Lower School Curriculum
The Bolles School's Pre-Kindergarten program focuses on a multi-faceted, developmental classroom experience. Time spent in both active and passive learning tasks enables the child to develop as an individual as well as a group participant. Academic readiness and social awareness are key goals of the program that are accomplished through peer group interaction and adult leadership. Teachers provide curriculum readiness experiences in the areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, body movement, music, and art.
The program is enriched by experiences in technology, library, character development, foreign language, physical education, and fine and performing arts classes.
The kindergarten program provides students with a stimulating academic and developmental environment that is conducive to learning. The program focuses on the whole child and allows for cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development at a level and pace with which each child is comfortable, and uses a variety of instructional techniques.
Reading and language readiness skills are taught through a systematic introduction to consonant and short vowel sounds, individual writing experiences, and exposure to children's literature.
Math skills and concepts are explored through the use of a variety of manipulatives, games, and activities. A strong foundation is built for the transition to grade one.
Science and social studies concepts are explored through a series of units based in themes of interest to kindergarten-aged students. These themes are explored using art, music, and literature.
Experiences in physical education, art, music, library, technology, foreign language, and drama further enrich the kindergarten curricululm.
Grades One through Five
The curriculum for grades one through five emphasizes a close student-teacher relationship and the total development of the child-academic, social, emotional, and physical. Class sizes are limited and a sense of community is stressed within each class. Respect, responsibility, hard work, and concern for others are keys to success.
The curriculum includes the following core subject areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Additional areas of participation study are foreign language, technology, the arts (music, drama, and art), physical education, library, and character development.
The language arts curriculum includes reading, phonics, English grammar, spelling, vocabulary development, creative writing, and literature. Using a phonetic approach to instruction, students learn effective decoding strategies early. Particular attention is given to those skills critical to the reading process: comprehension, vocabulary, writing, literary, and study skills. English, spelling, and creative writing are not only a key ingredient of the language arts curriculum, but are also emphasized and reinforced in other academic disciplines.
Emphasis is placed on building a strong foundation of skills to allow for the continuity and development from one grade to the next. Using all modalities (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic), emphasis is placed on integrated problem solving, reasoning, and use of manipulatives and cooperative learning.
The activity-based science curriculum allows for students to understand scientific concepts through inquiry and investigation. Students engage in hands-on activities and are encouraged to explore questions and answers and, in turn, develop and identify resources, interrelationships, and attitudes of the world around them.
Students study their own communities, families, other countries, and both U.S. and Florida history. Appropriate field trips and art projects are planned to complement social studies activities. Activities and reading assignments provide motivation and experiences that help students expand their knowledge of the world at large and the concept of change and its effect over time.
Students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 have weekly classes in French. Students in Grades 4 and 5 are taught Spanish. The weekly classes expose students to the culture as well as receptive and productive language.
Classes meet several times a week emphasizing fitness, cooperative learning and games, and a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
Fine and Performing Arts:
Music, art, and drama meet weekly and ensure an appreciation for and an awareness of the wide variety of artistic experiences.
Through the use of Web 2.0 technology components, the children are able to use critical thinking skills to further enhance their learning of the curriculum. .
The library encourages reading for pleasure and circulates books regularly. As part of our library program, students develop skills that relate to health and personal safety and character development.
After School Activities:
Both campus locations offer an Extended Day Program for working parents who need reliable before and after-school care for their children. In addition, the Advantage Program gives children an opportunity to participate in activities such as dance, music, sports, and more.
For detailed information by grade level please click on the appropriate link below:
First Grade Curriculum
Second Grade Curriculum
Grade Three Curriculum
Grade Four Curriculum
Grade Five Curriculum