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Our Methods

Almondale Academy believes in nurturing each child’s self-esteem by supporting the student’s innate learning abilities in an affirming and stimulating instructional climate.  

Studies show that small, multi-age classrooms enable students to excel academically, those who love to be challenged, and those needing support.  With this method, we recognize that children are natural learners who best thrive with self-directed inquiries and learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes.

​With this foundation, our teachers are dedicated to the following Methods &

Goals:
 

  • Engage students in academics:

    • Writing skills, research proficiency, and self-expressive creativity. 

    • Reading, discussing, and reflecting upon classical, integrated literature ensures intellectual, moral, and social development. 

    • Prepare each student to become dedicated learners, independent thinkers, and effective communicators.

      • Leadership attributes are developed through experiences requiring initiative, decision-making, and accountability.

      • Social skills and communication are taught and reinforced through mediation and class meetings.

        • Phonics and fluency are an integral part of reading.

      • Creative development through the arts: music, drama, drawing, painting, and crafts

    • Present core subjects (LA, math, science, social science) in a manner to elicit student interest and participation. 

      • In all coursework, students are guided and encouraged in:

        • Questioning, investigating, experimenting, creativity, analysis, and problem-solving.

        • Developing higher-order thinking skills as described in Bloom’s Taxonomy:  knowledge, memory, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

    • Acknowledging education can be fun by never losing sight of the joy of childhood.

    • Allowing each child exciting forms of self-expression through instruction in art, music, and drama.
       

Within these Goals and Methods:

  • Our Curriculum meets or exceeds California academic standards and requirements.

    • Emphasizing Experiential Learning: Project-Oriented, Expeditionary, & Service Learning.

      • Project-Oriented Learning: hands-on projects within the curriculum invite an enthusiasm for learning while strengthening academic skills.

      • Expeditionary Learning:  educational field trips that utilize knowledge and skills in the real world.

      • Service Learning: community service with student and schoolwide class meetings promoting character and virtue development

    • Integrated Curriculum: subjects can blend into other subjects
       

​Established over 35 years ago, Almondale continues many beautiful traditions, specifically: 

  • Family Events: We believe that collaboration generates creativity and synergy.  We have very active parent involvement whose suggestions are acted upon. This includes a parent club along with family nights throughout the year.  Our annual events are Back-To-School-Night, Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Potluck & Play, Open House, Science Fair, Mother’s High Tea, Fathers’ Tee, and more, including our many Activity Days and field trips!
     

Call today to speak to one of our Educational Specialists: 916-988-8611.

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