Curriculum, Scope and Sequence

Discovery’s curriculum is designed to be progressive and help students meet academic standards. We offer individualized instruction through a traditional and social interactive strategy. Our program of study is standard based, cross-curricular, and real-world relevant.

All material administered is pertinent in addressing the criteria for national and international exams. Resources such as text books, workbooks, leveled reader books, multimedia, manipulative materials, software, classroom dictionary and thesaurus are academic materials that support instruction to our learning principles.

Discovery holds high standards and expectations for all of their students. The following are the content areas of instruction:

Language Arts

The Language Arts program instructs students to gain the ability to read, write, speak, and listen properly at grade level standard. While learning these skills the students will strengthen their reading comprehension, write meaningful sentences, essays and compositions, learn how to use references such as dictionaries and thesaurus and recognize credit rights through bibliographies. Students will also have supervised access to computers and the internet for research use to acquire updated writing and communication proficiency.

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Portuguese Language classes begin in the 1st grade and intensify through to the 5th grade. Classes begin with the introduction to the alphabet, letter sounds and traditional cursive handwriting. Much merit is given to the enrichment of free writing and expression. As the course escalates through the grades the students launch into grammar nomenclature discussing and reporting on leveled literature reader books. Syllable classification, verb conjugation, and accent marks are soon included as the student begins writing passages. Classroom commands, games, songs, story telling, and material research are all done in the Portuguese language. Emphasis is given to building confidence, subsequently leading the students to execute oral presentations and accomplish assessment with self-assurance.

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Discovery’s library enables to become information literate and lifelong readers. Our program provides educational opportunities to students addressing their needs and abilities. It is the goal of our library program to ensure that students are effective users of ideas and data, and to encourage leisure use of worthwhile materials. Aside from reading, researching and checking out books, the students are given instructions on library skills such as recognizing a book’s author, illustrator, publisher, table of content, index, etc. Library books issued to students become their responsibility. Any book lost or damaged must be paid for before the student is allowed to check out additional books. Students are free to frequent the library regularly to conduct research and other oriented projects. Library visits in class groups take place once a week.

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In Discovery we emphasize the application of mathematics to real world situations. Numbers, skills and mathematical concepts are linked to situations and contexts that are relevant to everyday lives. Mathematics lessons include time for whole-group instruction as well as a small group, partner, or individual activities. These activities balance teacher-directed instruction with opportunities for open-ended, hands-on exploration using concrete materials for manipulation, long-term projects and on-going practice. Mathematics provides numerous methods for basic skills practice and review. These include written and oral fact drills, mental math routines, practice with fact triangles (flash cards of fact families), homework, timed tests and a wide variety of math games.

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Brazilian Studies

This class is focused on the geography and history of Brazil. Through maps, books, and literature, Brazil is charted from macro to micro (Country, regions, states, urban and rural zones, all the way to Santana de Parnaíba, where our school is located.).

Historically, Brazil is studied from the first Portuguese settlers contact with the indigenous population in 1500 to the present. It examines the country’s cultural development to understand the causes, interactions, and changes within Brazilian society. The history and influences of African and other Immigrants in our country are explored as well. Brazilian studies highlights Folklore and Civic Dates through art projects, events and field trips. 1st through 5th grade students attend this class twice a week.

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Physical Education

The development of fundamental motor skills is the primary goal of Discovery’s Elementary physical education program. Our P.E. program provides equal opportunity for students to create, learn, enjoy, and participate through a variety of physical, mental, social, and emotional health. This program includes an assortment of activities without the competition and stress of a highly structured program. The emphasis is on skill enhancement, good sportsmanship, and team play. P.E. classes are held in the school’s gymnasium twice a week.

Tip Toe Discovery’s P.E. Program aims to develop the abilities of being, living together, getting to know, and doing – the four pillars underpinning teaching, according to UNESCO. Based on PCNs, students will develop competencies, capabilities, and abilities associated with affective, cognitive, social, and psychomotor dimensions, and internalize values.  Through participation in individual and group activities one will stop thinking only of oneself to contribute to the common well-being. One will also have to learn to share and/or split tasks in order to find solutions to all sorts of situations, including defeats. As well as respect the difficulties and differences of others.

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Social Studies

Social Studies is the study of political, economic, cultural, and environmental aspects of societies in the past, present, and future. It equips the students with the knowledge and understanding of the past necessary for coping with the present and planning for the future, and enables them to understand and participate effectively in their world. It also provides history, a sense of existence in the past as well as the present. Students can develop an appreciation for their historical heritage through factual history presentations, biographies of famous people, and historical fiction. Geographic concepts offer continuing opportunities for children to understand the spatial relationships of their immediate environment as well as those of areas of the world.

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The Art Program at Discovery seeks to build children’s confidence, familiarity and skill in working with a wide variety of materials in many disciplines. The children work from life and from their imaginations, using the principles of design to make their artwork more visually compelling and meaningful. Projects consist of painting, sculpting, collages, paper mache, weaving, sewing, 3-D construction, printmaking, mask and doll making, ceramics and much more. Usually, experience in a particular discipline is revisited multiple times within the five-year elementary art experience, strengthening each student’s understanding and ability in that area. Students also learn about art in a historical and cultural context, as it is relevant to their studio work. Art classes are held once a week.

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In Discovery’s Computer Lab, students are taught how to manipulate the mouse and keyboard, open and close programs, print, and are exposed to the conventions of software use. Once the students have mastered these skills, they are ready to use new software and learn its complexities on their own. Simple programs such as calculator and paint programs, which are provided with most operating systems, can meet these goals. In addition, specialized software for children or education enhances the students’ experience. Students have teacher supervised access to the internet for research, exploration, and problem solving subjects related to other class subjects. Computer classes are held once a week.

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The Discovery Science Program provides a hands-on, interdisciplinary curriculum that converts the elementary classroom into a science laboratory. The understanding of the nature in science leads students on how to apply appropriate science concepts, principles, laws, and theories in interacting with society in solving problems, making sensible decisions. The students learn how to appreciate the joint enterprises of science and technology and develop numerous manipulative skills associated with lab and everyday instruments.

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Our main objective is to teach the love and enjoyment of music to every child in our music classroom. By doing this, we hope to instill a life-long desire to seek out music in our students’ lives. We also focus on music education by teaching students how to read, write and understand music. They learn to appreciate and identify rhythm and melody, participate in didactic games and complete interactive worksheets. As a result, this program helps students to enjoy music in an enthusiastic and interactive manner guiding them to sing songs, play instruments, dance and use creative movement to express their feelings. Music classes are held once a week.

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English Language Learner (ELL)

All elementary school students will be living in and contributing to an increasingly diverse society. To realize their personal, social, and long-term career goals, individuals will need to be able to communicate with others skillfully, appropriately, and effectively. Our goal is to prepare all students for life in this new world, including those learners who enter schools with a language other than English. Our elementary education ELL program focuses on the English language after admission to determine his/her need for this program. Classes are small in teacher/student ratio and/or one-on-one. ELL periods are held during regular school hours in collaboration with classroom teachers in targeting the best strategies for students. Quarterly evaluations are recorded to guide the progress of each student.
* Some cases may require after school classes in language acquisition. Parents must agree to provide private tutoring until language deficiencies are reduced.

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Portuguese Learner Support (PLS)

We believe that Portuguese Learner Support is essential for social, intercultural, and instructional purposes within our school setting and country. Students with limited Portuguese language proficiency are introduced to the language through an interactive and conversational manner. PLS is intended to enhance vocabulary, improve pronunciation, and show usage and grammatical placement. Students will be regularly evaluated in regards to their speaking confidence increase and understanding of the Portuguese language. As individual targets are reached, PLS students will be mainstreamed into Discovery’s regular Portuguese program where lessons will become more complex and academic materials and instructions will be given solely in Portuguese.

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