Kindergarten through Fourth Grade make up the elementary level of education at Memorial Lutheran School. These are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid. In the elementary school years the mind is ready to absorb information. Children at this stage of learning enjoy memorization where they learn all of the basic facts, such as the rules of phonics and spelling, rules of grammar, vocabulary of foreign languages (Latin), stories of history and literature, descriptions of plants and animals and the human body, and the facts of mathematics. This information makes up the basic building blocks as they begin preparing for middle school.
Religion - Learn by Heart by Concordia Publishing is used, along with illustrated Bible story books. Students attend Chapel each morning
Math - First grade Saxon Math is used where students learn addition and subtraction, graphing, money, telling time, and recognizing patterns
Handwriting, Phonics, and Literature - The Writing Road to Reading by Spalding incorporates phonics, handwriting, spelling and vocabulary
History/Social Studies - Friends and Neighbors Social Studies, by Macmillan/McGraw Hill publisher
Science/Health - Elemental Science curriculum covers chemistry, physics, zoology, botany, geology, and meteorology.
Technology - The interactive white board allows for the the students to be engaged in learning. Students have access to the iPad cart during center time.
Music - The children visit the music room for singing twice weekly. Students may elect to join the strings program (violin, cello).
Physical Education - Students attend P.E. twice a week with the Athletic Director. Children go outside for recess after lunch each day (weather permitting).
Art - Art projects are coordinated with the classroom curriculum. The students visit the art room twice a week where they learn various techniqes such as painting, sketching and sculpture.
Library - The Kindergarten students visit the library once a week to check out books that they keep in the classroom.
1st through 4th Grade Curriculum
Religion - The teachers use the Bible, Luther's Small Catechism, and illustrated Bible story books in the classroom. Memory work is assigned each week. The students attend Chapel each morning
Math - Saxon Math textbooks are used.
Language Arts - The Writing Road to Reading by Spalding is a comprehensive program incorporating phonics, handwriting, reading, and spelling. Students begin to read classic story books and novels.
History /Geography - The Story of the World, History for the Classical Child and current events are used in 1st and 2nd grades. The Story of the World, Middle Ages and The 50 States and Maps are introduced in the 3rd grade. Components of Texas History are added in the 4th grade. The History Fair is held every other year (alternates with science fair).
Science - Elemental Science curriculumThe Science Fair is held every other year (alternates with history fair)
Latin - Song School Latin (Classical Academic Press) 1st grade; Prima Latina (Memoria Press) 2nd grade; Latina Christiana I Fourth Edition (Memoria Press) 3rd grade; First Form Latin (Memoria Press) 4th grade
Technology - An iPad cart is available to classrooms; The computer lab with desktop computers is available to the students, and each classroom is equipped with interactive white boards.
Physical Education - The athletic director spends time with each class emphasizing exercise through games and various sports. Each day after lunch (weather permitting), classes go outdoors for recess and physical activity. Students attend P.E. twice a week.
Music - Music class is offered twice a week for singing and introduction to musical instruments. Students may elect to participate in the strings program (violin or cello).
Art - Students attend art class twice per week where they learn the basic techniques of painting, drawing and sculpting. Projects are based on what is being taught in history and literature.
Library - Children visit the school library weekly to check out books, learn areas of the library, and build research skills.
Testing/Assessment K, 1st and 2nd
The Children's Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) is administered Fall, Winter and Spring to children in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd. The students are evaluated in areas of language arts/literacy and math - CPAA overview
Testing/Assessment in 3rd and 4th
The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) is administered to students in 3rd-8th grade in April. CTP is an assessment in reading, listening, vocabulary, writing, and mathematics. Verbal and quantitative reasoning subtests are part of the CTP beginning. The CTP helps compare content specific, curriculum-based performance to the more conceptual knowledge base found in reasoning tests - CTP overview