Our local curriculum includes all subjects required by the State of Illinois plus Religion. The instructional program includes Language Arts (reading, phonics, English, spelling and handwriting), mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, physical education and computer science. As a Catholic school, the teaching of religion is a priority in the instructional program. As an elementary school, the curriculum is designed to teach the basics and to provide experiences which will best prepare our students for their transition to high school. Our curriculum is modified to meet the needs of our students.
1. Pre-school: Classes focus on socialization skills, learning to play and share with one another. The development of small and large motor skills through age appropriate activities is also emphasized.
2. Pre-kindergarten: Classes continue to focus on the development of social skills and initiate kindergarten readiness skills.
3. Kindergarten: The curriculum incorporates basic social skills, physical development and readiness levels in art, mathematics, language arts/reading/phonics, and physical and social sciences.
4. Grades 1, 2 & 3: In first, second and third grades, children are taught in self-contained classes where fundamental skills are emphasized and students are given experiences in becoming responsible for learning through age appropriate activities.
5. Grades 4 & 5: The fourth and fifth grade students are taught mainly in self-contained classes, while being introduced to departmentalization in two classes. Their curriculum is built upon materials and experiences introduced in the primary grades. It is designed to help prepare the students for the transition to junior high.
6. Grades 6, 7 & 8: The sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes are departmentalized. The curriculum is designed to help prepare the students for their high school experience and is developed from the fundamental skills taught in earlier grades.
7. Spanish: The Spanish Program is offered from Kindergarten through 8th grade, once a week. All classes follow the same routine as they transition into the Spanish classroom setting. It creates uniformity as well as confidence as they repeat this process, year after year. The teacher and students greet each other in Spanish, then pray, followed by the calendar and weather. The upper grades even get to take on the role of “La secretaries” or the secretary as they take turns asking basic questions regarding weather, calendar, and time of day. Lower grades (K-5th) receive instruction based on our monthly thematic unit (ie: family, clothing). Every month, they practice vocabulary words along with a song and fun games. Upper grades (6-8th) receive instruction from the book “Spanish is Fun”, which is a well-paced introduction to the Spanish language. It exposes them to basic grammar in Spanish necessary to transition into high school.
8. Physical Education: Experiences to develop motor skills are necessary for learning. Our Physical Education curriculum offers a well-rounded variety of age-appropriate activities that help produce healthy bodies, while developing the skills necessary for team participation and good sportsmanship.
9. Music: Experiences in developing fundamental skills and an appreciation of music are needed to develop the well-rounded individual. The music curriculum focuses on music appreciation, fundamental skills in music, liturgical music and basic cognitive skills relating to music. All students in grade K – 8 participate twice weekly.
10. Art: Students are given the opportunity to develop their artistic talents in various aspects of the school curriculum. Formal Art classes are offered in grades three, four, five, six, seven and eight, with the course of study focusing on art appreciation, developing fundamental skills and basic concepts.
11. Computer: Basic skills and fundamental concepts are taught to utilize technology as a tool for learning. All students in grade K – 8 participate on a weekly basis. Classes are scheduled for formal instruction as well as for activities designed by the teachers to enhance other areas of the curriculum.
The “Accelerated Reader” story began with the commitment of principal, teachers, parents, and students to read the best of children’s literature, and to improve comprehension by taking a short test on the computer.
This program offers the winning combination of quality reading and computer technology.
Here’s How It Works:
1. The student selects a book from the complete list of Accelerated Reader books provided on AR Book Finder.
2. The student reads the book during free-time.
3. After completing the book, the student signs up to take a comprehension test on the computer.
4. The students receive points based on achievement on the test.
5. Students who make the “Top Ten Readers” list and the top readers in each class are recognized on “The Accelerated Reader Wall of Fame” outside the Library.
*** Reading is the key to all education success; Divine Infant School makes a sincere pledge to grow in reading comprehension. ***
Keeping Students Safe in a Digital World
We may think of our children’s online, mobile, and technological activities as “digital life,” but to them it’s just life. In their world, being able to connect and communicate 24/7 from just about any location is normal. Phones aren’t simply for phone calls anymore but for listening to music, sending texts, filming videos, snapping and sharing photos, and accessing the Internet. Our children are using computers and tablets to socialize, stream video, and create movies and songs. And they can connect and communicate 24/7 from just about any location.
Digital Citizenship Vision Statement
Every student at Divine Infant Jesus School will become a responsible digital citizen who knows how to harness the learning potential of digital media in a 24/7 connected world, safely, effectively, ethically, and respectfully. In order to accomplish this goal, each year students will receive at least 3 hours of instruction on how to become a responsible digital citizen.