Curriculum
   

History

Understanding People, Places, and Ourselves.   We believe that a solid foundation in history contributes to the moral understanding of students and is essential to the formation of good citizenship.  Carden Academy’s extensive history curriculum begins in Junior Primary and far exceeds the California State Standards.  It employs award-winning text books along with an instructional methodology that focuses on analysis, dictation, map work, reference work, outlining, and research/presentation of oral reports.  Emphasis on gaining a better understanding of people and cultures around the world through time is imbedded in the instruction.  

Junior Primary, First and Second Grade.  Students of these grades are introduced to basic concepts which emphasize the geographic and historical connections between the world today and the world long ago.  While studying civic behavior, the curriculum emphasizes how we interact respectfully with each other, following of rules, and respecting the rights of others.  Students also examine the geographic and economic aspects of life in their own neighborhoods and compare them to those of people long ago.  Finally, students explore the varied backgrounds of American citizens and learn about the symbols, icons, and songs that reflect our common heritage.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade.  Third Grade students learn the role of rules and laws in our daily lives and the basic structure of the U.S. government, as well as a continuation of learning about their community and the physical and cultural landscape of California.  Fourth Grade students shift to lessons on Early North American Explorers, California History, and Native Americans.  Fourth Grade students also travel to Sacramento as part of their state government studies.  Fifth Grade students study American History from the American Revolution to President Lincoln.  Students integrate their new knowledge through a variety of traditional and active learning strategies, such as song, art, music, poems, field trips, creative writing, and guest lecturer presentations.

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade.  This in-depth history program prepares students for honors and advanced placement classes in high school and includes field trips to Arizona and Washington, D.C.  Sixth Grade students delve deeper into the Ancient Civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and the Roman Empire.  Seventh Grade students study other Great Civilizations and Epochs, including the Byzantine Empire, China, Japan, Maya, Aztec, Inca, Medieval, Renaissance, and the Protestant Reformation.  Eighth Grade students study U.S. History from the Civil War to the present.

History

Understanding People, Places, and Ourselves.   We believe that a solid foundation in history contributes to the moral understanding of students and is essential to the formation of good citizenship.  Carden Academy’s extensive history curriculum begins in Junior Primary and far exceeds the California State Standards.  It employs award-winning text books along with an instructional methodology that focuses on analysis, dictation, map work, reference work, outlining, and research/presentation of oral reports.  Emphasis on gaining a better understanding of people and cultures around the world through time is imbedded in the instruction.  

Junior Primary, First and Second Grade.  Students of these grades are introduced to basic concepts which emphasize the geographic and historical connections between the world today and the world long ago.  While studying civic behavior, the curriculum emphasizes how we interact respectfully with each other, following of rules, and respecting the rights of others.  Students also examine the geographic and economic aspects of life in their own neighborhoods and compare them to those of people long ago.  Finally, students explore the varied backgrounds of American citizens and learn about the symbols, icons, and songs that reflect our common heritage.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade.  Third Grade students learn the role of rules and laws in our daily lives and the basic structure of the U.S. government, as well as a continuation of learning about their community and the physical and cultural landscape of California.  Fourth Grade students shift to lessons on Early North American Explorers, California History, and Native Americans.  Fourth Grade students also travel to Sacramento as part of their state government studies.  Fifth Grade students study American History from the American Revolution to President Lincoln.  Students integrate their new knowledge through a variety of traditional and active learning strategies, such as song, art, music, poems, field trips, creative writing, and guest lecturer presentations.

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade.  This in-depth history program prepares students for honors and advanced placement classes in high school and includes field trips to Arizona and Washington, D.C.  Sixth Grade students delve deeper into the Ancient Civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and the Roman Empire.  Seventh Grade students study other Great Civilizations and Epochs, including the Byzantine Empire, China, Japan, Maya, Aztec, Inca, Medieval, Renaissance, and the Protestant Reformation.  Eighth Grade students study U.S. History from the Civil War to the present.

   

Geography

Discovering Planet Earth.  Geography, both world and regional, is introduced as a formal subject in Third Grade.  Map work includes map reading, labeling, and tracing.  In the Third through Fifth Grades emphasis is placed on the printing and coloring skills as well as map content. Fourth Graders study the thirteen major rivers of the world and are introduced to the countries through which they flow by guest lecturers.  Sixth through Eighth Grade students study all continents and countries with an emphasis on written outlines, oral reports and the creation of presentation boards.

 

Geography

Discovering Planet Earth.  Geography, both world and regional, is introduced as a formal subject in Third Grade.  Map work includes map reading, labeling, and tracing.  In the Third through Fifth Grades emphasis is placed on the printing and coloring skills as well as map content. Fourth Graders study the thirteen major rivers of the world and are introduced to the countries through which they flow by guest lecturers.  Sixth through Eighth Grade students study all continents and countries with an emphasis on written outlines, oral reports and the creation of presentation boards.

 

Carden Academy
24741 Chrisanta Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
phone: 949.458.1776
Carden Academy
24741 Chrisanta Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
phone: 949.458.1776