Program : Curriculum Overview
Our curriculum represents best practices in education. The standards and goals used by teachers in the classroom were developed using
extensive resources including national and state standards from across the country, documents from the Erickson Institutes Omnibus
Guidelines, and the authorship of our own experienced faculty. The curriculum is designed to provide students with important skills
that are basic to all learning, critical to success in the workplace, essential to life as productive citizens, and joyful and
enriching to the child.
The curriculum reflects a comprehensive, challenging program appropriate for average and high-ability students.
Children love to learn, and our job as a school is to give students opportunities to deepen their knowledge and to reinforce the natural
joy of learning. Students are challenged and nurtured in a home-like atmosphere where teachers know each child
and expect the best from them.
Small class size and dedicated teachers make individual attention and support of academic excellence
possible. Weekly faculty meetings keep curriculum goals and objectives fresh and clearly defined for teachers. They are flexible in their
instructional techniques and understand the value of differentiating curriculum and using a variety of teaching
strategies to address the variety of learning styles found in any classroom. Co-curricular teachers and core subject teachers communicate
regularly the progress of each class, enabling them to better integrate curriculum and meet the individual and group needs.
Character Building Qualities, individual growth and development, and a growing awareness of community are
other key elements teachers incorporate into their planning and presentation of lessons and enrichment.
The curriculum is coordinated across the grades in meaningful ways, and within each grade there is inter-disciplinary work. The learning
experience is further enriched with art, music, environmental education, Spanish, and athletics, including
weekly swim classes.
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Faculty Background [top]
Our Preschool teachers all have degrees and/or certificates in early childhood development, as well as teaching experience that directly
correlates with their current assignments. Teachers in Kindergarten Grade 8 have four-year degrees in the fields of education, childhood
development, or their particular specialty, such as history or environmental science, and a number of our staff hold graduate degrees. Most
of our teachers also have Illinois certification. All take part regularly in a variety of professional development opportunities such as
conferences, seminars, and internet presentations. Teachers are also encouraged to present workshops to our faculty on a regular basis and
keep abreast of best practices in education.
Members of our community are expected to demonstrate a love for children and a passion for their profession. Colleagues maintain a high standard
of interpersonal interactions, professionalism, and character, realizing that, in their capacity as role models, children learn valuable life
lessons from them every day.
Language Arts [top]
Language arts includes reading, writing, speaking, listening and the study of literature. Students must be able to study, retain and use
information from many sources. Through the study of the English language arts, students should be able to read fluently, understanding a broad
range of written materials. They must be able to communicate well and listen carefully and effectively. They should develop a command of the
language and demonstrate their knowledge through speaking and writing for a variety of audiences and purposes. As students progress at Fox River
Country Day School, a structured study of literature will allow them to recognize universal themes and to compare styles and ideas across authors
Mathematics is a language we use to identify, describe and investigate the patterns and challenges of everyday living. It helps us to
understand the events that have occurred and to predict and prepare for events to come so that we can more fully understand our world and
more successfully live in it.
Mathematics encompasses arithmetic, measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, probability and other fields. It deals with
numbers, quantities, shapes and data, as well as numerical relationships and operations. Confronting, understanding and solving problems
is at the heart of mathematics. Mathematics is much more than a collection of concepts and skills; it is a way of approaching new challenges
through investigating, reasoning, visualizing and problem solving with the goal of communicating the relationships observed and problems
solved to others.
As a result of mathematics instruction at Fox River Country Day School, students will have an understanding of how numbers are used and
represented. They will be able to use basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) to both solve everyday problems
and confront more involved calculations in algebraic and statistical settings. They will be able to read, write, visualize and talk about
ways in which mathematical problems can be solved in both theoretical and practical situations. They will be able to communicate
relationships in geometric and statistical settings through drawings and graphs. These skills will provide students with a solid foundation
for success in the workplace, a basis for continued learning about mathematics, and a foundation for confronting problem situations arising
throughout their lives.
Science is a creative endeavor. It offers a special perspective of the natural world in terms of understanding and interaction. The aim of
science education at Fox River Country Day School is to develop in learners a rich and full understanding of the inquiry process; the key
concepts and principles of life sciences, physical science, and earth and space sciences; and issues of science, technology, and society
in historical and contemporary contexts. Students who have the experience of doing science have greater understanding of the conventions
and nature of the scientific enterprise and the interplay among science, technology and society in past, present and future contexts.
Students learn to make connections between life science, physical science, and earth and space science. Through varied on-going experiential
opportunities they gain a life long appreciation for inquiry, investigation and critical thinking.
Social Science [top]
The instruction of social sciences at Fox River Country Day School is rich in narratives, legend and culture. Instruction is informed by
essential questions that lead students to a greater understanding of the topic. Grade level themes focus learning on these greater
understandings, i.e., change, diversity, community, freedom, conflict, adaptation to guide the learner to a larger expanse of thought. The
themes intertwine throughout the Kindergarten through Eighth Grade experience.
The integrated study of the social sciences and humanities promotes civic competence. Within the school program social science provides
coordinated, systematic study of such disciplines as anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, political science, and sociology,
as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics and natural sciences. The study of social science helps people develop the
ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent
The individual disciplines that comprise social science are often taught independently, yet all of these disciplines recognize that they owe
much to the others. As a result of social science education at Fox River Country Day School, students will have a broad understanding of
political and economic systems. They will better understand events, trends, personalities and movements in local, state, national and world
history. They will know local, state, national and world geography. They also will grasp how the concepts of social science can help interpret
human actions and prepare them for careers and lifelong learning.