Fall planting is underway in the lower school garden. This week and next, the fourth and fifth graders are working with teacher Betsy Cook planting fall vegetables: beets, turnips, radishes, spinach, and a variety of salad greens. They learned how to make a trough, the importance of planting in straight rows, and how to properly cover and water the seeds. The children can't wait to taste the fruits (and veggies) of their labors. Children are often more willing to try vegetables that they have helped to grow.
Lower School students (grades K-5) will start a new math curriculum this fall
ROANOKE, VA (August 28, 2014)-- Lower School math teachers at North Cross School attended numerous training sessions this summer in preparation for the launch of Singapore Math® this fall. While not common in public schools, this program has been implemented at some of the best independent schools across the country with remarkable success. Recently St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA made the switch as well as several schools in the Richmond and D.C. areas. North Cross is the first school in the Roanoke Valley to fully implement this program for its students.
Singapore Math is a conceptual-based program that first came to the United States from Singapore in 1998. Teachers in Singapore use the program and their students rank at or near the top on international math exams. On the surface, the pace of the program appears to be slower than a traditional math curriculum. However, the process promotes a deeper understanding of math concepts. As a result, students are more confident in their abilities and learn to master mathematical concepts by following a three-step process: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. The concrete stage is a hands-on approach that allows students to learn using different objects, such as cubes and blocks. In the pictorial stage students use pictures and graphs to help visualize concepts; and the abstract stage allows them to actually use mathematical symbols and algebraic expressions to solve problems.
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