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Elementary School

CRICS Elementary Curriculum and Sequence

At CRICS students in Kindergarten through 6th grade are considered to be in elementary. It is a joy for us to help your child develop a love for learning during these formative years.

“Curriculum” comes from the Latin root for “course,” as in a race course and implies the necessary requirements for successfully completing a pre-set track. CRICS curriculum is based on a Christian model of instruction while striving for academic excellence and integration across the subject areas. As we grow as a school, we continue to develop our curriculum guides or “courses” as we determine what we want to accomplish with each grade level. In each course we seek to integrate the Christian worldview as students explore God’s world. Additionally, all of our elementary students participate in a religious studies class 4 days per week.

At the kindergarten level, students hear, read, and tell many stories as well as study phonics using the Easy-for-Me Reading Program by Child 1st, completing the year as beginning readers and writers. We use the Singapore math curriculum. In science the students discover and explore the following topics: insects, life cycle of a butterfly, magnets, wood/paper, sinking/floating, dinosaurs, and animal habitats. In social studies, students learn about their families, classmates and international neighbors while beginning to distinguish the past from the present using a literature rich approach to social studies. Our kindergarten classroom is a lively room of colors, sounds, guided learning, and creative projects.
At the first grade level, students continue their study of phonics as they gain confidence in reading and comprehension as well as writing using the A to Z reading program. Students enjoy a literature rich atmosphere of reading aloud, author studies, and library privileges. We use the McGraw Hill Reading Wonders curriculum for Language Arts.  We explore fiction and non fiction texts, the related vocabulary and reading, writing and research skills in an integrated format through this curriculum.This is a rich resource for our teachers and students and includes learning to do some of their work on iPads. It brings a wholistic, integrated approach to our language arts curriculum. We use the Singapore math curriculum. In science the students discover and explore the following topics: elephants and other animals, solids/liquids/air, weather, and a health unit on growing and hygiene. In social studies, students begin to understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens as they interact with home and school environments.  They examine changes over time in these communities and explore the way people live and work together.
At the second grade level, students are challenged in their language arts studies as their vocabulary grows through reading and writing on the topics they are studying in their science and social studies classes. We use the McGraw Hill Reading Wonders curriculum for Language Arts.  We explore fiction and non fiction texts, the related vocabulary and reading, writing and research skills in an integrated format through this curriculum. This is a rich resource for our teachers and students and includes learning to do some of their work on iPads. It brings a wholistic, integrated approach to our language arts curriculum. In social studies, second graders study changes in our school and local community over time and have a focus on map and globe skills. In science the students discover and explore the following topics: plants, engineering and simple machines, soil/rocks, health and nutrition. We use the Singapore math curriculum.
At the third grade level, students continue to be challenged in language arts class through grammar and spelling studies, reading excellent works of literature and writing in a variety of genres. We use the McGraw Hill Reading Wonders curriculum for Language Arts.  We explore fiction and non fiction texts, the related vocabulary and reading, writing and research skills in an integrated format through this curriculum. This is a rich resource for our teachers and students and includes learning to do some of their work on iPads. It brings a wholistic, integrated approach to our language arts curriculum. Students begin literary analysis as well as develop basic research skills. In social studies, third graders study the cultures and histories of  the Asian continent with a focus on Thailand. In science the students discover and explore things in the sky; air, flight, birds, bats and space. We use the Singapore math curriculum.
At the fourth grade level students continue to be challenged in language arts class through grammar and spelling studies, reading excellent works of literature and writing in a variety of genres. We use the McGraw Hill Reading Wonders curriculum for Language Arts.  We explore fiction and non fiction texts, the related vocabulary and reading, writing and research skills in an integrated format through this curriculum. This is a rich resource for our teachers and students and includes learning to do some of their work on Chrome books and Google classroom. It brings a holistic, integrated approach to our language arts curriculum. Students begin literary analysis as well as develop basic research skills.  In social studies, students study the cultures and histories of North and South America and Australia. In science, 4th graders learn about energy, including studying magnetism, electricity, light, sound, solar power and the movement of the earth. We use Singapore math curriculum.
At the fifth grade level, students continue to be challenged in language arts class through grammar and spelling studies, reading excellent works of literature and writing in a variety of genres. We use the McGraw Hill Reading Wonders curriculum for Language Arts.  We explore fiction and non fiction texts, the related vocabulary and reading, writing and research skills in an integrated format through this curriculum. This is a rich resource for our teachers and students and includes learning to do some of their work on Chrome books and Google classroom. It brings a holistic, integrated approach to our language arts curriculum. Students begin literary analysis as well as develop basic research skills. In social studies, students study the cultures and histories of Europe and Africa. In science the students discover and explore the following topics: weather, oceanography, oceanographic engineering, and anatomy and physiology. We use the Singapore math curriculum.
At the sixth grade level, students continue reading excellent works of literature and writing on social studies topics as they integrate their learning across subject areas and participate in oral and written research presentations. Literary analysis deepens as well as growth in writing using the Institute for Excellence in Writing program. Students study chronologically the beginning of time through the renaissance period including a weekly look into current events in social studies class. In science the students discover and explore the following topics: plants, classification, chemistry, simple machines, space/time, the history of medicine, and HIV/AIDS. For math we use the Glencoe/Mc Graw Hill (USA) curriculum: Math Connects course 1. This year is also used as a transition year developing study skills and character traits necessary as students complete their elementary years and move into being successful middle school students.

All of the elementary students participate weekly in our physical education program, art classes, Thai language lessons, music, as well as a class that includes creative ways to learn about Thai culture. Students grow in computer literacy each year through exposure to technology in the classrooms as well as focused times in the computer lab; students begin formal keyboard typing lessons in third grade.

Equally important, all elementary students participate in a weekly all-school chapel time of worship and learning more Biblical truths as various people from our community come and share with the students.  Additionally, elementary students participate in an assembly on alternate Fridays, including an opportunity to share what they’re learning, to worship, to receive awards, and to learn about character traits we are working on developing here at CRICS.

Throughout the year, CRICS elementary students are also able to participate in field trips throughout northern Thailand, community outreaches, poetry recitations, special all school events and programs. Students also have regular opportunities to participate in organized sports such as soccer and basketball.

About CRICS

A family learning community since 1998, Chiang Rai International Christian School (CRICS) exists to serve the servant in Northern Thailand by providing quality, innovative, affordable, family-oriented English Christian Education. For Christians who would like to volunteer teach in Thailand, Chiang Rai International Christian School is an excellent place to serve.

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CRICS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and Thailand’s Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA).

 

 

 

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