Academic Innovation and Curriculum: The Heart of Creekside's Academic Program
well-defined and thorough curriculum is the basis of Creekside’s
academic program at all grades. The goal of our curriculum is to provide
students with an in-depth knowledge at each
grade, and for each grade to build on the skills and knowledge learned
in previous grades. Concepts from different curriculum areas are often
tied together in broad units that provide students the opportunity to
view related concepts from a variety of viewpoints. Students are
encouraged to develop problem solving skills and independent thinking at
all grade levels.
has high mathematical expectations for all students. To ensure learning
success in mathematics we concentrate on five content areas: number
sense, patterns and algebra, probability and data analysis, geometry,
measurement and computation. Teachers strive to both embody and inspire
mathematical proficiency through a focused and systematic approach.
Students will learn by hands-on lessons. Our goal is that students not
only develop proficiency, but also learn to think mathematically. The
use of additional staff members and parent volunteers results in a small
teacher to student ratio during math lessons.
Social Studies program is composed of three elements (history,
geography and civics) in kindergarten through fifth. Beginning in first
grade an additional element, economics, is added. Students master a
concept by investigating the topic in increasing depth over subsequent
years. By fifth grade they will apply these skills by analyzing how the
geography of a continent has shaped it’s culture and economics. By the
time students complete fifth grade they will have explored the history
of Colorado, the United States and the Age of Exploration and completed
in-depth units that relate to all seven continents. Our annual
International Festival is the culmination of each class’s study of a
foreign country. Creekside’s international population brings these
lessons to life in a meaningful and exciting way.
also uses the learning by doing approach. Scientific knowledge advances
when students observe objects and events, think about how they relate
to what is known, test their ideas in logical ways, and generate
explanations that integrate new information. Therefore, the science
philosophy at Creekside encompasses what we know (content) and how we
come to know it (process).
Specials and Integration
Art, Music and Physical Education teachers work closely with classroom
teachers to integrate many of the classroom thematic units and concepts
into Art, Music and P.E. Our specialist teachers also are active in
planning many all-school events such as all-school sing alongs, the
annual Fun Run and Field & Fun days, and ongoing displays of student
Art, students are encouraged to discover, explore and experiment with
various media, tools, processes and techniques. Students will become
familiar with various elements of art and the works of many famous
artists. Art classes at Creekside are intended to develop a positive
attitude and life-long appreciation for Art.
Physical Education, children are given a safe, fun environment to
develop motor skills and teamwork. They also learn components of healthy
physical fitness so they can make fitness a lifetime habit.
Creekside, the music repertoire is closely tied to the Social Studies
curriculum. Music classes focus on singing and movement. Students are
provided with opportunities to play a variety of musical instruments and
develop music reading skills through individual and group study.
Students also create their own music and play games in order to foster a
life-long appreciation of music. Art, Music and Physical Education
teachers collaborate on annual programs at each grade level.
check out one or more library books each week. During library time,
they will also learn how to use the library as a research tool. Parents
may request a library card in their own name that allows them to check
out additional children books for reading at home.