ACADEMICS

At Henry McNeal Turner Learning Academy, we offer a comprehensive education designed to challenge each student to attain their personal best. We believe that children learn best in a secure, positive, enriched and nurturing atmosphere. Our small classes and hands-on learning labs for all subject areas, are a key component of our learning environment. We encourage students to maintain a high academic performance. Our school has adopted a strong academic curriculum designed to achieve the results you want for your son/daughter. The core curriculum is presented in the morning when young minds are “fresh” and more receptive to learning. In the afternoon, the students are enriched by Art, Music, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Technology, Library Skills, and Physical Education.

EVALUATION OF OUR STUDENTS

A ssessing adequate student progress is ongoing throughout the year. Each child is provided with a learning continuum when they enter our school. This continuum follows them throughout their school career. It becomes a running record of all of the skills and standards mastered each year. In August, students, parents and teachers sit down and set goals for their son or daughter. The student’s teacher uses the standards based continuum to assess what the student has mastered and what skills still need to be addressed. Goals for mastering the standard based skills are set. Goals are set in the areas of Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Study Skills and Social Skills. These goals are re- evaluated through conferencing in November, February and May. Each quarter, all student a learning continuum when they enter our school. This continuum follows them throughout their school career. It becomes a running record of all of the skills and standards mastered each year. In August, students, parents and teachers sit down and set goals for their son or daughter. The student’s teacher uses the standards based continuum to assess what the student has mastered and what skills still need to be addressed. Goals for mastering the standard based skills are set. Goals are set in the areas of Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Study Skills and Social Skills. These goals are re- evaluated through conferencing in November, February and May. Each quarter, all students will lead their parents through a student led conference showcasing the skills and standards they have met. The student, parents and teacher team will review the student’s portfolio and identify their strengths and weakness and goals for the upcoming year.

Kindergarten Curriculum
Featuring a Phonics-Based Approach to Learning

Math
Math exploration begins with numbers 1-200, shapes, problem solving, and ordering numbers.
Language Arts
This phonics-based approach uses colorful, read-aloud books and poetry to introduce and
reinforce short vowel and consonant sounds, sequencing, auditory and visual discrimination,
classifying, and rhyming. Reading materials are integrated with science and social studies for a
seamless, interdisciplinary education.
Science
Students study topics including the seasons, the five senses, weather, and plants and animals.
Social Studies
Students discuss community, transportation, significant people and events.
Technology
Word processing and graphics applications are introduced.
Music
Students learn traditional children’s songs and finger plays.
Art
Students paint, draw with crayons and chalk, and complete craft activities to foster creativity and
develop fine motor skills.

First Grade Curriculum
Develop Independent Reading and Writing Skills
Math
Students work with addition and subtraction of two-digit numbers, math ideas, and processes.
Calvert Language Arts
Through activities that develop phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary,
and fluency skills, students build on printing skills and begin to use our distinctive Calvert script.
Our formal spelling program overlaps with phonics instruction in the reading. Students learn to
compose sentences on a given topic, lines of poetry, and thank-you notes.
Science
An exploration of living things, earth, weather, matter, motion, and energy excites the imagination.
Social Studies
Students are inspired by biographies of famous explorers, political figures, inventors, and
American leaders.
Geography
Students explore the five themes of geography and learn basic map skills.
Technology
Computer studies include word processing, computer navigation, graphics skills, and visual
mapping basics.

Second Grade Curriculum
Laying the Foundations of Grammar and Composition

Math
Students learn how numbers are used in real life, such as money, time, and temperature, as well
as complex addition and subtraction and mathematical thinking, provides practical application.
Calvert Language Arts
Phonics storybooks and reading anthologies reinforce word analysis techniques and develop
comprehension skills. Simultaneously, students begin writing dictated words and sentences
and learning punctuation rules, and start to express ideas in original compositions. Our Spelling
program is correlated with reading skills.
Science
Students study heat, light, forces, the properties of rocks, and the heart and lungs.
Social Studies
Biographies of old-world figures, inventors, and leaders in American life expand students’
understanding of the world.
Geography
Students learn about exact and relative location, boundaries, and regions while continuing to
build basic map skills.
Art
Students develop skills in drawing and studying famous paintings.
Technology
Typing, spreadsheets, internet, and e-mail skills are used.

School Third Grade Curriculum
Cultivating a Love of Literature

Math
Students are challenged by multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, graphing, geometry, word
problems, application of mathematical processes, and reasoning.
Calvert Language Arts
Composition classes help students further develop organizational writing and reinforce spelling
skills. Students are introduced to ancient mythology and art history to prepare them for greater
literature appreciation. Smiling Hill Farm, a classic but rare children’s book reprinted exclusively
for Calvert, is the first novel students read on their own. It is supplemented by story anthologies.
Students begin a more formal spelling course that includes an interactive, Web-based, and
individualized program.
Science
Life cycles, force, and motion are studied.
Social Studies
Students begin more formal study of social studies, focusing on communities.
Geography
Students learn to identify hemispheres, continents, and oceans and gain understanding of
symbols on maps, graphs, and longitude and latitude.
Technology
Spreadsheets, graphing and presentation skills are employed throughout subjects.
Art
Students learn techniques in drawing, perspective, and color.

Fourth Grade Curriculum
Enhancing Appreciation of Education

Math
The application of mathematical processes and logical reasoning to solve problems is taught, as
well as multiplication, division, and fractions, statistics, and data.
Calvert Language Arts
The reading curriculum relies on classic children’s literature and poetry with lessons designed to
increase comprehension, appreciation, and analysis. Students use the writing process to develop
original compositions.
Science
Students study life science, physical science, electricity, and magnetism.
Social Studies
Students study regions of the United States and basic geography using maps, globes, and
graphs.
Technology
Spreadsheets, tables, charts, and graphs are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Art
Students improve skills using lines, light sources, and motion.

Fifth Grade Curriculum
Establishing Connections Between Subject Matter
Math
Math study advances with problem- solving, multiplication up to three digits, geometry, multiplying
and dividing fractions, and integers.
Calvert Language Arts
The Fifth Grade curriculum is fully integrated and students explore connections among American
history, literature, and geography by reading classic historical novels such as Sing Down the
Moon and Sign of the Beaver.
Science
Plants, weather, climates, and ecosystems are explored.
Social Studies
Students continue to learn about American history, starting with ancient civilizations.
Geography
Students study the regions of the United States, the countries of Latin America, and Canada.
Technology
Research and basic HTML skills are introduced.
Art
Students learn different art techniques including contour, naturalism, murals, and linear
perspectives.
Art History
Using A Child’s History of Art: Painting by Virgil Hillyer, students study paintings from ancient
Egypt through the modern art movement.