ACADEMICS


Elementary School

ICS believes that what we are in our hearts is just as important as what we know in our heads. Honesty, kindness, responsibility, trust and respect are valued as much as reading, writing, and arithmetic. The development of positive character traits, based on Biblical principles, prepares students for a fulfilling, productive life.

Active and creative learning, combined with an environment of fairness, caring, and acceptance of each child, are the hallmarks of the elementary school. Whether it's recreating the Thanksgiving feast, gathering data for a scientific investigation, or just enjoying a good book, there's always something exciting going on.

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Elsie Poosawtsee
Elsie Poosawtsee
Elementary Principal

Elementary School Curriculum

Curriculum
The curriculum for 4-year-old and 5-year-old kindergartens addresses basic cognitive and motor skills within an age-appropriate developmental frame. Grades one through five curricula provide systematic, sequential, and integrated instruction and exploration in reading, writing, penmanship, mathematics, science and social studies. Student involvement is crucial to their learning. The small class size facilitates active participation by each student.

Co-Curricular Classes
Students learn to enjoy and appreciate music, art, physical education, computer, and Thai language and culture each week. The media center offers weekly storytelling and time to check out books to read at home.

Activities
A weekly after-school club for second through fifth graders aims to develop students' character and relationships, according to Biblical teachings. Students participate in community service projects by collecting toys for orphans, donating clothes for the poor, or giving funds to a community help organization. Field trips to places like the planetarium, Safari World, science museum, and factories enrich students' understanding of their world beyond the school and home. Activities offered to elementary students may include intramural basketball and soccer, under-11 soccer and basketball, science fair, concerts, taekwondo, chapel, reading buddies, playing the recorder for upper elementary, and various class theme days such as 100th day, bug day, and cultural day. Activities vary from year to year. Both students and parents have access to Destiny media that provides selected on-line books, World Book, and other resources.

Available to Students
International food at reasonable costs is prepared on site by a caterer. ICS runs a health clinic staffed by a registered nurse to provide initial care to students who become ill during the school day. Parents may contract with a reputable local bus company to transport their child to and from school.

Four-Year Old Kindergarten:

Language Arts
Immersion of students in an English language environment of fiction and non-fiction stories, conversation, question-response, and play, supported by manipulatives and visuals encourages children to increasingly use language to communicate, gather information, and respond. Instruction in phonics and pre-reading skills prepare students for reading.

Math
Counting, sorting, classifying, and simple addition using manipulatives allow students to explore basic math concepts.

Science and Social Studies
Science and Social Studies are integrated into language arts. Students explore simple science concepts and learn about their world through stories, play, conversation, and visuals.

Values, Character Development, Bible
Through Bible stories and teachings, students learn about desirable character, right and wrong, and appropriate values.

Five-Year Old Kindergarten:

Language Arts
Language includes developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills that are integrated into theme units: Getting to Know You, I Am Special, Around the Table, Family Ties, Animal Families, Bug Surprises, Animal Adventures, Around the Town, Neighborhood Helpers, Exploring Our Surroundings, and Under the Ocean. Phonics instruction helps students pronounce and spell words. Stress on learning sight words and new vocabulary equip them to read with comprehension. During handwriting, students learn how to write in manuscript all the letters of the English alphabet and the numbers using D'Nealian writing style.

Math
Math topics include sorting, classifying, patterns, matching, graphing, using numbers 0 to 30, geometry, money measurement, time, and simple addition and subtraction.

Science and Social Studies
Students explore how children live and play in other cultures and discover basic scientific principles from demonstrations and experiments.

Values, Character Development, Bible
Students learned about God's role in the world and how God has worked in lives of people from the Bible.

First Grade:

Language
Students progress in the knowledge that letters form words and words form sentences, and sentences form stories. Students write a variety of sentences using nouns that name, verbs that show action, and adjectives that describe. Students learn that a main idea with details can make a story, which they often illustrate themselves. While writing a letter and looking at literature, students learn about punctuation and capitalization, applying it to their own writing. An important part of language arts is the writing process: pre-write, draft, revise, proofread, and publish, which they will use throughout their school career. Manuscript handwriting stresses letter discrimination, letter size and form, letter spacing, and slant as they refine their handwriting.

Reading
An exciting part of first grade is the joy of reading. Five reading texts advance the student from beginning to higher reading levels. In Guess Who students meet lots of animal friends. In book 2 Catch a Dream students read about real animals that grow and imaginary animal that do amazing things. In book 3 Here and There students share adventures to amazing places, meeting children just like them who love to play and work together. Book 4 Time Together brings a mystery, a story about the future, an interview with an animal doctor, and a visit inside a beehive. In book 5 Gather Around students learn about being a detective and meet a brave little bird, a baby baboon, and a silly pig. By this time, if not before, students are reading books for their own pleasure and delight.

Math
Students add and subtract numbers to 20, applying concepts and various strategies of addition and subtraction. They compare and order numbers, looking for patterns. Telling time and counting money provide practical life skills, along with measurement, geometry, and fractions. Students study these aspects of math throughout elementary at increasingly complex levels.

Science
The scientific skills students develop are observing, comparing, sequencing, classifying, predicting, and drawing conclusions. Students use their senses to contrast living and non-living things. They study plants and animals, learning what they need to live and grow. A look at the interdependency of plants, animals, and their habitats capture students' attention. Students learn that matter can exist as a solid, liquid, or gas and about other physical changes.

Social Studies
Social studies focuses on the child's place in his world starting at school and continuing on to home, the local community, and the world. Studying how a community functions and its various roles invites students to share their knowledge of their own community with their classmates. Looking at the role and proper use of natural and man-made resources promotes conservation. Introductions to other cultures around the world give the student the perspective that he is part of a larger system.

Values, Character Development, Bible
Students, using the alphabet, look at 26 characteristics of God, thus learning character and values that fit well with their own lives here on earth.

Second Grade:

Language Arts
Language Arts continues with more complex sentences, story writing, present and past tense verbs including be and have, irregular verbs, helping verbs, and adverbs. In handwriting, students master manuscript writing and start learning cursive mid-year using D'Nealian style of writing.

Reading
The two texts contain authentic literature written by established authors. The first Just for You looks at characters whose difference made them special. Students are encouraged to accept and appreciate differences and to help others.

In Banner Days students go on adventures in stories where characters use their imagination, travel to far places, and work with others to solve problems.

Math
Two and three-digit addition and subtraction, comparing and ordering, data and graphing, and numbers up to 1000 are part of math. Students use money, tell time, and explore plane and solid geometry, capacity, weight, temperature, and length. Working with fractions and multiplication and division stimulate student thinking.

Science
The focus is on earth and physical science. Students investigate how we use natural resources such as rock, soil, water, minerals, and air to live. Around the earth are the sun, moon, and stars, and students study how these affect our earth. Weather, the water cycle, and predicting weather are other topics. Physical science includes the study of motion and forces such as gravity, magnetism, heat, and light.

Social Studies
Social Studies' year-long theme is gaining a greater understanding of the world in which we live. Accepting responsibility for self and cooperating actively in group settings are skills to develop. Children can make wise choices and make a difference in their communities by helping others. Students learn about good and services, buying and selling, and foundational geography terms. They see how the world wide community offers interesting and differing ways that people live and celebrate life. Featured countries are Italy, Germany, France, and Australia as examples of how cultures influence daily life.

Values, Character Development, Bible
Students begin to look at God's story and basic beliefs about humanity. Honesty, truthfulness, trust, and friendliness are essential character traits to embrace.

Third Grade:

Language Arts
The writing of interesting, descriptive, and sequential stories focuses on developing ideas, organization, word choice, grammar, sentence fluency, and voice. Compound sentences, irregular verbs, comma use, and future tense are formally taught. In penmanship, students seek to master writing in cursive with correct letter formation and spacing.

Reading
By third grade, our goal is to have students love to read, using their reading skills both to learn at school and to enjoy leisure reading outside of school. Changing Patterns presents authentic literature with characters gain an increased understanding of themselves and others, resulting in change for the better. It teaches skills to become a better reader through its themes of Something Special, What a Team!, and Friend to Grow With. On Your Mark takes students to many exciting places from the past, to outer space, and to the center of the earth. The unusual characters prompt laughter as they read literature under themes of Tell Me a Story, Good Neighbors, and Celebrate our World.

Math
Building on the number sense, addition and subtraction learned in second grade, students in third grade master these mathematical concepts, applying them in more complex computation and word problems, including estimation. Multiplication strategies, patterns, and facts through 10 are featured. Related to this is division, using facts through 10. Students multiply and divide by one digit. New concepts are adding and subtracting like fractions and comparing decimals and fractions. Geometry and measurement fill out the math program.

Science
More in-depth study of animals and plants prepare the students to examine ecosystems, food chains, and food webs. Physical science focuses on physical properties of matter and physical and chemical changes.

Social Studies: (under 3rd grade)

Community is a key word in third grade social studies. Students define community and identify the communities in which they are a part. They study how to get along with others within a community, showing understanding and acceptance of many ways of doing things. Students explore reasons for communities developing in specific areas. The role of government, buying and selling, and providing services within the local and worldwide communities are other topics. Students look at how different cultures celebrate holidays.

Values, Character Development, Bible: Students look at key events and people in the Old and New Testament. Using these key people as examples, students see what character traits are helpful or what traits are not helpful. Students look at the effect of wise and unwise choices. They study Jesus' life and character to gain an understanding of what it means to model our lives after His life.

Fourth Grade:

Language Arts
Expressive writing that engages the reader and that is grammatically correct is the focus of language arts. Use of linking verbs, future tense, prepositions, phrases, and clauses promote greater complexity in writing. Penmanship continues to give time and practice to master cursive writing using D-Nealian style.

Reading
Lead the Way brings to life inspiring stories of historical figures' friends and family who have courageously moved ahead in new directions. Students see the importance of setting goals and working toward them. The stories show how real people and story characters solve problems and make the most of changes.

Math
Math offers more complex computation and word problems using the skills gained in previous grades. Students add and subtract 4-digit numbers and make sure they understand how zero functions in computation. Multiplication uses facts through the12 times table. Students multiply by 2-digit numbers and divide by 2-digit divisors. Other concepts taught are prime factors, multiples, factors, algebraic expressions, adding and subtracting fractions and mixed number, and relating fractions to decimals.

Science
Earth and physical science are the focus of fourth grade. Students study earthquakes and volcanoes and their effect on the environment. They find out the role of minerals and rocks, looking at the rock cycle. Other topics include fossils, weather's effect and its prediction, the solar system, and the role oceans play on our earth. Students look at motion and the effect of forces on objects. They learn about simple machines and how they help us work.

Social Studies
To give our students a world view, fourth grade begins World Studies, focusing on foundations of geography and the continents of Latin America and North America. The remaining continents are studied in fifth grade. Foundations presents the five themes of geography and then moves on to physical and human geography, helping students understand cultures of the world and how we humans interact with our environment.

Values, Character Development, Bible
Students look at life and our world from God's view, focusing on the life stories of Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph in the Old Testament. The role of faith and trust in a sovereign God results in blessing and direction in life. Students learn about Jesus' love and care for them.

Fifth Grade:

Language Arts
Students continue to write more complex and detailed stories and essays, with correct grammar and punctuation. Increasing English vocabulary is integrated throughout the subjects. The perfect tenses are introduced as well as less common punctuation. Fifth grade continues practicing and refining cursive writing using D'Nealian style.

Reading
Students read Distant Voyages sharing adventures with the characters in authentic literature. They travel from high above the Earth's atmosphere to the oceans below, from the Alaskan wilderness to the crowded cities. The imaginary and real adventures tell about brave characters who are seeking a challenge or facing the unexpected, helping students understand how to deal with life. Themes include Look Inside, Team Work, A Changing Planet, Express Yourself, and School Rules. Additional reading includes chapter books. Students are expected to read books of their own choice for enjoyment outside of school hours.

Math
Building on math foundations from previous grades, fifth grade adds and subtracts larger whole numbers and decimals and does basic algebraic equations and applies number theory. They multiply by 2-digit numbers. Division includes dividing by 2-digit divisors and by decimals. Students dedicate time to adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions and mixed numbers.

Science
Students take an inside look at our body from a single cell to our body systems. Students learn more about how animals and plants grow, adapt and reproduce. Life science continues with looking at cycles in nature and how living things interact with each other. The study of biomes and how to protect and preserve ecosystems helps students know they need to do their part in using resources wisely. In physical science, students investigate atoms, elements, and compounds, seeing how matter changes from state to state and reacts chemically.

Social Studies
Building on foundations of geography learned in fourth grade, the fifth grade students study the continents of Asia and Pacific, Europe and Russia, and Africa. For each continent, they study physical and cultural geography and history.

Values, Character Development, Bible
Learning how to keep peace and get along well with others in various settings equips students to effectively relate with others. Conflict resolution and attitude of respect and kindness to others are part of learning about peacemaking.

Elementary Specials:

Art
Elementary students learn basic elements of art such as line, shape, color, space, value, texture, form, balance, pattern, rhythm, variety and unity, and proportion grade by grade. They apply these elements as they create original art under the direction of the art teacher.

Computer
Kindergarten through second grade integrate computer into the core subject areas, using it to enhance learning of foundational concepts. Students learn computer skills as needed so they can use the computer to support learning in the core subjects. Starting in third grade, students learn more specific computer skills. Fifth grade computer is devoted to learning typing and giving practice time to gain speed and accuracy using Mavis Beacon software.

Music
The focus of elementary music is to enjoy music as an integral part of life. Students sing, move to music, and use rhythm instruments, learning various components and kinds of music. Upper elementary students learn to play the recorder. An annual concert gives all students a chance to perform on stage in our 600-seat auditorium.

Physical Education
Physical education provides students with opportunities to develop physical skills and personal fitness. We strive to accomplish these goals by teaching the whole student, including the physical, mental, social and spiritual aspects. Our goal is that every student will develop an enjoyment of physical activity and a commitment to lifetime fitness.

Thai Language for Thai Citizens
Thai citizens study speaking, listening to, reading, and writing of Thai language to prepare them to be fluent in their mother tongue. At each grade, the expectations for fluency in Thai increases.

Thai Culture for Non-Thai
Students who are citizens of countries other than Thailand learn about Thai culture and Thai ways along with simple Thai to enable them to better understand their host country and to gain a diverse cultural view.

Media Center
All elementary grades have a regularly scheduled visit to the Media Center once a week. The librarian reads a story dramatically to whet students' appetites for books. Students have time to browse, choosing books that interest them and at their reading level.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
The elementary ESL program addresses the English language needs of students for whom English is not their first language. Instruction from an ESL teacher and in small groups for one period per day helps them learn to use and comprehend English. Modeling, role playing, vocabulary games and activities, and shared and independent reading and writing experiences are some of the learning strategies used. ESL students are in the mainstream academic classes most of the day, together with native speakers and more proficient second language users. In this environment, they have good language models as well as motivation stemming from learning with their peers. When the student performs sufficiently on English proficiency test near the end of the school year, he is in the mainstream classroom all day starting the next school year.



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