Whole Child Development.
Here at All-Star Academy we focus on holistic development. We develop each child's mind, body, character, and spirit. We offer research-based & data-driven curriculum that is rooted in adaptability to develop and inspire our students to their fullest potential.
1st Grade Classroom May 2021
Language Arts - Wonders Literacy Curriculum
Wonders offers us the ability to adapt instruction as students grow. The curriculum aligns with our focus on teaching the whole child—and every child—to prepare students to be lifelong learners and critical thinkers. Combining the work of literacy experts with research on social emotional learning, Wonders helps us strengthen skills, bolster learning, and encourage independence in our classrooms, every day.
Mindful Math focuses on hands-on, engaging lessons. It encourages different ways of thinking and representing math concepts, including many opportunities and options for differentiation. Lessons encourage students to show their understanding in different ways and practice math concepts with or without supports. Mindful math lessons provide different levels of difficulty. Activities, games, and centers can be done in small groups to provide more support, independently for our more advanced learners, or in partners. Mindful math helps strengthen skills, bolster learning, and encourage independence in our classrooms, every day.
Our social studies curriculum includes Scholastic News which is a weekly magazine that inspires an early love for reading and learning. We look at science, social studies and social development topics from a kid’s perspective in an exciting, engaging weekly magazine. We also teach Tribal sovereignty lessons that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Washington State. Students learn Native American spiritual values via stories. Through these stories students also learn about the plants, animals, and geography of Washington State. Next, to expand our students worldly understanding, we choose a country to learn about each month. We learn about and celebrate important holidays; such as "Holi - Celebration of Colors" for the Indian tradition. We also teach about a culture's music, food, and key historical events.
Science - Little Science Thinkers
Like math, science is focused on finding patterns. However, the patterns are explored in the natural world. The five units are listed below. In all, we focus on hands on, engaging lessons that spark curiosity. Our lessons include adaptable independent work, partner projects, and group work.
Unit 1: Light and Sound
Unit 2: Space
Unit 3: Earth’s Surface
Unit 4: Survival of Living Things
Unit 5: Weather
Student Data Report Example
The 7 Domains of Development : Our Foundation
There are seven domains of early childhood development.
A “whole child” education prioritizes the full scope of a child’s developmental needs as a way to advance educational equity and ensure that every child reaches their fullest potential.
Mental health development refers to healthy thinking habits and productive behaviors.
We work toward mental health as: “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”
Social development refers to your child's ability to make and maintain relationships.
A social skill is any competence facilitating interaction and communication with others where social rules and relations are created, communicated, and changed in verbal and nonverbal ways. Social skills include cooperation with others and beginning to develop conflict resolution skills.
Emotional skills refer to the skills used to recognize and control emotions and behaviors.
Emotional skills include the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for children to recognize and control their emotions and behaviors; establish and maintain positive relationships; make responsible decisions and solve challenging situations; and set and achieve positive goals.
Identity development refers to students developing a clear and unique view of themselves and of their identity.
Identity development involves the experiences, relationships, beliefs, values, and memories that make up a person's subjective sense of self. This helps create a continuous self-image that remains fairly constant even as new aspects of the self are developed or strengthened over time.
Academic development is the joint responsibility of the student and the teacher
Every student has a set of challenges they need to overcome to develop to their fullest potential. Developing skills and knowledge to perform well in school now so that they may also perform professionally in the workplace later on in life. This is called academic development.
Cognitive development includes skills pertaining to learning and thinking.
Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. Working together, they take incoming information and move it into the bank of knowledge you use every day at school, at work, and in life.
Physical development includes mastering movement, balance and fine and gross motor skills.
Mastery motivation is the internal drive to successfully complete tasks, such as mastering motor skills. Mastery motivation is perpetuated by engaging in new physical assertions that challenge movement, balance and fine and gross motor skills.
Cognitive Ability Advancement Training is a cutting-edge, clinically driven and verified, cognitive ability development program. Your child will first take the Woodcock Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities administered by an outside clinician (included in tuition) to gain a baseline of cognitive ability performance in general intellectual ability, broad and narrow cognitive abilities, academic domain-specific aptitudes, and related aspects of cognitive functioning. The test results provide your child's predicted achievement and intellectual ability scores. Based upon your child's individual cognitive ability scores, they will be guided to perform certain drills, or "games" on the trampoline that will advance their cognitive development in the areas they need it most and, accordingly, raise their intellectual abilities and predicted achievement.
Cognitive Ability Advancement Training