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 Utah Core Standards and continual review of student assessment data, the students develop higher-order thinking skills and build on their foundation of knowledge from year to year through their varying subjects.

For language arts Lincoln primarily uses four programs:

Spalding Spelling- Lincoln uses Spalding for spelling instruction. 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 decoding and spelling. Multi-sensory techniques are used to deliver instruction.

Guided Reading- With our Guided Reading program students are leveled and assigned a book on their reading level. In small groups, students work to increase fluency and comprehension. With strategies like prediction, inference, visualization, questioning, and summarization, students develop reading proficiency.

Shared Reading- With Shared reading all students have access to the same texts. These include poetry, fiction and non-fiction selections. During shared reading teachers model the strategies and skills of capable readers. As part of Shared reading students participate in “Close Readings” which takes a text and dissects it for better understanding resulting in better comprehension

Take Home Reader- The A.B.E (A Book Everyday for K-2 students) is the take home reading program that we use to give the students another resource for at home reading. These books are leveled and the students move through the levels as they increase their reading ability. This creates the opportunity to improve fluency and comprehension at the students’ pace.

For math, Lincoln Academy utilizes the Saxon Math program to teach a strong mathematical foundation in grades K-2. The foundation is built upon the Utah State Standards. Grades 3-6 follow closely these required standards. Lincoln Academy, in conjunction with the state requirements, presents your child with a complete mathematical understanding which will prepare them for mathematical success on the secondary level. Math here at Lincoln emphasizes the following:

• Concepts, skills, and problem solving are related to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, whole numbers, and fractions. Ratios, proportional relationships, early algebraic expressions, and equations are introduced in an intentional scope and sequence.
• Common Elementary math time. This provides an opportunity to level students according to their ability
• Ongoing assessments
• Teacher Assistants in every classroom with smaller student to teacher ratios (13:1).
• Regular daily instruction (55 minutes).
• Motivated students have the opportunity to progress based on their individual abilities
• High level math vocabulary
• Enrichment and hands on activities.

Teachers strive to implement rigor – to pursue conceptional understanding, procedural skills, fluency and application with both individual and classroom drive.

A strong math foundation implemented successfully, creates an environment where students develop the skills and confidence needed for an enriching educational experience.