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Lower School (Grades K-3)

Teaching elementary school

English Language Arts

Beginner 1 (Kindergarten) – Students learn to read through a series of graduated readers that take them from simple words on a page to full sentences with punctuation, completing workbooks along with their reading that reinforce the reading vocabulary learned. Handwriting is practiced to learn correct letter formation and basic phonics are introduced. Daily spelling lessons increase writing confidence and writing seminars offer insight into the creative components of expressing oneself on paper. Daily one-on-one instruction with the teacher builds confidence and allows students to advance at their own pace ensuring mastery at each step along the way. Regular review of the alphabet and letter sounds build certainty of the foundation of reading.

Beginner 2 (First grade) – Students start to read bigger books with recurring characters in longer story lines. Daily one-on-one instruction with the teacher helps to ensure full understanding and reading fluency. Regular oral phonics practice and phonics workbooks increase the child’s ability to decode unfamiliar words. Handwriting continues to be practiced with smaller letters and constant review of correct formation preparing the student for cursive. Writing seminar introduces the students to the parts of speech and teaches how to write in complete sentences. Students get the opportunity to compose letters, stories, poems and connect classroom activities to the real world.

Form 1 (Second grade) – Students work through six instructional readers with high quality stories by a variety of authors. The volume of material read by each child is further increased through a wide selection of books that children find enjoyable and relatively easy which are available in the classroom library. Daily one-on-one instruction with the teacher helps to ensure full understanding and reading fluency. Vocabulary is increased through the creation and practice of word cards for unfamiliar terms. Phonics instruction and spelling lessons continue and introduce longer and more complicated letter combinations. Regular writing seminars and grammar lessons prepare students for longer pieces of writing across all subjects. Students learn to use punctuation, capitalization, parts of speech, subject-verb agreement and more. Handwriting lessons continue with a review of manuscript (printing) and cursive handwriting is introduced.

Form 2 (Third grade) – – Students work through another six instructional readers and chapter books with high quality stories by a variety of authors. The volume of material read by each child continues to increase through a wide selection of books that children find enjoyable which are available in the classroom library. Daily comprehension checks with the teacher help to ensure full understanding and reading fluency. Vocabulary is increased through the creation and practice of word cards for unfamiliar terms. Phonics instruction and spelling lessons continue and introduce longer and more complicated letter combinations. Regular writing seminars and grammar lessons prepare students for longer pieces of writing across all subjects. Each student does daily journaling. Sentences are composed with weekly spelling words and checked for correct usage. Students expand their knowledge of punctuation, capitalization, parts of speech, subject-verb agreement and more. Handwriting lessons focus on cursive handwriting. Fun, hands-on courses show students how to find the meanings of new words in an age-appropriate dictionary.

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Summer Camp

Academics and fun!

During the summer months, Oak Crest Private School is a whirlwind of activities that combine academics and fun where children can have lots of new experiences.

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