| The curriculum for Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls is carefully aligned to the New York State Learning Standards in each subject area and each grade level. Brighter Choice is able to provide more expansive educational offerings partly because of our longer school day and the year-round school calendar. Some curriculum materials are created by classroom teachers and some are purchased through different vendors. Students have access to content material that is both stimulating and proven effective through research. With a robust curriculum in place, we create classroom environments that are highly engaging and rigorous. Classrooms are equipped with a plethora of learning materials that guide every child to success. Below you’ll find more information about specific program offerings.
Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls Curriculum Offerings:
1. Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop Model
At Brighter Choice, we believe in a balanced literacy approach. We are currently moving towards the workshop model for reading and writing. This means students are exposed to both authentic texts and tasks that support literary response and comprehension, but are also given explicit instruction for phonics, word identification, spelling and vocabulary. By adopting this model we are devoting even more time to authentic reading and writing. With the workshop model in place, students are actively involved in their own learning. After explicit instruction, students have the opportunity to practice each reading or writing strategy independently, with a peer, or in a small group.
2. Waterford Early Reading Program, Developed by Waterford Institute, Inc. Published by Pearson Digital Learning
The Waterford Early Reading Program is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that teaches children how to read, write, and keyboard. It is one of the nation’s first research-based, technology-driven reform models in early reading instruction. Kindergarten, first and second grade students currently use this program during their computer instructional time.
3. Treasures Reading Program, Published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill
An English Language Arts program used by our kindergarten, first, second, third and fourth grade classrooms to build reading and writing skills. Lessons include: development of oral language, comprehension, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and writing. Leveled readers and home/family connection activities are included with this program.
4. Urban Education Exchange
Urban Education Exchange is one of only a few organizations in the country focused on supporting elementary and middle school teachers with the resources needed for teaching reading comprehension to low income and minority students. Lessons are specifically designed to help struggling readers. All classroom teachers have access to the UEE program and utilize the lessons to supplement the Treasures program with additional comprehension activities.
5. Rigby Leveled Reading Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Supplemental Publishers
To help all our students build reading proficiency, Guided Reading occurs on a daily basis during English Language Arts instruction. Teachers use leveled books from the Harcourt Achieve’s Rigby imprint, featuring popular programs such as PM Resources and Flying Colors Series. The leveled readers range from nonfiction and fiction in various genres. Books are leveled from A (kindergarten) to V (5th grade).
6. enVision Math New York, Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley
Daily Problem-Based Interactive Learning followed by Visual Learning strategies deepen conceptual understanding by making meaningful connections for students and delivering strong, sequential visual/verbal connections through the Visual Learning Bridge in every lesson. The enVision math program is used in all four grades, kindergarten through 4th grade. Our enVision textbooks are aligned with New York State learning standards.
7. Houghton Mifflin Science, published by Houghton Mifflin Company
Houghton Mifflin Science offers an accessible, standards-based, spiral curriculum covering life, earth, and physical science topics and leading students in grades K?6 to a deeper understanding of science content and concepts. This Science curriculum is used by all grade levels, kindergarten through 4th grade.
8. Houghton Mifflin Social Studies 2005
Developed to align with state standards, the 4th grade edition incorporates state-specific information and has review and Test Prep included. Each edition has built-in reading and vocabulary instruction that connects content area reading.
9. Core Knowledge Sequence (Content Guidelines for Grades K-8), published by Core Knowledge Foundation/Primary Documents
Our history teachers consult the Core Knowledge resource and use a variety of primary documents for instruction.