Our English Language Arts (ELA) program helps develop the skills and strategies students in elementary need to be strong readers, critical thinkers, and life-long learners. Our program focuses on providing effective standards-based instruction and scaffolded practice, teaching vocabulary, and communicating clearly and correctly.
In the ELA classroom, students at every grade level will learn:
- reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills
- vocabulary in context with high-quality science, social studies, and literary texts
- to understand figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings
- how to think critically, communicate effectively, and problem-solve
- to cite evidence from complex text to support conclusions and respond to text-dependent questions
- how to integrate reading, writing, and speaking tasks to boost their college and career readiness
- to be independent thinkers
- the rules and principles of grammar, usage, and mechanics skills
- to apply these skills to writing
- to build fluency through continuous, repeated exposure of the writing process
Our research-based ELA program consists of Common Core Progress, Vocabulary Workshop, and Grammar Workshop along with supplemental textbooks including Close Reading of Complex Texts and Let’s Target Comprehension. Students use the online programs IXL and Freckle to reinforce concepts learned in the classroom.
At DAV we take math beyond mere ‘answer getting’ or performing the job of a mathematician. We take math to every day life. We take basic concepts such as measurements, money, time, fractions and decimals out of the class room and into the every day activities at the playground, stores, fieldtrips and a multitude of projects. Our students learn to use mathematics to simplify and explain real life problems. Once concepts are understood, they provide the strong foundation needed to perform all other academic mathematics such as word problems and computations.
In the Math Classroom, students at every grade level will learn to:
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
We provide personalized warm-up and enrichment experiences to students based on their individual strengths and weaknesses. We also encourage and prepare our students to participate in a variety of state and national mathematics competitions.
Science is everywhere and is very well connected with all the other disciplines of education – known asSTEAM- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Our school runs a strong Science program that helps our students make sense of the physical world. It helps them understand how and why things work by doing hands on activities and scientific investigation on every concept we study. The students create a lot of models, anchor charts, and engineering products. They also conduct research and field-based investigations. Art and Music is used in our Science class on a regular basis to make Science more interesting for all our students. We follow both Common Core and TEKS standards to cover all the essential elementary level Science concepts. We have a well-equipped Science Lab. We do not mix Science with Math class together. We have a separate Science class every day at least 45 minutes per grade from 2nd to 5th grade along with a 90-minute block once a week. The school conducts an Annual Science Fair for our elementary students from kindergarten to fifth grade. We try our best to connect all the core subjects with Science, so our students can connect all the dots and experience a complete picture.
The Social Studies Curriculum at DAV Elementary instills in students the skills of critical thinking, analytical writing, and civil argumentation that allow them to effectively communicate and contribute in an increasingly global society.
Our curriculum develops a strong foundation of our national and global histories, as well as a sound competency in the social sciences, so that students may become informed and responsible contributors to their community. Education in the social studies embraces the inclusion of all students as diversity among learners embraces the democratic principles our nation was founded upon and develops students into thoughtful and discerning citizens. The social studies department encourages all the students to become responsible and active leaders during and beyond their time at DAV Montessori and Elementary school.
In the Social Studies Classroom, students at every grade level will learn to:
- Read and interpret tables, charts, and graphs.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems and tell fact from fiction.
- Use Map and Globe Skills
- Find main ideas, sequence, compare and contrast, cause and effect.
- Incorporate the study skills including building vocabulary, and note taking
- Integrate citizenship skills including working together as a team.
DAV school believes that technology is an important part of student learning and because of this strong belief, technology is infused and integrated into all parts of our curriculum. Students not only learn basic skills such as typing on the keyboard and word editing but but they are taught how to critically think and problem solve. They develop their creativity through individual and group work, collaborative projects, and presentations for other classes. Students learn how to use technology in a variety of ways to support their lifelong love of learning.
Research suggests that providing yoga within the school curriculum may be an effective way to help students develop self-regulation, mind-body awareness and physical fitness, which may, in turn, foster additional SEL competencies and positive student outcomes such as improved behaviors, mental state, health and performance. It also gives students of every size, shape, and physical ability a supportive, noncompetitive, and inclusive form of physical exercise that is fun and empowering.
In today’s world of distanced, nuclear and busy families, our children may be losing out on the moral based informal education provided at home by grandparents and other elders of the society. In this techno-world, we at DAV see a need to introduce Moral Studies. We educate our students in virtues, principles and ideals to build character and personality that will shape their social future. We discuss feelings about what they see, read and hear around them and help them discern good from bad. This helps reinforce positive behavior. We help our students foster mutually benefiting relationships amongst each other thus, strengthening their bonds of friendship and respect for peers and elders. Our hope is that Moral Science Study will help our young adults counter bad influences, build ethical standards and promote fairness, honest and integrity once they step out into the wider world.