Elementary Curriculum

Lincoln Academy meets or exceeds all state standards for Kindergarten through Ninth Grade. Our curriculum is well-rounded, also including sciences, social studies, world and American history, arts, music, health, physical education, character education, foreign language and emotional intelligence. Students who need to be more challenged or need additional assistance are given the opportunity to learn at their individual ability level. The opportunities afforded at Lincoln Academy will inspire each student to develop their gifts and realize their potential. Ultimately this process will encourage confidence in students and create self -motivated learners.
Lincoln Academy meets the individual needs of its students by providing creative, innovative hands-on learning. By utilizing the Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence developed by E.D. Hirsch Jr., the students develop higher-order thinking skills and build on their foundation of knowledge from year to year through their varying subjects.

The Academy’s Elementary language arts curriculum includes four essential programs. First, to develop a strong base in phonemic awareness and phonics, the Academy’s kindergarten and first grade teachers are trained by the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education in a multisensory teaching approach based on Orton-Gillingham principles. This direct instruction method includes a 5-part lesson plan presented to students using their visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning pathways. The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education believes that a balanced approach is the key to success in teaching reading, writing and comprehension.

Next, as students are developing reading skills in the 2nd-6th grades, the Academy uses the Spalding Method and Guided and Shared reading to increase spelling skills, reading fluency and reading comprehension. The Spalding Method is ideal for mainstream or learning disabled students because it is based on the knowledge of how the brain works and on sound educational principles. Spalding gives students essential information about phonics and provides the comprehension strategies needed for proficient reading. Multisensory techniques are used to deliver comprehensive instruction in listening, speaking, spelling and reading. In Guided Reading the teachers work with small groups of students on similar reading levels. Students work to increase fluency and comprehension by developing essential reading strategies. In Shared Reading the teacher models reading and focuses on specific reading skills including fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.

For writing instruction Lincoln Academy uses the Write Source and Six Traits of writing. Through this program we are able to effectively teach students how to go through the writing process (pre-write, rough draft, revise, edit, and publish) and use the six traits of writing in all the different writing genres. These language arts programs combined ensure that Lincoln Academy students become successful readers and writers.

The Academy uses Saxon Math as its mathematics program. Saxon teaches all the fundamental facts and thinking skills with plenty of review and cross-curricular application. We create mathematical fluency by building basic skills, developing math concepts, and encouraging problem-solving fluency. These goals are accomplished by using Saxon Math, which uses proven methods to produce serious results, including higher test scores.

Students are provided instruction in Science and Social studies daily, PE and Music two times a week with Art, Character Education, Library and Computer instruction delivered weekly.

The curriculum is made more successful through the teachers driving it. Teachers at Lincoln Academy must meet a high standard. Teachers are expected to assess the students’ intellect,