Lower School2018-08-27T16:02:43+00:00

Lower School

In a challenging and supportive learning environment, our 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade teachers address the unique intellectual, spiritual, social and physical needs of each student. At CMDS, it’s all about balance. The lower school curriculum focuses on giving each child a solid foundation in the core subjects of literature, language arts, math, science and social studies, while providing opportunities for creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. Encore classes in Bible, Art, Computer Lab, Engineering Lab, Library, Math Lab, Music, Physical Education, Science Lab and Spanish round out the rigorous core curriculum. In third grade, students have a departmentalized learning environment in which one teacher specializes in literature and language arts and her partner, in math, science and social studies.

Each grade level has unique traditions and units of study.  For example, the annual Presidents Program, now a well-known event at CMDS, wraps up the 1st grade’s study of the U.S. Presidents and remains a high point for the students and their families. Second graders study Greek civilization and compete in a CMDS Olympics each fall.  The 3rd graders’ study of American immigrants culminates with each student taking on the persona of an immigrant arriving in the United States for the very first time.  Their “visit” to Ellis Island gives them a taste of what it might have been like for those who passed through the federal immigration station, so many years ago.

1st Grade Curriculum

Language Arts:
Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA)
Math:
Guided Math Workshop
Domain/Science:
CKLA Domain, Carolina Biological Building Blocks of Science
Domain/Social Studies:
CKLA Domain
Bible:
Daily Devotion, Weekly Bible class, Weekly Chapel
Foreign Language:
Weekly Spanish class
Media:
Weekly Media class
Music:
Weekly Music class, Christmas Musical
STEAM:
Weekly Science Lab class, Weekly E-Lab class, Weekly Art class, Weekly Math Lab class
Wellness:
Weekly Wellness class, Spring Field Day, Spirits Athletics (optional)

2nd Grade Curriculum

Language Arts:
Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA), Novel Studies
Math:
Guided Math Workshop
Domain/Science:
CKLA Domain, Carolina Biological Building Blocks of Science
Domain/Social Studies:
CKLA Domain
Bible:
Daily Devotion, Weekly Bible class, Weekly Chapel
Foreign Language:
Weekly Spanish class
Media:
Weekly Media class
Music:
Weekly Music class, Christmas Musical
STEAM:
Weekly Science Lab class, Weekly E-Lab class, Weekly Art Class, Weekly Math Lab class
Wellness:
Weekly Wellness class, Spring Field Day, Spirits Athletics (optional)

3rd Grade Curriculum

Language Arts:
Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA), Novel Studies, Handwriting Without Tears, Shurley Grammar
Math:
Origo Math Stepping Stones
Domain/Science:
CKLA Domain, Carolina Biological Building Blocks of Science
Domain/Social Studies:
CKLA Domain
Bible:
Daily Devotion, Weekly Bible class, Weekly Chapel
Foreign Language:
Weekly Spanish Class
Leadership:
Leadership Team (optional)
Media:
Weekly Media class
Music:
Weekly Music class, Christmas Musical
STEAM:
1:1 Google Chromebook program, Twice-weekly Science Lab class, Weekly E-Lab class, Weekly Art class, Weekly Math Lab class
Wellness:
Weekly Wellness class, Spring Field Day, Spirits Athletics (optional)