Journeys Reading Program
Journeys is a reading program designed to meet the diverse needs of all students by using a balanced literacy approach. Students will progressively learn and develop different skills related to phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension.
Balanced literacy is an approach in which teachers support each reader's development. The teacher will utilize materials from the program that allow for differentiation, whole group or small group instruction. The teacher can support the student which leads to the ultimate goal of independent reading.
Some of the reading terms you may hear from our Journeys program include:
The balanced literacy philosophy is an effective way to help children improve their skills one step at a time. The better your child learns to read, the more successful they will be in years to come.
Embedded opportunities to challenge students:
In kindergarten and first grade, students learn writing through Emergent Literacy. In kindergarten, students at DECS begin learning to write. As they learn their sounds they also learn how to write letters. By the middle of first grade students begin using the two different curriculums in writing: Writers Express and Step Up to Writing. They continue to use these throughout fifth grade.
The Writers Express / Write Away curriculum teaches students the steps involved in the writing process while also teaching grammar skills.
Engaging Social Science
Social Science studies at DECS are skillfully designed to utilize the four main strands of history, geography, civics and economics. Through the "History Alive" curriculum, key concepts are introduced at developmentally appropriate times. Learning social science at DECS proves to be fun, engaging and, most of all, memorable!
At DECS, our K-5 science program focuses on using hands-on activities and inquiry-based instruction to help students understand the scientific world. Teachers use Delta Science Module kits to address state standards and to allow students to engage with scientific materials. Students take part in everything from growing their own plants to creating electrical circuits and are encouraged to develop and investigate their own questions about the content.
Early Exposure to Spanish
Beginning in kindergarten, students start to acquire the second language of Spanish through conversations and culture. The long-term goal of DECS is that they learn to communicate fluently in Spanish. Students are exposed to a variety of lessons that enhance their cultural awareness and sensitivity. Additionally, students become familiar with Spanish writing through grammar lessons and various other activities.
Creativity in Art
At the elementary level, students are taught to use a variety of creative tools and materials to express themselves through ideas and art concepts. Students also begin to learn about different cultures and artists and learn to respond to and describe individual and professional artwork. At the elementary level, DECS strives to include cross-cultural lessons which include math, technology, reading, writing, science and social studies.
The experience of music through song, play, instruments, movement, creating, reading, notating, and listening culminates in kindergarten through fifth grades at DECS. With the use of many wonderful resources, including our new Quaver online music program students learn the elements of music while connecting to style, culture and other disciplines.
In physical fitness, the emphasis at this level is to develop health related competence and self-responsible learners. Students learn to individualize and personalize their own active lifestyles.
At DECS, students learn how to make informed decisions and how to evaluate ramifications regarding their health. Our nutrition program stresses healthy choices within the four food groups with special attention to heart-smart eating. We reinforce basic personal safety skills to help students stay safe in their environments.
Our students have great opportunities to develop skills in sports and games, without an overemphasis on competitiveness. We believe that learning basic motor skills through various activities provides competence leading to confidence and the enjoyment of physical activity that will last a lifetime!
The Learning Lab Pilot at Raleigh focuses on STEM instruction and 21st Century Learning. Through STEM instruction, the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are integrated into project-based learning activities throughout the school year. Instruction will also focus on helping students develop creativity, collaboration, communication and creative thinking skills that will help them inside and outside of the classroom walls.
Students in the Learning Lab use the Journeys and Everyday Math curriculum and also have the opportunity to use a Lego Education curriculum as well. Throughout the year, students will take part in thematic units that will guide them in exploring a concept in a cross-curricular manner.