Kindergarten

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


The school continues to utilize course content provided by Connections that is taught by Esperanza Cyber teachers. Connections Academy’s accredited online elementary curriculum stresses the fundamentals, and students focus on the core subjects: reading, writing, science, math, and social studies. 


Kindergarten


In online kindergarten courses at Connections Academy, students become curious, creative learners. By introducing students to the fundamentals, virtual kindergarten helps them develop basic computer skills, better listening comprehension, mathematical thinking, and more.


Language Arts K A

In this course, students build a foundation for successful reading as they explore topics and apply reading, writing, speaking, and listening practices outlined in national and state standards. Learning activities consist of phonics, listening, comprehension, and vocabulary instruction with daily exposure to books, including literature and informational texts. A combination of interactive and hands-on exercises encourages the development of fine motor skills. Students learn language skills as well as letter formation, and they practice these with drawing, dictating, and writing. By the end of kindergarten, many students will be reading, and all students should be able to recognize consonant as well as long and short vowel sounds.


Units:

How Do We Live, Work, and Play Together?

How Are Animals and Plants Unique?

How Does Change Affect Us?


Language Arts K B

In this course, students build a foundation for successful reading as they explore topics and apply reading, writing, speaking, and listening practices outlined in national and state standards. Learning activities consist of phonics, listening, comprehension, and vocabulary instruction with daily exposure to books, including literature and informational texts. A combination of interactive and hands-on exercises encourages the development of fine motor skills. Students learn language skills as well as letter formation, and they practice these with drawing, dictating, and writing. By the end of kindergarten, many students will be reading, and all students should be able to recognize consonant as well as long and short vowel sounds.


Units:

How Does Change Affect Us?

Where Will Our Adventures Take Us?

How Do People And Things Get From Here to There?


Math K A

In this course, mathematical thinking and problem solving are introduced. Students explore topics and apply mathematical practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. They learn how to identify numbers, write numbers zero to 20, and count to 100 by ones and tens. They also describe, sort, and compare objects and learn basic shapes. Stories and activities introduce addition and subtraction. A combination of interactive and hands-on exercises teaches students about money, time, fractions, and measurement.

Units:

Let's Learn Math!

One to Five

Comparing and Ordering 0 to 5

Six to Ten

Comparing and Ordering Numbers 0 to 10

Numbers to 20

Numbers to 100

Understanding Addition

Understanding Subtraction


Math K B

In this course, mathematical thinking and problem solving are introduced. Students explore topics and apply mathematical practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. They learn how to identify numbers, write numbers zero to 20, and count to 100 by ones and tens. They also describe, sort, and compare objects and learn basic shapes. Stories and activities introduce addition and subtraction. A combination of interactive and hands-on exercises teaches students about money, time, fractions, and measurement.


Units:

Composing and Decomposing Numbers to 10

Composing Numbers 11 to 19

Decomposing Numbers 11 to 19

Measurement

Sort, Classify, Count, and Categorize Data

Identifying and Describing Shapes

Position and Location of Shapes

Geometry


Science K A

In this course, the student will explore the nature of science and how to solve problems, as well as investigate living and nonliving things. The student will learn how to study the surrounding world by observing, collaborating, and sharing with others. Using illustrations and labels, the student will identify the steps used to solve problems and use these steps to plan, design, and test a solution to a problem.  Finally, the student will examine, describe, compare, and analyze the characteristics of living and nonliving things in order to complete portfolio assessments.


Units:

The Nature of Science

Solve Problems

Living and Nonliving Things

Plants and Animals


Science K B

In this course, the student will explore life, Earth, and physical science. The student will learn how to investigate using critical thinking skills. The student will answer questions about the Earth and the sky. In the final chapter, physical science, the student will utilize inquiry methods to explore objects, matter, and mixtures. Throughout this course, the student will enhance skills in language arts, mathematics, and computer literacy. In portfolio assessments, students may choose to chart weather observations over a period of time; observe and collect data on how plants and animals depend on the land, air and water; or observe and compare solids and liquids at room temperature.


Units:

More Plants and Animals

Earth and Sky

All About Objects

Matter and Mixtures


Social Studies K A

Students learn the concepts of community, nation, and world in this course. They answer essential questions including: "How do people get what they need?"; "How is culture shared?"; and "How does life change throughout history?" A combination of interactive and hands-on exercises teaches students about personal responsibility, good citizenship, and basic geography. While learning about America’s past and important historical figures, students research their personal history and heroes.


Units:

My Family, My School

Everybody Works

Where We Live


Social Studies K B

Students learn the concepts of community, nation, and world in this course. They answer essential questions including: "How do people get what they need?"; "How is culture shared?"; and "How does life change throughout history?" A combination of interactive and hands-on exercises teaches students about personal responsibility, good citizenship, and basic geography. While learning about America’s past and important historical figures, students research their personal history and heroes.


Units:

More Where We Live

Our Traditions

Life Then and Now


Physical Education K

In this course, physical education encourages students to develop their fine motor skills, movement, and confidence to enjoy healthy physical activity regularly. A combination of interactive and hands-on activities teaches students essential skills. Students learn how to respect themselves and others while playing.


Units:

Physically Active Lifestyle

Introduction to Common Movements

Let’s Move

Effects of Exercise

Responsibility, Respect, and Enjoyment


Art K

In this course, the student will explore color, line, and shape. A combination of interactive and hands-on studio projects encourages the student to create art, sharpen fine motor skills, and explore areas of interest in art. Artistic modes include drawing, painting, assembling, and sculpting.


Units:

Art Is Everywhere

Coloring the Season

Winter Is Taking Shape

Art Forms

Springtime Painting

Summertime Art