Our Curriculum -- Revised Summer 2014
Lady Liberty Academy's Common Core Standards curriculum is built upon interdisciplinary thematic units for each trimester. Within each theme are essential "Big Idea" questions that are geared to foster a love of learning and a desire to understand the world around us. Thematic units also offer an academically rigorous and effective method of approaching the Common Core standards. Multiple novels, children's magazines, nonfiction texts, math manipulatives, and iPads make up the majority of materials in the classrooms. -- by Kelly Ford, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, c.2014
Why we believe in a theme-based interdisciplinary curriculum:
• Brain research: Students learn best when learning makes sense and has meaning (Sousa). With an interdisciplinary learning, they can see the big picture so they can make sense of learning in multiple content areas.
• Content areas (math, science, social studies, literature) are interrelated.
• Vocabulary is repeated naturally as it appears in different content area studies.
• Through themes based on big questions, teachers can connect curriculum to students’ lives. Because the curriculum makes sense, learners are more fully engaged and experience more success.
• Since themes deal with universal human topics, all students can be involved, and lessons and activities can be adjusted to different levels of proficiency.