• Overview of Traditional Schools

    Below is a basic overview of the structure of traditional schools and the most common instructional resources used by these schools. It is highly encouraged that parents who may wish to enroll their children spend additional time researching and studying the concept.

    Saxon Math*

    According to its publisher, “Saxon Math is the only major math program on the market today that systematically distributes instruction, practice, and assessment throughout the academic year as opposed to concentrating, or massing, related concepts into a short period of time–usually within a unit or chapter. Saxon Math’s approach to math instruction ensures that students not only gain but also retain essential math skills.” The program transitions students from manipulatives and worksheets to a textbook approach as the students progress to middle school.

    Saxon’s K-3 program is designed to teach basic arithmetic concepts as well as geometry, patterns, time, and more. Each lesson is scripted for the parent. Manipulatives accelerate understanding of abstract math concepts, and worksheets provide cumulative review. Saxon Math for middle grades transitions students from manipulative and worksheets to a textbook approach. The emphasis in the middle grades is on developing algebraic reasoning as well as geometric concepts. Lessons include new concepts plus a review of previous concepts. Middle and upper grades have Solution Manuals which give step-by-step solutions for all problems in the book. Saxon’s high school program offers a textbook, tests, and a Solutions Manual. Home school kits are available for Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Advanced Math, and Calculus
    Spalding Reading*
    The Spalding Writing Road to Reading is a total language arts program designed for K-8 grade students: those who are typically learning, who have special learning needs, or who may be learning English as a second language. Its backbone is its manual, entitled The Writing Road to Reading, which leads the teacher through the daily Spelling Lesson, the Writing Lesson, and the Reading Lesson. Included in the manual as well are chapters on the theoretical foundations of the Spalding Writing Road to Reading Method, guidance on planning integrated language arts lessons, children’s literature recommendations, and all instructional material needed to implement the program. (More) Source http://www.fcrr.org/fcrrreports/PDF/spalding_final_report.pdf
    Junior Great Books
    Junior Great Books is a professional development program designed to help teachers develop inquiry-based instructional strategies in reading, literary analysis, and critical thinking. The shared inquiry method develops students’ reading, communication, and thinking skills. Shared inquiry engages students in lively, structured discussion of authentic literature. During the discussions students engage in a genuine investigation to find the meaning of the literary piece being discussed. Written and oral interpretive activities supplement the structured search for meaning and can be applied in every stage of the reading and writing process. (More) Source http://www.nsdc.org/midbook/great.pdf 
    *These are some of the resources being considered to deliver curriculum within a traditional school setting. While they are being considered as part of the planning process for a traditional school, they have not gone through the formal adoption process outlined in Governing Board Policy IJJ, Textbook/Supplementary Materials Selection and Adoption and are subject to governing board approval.
Last Modified on May 13, 2022