WELCOME TO THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!
The Elementary School at St. Norbert includes grades kindergarten through five and features a curriculum designed to educate the whole child. This means students develop across three areas critical to the overall wellbeing of a child: academic learning, social emotional learning, and faith. Ultimately, this intentional approach embraced in our nurturing Christian environment supports the development of confident, happy children who love learning. This ensures students are prepared for life ahead with a foundation of critical skills and a belief system needed to navigate whatever comes their way.
Kindergarten and First Grade
Students in kindergarten and first grade focus on foundational skills in reading, math and science. Emphasis is placed on beginning reading and writing skills such as knowing the letters and how to put them into words through basic sentence structure and punctuation. Foundational math skills are taught with a focus on numbers, adding, subtracting and the realization that operations exist. From a science perspective, students learn basic lab safety while observing the world around them using the five senses.
Second through Fifth Grade
As kids continue to grow from second through fifth grade, students gradually experience more homework, long term projects, and added responsibilities that eventually prepare them for middle school. Students continue to focus on spelling and reading comprehension through chapter books and book reports and can expect to progressively move from simple storytelling to writing more complex essays by the end of elementary school. This in combination with our cooperative learning approach gives students in later elementary years the opportunity to practice listening and presentation skills by teaching back what they learned in group presentations and hold respectful discussions regarding them.
In science, kids begin to delve deeper into the meaning of topics in a mix of physical, life and earth science. Organizational skills are brought into personal focus in third grade through a daily planner with the goal of being student led by fifth grade.
In fourth and fifth grade, students continue to build their skills in language arts with an expanded focus on grammar, reading, vocabulary and mechanics of writing. Students continue to develop their foundation of math skills through word problems, multiplication and division of decimals and fractions and measurement. And from a social studies perspective, fifth graders focus on US History from first settlers through the American Revolution.
Spanish – K-5
The main focus of the elementary Spanish levels is to expose students to different elements and structures of the Spanish language. Students use their understanding of the alphabet to explore reading in Spanish using proper pronunciation. Nearing the end of elementary school, students are introduced to the concepts of conjugation.
Physical Education – K-5
The elementary school years mark an important time in a child’s development of spatial awareness and healthy exercise habits. Students enjoy physical education four times a week for K-4 and twice a week for 5th grade. This gives kids the much-needed opportunity to not only get exercise, but also learn proper exercise techniques while having fun with friends.
Fine Arts - Music
Students in kindergarten thru third grade enjoy music class three times a week as they focus on fun catchy songs, dancing, movement and exploring of instruments. Children begin to recognize notes and literature is worked into music. Second and third graders build upon their musical skills by learning the recorder through the Recorder Karate Program. Fourth and fifth grade students have the opportunity to join band and learn to play a woodwind or brass instrument.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Just as academics are critical in the development of a child, so too are the “soft skills.” For elementary school, students build critical thinking and problem-solving skills alongside the development of social skills. This means students learn: to work respectfully with one another; how to communicate with others (children and adults); how to present effectively by speaking in a meaningful way without the use of paper; how to build good study skills as individual learners so they can help themselves moving forward. This intentional combination builds a child’s foundational tool box of skills and gives them the confidence needed for any situation.
Faith is at the heart of a St. Norbert education. Through religion class students learn how to be a good friend and how to follow expectations. This leads into how God wants us to live while learning from the bible how to treat each other. Students learn basic prayers such as the Hail Mary, Our Father, Glory Be, and Grace.