Sappo School knows just how important it is to get a jump-start on a quality education and initiate a love of learning in a child’s earliest years, which is why an elementary and middle school program for kindergarten through eighth grade is available. Through this program, children are put in a warm, inviting environment with caring educators who work to make the child feel safe and accepted. Lessons in this program are student-centered and interactive, and while textbooks are standard, they are used as guidance that support daily lessons. A base of reading and math along with daily physical activity, music, art, and the implementation of Sappo guidelines provides each Sappo student with a solid foundation that fosters a love of learning and increased potential for success.
ELA – Students learn to read using an Orton-Gillingham based Reading Program designed by Sappo. The student masters each letter/sound correspondence before progressing on to the next. Within this program, students learn to write and read for comprehension using specific strategies to help them achieve mastery. Grammar is introduced early in a child friendly way so that concepts are absorbed through listening, before the lessons become structured. Students develop a love for reading by listening to animated reading from the teacher on a daily basis, and by engaging in successful reading of passages presented on a level of mastery. Skills build annually in a sequential manner.
Social Studies – Lessons repeat a cycle from grades K- 6. Students learn about history from the perspective of community up through Long Island, New York, the United States, and then the world. History will cover the earliest civilizations to modern times using pivotal points that increase in detail as they progress in grade level. Grades seven and eight return to a more in depth study of American History taught in two parts.
Science – Students engage in exploration and discovery of the world around them in student centered lessons that allow experiential learning. They begin to think like scientists as they uncover secrets revealed through questions that follow curiosity. Each year one major aspect of science is studied so that the student will have a complete absorption of the curriculum, in order to build for the next year.
Math – Lessons remain consistent with how the child’s brain best absorbs number symbols. Operations and properties are introduced in the earliest grades, so that they become a natural part of conversation. The earlier this is introduced in a child friendly way, the better able that child will be to adapt to more complex lessons. Basic facts will be memorized using flash cards for retention and easy retrieval. The habit of checking answers will be established. Concepts are mastered before moving on to the next set of skills.
Health – Students learn about mental and physical health each year. Concepts build toward preparing students for a healthier life as they make decisions based on convincing life lessons. Peer Circle Groups are formed and students are guided toward meaningful interactions and problem-solving techniques.
Art/Music – The Arts become most meaningful when it supports life experiences and expands new horizons. Our elementary art/music program is designed to embellish what is learned in academic lessons. Music is used to aid in memory and expand the brain. Instruments are introduced as well as group singing. Art is used to match lessons learned in class as project based lessons. At the same time, children learn the basic skills that are needed to work with different materials.
Physical Education – Students in elementary classes engage in formal PE classes where skills are developed and competition creates an opportunity for team trust building. Daily exercise is encouraged to keep the body moving for physical and mental stimulation.