Valley School

Curriculum

Core Knowledge

Students at every grade will be exposed to a broad range of historical, scientific and cultural topics that will build on one another to prepare them for educational success. This wide array of subject matter will not only develop cultural literacy, but also will build the strong vocabulary necessary for true reading comprehension. We learn new information by building on what we already know. It is important to begin building foundations of knowledge in the early grades because that is when children are most receptive. As children grow older, our hope is for each one to develop as life-long learners. Parental involvement in your child's education can make the difference between success and failure in school.

Core Knowledge

Accelerated Reader

The purpose of Accelerated Reader is to enable powerful reading practice. Students select and read books appropriate for their reading level with teacher or parent guidance. Once students have read their book they take a Reading Practice Quiz that provides a general measure of their reading comprehension. Students should aim for a score of 80-100%. Teachers monitor their students’ progress and provide appropriate classroom instruction on reading. We believe that students perform better when parents are actively involved in the learning process. Renaissance Home Connect provides real-time access to information from Accelerated Reader. Please contact the school office at (509) 937-2413 to request a parent account on Renaissance Home Connect.

Saxon Math

It is the Saxon philosophy that mathematics builds on prior learning. This philosophy is consistent with the Core Knowledge philosophy that children need background knowledge in order to comprehend the new knowledge. In math, new learning is presented in increments, with time provided between increments for practice. Mathematical strands are integrated throughout the year rather than taught in isolated units.

Saxon Math

DreamBox Learning Math

DreamBox goes far beyond the expectation of intermittent assessment and adjustments to instruction. Formative assessments throughout the learning process help shape the process. In real-time, every mouse click is tracked to gain insight into student strategies. Then, based on that insight, individual learning paths are dynamically created to guide the student through the curriculum, aligned with state standards.

DreamBox Learning Math