Provide students with an academically excellent learning opportunity by offering challenging curricula richly infused with math, arts, science and technology and designed to engage all in the learning process.
Imagine Bella Academy of Excellence uses the MyMath Mathematics curriculum in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade. McGraw-Hill My Math is an innovative approach to elementary math. Developed as a write-in student edition, each child interacts with their text in multiple ways throughout the learning process. Written specifically for the Common Core State Standards, McGraw-Hill My Math offers personalized vocabulary, student-created examples, online games, and downloadable apps that help students move from learning abstract concepts to direct application. McGraw-Hill My Math – Making “Aha” moments happen!
We utilize the Imagine Regional Pacing Calendar to design units that are standards aligned throughout the year using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (I do 5 minutes-we do 5 minutes- you do 15 min- share 5 min) model. 20-25 minutes of guided reading gives students the chance to apply the strategies they already know to new text. Guided reading is an instructional approach that involves a teacher working with a small group of students who demonstrate similar reading behaviors and can all read similar levels of texts. The text is easy enough for students to read with the teacher's skillful support. The text offers challenges and opportunities for problem solving, but is easy enough for students to read with some fluency. The teacher chooses selections that help students expand their strategies.
Direct Instruction (K) is a research proven, child centered elementary curriculum designed to accelerate learning by maximizing efficiency in the design and delivery of instruction. The DI program breaks learning down into small pieces and then shows students how to bring these pieces together to fit into a larger concept. Lessons are practiced over and over through choral responses. Teachers advance through the material taking their cues from the children's progress and their mastery of the lesson. Students, therefore, never "fall through the cracks." We aim our students with DI strategies that serve them well when advanced thinking is called for in more accelerated subjects such as earth science, chemistry, and problem-solving.