Kindergarten children will explore the fun of
building words by blending sounds, writing
sentences, and making illustrations, thus,
opening doors to the wonderful world of
reading! They are also made aware of their
surroundings and changes in nature, as well as
patterns in nature, taking notice of changes in
seasons, animal and plant adaptations, and life
cycles. Kindergarten has a small vegetable
garden that the children tend. What would be a
better way of seeing changes in nature up close
then doing hands on in the garden? After all,
kindergarten means child’s garden!
Excitement abounds in every subject in first
grade at IHM. Everything is new! Literacy in
reading is a big focus of the curriculum.
Reading, math and language are integrated into
each subject area. The children learn to write
sentences on topics implementing the mechanics
of writing. Math is very hands on using
manipulative, flashcards, smart board programs
and games. We touch on time and measurements in
inches. They can usually be seen measuring
their toes, fingers arms and feet. The children
especially love the Author’s Chair. They bring
in a book of their choice and present it to the
rest of the class. This is important for
reading practice, oral reading, and great for
the others to become familiar with new authors
and books. First grade is also big on
celebrating holidays. We tie in books, art, and
of course food with each holiday. The children
are like sponges and soak up information
throughout the day. We touch on every subject
using media, games programs, and our senses.
The children who enter first grade in September
leave in June with an arsenal of skills and
fundamentals that they will build upon in future
second grade children will work on their reading
comprehension skills using guided reading
lessons on the SMART Board. For enrichment the
students will use third grade reading
materials. They are developing their writing
skills through their journals; the students will
also write and illustrate personal narratives.
In math, students use manipulative and make
clocks. The children strengthen their
relationship with God by receiving the sacrament
of First Penance and First Holy Communion.
emerged as readers and writers. We filled our
writing journals with all types of interesting
and exciting “adventures”. We took the next big
step in math: multiplication and division. We
had “math bees” to motivate the memorization
process. In science we have fun creating
diorama of ecosystems we are learning about, and
our dioramas of The Last Supper for religion are
especially beautiful! Finally, culture day in
social studies is a special treat! We get to
sample different foods, listen to different
music, hear stories and poems and get to know
each other more!
fourth grade love reading Cricket in Times
Square. They become creatures trapped in a
picnic basket. Our end of year presentation
takes us to many exciting locations in New York
City. Our yearly trip to the Hudson River
Museum gets the children involved with the
ecosystem and their environment. They have even
more fun creating their own river map! Our
daily visits to the science lab have the
children enthused as they perform the different
hands on experiments.
fifth grade is a time to foster independence.
Mastery of third and fourth grade computation
skills is essential for learning how to use
these concepts in higher learning mathematics
during fifth grade. A scientific nutritional
project incorporating math graphs ends with more
energy and focusing ability achieved by the
students. A favorite project in social studies
is Historical Character Day in which students
research and portray a character studied in
class. Fifth graders then have classmates and
other students guess who they are. March 14th
is our annual Pi Day in which we remember the
math formula by eating delicious pies!
Social Studies 6 - learns about the ancient
world whose history comes alive on a class trip
to the Cloisters or The Metropolitan Museum of
Language Arts 6 - gets involved with grammar
and diagramming using their skills to unlock the
mysteries of how words work together. Writing a
poetry book and enjoying classic writers is also
a focus of L.A. 6. Using Bibles, in Religion
6, student’s journey along with the
Israelites in the Old Testament.
Science students learn everything from
Physics, Life Science to Earth Science,
participating in intriguing labs where they work
collaborating with fellow classmates. The
Reading class gets involved in the Doll
House Murders creating dollhouses using
favorite scenes from the story. Math 6 –
In addition to mastering basic number systems
and operations sixth graders are introduced to
Algebraic equations and inequalities in Real
Language Arts 7 - Students learn the
poetry of Carl Sandbury, Emily Dickinson and
Langston Hughes and listen and discuss the prose
of O’Henry and Agatha Chrisitie who all lend
expression to the children’s’ creative writing.
Reading class will be exposed to many
genres of literature this year. The will be
reading selections of poetry, biographies, folk
tales, autobiographies, drama (plays) as well as
fiction and nonfiction pieces. In addition to
reading, a new vocabulary series has been added
to the curriculum. Each lesson challenges the
student to review and apply their knowledge of
the words in various ways.
Religion 7 - The students will be learning
more about how to live and nourish their faith.
The special seasons of the Liturgical Calendar
will be emphasized. The Sacraments, the
mysteries of the Rosary as well as Christian
doctrine will also be covered. The focus will
also be on the life of Jesus from His time is
Palestine to His Passion as well as the history
of the Church.
Social Studies 7 focus is on the period in
American history from colonization to the Civil
War; in addition to emphasis on current events.
the world of Mathematics the seventh
graders will deal more extensively into
Algebraic translations and evaluation of
Earth Science enthralls our Eight Graders.
Students work diligently throughout the year to
prepare for the Earth Science Regents Exam.
They complete many labs that allow them to act
like scientists from meteorologists to
Reading, Eight Graders read exerts from
the following genres: fiction, nonfiction,
poetry, Greek myths, and Native American
folktales. A new vocabulary program has been
introduced that reviews, extends and challenges
the use of standard based words.
Religion 8 – Eighth Graders are preparing
for the Sacrament of Confirmation. In addition,
they take a look back at the history of the
Church and the challenges and reforms She
Social Studies 8 focus is on the period in
American history from Reconstruction to the
present day; in addition to emphasis on current
Language Arts, the Eight Grade students
use newspaper articles and read prose by classic
writers such as O’Henry, Hemingway, and Christie
to encourage their own creativity in writing and
foster appreciation for literature. Their
poetry writing is inspired by Carl, Sandbury,
Langston Hughes and Emily Dickinson.
- Life skills are an important part of the
eighth grade application of mathematical
concepts. They spend a great amount of time
applying percents to tax, interest, sales,
commission, discount, gratuities and the like.
Algebra 1 is available for Eighth Grade
students with advanced placement. These
students learn to integrate the math skills they
have learned into Algebraic understanding.
Algebra students will take the 9th
Grade Regents Exam in June.