Elementary School program at The Baldwin School of Puerto Rico
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Elementary School

Elementary aged children are eager, enthusiastic, energetic learners.  Throughout their elementary years, students strengthen their own abilities and grow their independence as learners. They explore, experiment, read, write, perform, research, create, present - and so much more. Baldwin’s elementary program supports each student’s learning process while encouraging the development of academic, athletic, artistic, and social skills.

Emphasis is placed on writing, reading, and mathematical proficiency. Traditional subjects are explored through learning experiences that develop conceptual thinking in a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. Although the core curriculum is taught in English, our Spanish teachers are devoted to empowering students to strive for mastery in oral and written Spanish. As a result, students become effective communicators in both languages. Teachers’ high expectations and support for all students result in passionate students who are able to establish their own goals as they enjoy the learning process.

Students also participate in a variety of clubs, mini-sports programs and clinics, as well as in Visual and Performing Arts programs, which culminate in Art Week, the Third Grade Opera, and the Elementary Talent Show.  For students in upper Elementary School, Student Council offers another way to express themselves and take action.

We strive to offer a rigorous academic curriculum, while also providing our students opportunities to foster a sense of belonging to the Baldwin community.  Activities such as monthly Town Hall Meetings, Spirit Week in the fall, Fun Day in the spring, the annual Family Day, and ongoing community service projects, unite the school and encourage family involvement.  A sense of identity continues to grow as students construct meaning about the attributes of the IB Learner Profile, and as they develop the attitudes to become lifelong learners.

 

Nancy Pagán
Elementary School Principal

 

Elementary Curriculum

Our first grade classrooms are self contained with approximately 20 students per class; in each homeroom there is one teacher and a teacher assistant. The emphasis in first grade is firmly on developing your child's reading, writing and math skills, but lessons in Social Studies, Science, Spanish, Computer, Art, Music and Physical Education are incorporated as well.

Español

Es un programa educativo para el aprendizaje formal del español en el nivel elemental que responde social y culturalmente a nuestra idiosincrasia. Incluye un componente de actividades dirigidas a tratar las diversas áreas del lenguaje, descritas de la siguiente manera: comprensión y reacción crítica, escritura libre, información y tecnología, ortografía y caligrafía, redacción dirigida, desarrollo de vocabulario y gramática en contexto.

Language Arts

The first grade Language Arts program is an integrated literature based reading and grammar program. Children learn to read, comprehend, and acquire grammatical skills through literature books. The course is divided into themes. Each theme concentrates on specific literature, grammar, and phonetic skills. Strategies, skills, and writing instruction are incorporated and taught in the context of the literature, with the goal that children will become independent readers and writers who construct meaning, critical thinking and respond personally.

Math

The mathematics program in the first grade primarily introduces math concepts. The concepts that are developed include adding and subtracting whole numbers, fractions, money, telling time, and measurement. The concepts will be tied into and practiced in daily life situations.

Science

The course is designed as a "hands-on" series. There are many activities for the students to do; some encourage exploring and critical thinking, others engage the students in observations, while some others help students learn to record their experiences.

Social Studies

This course will provide for and help develop an in-depth understanding of geography, history, culture, economics and citizenship. The goal of this course is to develop awareness of the way society is organized and the relationship between the past and the present.

Spanish as a Second Language

The SSL program strives to help the students comprehend basic vocabulary structures and expressions essential for everyday communication. The students will be able to respond to simple questions, statements, and commands using words, phrases, and short sentences. Students are encouraged to use the language as much as possible, but accuracy is not emphasized. Cultural objectives are incorporated into the language learning.

Our Second Grade classrooms are self contained with approximately 20 students per class; in each homeroom there is one teacher and a teacher assistant. In Second Grade we work on fine tuning our reading tactics; working toward reading fluently and carefully. Second Grade is also a year of exploration and discovery of the numbers in the world around us.

Students continue to receive instruction in Science, Social Studies, Spanish, Art, Computers, Music, and Physical Education.

Español

Este curso de español está diseñado para aquellos estudiantes cuyo vernáculo es el español. El curso proporcionará actividades para continuar desarrollando las destrezas del lenguaje oral y escrito hasta lograr el uso de éstos con mayor libertad y fluidez. La afición por la lectura se deberá desarrollar, causando ésta un aumento en la capacidad de comprensión. Se le brindará la oportunidad de seguir disfrutando de la labor de escribir mientras fortalece las destrezas de la lectura. El curso proveerá actividades para que el estudiante aprenda que la comunicación es más efectiva al escuchar.

Language Arts

The main goal of this program is to develop the students as readers, writers and speakers. Students in Second Grade will be exposed to age appropriate literature and therefore, will gain appreciation towards it, through the elements of short stories, poems, and informational articles. Their vocabulary will be expanded through literature and spelling. Grammar, language strategies, and writing are integrated into the context of the literature.

Math

The students in the Second Grade will be able to learn to value math. The students will be guided to communicate and reason mathematically. They will demonstrate number sense in operations and number theories. In the process, students will become confident of their mathematical abilities and develop proficiency in mathematical problem solving skills.

Science

This program is designed to engage the student in active participation through the hands-on/mind-on activities. These activities will encourage the development of the process skills of inferring, observing, classifying, predicting, experimenting and recording.

Social Studies

This course will provide students with the comprehensive knowledge of being an active citizen and understanding our government. Students will explore world geography and culture, past and present history, and community workers. In addition, the course discusses a unit on Puerto Rico to provide the students with a greater understanding of our local community.

Spanish as a Second Language

In this course the students who successfully completed Level A will continue developing basic listening and speaking skills, as to enable children to communicate their needs in greater detail. Students will begin to associate the spoken and written word and then go on to read and comprehend familiar material. Cultural objectives are incorporated into the language and vocabulary objectives. Students are encouraged to use the language as much as possible.

The Third Grade consists of three classrooms with approximately 20 students per classroom. This is a year of change and transition for the children academically. We strive to accomplish those skills that are appropriate for this level: learning multiplication facts, using cursive writing, doing projects, using reading to learn new things, working independently and assuming responsibility for their education. Students also receive weekly instruction in Art, Computer, Music and Physical education.

Español

Las unidades contenidas en el curso dan seguimiento a los niveles fónicos indicados en primer y segundo grado. El curso está diseñado para atender adecuadamente la etapa de crecimiento rápido y fluidez en la lectura. En la lectura, el niño se expone a narraciones, poemas, traba lenguas, adivinanzas, textos informativos, descriptivos, científicos, carta, noticia, cartel, recetas y mensajes breves. El curso atiende todos los componentes del lenguaje: expresión oral, recepción auditiva, gramática, escritura creativa, ortografía, caligrafía e investigación.

Language Arts

The third grade course is designed to give students exposure to literature in English in the following different forms: Autobiography, biography, fantasy, fiction, historical fiction, myths, folk tales, plays, poems, informational articles, interviews and cartoons. They will develop literary comprehension through listening and reading. Basic analysis skills will be developed and children will be lead towards gaining appreciation of literature and reading. Students will develop oral reading skills, silent reading skills, group reading and listening skills. Vocabulary, their meanings and usage (application) will be developed as well as spelling skills. Grammar is an integral part of our reading program.

Math

The math program covers arithmetic, time, money, estimation and critical thinking skills and using Algebra and Geometry. The students in the third grade will learn to value the power of math. They will learn to apply it to their every day routines. They will solve math problems using critical thinking skills.

Science

This program is designed to engage the student in active participation through hands on/mind-on activities. These activities will encourage the development of process skills of inferring, observing, classifying, predicting, experimenting and recording.

Social Studies

This course gives students new insights into their communities and helps them make connections with the larger world through geography, history, culture, economics and citizenship. The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of the reasons for studying history and the relationship between the past and present.

Spanish as a Second Language

This course is for students who successfully completed Level A and Level B. The students will continue developing, listening, speaking, reinforcing and improving reading skills, and introduce the development of writing skills. The students will learn to write familiar words and sentences using spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Cultural objectives are incorporated into the language and vocabulary objectives. There will also be a review of Level A and Level B that is necessary for more effective learning and complete acquisition of a second language.

The Fourth Grade consists of three classrooms with approximately 20 students per classroom. It is a challenging year for many students as they are expected to work independently, display responsibility, develop problem solving strategies and critical thinking skills and take responsibility for their own learning. Fourth Grade students will communicate and interpret the spoken and written word effectively, learn to value mathematics, communicate mathematically, reason and problem solve. Students will also receive weekly instruction in Art, Computer, Music, and Physical Education.

Español

Es un programa educativo para el aprendizaje formal del español en el nivel elemental que responde social y culturalmente a nuestra idiosincrasia. Incluye un componente de actividades, dirigido a tratar las diversas áreas del lenguaje, descritas de la siguiente manera: comprensión y reacción critica, escritura libre, información y tecnología, ortografía y caligrafía, redacción dirigida, desarrollo de vocabulario y gramática en contexto.

Language Arts

The fourth grade Language Arts course is designed to give students exposure to various types of literature and activities. These include: short stories, play acting, oral tradition, non fiction, poetry, and comprehension novels. Skills that will be taught are: vocabulary within context, spelling, phonics, grammar, and the writing process. All of these elements will be integrated throughout the curriculum.

Math

The mathematics program for the fourth grade builds understanding of fundamental mathematics concepts from concrete manipulatives to pictorial representations to abstract symbols. It reinforces the students' needs to build and maintain their math concepts through ample effective practice and real life Math problem solving situations. The concepts developed for the fourth grade includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, mental math, estimation strategies, patterns, problems solving and mathematical reasoning, Algebra and Geometry.

Science

The course emphasizes exploring concrete examples of the concepts presented. Using hands-on activities, students will be able to apply knowledge they are acquiring to their daily lives. Each module contains numerous activities, resources to obtain information, ideas to satisfy individual needs, curriculum integration, and additional references and activities that the teacher may choose to explore.

Social Studies

This course is designed to enrich the content of Social Studies by drawing on knowledge from history, geography, and economics. Also, to expose the fourth grade students with a variety of activities that will enable them to achieve successfully the full understanding of the given material. The main goal of this course is to make students understand the importance of the formation of the U.S. as a nation; to analyze its history and geographical structure from its very beginning to what it is today.

Spanish as a Second Language

In this level the students will develop, reinforce, and refine proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through an essentially inductive approach, students will gain an understanding of how the language is structured and how they can use this knowledge to express their own needs and talk about the world around them. By developing and refining their observation skills, students will acquire a basic understanding of the diversity of cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Cultural objectives are incorporated into language and vocabulary objectives.

The Fifth Grade consists of three classrooms with approximately 20 students per classroom. Fifth grade students are beginning to establish a sense of self and independent identity. Social interaction and peer acceptance take on increased importance. The students will be able to understand more complex concepts and apply them to the core subjects of Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Spanish. Students also receive instruction in Music, Art Computer and Physical Education.

Español

Las unidades contenidas en el curso dan seguimiento a las destrezas y conceptos básicos aprendidos. El curso está diseñado para atender adecuadamente la etapa de enriquecimiento en la lectura. En este grado se atiende el desarrollo y la ampliación del vocabulario. Este grado cuenta con un mayor grado de sistematización el componente de la redacción dirigida.

Language Arts

The students in fifth grade will participate in an integrated Language Arts program that provides rich, engaging stories, poems, informational text, and an array of written language models that children can make use of in their own written and oral language production. This literature collection helps students develop a greater understanding of the world around them and challenges through literature, spelling and vocabulary skills. Spelling phonics will be stressed so as to promote correct spelling and facilitate the writing process. Grammar and language usage will be taught throughout the year.

Math

The mathematics program for the fifth grade is one where students will use previously acquired skills to learn new concepts in mathematics. The student will discuss, model and investigate mathematics as an active participant in the learning process. Areas covered will range from addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using whole numbers, decimals and fractions to geometry, measurements, patterns, probability, ratio, proportion and percent.

Science

The course emphasizes exploring concrete examples of the concepts presented. Using hands-on activities, students will be able to apply knowledge they are acquiring to their daily lives. Each module contains numerous activities, resources to obtain information, ideas to satisfy individual needs, curriculum integration, and additional references and activities that the teacher may choose to explore.

Social Studies

The fifth grade Social Studies introduces the history of the United States up to modern times. The students will be given a brief exposure, during the month of November, of the history of Puerto Rico.

Spanish as a Second Language

In this level the students will develop, reinforce, and refine proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through an essentially inductive approach, students will gain an understanding of how the langue is structured and how they can use this knowledge to express their own needs and talk about the world around them. By developing and refining their observation skills, students will acquire a basic understanding of the diversity of cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Cultural objectives are incorporated into language and vocabulary objectives.

 

Elementary Clubs

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Audio/Visual Club
  • Board Games
  • Cooking
  • Dance
  • French
  • Glee Club
  • Jewelry Making
  • Library Helpers
  • Mixed Media
  • Modeling Clay
  • Newspaper
  • Puerto Rican Games
  • Puzzle Making

Elementary Events

  • Back to School Night
  • Bake Sales
  • Spirit Week
  • Turkey Run
  • Día Puertorriqueño
  • Holiday Program
  • Fun Day (Field Day)
  • Art Exhibit
  • Talent Show
  • Third Grade Opera
  • Fifth Grade Exhibition
  • Students’ Day
  • Field Trips
  • Town Hall Meetings
  • Community Service
  • Student Council
  • Mini Sports Teams