Elementary

Language Arts

The MLS American Division uses The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Language Arts’ expectations are organized into five strands, which are: Reading Literature, Reading Information Text, Speaking and Listening, Language (grammar and spelling), and Writing. The program in all grades is designed to develop a range of essential skills in reading, writing, and oral language. This includes a solid foundation in spelling and grammar; the appreciation of literature and the ability to respond to it; and skills in using oral language accurately and effectively. Students will also learn to use critical and analytical skills to respond to communications and media, and will develop skills in using technology to search for and share information. A variety of instructional methods and assessments are used to aide each child’s language development.
Reading Program
  • Guided ReadingTeachers use Harcourt StoryTown and Reading Wonders Collections stories to teach reading strategy skills.
  • Semi-Guided ReadingReading A-Z combines instruction in reading strategies with opportunities for students to practice each reading strategy independently at their individual reading level or in small groups.
  • Independent ReadingDEAR, students independently read books of their choice.
Writing Program
  • Guided WritingTeachers use different genres of writing and the 6 traits of good writing to teach writing strategies and skills.
  • Semi-Guided WritingWriter’s workshop is a program that is used to build students’ fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing.
  • Independent WritingJournaling allows students to develop their own writing ideas and writing fluency.

Mathematics

The mathematics program is based on a progressive spiraling approach promoting mathematical growth and awareness through daily experiences. Its goal is to develop mathematical insight and reasoning in each student. Students are exposed to repeated real-life problems and situations, and are encouraged to develop various solving strategies. Math usage is found throughout the day in all subject areas. Data collection and analysis, mental math, estimation and probability help to clarify and deepen student understanding of key mathematical ideas. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively and individually in finding more than one way to use math on a daily basis.

Science

The science curriculum focuses on three areas of study: Life Science; Earth Science; and Physical Science. Students are encouraged to learn concepts through practical observation and experimentation. Hands-on activities, group and individual research, and field trips aid students in applying scientific knowledge to real-life experiences.

Social Studies

The Social Studies program emphasizes an understanding of community development, world geography, and world history. Students learn how location and geography help to create and form a culture; how individuals work together for the benefit of a community; and how actions affect the outcome and future growth of a community. Regional historical events reflect upon a culture’s growth and world-wide influence.

Languages: French and Arabic

  • French: is taught to all classes in grades two (2) through five (5). Students are taught the appropriate communicative language skills and aspects of French culture.
  • Arabic: begins in first (1) grade and continues through fifth (5) grade. Students study the various aspects of the Arabic language, concentrating on reading, writing, and listening skills. Our Arabic curriculum uses the Egyptian Ministry of Education, and includes religious study.

Art

Art classes allow students to express themselves though the use of various mediums, including two and three dimensional art works. Students learn how to use color, texture, shapes, application techniques, and different materials to study the effects and usage of art in all cultures. The development of aesthetic perception, awareness, and creativity enhances student self-expression and an understanding of visual and functional art.

Music

Our music program provides each student with an opportunity to develop his/her interest and ability in a variety of musical experiences. Students are given the opportunity to play various instruments, and learn musical techniques of tone, pitch, volume, rhythm, tempo, duration, and meter.

Computer Science

At MLS, we believe that Technology is a fundemental component of learning; hence, it is integrated within all curriculum areas. The computer curriculum has been developed to provide students with opportunities to acquire computer skills and knowledge so they can function effectively in today’s technological society Students will develop basic computer skills through keyboarding, word processing, drawing and graphic programs, and the usage spreadsheets and database. Computers provide another medium to assist students with different learning styles. Internet access allows students to acquire up to date information and aids in research projects. Computer access and programs are used to introduce, develop, and illuminate curriculum concepts.

Student Handbook

This handbook has been prepared to provide elementary students and their parents with some of the rules and guidelines concerning MLS American Elementary Division. The Student/Parent Handbook covers school attendance as well as rules of conduct for students in the Elementary Division. 
 

American Common Core Standards