While you’re here, read some of our Intermediate Elementary students’ honest and independent thoughts on school at Spectrum, especially during COVID-19, in this recent assignment from a cohort of IE students.
What to Expect
A balanced approach to literacy, including book clubs, journaling, reports and research, fiction and non-fiction reading, grammar, phonics, and literary round table discussions
Spelling and syntax experienced through word-study
In-depth math study through the Investigations Math program
Social studies and science explored through in-depth, interdisciplinary projects
A strong emphasis on social development
Instrumental Band offered beginning at age 9
Supply List & Resources
Spelling City Each student has a specific sort number that works on a spelling rule or pattern. In class, we work with students to put their words into categories to help them memorize and understand the patterns rather than just individual words.
Khan Academy is a website that helps reinforce math skills your child is learning at school.
The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge. The link below takes you to an introductory video with information about setting up an account. Khan is used as a supplement to our applied math program, Investigations by Pearson.
Math Practice Links
24-count box of crayons & 12-count box of colored pencils
1 pair of rain boots for Fall/Spring
1 rain jacket
1 8oz. bottle hand sanitizer
1 reusable water bottle, sanitized and filled at home each day
3-5 face masks that can be washed and returned daily
1 pair of winter boots and snow pants(to be brought in when snow begins)
individual pencil sharpeners
Other ways you can help:
- We spend a lot of time outside in a variety of weather. It is a good idea to have available for your child a raincoat, rain boots or older shoes that can get wet or muddy, comfortable clothes suitable for each season, and extra sets of winter clothes to leave at school (i.e. mittens, hats, socks, and snow pants), Students who like to wear shorts or skirts to school may want to keep an extra pair of long pants in their backpacks. Our facility has acres of wooded trails, and we like to use them year-round!
- We have created two wish lists on Amazon for books that we plan to use this year. Monarch (picture books) and Bluestem (chapter books) Award nominees are titles that have been chosen by Illinois teachers, students, and librarians as excellent and varied examples of children’s literature.
- Please take a look at the following links to see if there are any that you would be willing to donate to our classroom. Monarch: http://a.co/5tQyUXi Bluestem: http://a.co/fhXLqcH Other needs may arise as we progress through the school year, which we will send out via email.
We are excited for the school year to begin!