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What is the Open Court Reading Program?
Open Court Reading
© is an elementary basal reading program for grades K-6 developed by SRA/McGraw-Hill. The program is designed to systematically teach decoding, comprehension, inquiry and investigation, and writing in a logical progression. Part 1 of each unit, Preparing to Read, focuses on phonemic awareness, sounds and letters, phonics, fluency, and word knowledge. Part 2, Reading and Responding, emphasizes reading for understanding with literature, comprehension, inquiry, and practical reading applications. Part 3, Language Arts, focuses on communication skills such as spelling and vocabulary; writing process strategies; English language conventions such as grammar, speaking, and penmanship; and basic computer skills.

MATHEMATICS

enVisionMATH is a math program that meets the varied needs of students and teachers without undermining the strength of its curriculum. enVisionMATH addresses the wide range of educational issues that teachers face and provides curriculum to meet these needs that is truly successful.

  • Conceptual Understanding

    Envision a math program where pictures do the talking. enVisionMATH is the first math program that develops math concepts through interactive and visual learning.

  • Problem Solving

    Envision a math program where problem solving is no problem. enVisionMATH’s Bar Diagrams help students see the math.

  • Understanding by Design

    Envision a math program that is planned and designed for understanding. Dr. Grant Wiggins’ concept of Understanding by Design ensures that you deliberately target your students’ understanding.

  • Meeting Individual Needs

    Envision a math program where every child counts. Data-driven differentiated instruction takes the guess work out of helping students achieve.

SCIENCE PROGRAM

What is FOSS California?
In a nutshell, FOSS California is a hands-on, inquiry based K-5 science curriculum that teaches science in interesting and engaging ways, while providing teachers in California with the resources they need to teach science effectively.  Students conduct approximately 27 science experiments per year in their life, earth and physical science units.

FOSS is a research-based science curriculum for grades K–8 developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. FOSS is also an ongoing research project dedicated to improving the learning and teaching of science. The FOSS project began over 20 years ago during a time of growing concern that our nation was not providing young students with an adequate science education. The FOSS program materials are designed to meet the challenge of providing meaningful science education for all students in diverse American classrooms and to prepare them for life in the 21st century. Development of the FOSS program was, and continues to be, guided by advances in the understanding of how youngsters think and learn.

Visit the FOSS California website for more information: http://fossweb.com/CA/. Parents will find games and home activities that support the science curriculum.

LIBRARY

Kentwood has a Wonder of Reading Library:

“The purpose of The Wonder of Reading is to inspire in children the love of reading. It provides lasting, significant benefits to the community by providing children with the tools and assistance they need to improve their reading skills and have better life advantages. Through their “3R” Program—Renovate, Restock, and Read—The Wonder of Reading joins with schools, parents and communities to convert inferior school libraries into inviting reading sanctuaries for young students. These esthetic and practical improvements put in place resources that will last for years.”

The Wonder of Reading
Beth Michelson, Executive Director

The Wonder of Reading “3R” Program

  • Renovate

  • The school library was completely gutted, expanded and renovated to create an inviting reading sanctuary. Story steps for group reading, individual study stations, and quiet nooks for reading were created within a unique theme for each library.

  • Restock

  • Existing book collections were culled to leave only the most desirable reading materials for students. At least $10,000 worth of new books were placed in the library.  Each year the school adds an additional 5% to our book collection.

  • Read

  • The schools recruit and The Wonder of Reading trains volunteers to read one-on-one with struggling students.  Volunteers read with their students for an hour each week for the entire year.

ARTS AT KENTWOOD

Kentwood participates in the Arts Prototype program in LAUSD. In 1999, the LAUSD Board of Education, in partnership with the Los Angeles arts community, established a comprehensive plan to reinstate dance, music, theatre and visual arts instruction in every school and at every grade level by 2010. LAUSD’s Arts Education Branch has formulated a consensus around the qualities of a comprehensive, sequential, articulated instructional and learning plan taught by qualified and credentialed arts teachers.

  • Orchestra

  • The instrumental music program provides standards-based music instruction utilizing the instruments at the school site. Orchestra is open to 4th and 5th grade students based on teacher recommendation.

  • Chorus

  • The vocal/general music teacher provides a comprehensive, standards-based instructional program for students and in-class music professional development for classroom teachers.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Children are faced with many challenges in society that can result in a sedentary lifestyle. The purpose of PE is to educate students in physical activity and provide the tools needed to overcome misconceptions about physical education.  Physical education also improves self esteem.

The Program features: warm–up, flexibility, cardiovascular muscular strength & endurance, skill development and cool-down.

GIFTED/TALENTED PROGRAM (GATE)

Gifted/Talented Programs creates high end learning opportunities which allow students to flourish in stimulating academic and social environments. In designing challenging educational opportunities, we strive to raise the floor, remove the walls and eliminate the ceiling on learning. Ceilings are for rooms not students.

Program Features (Differentiated Instruction)

  • Accelerated or advanced content

  • More complex understandings of generalizations, principles, theories, and the structure of the content area

  • Abstract concepts and thought processes or skills

  • Level and type of resources used to obtain information, acquire skills, and develop products

  • Appropriation of longer/shorter time span for learning

  • Generating new information and/or products

  • Transfer of learning to new/different disciplines, situations

Development of personal growth and sophistication in attitudes, appreciations, feelings, intuition , independence of thought and study