We at Sacred Heart strive to prepare our students with the knowledge and skill experiences they will need in their future. In order to meet the needs of all learners, the curriculum is designed to represent an integration of specific content material with learning experiences that encourage discovery, independent thinking and group work dynamics. Group projects teach our students to share their own particular talents. Teachers intentionally coordinate lessons that integrate such areas as writing with research skills, using the internet and software, and then blend it with an art project. In this way the learning experiences connect learning to real life experiences.
Our teachers continually rearrange and sequence lessons in order to have them coincide with one another. In this way the curriculum supports and influences skills that solidify the knowledge base of information our students learn, demonstrating how well they have learned and their ability to transfer that knowledge to real-world applications. Planning, preparing and completing a science project or creating a biography report are skills our older student are able to perform independently, and with high quality, because they learned the process in simple projects as 2nd and 3rd graders. Knowledge of facts that are integrated with skills that help students make connections to solving problems prepares them to work in the world of the 21st century.
In recent years many of our textbooks have added online support. Teachers and students utilize this for at home review. Additional opportunities for expanding on subject material are available to the student in the classroom. The social studies series enables the student to create newspaper articles about the time period they are studying, play map games in Kindergarten and 1st grade, or create a Mission in the 4th grade. The math books have a variety of online visual lessons utilizing math concepts and real world problem solving stories to enable the students to practice both at school and at home. Technology is assisting all learners, integrating the visual and hands on learning experiences with the concrete material that has been traditionally used in the classroom. The teachers and the students are engaged and enthusiastic learners.