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Everything is new for the elementary student, from the wonder of reading their first word to the satisfaction of completing a long division problem. Providence teachers strive to come alongside each student, nurturing abilities, strengthening weaknesses, and guiding in knowledge and truth. Our teachers are our school’s greatest strength. They carefully tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of each class.

The math curriculum from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade follows the Harcourt Expressions series. The series uses a spiral method to introduce each concept and then to fill in with greater detail as the year progresses. The repetition of engaging the material in increasing difficulty serves to cement the mathematical concepts and to ensure that each student masters the concepts in a style suited to how they learn best. Music is incorporated in the math learning process in the lower grades.

The language arts program takes the student from learning the D’Nealian manuscript through extensive writing and poetry appreciation exercises. Reading often is integrated with other subjects. For example, students learning about California history may read Island of the Blue Dolphins and students learning about wilderness ecosystems in science may read Sign of the Beaver. Teachers utilize the Step-up-to-Writing method and writer’s workshops to ensure excellence in writing.

Social studies begins in the lower elementary years with a focus on understanding the family and community as it relates to citizenship and what constitutes a healthy society. In the later elementary years the curriculum turns its focus to Californian and American history. Using the History Alive! curriculum as well as field numerous trips helps make history relevant. Trips start locally with our great museums and places of government, expanding in the upper elementary years to include trips to Sacramento and La Purisima.

We believe that science is learned best not just by reading, but by doing. Guided by the teacher and using the Scott Foresman science curriculum, students participate in hands-on activities that bring science to life and deepens their understanding of how things work. Students visit a UCSB chemistry lab as well as beaches, parks, and Catalina Island.

The remainder of the daily schedule includes Bible, PE, music, library, and art. To learn more about these subjects, please explore the Enrichments and Spiritual Development tabs of this section.