BSNBCS utilizes a Common Core aligned program at each grade level. Literacy and the English Language arts are taught between 90-120 between minutes each day in the elementary grades. The specific components of BSNBCS’s instructional approach include: large group read-aloud; small-group guided reading; individual independent reading; large-group writing instruction; individual independent writing; vocabulary work; decoding and phonemic awareness. At the middle school level, students improve their ability to write and communicate effectively and engage the world of non-fiction and literature.
Mathematics is taught between 60-90 minutes each day in the elementary grades. The specific components of the framework include a daily morning math routine, the introduction of new math material, problem-solving, spiral review, and fact fluency. At the middle school level, students focus on integrated mathematical concepts, problem solving and application to the real world.
In Social Studies, the New York State standards are taught at each grade level, under the umbrella of different grade-level themes. BSNBCS’s instructional approach to the teaching of Social Studies is to create a strong and clear link to literacy. Curriculum maps are created for each unit; vocabulary words that relate to the content are identified and taught, and a wide variety of print resources are utilized, such as fiction and non-fiction texts and articles. At the elementary and intermediate levels, students conduct research using the internet and write non-fiction reports on Social Studies units and themes.
In Science, the New York State standards are taught at each grade level and broken down into specific content strands. In addition to the content strands, scientific thinking is integrated in order for our students to have on-going learning experiences that emphasize the skills of observing, predicting, forming hypotheses, gathering evidence, and testing hypotheses. Science, like Social Studies, is connected to BSNBCS’s literacy goals. A wide variety of fiction and non-fiction print resources are utilized.