“The secret to success in education is to get students as excited as possible, as early as possible so that maximum learning takes place in the formative years.”
Cordoba Elementary follows the practice and principals of active learning. At Cordoba Elementary, we are committed to excellence and equity in educating our children.
In order to provide a well-rounded educational experience, our curriculum stresses on the fundamentals while also helps students prepare to meet the challenges of the millennial age. We believe in providing a holistic experience, since it is important for young people to learn about themselves and the surrounding environment in order to develop socially, emotionally and physically.
The core understanding of how children learn and develop is given prime importance, because it is important that education promote the long-term retention and development of skills, not only for the child to go further in the academic world and in future career, but also for the individual to grow up as a confident, knowledgeable and positive adult.
Teaching practices at school are designed appropriately and cater to children of different learning styles, such as audio learners, visual learners, tactile learners and kinesthetic learners.
Our curriculum, based on the principles of effective learning is designed to:
Our structured curriculum is planned to help children develop and master skills in:
|Language & Literacy
There is a very strong and direct connection between language and literacy. In order to develop this connection, we focus on providing meaningful language and literacy experiences for children as part of our daily routine, and provide regular speaking, listening, reading, and writing exercise opportunities.
Children are encouraged to build upon the ability to reason and to apply simple numerical concepts. Basic numeracy skills consist of comprehending fundamental arithmetic such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. These concepts form the fundamental basis for the development and understanding of math skills in the future.
|Creative Art and Expressions
All children must learn to express themselves through various art forms in order to help them develop mentally, socially and emotionally. Through the use of the paintbrush and the scissors, their motor skills are developed. Similarly, when they count pieces, their math improves. When they create beautiful objects, it helps their self-confidence. Therefore, we help children develop these skills by encouraging them to participate in a range of activities that allow for creative and imaginative expression, such as music, art, creative movement and drama.
|Fine and Gross Motor
Fine motor skills are small movements — such as picking up small objects and holding a spoon — that use the small muscles of the fingers, toes, wrists, lips, and tongue. Gross motor skills are the bigger movements — such as rolling over and sitting — that use the large muscles in the arms, legs, torso, and feet.
All children must get regular opportunities to practice these skills in order to make sure that their muscles develop optimally. Activities that allow us to develop those skills include playing with toys, transporting small parts, threading beads, stacking blocks, art projects, cutting and sticking, tearing and scrunching papers, opening and closing fastenings and countless others.
Our students receive many opportunities daily, both in the classrooms and outdoors, to help them develop their fine and gross motor skills. Children are encouraged to take part in outdoor organized games and in classrooms, work with material to develop their fine finger muscles.
As children develop from infants to teens to adults they go through a series of developmental stages that are important to all aspects of their personhood including physical, intellectual, emotional and social.
During early childhood, kids are in the process of discovering themselves. They learn to give and receive love; to roll, crawl, stand, walk, and run; to talk, joke, rhyme, and sing. At Cordoba we provide encouragement, support and access to activities that enable the child to master key developmental tasks.
All children have the potential to develop leadership skills. At Cordoba Elementary, we give students opportunities to develop leadership skills by encouraging them to participate in events, act as role models and lead a team of members to achieve a certain goal. Similarly they are also taught how to act in a team in order to be productive members of a group.
Children are confronted daily with rich opportunities to solve problems and use their judgment when they’re given the chance to safely explore the world. Teachers at Cordoba give ample opportunities to children by helping them to think for themselves during pretend play, story time and material time as most of the material that children work with in class have a built in control of error.