我们全面的识字方法包括音位意识, 看字读音, 流利, 词汇表, 和理解. Teachers are specially trained to provide differentiated instruction using systematic and explicit 看字读音 instruction, 个性化词汇工具, 语法的训练, and the newly updated Units of Study from Columbia University’s Advancing 读写能力 at Teachers College. Each classroom has a library stocked with high-interest fiction and nonfiction books of every genre filled with diverse characters that appeal to children of all reading levels and support student choice. 利用阅读和写作之间的相互关系, students gain skills and confidence as they develop a passion for literacy in all its forms.
来到麦当劳的学生有着各种各样的经历和背景. 他们天生好奇，渴望学习. 在我们敬业的老师的悉心照顾下, 学生智力成长, 在艺术上, 身体上的, 社会, 和情感上. 由我们全校的租客指导 LifeReady 战略计划, our creative and coordinated academic program provides the stimulation and direction necessary to challenge eager young minds. 孩子们被鼓励做真实的自己, 承担智力风险, 甚至在我们安全和支持的环境中犯错误.
通常, students are grouped into four homeroom sections of approximately 16 students where they learn reading, 写作, 看字读音, 语言艺术, 数学, 还有社会研究. 特殊科目教师指导学生进行全球联系, 图书馆/媒体, 表演艺术, 体育课, 科学, 西班牙语, 视觉艺术, 和技术.
初中数学, 学生学习“如何”背后的“为什么”,这将导致更深层次的数学思维，远远超出死记硬背的流畅性. This learning model asks students to first develop their 数学ematical reasoning before connecting their understanding to concepts and skills. 教师使用直接指导, 不同的小团体, 独立的实践, 还有亲身体验, 合作的方法来发展和建立数学理解. 由霍顿米夫林哈考特的数学课程指导, students see the importance of 数学 in everyday life and learn growth mindset strategies that encourage resilience, 批判性思维, 和解决问题.
社会研究项目使用 LifeReady framework and national standards to help students develop the understanding and knowledge needed to be active participants in their ever-changing world. 每年, students build on their prior knowledge and expand their understanding of overarching concepts and ideas. 人、地点和环境之间的关系是什么? 视角如何影响一个人对历史的理解? 我的权利和他人的权利是什么?
孩子们被要求在探索社区领域的同时反思这些伟大的想法, 气候, 地理位置, 政府系统, 历史, 和改变, 在许多其他方面. 通过这种基于查询的方法, 学生学会批判性地思考, 从不同的角度考虑问题, 问题, 并查看所有学科领域之间的联系.
Science 和工程 in the 较低的学校 build upon students’ most-asked 问题: “Why?"经验, hands-on program stimulates their innate curiosity and introduces them to the fundamentals of life 科学, 物理科学, 地球科学, 机器人, 编码, 和工程. 孩子们通过观察学会解决问题, 预测, 处理, 并分析他们周围世界的数据.
重点是理解和沟通, 较低的学校 students begin their 西班牙语 language journey in prekindergarten and continue through fourth grade. 通过可预测的程序和仪式，包括日常对话, 讲故事, 歌曲和真实的文化体验, 学生成为学习的积极参与者. 一路走来, they begin to use key concepts of the language for communication with increased frequency and confidence. Teachers engage students in the rich diversity and heritage of the 西班牙语-speaking world and strive to connect them with native speakers of the language in a variety of ways.
The primary goal of the 较低的学校 Global Connections program is to help McDonogh’s youngest learners understand that they are an integral part of a vast, 相互联系的全球社区. 学生 begin to explore the similarities and differences they share with communities around the world. 这种意识对发展善良是至关重要的, 有弹性的学习者和深思熟虑的人, 意识到公民. 另外, 全球联系项目为学生创造了一个有意的空间, 教师, 和员工分享他们自己的文化遗产和传统. This strengthens and celebrates the diverse and inclusive community we strive for in our Mission.
McDonogh's 较低的学校 教学技术 program is designed to help students become confident and capable navigators of the ever-changing digital universe. 他们学会安全、负责地探索学校管理的资源和应用程序, 与同事和老师进行有效的沟通和合作, 自信地创造和分享他们的作品. Lessons and usage are age-appropriate and align with curriculum in the classroom to enhance students’ learning.
学前班到prefirst的学生可以在教室里使用ipad, 而一年级到四年级的学生则在使用具有平板电脑功能的chromebook. Internet safety and digital citizenship are a primary focus in the 较低的学校’s technology curriculum.
学生 discover the joy of the 表演艺术 and gain a solid foundation for lifelong musical learning and understanding through rhythm, 伴奏, 唱歌, 创建, 移动, 听, 和即兴演奏. Artists develop innate talents while also discovering previously unknown abilities in an environment that encourages risk-taking and exploration. The 表演艺术 program also offers opportunities to collaborate and create with their peers through 戏剧 and movement-based activities and explorations. 学生 who have a desire to grow and hone their musical skills also have the option to enroll in individual music lessons during the school day.
在三年级和四年级, 学生有机会选择额外的表演艺术选修课. 每次会议都不一样, 但是像唱诗班这样的项目, 戏剧, 鼓队, 字符串, and laptop orchestra provide a multitude of experiences that pique students' interests and fuel their passions.
好奇心, 直觉思维, 发现, and exploration are the habits of mind nurtured by the 较低的学校 视觉艺术 curriculum. Our youngest artists work to build foundational skills and 技术 as they are exposed to a variety of materials, 包括版画, 拼贴画, 绘画, 陶瓷, 雕塑, 画, 纤维艺术. 学生学习创造强大的组成和实践使用早期的艺术概念. Artists build familiarity with the elements of art and principles of design as they learn about diverse artists, 艺术风格, 以及艺术过程.
在他们后来的艺术旅程中, student-artists are encouraged to pursue their own creative ideas through an artistic process that values self-expression and authenticity. 教室充当他们的美术工作室, 鼓励每位艺术家对材料做出个人选择, style, 主题. 工作室时间与艺术家课程相平衡, 新材料的发现, 并探索各种技能, 技术, 和反射. Artists consistently develop their ability to problem-solve, take creative risks, and communicate. Together, they build their artistic community and take care of their shared space and materials.
在三年级和四年级, 学生有机会选择额外的视觉艺术选修课. 每次会议都不一样, 但以前提供服务的例子包括木工, 手指编织, 绘画, 和陶瓷.
The goal of 体育课 is to engage students in physical activity while encouraging collaboration, 毅力, 体育精神, 以及团队建设. The 较低的学校 program also helps students develop and refine gross and fine motor skills. Swimming and horseback riding lessons are included for students in prefirst and grades first through fourth as well. 游戏和活动鼓励积极倾听、分享、合作和享受乐趣!
在明亮诱人的图书馆空间里, 学生通过讲故事时间培养对阅读的深刻欣赏, 书会谈, 还有引人入胜的研究项目. All grade levels have regularly scheduled class times, but students may check out books anytime. 学生 are also introduced to the traditional and technological resources that put them in touch with the vast world of information surrounding them.