K-5 Program (CHILD)
Description of Program
CHILD™ (Changing How Instruction for Learning is Delivered) is a research-based teaching and learning framework for the elementary classrooms. Recognized as effective by the US Department of Education, CHILD is a three-dimensional model that differs from the traditional model designed around a single teacher in a single grade.
After direct instruction from the teacher, students work independently and collaboratively at three types of learning stations within their cluster. Students rotate to the three classrooms in their cluster. Each classroom has a Computer Station for technology-based work, a Text Station for paper/pencil work, and three Activity Stations for hands-on work. There is also a Teacher Station for individual and small group interventions, re-teaching, and enrichment.
The original research began in 1988 at Florida State University by Dr. Sally Butzin, senior author. Since then, there have been annual updates, along with numerous independent studies that document the effectiveness of the CHILD instructional system. CHILD students have significantly higher academic achievement and better behavior than their peers in traditional classrooms. Parent support and enthusiasm is also very high.
K-5 students also rotate on a three week rotation among the following special classes; PE, Music, Art, and Computer Lab. Extracurricular activities Chorus (Grades 4-5), and Safety Patrol (5th Grade).
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