The mathematics program focuses on problem-solving through formulas and cross-curriculum activities, exploration, and mathematical communication. Strategies for problem-solving are introduced in kindergarten and are further developed in grades 1-6. An integral part of the learning process is the review of concepts and procedures to develop proficiency with more advanced concepts. Students learn to use or look for patterns, make tables and graphs, use logical reasoning skills, and brainstorm to solve problems.
The World Language program begins in kindergarten and continues throughthe sixth grade. In kindergarten, students learn one semester of each language, French and Spanish. In grades 1-6, students choose one world language to study twice per week for the entire year. The curriculum provides students with an early introduction to languages using best practices. The teachers use various methods including, but not limited to, the Natural Approach, which focuses on all aspects of language learning: speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a meaningful context. The seamless design of the program promotes high levels of fluency through a spiral curriculum and the opportunity to study thirteen consecutive years of either French or Spanish.
- Share and discuss ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines with learners
- Share and discuss proficiency goals for each grade level with learners
- Develop instruction to reinforce core content knowledge.
- Provide meaningful opportunities for students to communicate within the four modes of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
- Demonstrate language acquisition through the use of visuals, gestures, pictures, manipulatives and technologies.
- Assess students on performance-based tasks like oral, written, listening and comprehension daily in the classroom.
- Allow students to self-assess their language progression.
- Kindergarten - unique geographic areas and important people and events
- 1st grade - the seven continents
- 2nd grade - Government and civics
- 3rd grade - United States
- 4th grade - Kentucky
- 5th & 6th Ancient worlds
Readings and stories from the Bible are used extensively within the religion curriculum. Students fully participate in the liturgies as each child has the opportunity to be involved in reading and singing at all Masses and prayer services. All students are required to complete service hours and grade level service learning projects throughout the year. Constant awareness of Christian values are promoted through these activities with the goal of growing community ambassadors. The students also learn about the Benedictine values and how to incorporate them into their daily lives.
Following a sequentially developed and skill-based curriculum, the fine arts program focuses on the process of students’ artistic growth. The culmination of student work is represented in musical performances and art exhibits throughout the school year. A major goal of the program is to help the students become problem-solvers and risk-takers, while developing creativity and originality. For instance, students of music have been encouraged to develop their own accompaniments to simple melodies.
Each week in Music/Theatre class the children are exposed to a different variety of instruments and drama activities in which all students get a hands-on experience with creative and performing arts. Sheet music is utilized as they begin to learn and understand how to read and comprehend music. Students are led through movement activities that engage their motor skills and push them to collaborate in new and creative ways. Higher level thinking is ignited through project-based learning as children report out to the class on topics such as genre, music composition and history, playwriting, and more. Students develop a passion for the performing arts as they realize it’s use in everyday life. From public speaking to creative problem solving and expression, our Music/Theatre program at Villa does a wonderful job at giving each student a fully, well-rounded experience as they evolve into young artists.
The physical education program is designed to introduce and develop athletic skills, cooperation, sportsmanship, and an appreciation for physical activity. The curriculum is presented in a challenging and sequential manner throughout the kindergarten, primary, and intermediate grades. Drills are age-appropriate and progressive in nature with training modalities utilized to increase intensity with each grade level. Activities include softball, badminton, team handball, soccer, cooperative games, floor hockey, ultimate frisbee, basketball, track and field, volleyball, and recreational games. Emphasis is placed on working and playing with intensity, concentration, and self-discipline. Cooperative challenges, free-play situations, independent thinking, and sport games are all key elements in the development of these important values.