present day.
  • Develop a deep understanding of Florida's geography.
  • Identify key elements of Florida and local governments.
  • Trip to Cedar Key, St. Augustine, and Tallahassee.
Technology
  • 1:1 iPad program
  • Introduction to Canvas
  • Learn keyboard and introduction to programming.
  • Use technology to innovate and express creativity.
  • Develop word processing skills using Pages, Keynote, and Explain Everything.
Character Education
  • Cooperation and collaboration among students are emphasized over competition.
  • Core values including respect, responsibility, honesty, and kindness are part of everyday lessons in and out of the classroom.
  • The focus of classroom management is to concentrate on problem solving and positive reinforcement.
Physical Education
  • Set lifetime goals including Olympic Club and Eagle Fitness.
  • Demonstrate rhythm, coordination, and follow directions through dance.
  • Develop skills in the following sports: basketball, soccer, hockey, softball, football, gatorball, and volleyball.
  • Participate in group activities that encourage leadership, teamwork, and problem solving.
Art
  • Intermediate/Advanced drawing, painting, paper skills, and creative techniques.
  • Art History includes observation and discussion of art as a political and advertising tool.
  • Expansion on calligraphy, design understanding, perspective, rhythm, and repitition. 
  • Expression and skills practiced using a wide variety of media.
Spanish
  • Spanish vocabulary and phrases presented in thematic units.
  • Communicate opinions, feelings, likes, needs, events, and personal information.
  • Express comparisons, placement, descriptions, and some actions.
  • Understand and participate in basic conversation.
  • Oral comprehension and ability to form new ideas and phrases in context.
  • Write complete sentences with subjects and conjugated verbs in the present tense.
Performing Arts & Music
  • Identify and perform music in changing meter.
  • Perform in musical theater productions.
  • Sing, accompany, and perform complex songs with instruments.
  • Improvise and compose songs using traditional notation and iPads.
  • Listen to, move to, analyze, and discuss music from different historical time periods and different cultures.

Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade Curriculum

Reading
  • Read and understand a variety of texts.
  • Understand basic reading comprehension strategies.
  • Build vocabulary skills through direct vocabulary instruction.
  • Interpret and use figurative language.
  • Novel studies.
Science
  • Complete a personal, controlled experiment by participating in a school Science Fair.
  • Introduce students to the process of science and engineering.
  • Explore role of science in our society.
  • Integrate math and data analysis skills.
Math
  • Develop fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers (billions) and decimals (thousandths).
  • Solve real world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
  • Represent and interpret data.
  • Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
Writing
  • Continue to practice the writing process.
  • Learn components of various genres of writing.
  • Learn to write a research paper.
  • Practice taking notes, citing sources, and writing a bibliography.
  • Write legibly in cursive and manuscript.
Social Studies
  • Explore American history through the Civil War.
  • Study of American government.
  • Explore current events.
  • Trip to Washington, Williamsburg, and Jamestown.
Technology
  • 1:1 iPad program.
  • Introduce students to Canvas.
  • Learn keyboarding and computer programming.
  • Use technology to innovate and express creativity.
Character Education
  • Cooperation and collaboration among students are emphasized over competition.
  • Core values including respect, responsibility, honest, and kindness are part of everyday lessons in and out of the classroom.
  • The focus of classroom management is to concentrate on problem solving and positive reinforcement.
Physical Education
  • Set lifetime fitness goals including Olympic Club and Eagle Fitness.
  • Demonstrate rhythm, coordination, following directions through dance.
  • Develop skills in the following sports: basketball, soccer, hockey, softball, football, gatorball, and volleyball.
  • Participate in group activities that promote leadership and teamwork.
Art
  • Creative and instructive lessons in basic art skills.
  • Timeline Art History and cultural awareness.
  • Exposure to various artists and art styles.
  • Expansion of skills and confidence through the use of various materials, 3-D concepts, and paper techniques.
Spanish
  • Gender and number agreement of articles, nouns, adjectives, and possessive construction. 
  • Express comparisons, placement, descriptions, and some actions.
  • Write complete sentences with subjects and conjugated verbs in the present tense.
Performing Arts & Music
  • Identify and perform music in changing meter.
  • Perform musical theater productions.
  • Improvise and compose songs using traditional notation and iPads.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of musical terms, know note values, and pitches on the scale.