Our Core Curriculum

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English Language Arts

Houghton Mifflin’s Journeys, a comprehensive English language arts program, provides an instructional system for learning to read in grades K-2 with the transition to reading to learn in grades 3-5. Additionally, to support the development of foundational reading skills that teach students how to read, our K-4 learners use VoWac, a phonics program rooted in the Orton-Gillingham method. This method of instruction incorporates visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic learning opportunities so that the individual needs of all learners can be met.

While technology is used for most of our written communication these days, you can't rely solely on spell check, which is why explicit instruction in grammar and handwriting is provided to students in grades 2 - 5. Learning both grammar and handwriting helps students learn vocabulary words, sentence structure, spelling, and story structure, which all help build strong readers.

Learning at their own pace is important, which is why our students also use the adaptive software programs Istation Reading (K-1) and Lexia Core-5 (2-5). Both programs provide individualized reading instruction to students through an engaging and motivating game-like environment.

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Grades K - 5 use McGraw-Hill's My Math which instructs learners through real-world math applications. The program allows students to make progress by interweaving conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application into lessons. The math curriculum is supplemented by Dreambox Learning, an adaptive software program that provides personalized math instruction that promotes decision making and strategy development.

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Grades K - 5 use McGraw-Hill's Inspire Science to spark students’ curiosity and empower them to ask more questions, think more critically, and generate innovative ideas through inquiry-based, hands-on investigations of real-world phenomena.

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Social Studies

Grades K - 5 use Houghton Mifflin's Into Social Studies which prepares students for success in college, career, and civic life by developing analytical skills through the exploration of both the past and the present.

Enrichment Curriculum

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Character Development

The Leader in Me program is the foundation of CAI Learning Academy’s leadership and character development program. Leader in Me schools create well-rounded learners by developing the whole person. With a focus on social-emotional learning students learn to care for themselves and others. By recognizing each child as a leader with unique gifts to share all aspects of their education begin to flourish.

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Health and Physical Education

Students at CAI Learning Academy receive physical education twice a week.

  • SPARK - This research-based program promotes physical activity and lifelong wellness and is aligned with the National Physical Education Standards.
  • Yoga - With instruction by our certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor, our students engage in mindfulness and self-regulation strategies. The integration of yoga and mindfulness practices has been an integral part of the learning environment at CAI Learning Academy. The Yoga program has improved students' physical and emotional strength, as well as the ability to focus their attention and regulate their behavior through breathing exercises.

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Students participate in a weekly Music Class. Music Play Patrol, a mobile music education program, provides high-quality music education and stimulating and engaging music opportunities. The certified music instructor incorporates various instruments into his instruction which energizes students and encourages their active participation.

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In order to continue providing our students with a holistic education, art education is offered through partnerships with local art schools. Our partners provide CAI Learning Academy with an art instructor who develops imagination and motor skills while introducing students to age-appropriate art vocabulary and media.