Preschool - Elementary School Curriculum

Morning PreK | Junior Kindergarten | Kindergarten | 1st Grade | 2nd Grade | 3rd Grade | 4th Grade

Morning Preschool

Winner of a 2014 Wicked Local Readers Choice Award, The Tobin School's preschool program is a rich, developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum that packs of lot of fun and learning into each 4 hour school day. The classroom is set up to maximize opportunities for playing, learning and practicing social skills. In addition to an introduction to letters, numbers, American Sign Language and Spanish; we offer time with our music teacher, Physical Education, Yoga, and Animal Science classes. And let’s not forget one of our most important goals for these students—leaning to share, problem solve and being a good friend. This room is a great introduction to school for these young learners!

 

Language Arts

Early literacy with a focus on phonemic and phonological awareness

Writing

Handwriting without Tears

Math

Concept exploration & manipulative work

Science

Thematic units based on MA Frameworks

Social Studies

Thematic units based on MA Frameworks

Foreign Languages

Spanish in class, American Sign Language (ASL) in class and specialist instructor monthly

Social Thinking/Etiquette/
Character Education

CHEER Program (Character Ed for Early Results), School-wide focus on character education, etiquette & community service. Think Social curriculum

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Music

Daily in class plus one 30 min period/week with specialist instructor

Physical Education

Gross motor activities daily plus one 30 min period/week with specialist instructor, Yoga twice per month

Visual Arts

Daily in class

Animal Science

One 30 min period/weekly

Field Trips

Approximately 2 per year

Assessment

Full Developmental Reviews, twice per school year with evidence-based Teaching Strategies Gold

Morning PreK  [top]

Offering a very full 8:45am to 1:15pm school day, these young students work hard to learn their letters and make connections from letters to sounds. Opportunities for rhymes, wordplay, and lots of beginning writing activities get us off and running for Kindergarten. Focusing on a monthly theme, the teachers in Morning PreK use every opportunity they can to expand their students knowledge and understanding of the world around them. These students also participate in many of our Tobin School special subjects, including: Physical Education, Animal Science, Yoga and Music. Lots of fun and lots of Kindergarten preparation are the hallmarks of this classroom.

 

Language Arts

Early literacy with a focus on phonemic awareness and phonological awareness, Lively Letters

Writing

Handwriting without Tears, exposure to Wilson Fundations writing program

Math

Concept exploration & manipulative work

Science

Thematic units based on MA Frameworks

Social Studies

Thematic units based on MA Frameworks

Foreign Languages

Spanish in class, American Sign Language in class and with specialist instructor monthly

Social Thinking/ Etiquette/ Character Education

CHEER Program (Character Ed for Early Results)
School-wide focus on character education, etiquette & community service. Think Social curriculum.

Music

Daily in class plus one 30 min period/week with specialist instructor

Physical Education

Gross motor activities daily plus one 30 min period/week with specialist educator, Yoga twice per month

Visual Arts

Daily in class

Animal Science

One 30 min period per week

Field Trips

Approximately 4 per year

Assessment

Full Developmental Reviews, twice per school year with evidence-based Teaching Strategies Gold

Technology

While not a formally structured curriculum, students use laptops and iPads as learning resources.

Junior Kindergarten  [top]

We opened our first Junior Kindergarten classroom seven years ago and now this one small classroom has grown to three full classes. This innovative program offers a specially designed curriculum for children who are 4.5 and up by September 1st. Most of those who enroll in Junior K have already attended Preschool and PreK, but are still too young for public school Kindergarten. It is also often the choice for other students who have just turned five or whose parents believe would benefit from “an extra year”. In Junior Kindergarten, our goal is to take these students “as far as they can go!”. With all the students a bit older than in a typical PreK group, we really work to challenge these learners. Rather than circle and choice time, these students participate in Morning Meeting, English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. They also participate in all the special subjects enjoyed by our Tobin School elementary students, including Mandarin, Art, Music, Physical Education, Yoga, Animal Science, and field trips. But don’t worry—we don’t forget that these students are still very young. Our daily schedule also includes time for play, twice daily recess/outside time, and lots of opportunities to move and socialize!

 

Language Arts

Early literacy with a focus on phonemic and phonological awareness, Orton Gillingham for Phonics, Lively Letters

Writing

Handwriting without Tears, exposure to Wilson Fundations writing program

Math

Concept exploration & manipulative work, Introduction to TouchMath

Science

Thematic units based on MA Frameworks

Social Studies

Thematic units based on MA Frameworks

Foreign Languages

Spanish in class, Mandarin one 30 min period/week,
American Sign Language in class and with specialist instructor monthly

Social Thinking/ Etiquette/ Character Education

School-wide  focus on character education, etiquette & community service. Think Social curriculum.

Music

One 30 min period/week with specialist instructor

Physical Education

Two 30 min periods/week with specialist instructor, Yoga twice per month

Visual Arts

One 30 min period/week & daily in class

Animal Science

One 30 min period/week

Field Trips

Approximately 4 per year

Assessment

Full Developmental Reviews, twice per school year with evidence-based Teaching Strategies Gold

Technology

While not a formally structured curriculum, students use laptops and iPads as learning resources.

Kindergarten  [top]

Kindergarten at The Tobin School offers an intentionally small class size (1 teacher:ten students) and a rich curriculum which prepares our students for a great academic career ahead and allows truly individualized instruction. Using the renowned Wilson Fundation program for phonics, beginning reading and writing gets our students off the a strong start. The “My Math” program offers lots of hands-on learning that will challenge and excite these students. And thematic units in Science and Social Studies allow our students to explore the world around them. These students participate in all our Tobin School special subjects: Art, Music, Spanish & Mandarin, Physical Education, Yoga, Animal Science, and field trips. They also join with a class of older students here at Tobin for a weekly buddy time. Kindergarten at Tobin is the way Kindergarten should be—still fun, warm, exciting, and challenging.

 

Language Arts

Wilson Fundations

Writing

Wilson Fundations, Lucy Calkins' Units of Study

Math

Manipulative-based McGraw Hill 'My Math', Introduction to TouchMath

Science

Thematic units based on MA Frameworks

Social Studies

Thematic units based on MA Frameworks

Foreign Languages

Spanish one 30 min period/week, Mandarin one 30 min period/week

Social Thinking/ Etiquette/ Character Education

School-wide  focus on character education, etiquette & community service. Think Social curriculum.

Music

One 30 min period/week

Physical Education

One 30 min period/week onsite, One 45 min period/week offsite,
Yoga twice per month

Visual Arts

One 30 min period/week

Animal Science

One 30 min period/week

Field Trips

Approximately 4 per year

Assessment

Full Evaluation twice per year with evidence-based Teaching Strategies Gold, DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment, series 2)

Technology

While not a formally structured curriculum, students use laptops and iPads as learning resources.

Elementary School at The Tobin School

Our parents have described The Tobin School as “caring, warm, fun, and encouraging—a really good place for those elementary years."  We are proud of our solid curriculum of academics and special subjects. To prepare our students to be strong readers and writers, we use the highly regarded Orton Gillingham approach to phonics instruction and the equally strong Wilson Fundations program. Using a guided reading approach for 1st through 3rd grade allows each student to practice writing, word work (phonics and spelling), listening (comprehension), and reading time with a teacher to build fluency. We build on our writing skills with an innovative program designed by Lucy Calkins-the guru of elementary school writing! Using My Math allows us to approach math in an engaging and active way, while invidividualizing for each student.

In Science and Social Studies, we provide active, project-based learning to ensure that students gain a deep understanding of the subject matter. Instruction in Technology, touch-typing, Art, Music, Physical Education, Mandarin, Spanish, Yoga and Animal Science keep everyone fully engaged. And our school-wide Social Emotional Learning curriculum means we focus on all the needs of the child. We’d love to tell you more about what we do. Why not come in for a visit and see what makes The Tobin School such a special place to start your child’s academic career.

First Grade   [top]

 

Language Arts

Orton Gillingham and Wilson Fundations for Phonics, Daily Guided Reading Instruction

Writing

Wilson Fundations, Lucy Calkins' Units of Study

Math

Manipulative-based McGraw Hill 'My Math', Leveled Math Groups

Science

Project-based work concepts from the MA Frameworks

Social Studies

Project-based work on concepts from the MA Frameworks

Foreign Languages

Spanish one 30 min period/week, Mandarin one 30 min period/week

Social Thinking/ Etiquette/ Character Education

School-wide  focus on character education, etiquette & community service. Think Social curriculum.

Technology

One 30 min period/week, additional time for project work, instruction in Microsoft Office, iPads as learning resources

Music

One 30 min period/week

Physical Education

One 30 min period/week onsite, One 45 min period/week offsite,
Yoga twice per month

Visual Arts

One 45 min period/week

Animal Science

One 30 min period/week

Field Trips

Approximately 4 per year

Assessment

Full Evaluation twice per year, Reading A-Z Benchmark Assessments, DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment, series 2)

 

Second Grade   [top]

 

Language Arts

Orton Gillingham and Wilson Fundations for Phonics, Daily Guided Reading Instruction

Writing

Wilson Fundations, Lucy Calkins' Units of Study

Math

McGraw Hill 'My Math', Leveled Math Groups

Science

Project-based work on concepts from the MA Frameworks

Social Studies

Project-based work on concepts from the MA Frameworks

Foreign Languages

Spanish one 30 min period/week, Mandarin one 30 min period/week

Social Thinking/ Etiquette/ Character Education

School-wide  focus on character education, etiquette & community service. Think Social curriculum.

Technology

One 30 min period/week, additional time for project work, Keyboarding instruction with Typing Pal, instruction in Microsoft Office, iPads as learning resources.

Music

One 30 min period/week

Physical Education

One 30 min period/week onsite, One 45 min period/week offsite,
Yoga twice per month

Visual Arts

One 45 min period/week

Animal Science

One 30 min period/week

Field Trips

Approximately 4 per year

Assessment

Full Evaluation twice per year,Reading A-Z Benchmark Assessments, Curriculum-based assessments, DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment, series 2)

 

Third Grade   [top]

 

Language Arts

Orton Gillingham for Phonics, Daily Guided Reading Instruction

Writing

Cursive instruction with HWT, option to use keyboarding for many writing activities, Lucy Calkins' Units of Study

Math

McGraw Hill 'My Math', Leveled Math Groups

Science

Project-based work on concepts from the MA Frameworks

Social Studies

Project-based work on concepts from the MA Frameworks

Foreign Languages

Spanish one 30 min period/week, Mandarin one 30 min period/week

Social Thinking/ Etiquette/ Character Education

School-wide  focus on character education, etiquette & community service. Think Social curriculum.

Technology

One 30 min period/week, additional time for project work, Keyboarding instruction with Typing Pal, instruction in Microsoft Office, iPads as learning resources

Music

One 30 min period/week

Physical Education

One 30 min period/week onsite, One 45 min period/week offsite,
Yoga twice per month

Visual Arts

One 45 min period/week

Animal Science

One 30 min period/week

Field Trips

Approximately 4 per year

Assessment

Full Evaluation twice per year, Optional ERB-CTP 4 Assessment annually

 

Fourth Grade   [top]

 

Language Arts

Reader’s & Writer’s Workshop, Genre work, Leveled Reading Groups

Writing

Cursive instruction with HWT, option to use keyboarding for many writing activities, Lucy Calkins' Units of Study

Math

McGraw Hill 'My Math', Leveled Math Groups

Science

Project-based work on concepts from the MA Frameworks

Social Studies

Project-based work on concepts from the MA Frameworks

Foreign Languages

Spanish one 30 min period/week, Mandarin one 30 min period/week

Social Thinking/ Etiquette/ Character Education

School-wide  focus on character education, etiquette & community service. Think Social curriculum.

Technology

One 30 min period/week, additional time for project work, Keyboarding instruction with Typing Pal, instruction in Microsoft Office, iPads as learning resources

Music

One 30 min period/week

Physical Education

One 30 min period/week onsite, One 45 min period/week offsite,
Yoga twice per month

Visual Arts

One 45 min period/week

Animal Science

One 30 min period/week

Field Trips

Approximately 4 per year

Assessment

Full Evaluation twice per year, ERB-CTP 4 Assessment annually