Religion – Students learn stories of the Old and New Testament, traditional prayer memorization, seasons of the Church, the sacrament of Baptism, the Golden Rule, the Ten Commandments, culminating with preparation for receiving First Eucharist in the spring of second grade.
Math – Our early elementary students explore numbers and number patterns, time, money, basic addition and subtraction, data and graphing, as well as introductory geometry, comparisons, measurements, fractions, place value, and regrouping. Science – Students study inquiry-based science, learning to apply the scientific method to all experiments.  Life science, Earth science and Physical science are explored with varying units, including plants, animals, habitats, dinosaurs, small machines, magnets and outer space.
Social Studies – Students learn about our country and the world around us through stories, discussions, and social studies units.  Second graders also utilize reference materials, read maps and tables, and study our continents and oceans, using a Houghton Mifflin text. Handwriting – Applying the D’Nealian form, students learn to properly space letters and words, developing fine motor coordination and legible handwriting.  In second grade, D’Nealian cursive writing is introduced.
Technology – Students learn about the library, how to find information both in books and with a computer, enjoying all that technology has to offer.  Keyboarding skills are also introduced. Art – Early elementary students explore a variety of media creating their own works of art. Religion – Students study the life of Jesus, the sacraments and their significance to one’s spiritual life, the parts of the Mass, the four types of prayers, and the lives of saints.  Special emphasis is placed on social justice and service learning.
Language Arts – Students gain further knowledge in a detailed study of the parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization and proper sentence structure. Math – Multiplication and division are introduced in third grade, as well as a continued study of addition, subtraction, estimation, word problems, geometry, and fractions.  Measurement, place value, and graphing skills are further developed, while basic algebra is introduced. Science – Students study Biology, Earth science and Physical science, exploring varying units including cells and ecosystems, Earth and its resources, weather, space, force, motion, and electricity. Social Studies – Third through fifth grade social studies focuses around the development of our country, from the physical formation of the land, to early Native American cultures, progressing through the founding and settlement of America. Handwriting – Third graders are quickly expected to write only in D’Nealian cursive.  Excellent penmanship is an expectation of all grades at St.

Music – Students further develop their understanding of music while expanding on tone quality and diction. Art – Students begin to identify and experiment with the various artistic materials, tools, techniques, and processes, recognizing art as a form of communication.
Physical Education – Students are coached on appropriate basic skills for various sports games, honing their coordination skills, and encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle.
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With these new kids writing prompts, students will expand their understanding of Dr King and deepen their respect for his work and its lasting effect on humanity. Would you like to visit the Dr King memorial on the Great Mall in our nation’s capital?
Having students journal about this important topic is a great way to get them thinking critically about the subjects of nonviolent social change, civil rights, racism, poverty, beloved community, freedom, justice, and equality.
Columba Elementary School takes a traditional, structured approach to education, with an exemplary, child-centered academic program.  Our core subjects focus on reading and reading comprehension, composition, inquiry and analytical skills. Columba students develop outstanding public speaking skills, enabling them to interact thoughtfully and respectfully throughout the community. Reading comprehension is fully developed through interactive processes teaching students how to synthesize information. Students also work on group projects with parent volunteers, participating in our school’s annual Science Fair.
Columba, we recognize the enormous benefits of introducing foreign language study at an early age.  As part of our comprehensive K-8 Spanish Language curriculum, early elementary students focus on acquiring correct pronunciation, comprehending spoken Spanish and learning some basic vocabulary and cultural insights. Fourth Graders prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, including a review of the Commandments and a study of the Beatitudes.

Our third graders trace the westward movement on the Oregon Trail, while our fourth graders concentrate on the development of different parts of our country, including natural resources and industry. Singing in rounds is introduced, as well as a review of reading, notating, and performing rhythmic and melodic patterns.
Historical works of art will become identifiable, as the students are able to place them in their particular cultures, related to specific times in history.
Our lessons include basic health education, stretching activities and a review of good teamwork and sportsmanship. Parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization and proper sentence structure are also introduced. We teach greetings, classroom objects, colors, numbers, animals, days of the week and other simple words.
The mechanics of good writing are also emphasized with frequent composition opportunities, calling attention to the components of quality expository writing.  Each grade utilizes fascinating age-appropriate books and texts from various genres to strengthen comprehension skills, exploring topics from American History, to folklore, to opera. Fifth graders study the advancement of our democratic system of government, and the Industrial Revolution.  States and capitals, along with their locations on a map, are also memorized.
Students utilize these tools throughout the school day for research, production, communication, and web -based enrichment activities. The visual arts are explored through materials, tools, techniques and processes, emphasizing cultural and historical points of view. Utilizing workbooks by Loyola Press, these principles of grammar are explored in an interesting format by drawing on history and the lives of saints.

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