Language Arts and Social Sciences

In the classroom: The language arts literature is integrated with social science in order to gain more well-rounded knowledge and depth of understanding on the culture of the times.  Fostering accomplished writers is an essential aspect of the language arts curriculum.  Students are given individualized support in their endeavors.

This year American history is brought to life through collaborative narratives and experiential activities, such as dramatizations, games, and projects.

 

Math and Science

In the classroom: Math concepts are learned and practiced using materials that stimulate interest and inspire perseverance.  Mental math is strengthened through awareness of patterns. Projects are student-created and directed (while being facilitated by the teacher) to best apply the acquired skills to real-world situations and challenges. This culminates with the Science Fair in the spring.  Students also journey with weekly excursions to the river engaging in many activities such as visiting the dam,  sampling the water, and sketching and studying the wild life and fauna.

 

Electives:

Our foreign languages are Latin and Spanish.  Immersion, as well as creative projects is our pedagogical approach.

The Arts:  Studies indicate that accelerated students are successful in any environment, while struggling students flourish in an arts centered curriculum.  At Almondale Academy, we have all academic levels, where students development according to their needs and skills.  All the students at our school love the arts and grow in their individual capacities.

 

The following elective courses are offered:  drama, instrumental music, voice, dance, and drawing/painting.  Crafts are also taught in our home economics course along with nutritional cooking, finances, and cultivating the garden.

 

 

Our Almondale campus garden is the center for several integrated projects including: science in the study of plants – cells, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, art in the drawing, coloring, labeling, and examining of plants in our science lab area. For our ecology unit, students will be establishing a compost pile, learning about soil quality, including bacteria and microbes. Bio-regionally, students will conduct expeditionary treks to local creek beds to study the effects of the weather on the Sacramento watershed while working together to conduct environmental impact studies. We will be using the food produced by the garden for nutritional studies in human biology which also includes learning to cook nutritional dishes.

 

Service Learning:  Two weekly class periods are dedicated to communication skills and community service.  Students are also encouraged to develop self-directed outreach in other core courses.  This year the students have been assisting the Orangevale Parks and Recreation in the beautification of Almond Park.  The supervisor has expressed his gratitude stating the fences would not have been painted, nor the planting of trees without our students’ help.  We also visit the residential home across the street, conversing, playing games and entertaining with song and dance.