Elementary school is a fun and challenging time for your child. It's a time to build friendships and discover new subjects and special interests. The elementary school curriculum is usually a general education that exposes your child to the arts, technology, music, math, and literature, inclusive of phonics, spelling, handwriting and language, science, social studies, and physical education. As he or she learns and is being taught in the various subjects, he or she will find out the subjects that stimulate him or her the most and continue to be challenged throughout their educational experience at The Palm Desert Learning Tree Center.
In the elementary school, inclusive of Kindergarten through Fifth grades, students will learn core subjects and develop fundamental skills. We have chosen some new materials for this school year which we are very excited about. The A Beka curriculum is now being used in Mathematics, Phonics, Language Arts, and Social Studies.
Our technology curriculum is academic-based. Our students learn keyboarding, computer functionality, computer terminology and the basics of the Internet. Our computer lab is equipped with 11 new Dell computers and is manned by an instructor who is a Microsoft Certified Professional. Our software library is extensive and continually growing.
Students will learn and work with educational programs and real world software, such as Microsoft Office. All students; Kindergarten Prep through 5th grade, attend computer lab each week. In addition, specialized after-school computer classes are offered on a regular basis including a student-produced school newspaper, yearbook cover design, science fair project assistance and graphic design.
In Kindergarten we use:
• Letters and Sounds, children learn to review
vowel and consonant sounds, blends, words
with one and two vowels and special sounds,
and sentence comprehension.
• The Kindergarten writing tablet helps children
practice the letters of the alphabet in this
• The Mathematic textbook is called Number
Skills, grade K, which reinforces: number
concepts and formation through 100, simple
addition and subtraction combinations, telling
time, working with money, and number
• Social Studies, grade K focuses on fun activities
and coloring pages while teaching about
community helpers, America, and children of 10
different countries. Holidays and special event
days are also included in the social studies
• Supplementary Teaching visuals are also used
in the Kindergarten classroom which include:
America: Our Great Country Visuals, Children of
the World Visuals, Community Helpers Visuals,
Health and Safety Visuals, Character
Development Visuals, and Language
In addition, Scott Foresman Publishing Company is used for our Reading and Spelling program:
• Reading builds successful readers by providing
direct, systematic, and research-based instruction
that fully aligns with national and state standards.
The effective instructional plan includes reading,
phonics, oral language and writing every day at
every grade level, Kindergarten through Grade 5.
• D'nealian Handwriting improves penmanship and
basic handwriting skills with a D'nealian
handbook and charts. Children improve
handwriting skills with the worksheets in these
manuscript and cursive workbooks through
repetition and well calculated daily drills.
• Everyday Spelling is an exciting interactive way
for children to practice spelling words and build
language skills on a daily basis. Included are
pages on writing and proofreading capabilities,
vocabulary practice, alphabetical order, sentence
writing, and phonics-based word lists along with
stories and teaching strategies. Each child starts
out in Kindergarten with one grade higher than
they are presently in and this process continues
In order to teach the whole child, we recognize that the emotional, social, physical, and intellectual needs must be met in a safe, challenging, creative and loving environment. Self-esteem, competence, and leadership are developed by building success upon success with reassurance and support.
It is, therefore, our mission to provide our students with a solid foundation in the academics, extra-curricular enrichment, and opportunities for involvement in a student-centered creative program.
Microsoft Certified Instructor
Kindergarten Prep through 5th Grade
After School Classes Offered
Your child will be able to understand basic computer functions, be introduced to computer terminology, be able to use a computer mouse with a developmentally appropriate degree of coordination, be able to find all numeric keys on the keyboard, be able to find most alphas keys on the keyboard, be able to open and close Windows files, know how to print an item in a standard Windows application and be able to run appropriate grade level programs.
First and Second:
Your child will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of basic computer parts and terms, be comfortable wth and use basic computer terminology, show intermediate to advanced mouse coordination, locate all alpha/numeric keys on the keyboard, be able to open and close Windows files, know how to print any item from a Windows application, integrate computer usage into a special project or report and be able to run appropriate grade level programs.
Third, Fourth, and Fifth:
Your child will be able to understand basic and intermediate computer functions, be comfortable with and use basic computer terminology, be able to perform formal keyboarding, demonstrate basic word processing skills, find and use all keys on a keyboard, open, close and resize Windows programs, use a standard mouse with ease, use technology as a research tool, be able to run appropriate grade level programs, integrate the computer as a learning tool in at least one special project or report, be able to set up a mouse and printer and have an
understanding of virus protection.
Harcourt School Publishers is used in our Science program which is California adopted version which offers students exciting and accessible standard-based lessons. Engaging activities promote curiosity and foster the development of science inquiry skills. Through a consistent and structured learning cycle, students confidently build upon their experiences to develop a lifelong understanding of science concepts. Science workbooks include process skills practice, lesson concepts and review assessments, vocabulary review, and cards.