ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
The Core Knowledge Language Arts™ (CKLA) program used by AIS is a comprehensive Kindergarten–Grade 5 program for teaching skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking while also building students’ knowledge and vocabulary in literature, history, geography, and science. CKLA™ includes two instructional strands for K-3 that work together to instill both background knowledge and foundational skills, and these integrate into a single strand in Grades 4-5.
Listening & Learning strand
Building students’ knowledge and vocabulary while they are still learning to read is crucial for long-term success. At the heart of this strand are authentic fiction and nonfiction texts that teachers read aloud. These texts are grouped in knowledge domains that create interactive opportunities to question, discuss and share ideas centered on text. This strand ensures students are well prepared when they transition from learning to read to reading to learn.
These lessons support reading and foundational skills through daily instruction in phonemic awareness, spelling patterns, decoding with engaging decodable texts, writing mechanics and writing structure and processes. The Skills Strand fully accords with the findings of the National Reading Panel and the Reading Foundational Skills section of the Common Core State Standards.
Our Kindergarten – lower elementary students at AIS utilize the Saxon Math program to reach our Common Core Math standards. The Saxon Math curriculum has an incremental structure that distributes content throughout the year. This means concepts are divided into smaller, more easily grasped pieces called increments. A new increment is presented each day and students work only a few problems involving the new material. The remaining homework consists of practice problems involving concepts previously introduced. Thus, every assignment (and every test) is a cumulative review of all material covered up to that point. This integrated and connected approach provides deep, long-term mastery of the content and skills called for in the Common Core Standards.
The AIS Science program uses the digital and print Science Fusion Programs for Kindergarten through Ninth (K-9) grade. Science Fusion is a state-of-the-art science program designed for building inquiry and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills and optimized for learning in the classroom or at home, on a laptop, tablet, or using a science textbook. The STEM program in Science Fusion provides real-world challenges, hands-on activities, and Video-based Projects that develop important critical-thinking skills that will prepare students for success in the workplace and in life. The print, hands-on, and digital curricula provide student-centered options for all students, in any learning environment, and align to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).