Lower School Academics

As Regis boys enter Lower School, they continue their journey toward becoming scholars and gentlemen. A well-planned curriculum and extensive social awareness opportunities accompany elevated behavioral and academic goals. Being an all boys’ school allows us to tailor our curriculum and teaching strategies to those that benefit boys the most as we focus on living the Sacred Heart Goals.

Regis Lower School students are challenged at their individual levels and encouraged to expand their knowledge and understanding on many subjects. In kindergarten and first grade, boys are taught a broad academic base, while also having the opportunity to extend their learning through enrichment activities. This foundation is taught using developmentally appropriate strategies and objectives. Second through fourth grades build upon this strong beginning, enabling the boys to become independent resourceful learners who are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and materials as they continue to grow and develop. Built into our curriculum are a variety of ancillary classes designed to encourage boys’ interests and expose them to new concepts including Spanish, robotics, art, music, physical education, MakerSpace and library.

Lower School Curriculum



Kindergarten

Language Arts

Regis utilizes the SuperKids Language Arts program, an all-inclusive program covering spelling, grammar, writing, and penmanship. Kindergarten students work on building reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. They continue to strengthen their grasp of the alphabet and begin to learn simple grammar and sentence structure. Through oral and written expression, they learn the skills necessary to decode words and are introduced to sight words. Language Arts is taught daily.

Mathematics

The goal of the Kindergarten math program is to create proficient problem solvers using a variety of skills and strategies. The Regis Lower School utilizes the Math in Focus program which engages students through technology, hands-on learning, games, discussions, and written activities. All Regis Lower School students have access to the IXL math website both at home and at school to enable further strengthening in this core subject. Math is taught daily.

Math and Reading Enrichment

We are pleased to have a Math Specialist, Math Resource Teacher, and Reading Specialist as members of our Regis faculty. These content area specialists partner closely with classroom teachers in all grade levels to further support all that our boys are learning. Our specialists are actively involved in daily classroom instruction and also instruct students in our STEM Lab, Math Institute, and the Cogan Reading Room.

Religion

The Kindergarten Religion program focuses on the dignity of the individual and God as the Creator of each person and all creation. Students learn more about prayer and discuss Bible stories. They begin to shape attitudes of respect, empathy, justice, and peace as they continue to learn and live the Sacred Heart Goals. Religion is taught daily.

Science

Kindergarten students are offered many opportunities for adventure and discovery through the study of earth, physical, and life sciences. They learn about the living and non-living world all around them through observation, experiments, and exposure to the outdoors. Using FOSS science curriculum kits, students study living things and their needs. Science class meets for two or three days a week on alternate weeks.

Social Studies

The Kindergarten Social Studies program focuses on citizenship and community, with particular emphasis on community helpers. Students learn to understand their role in the classroom, family, community, and the world. They are introduced to historical people and events in addition to United States and world geography. Social studies class meets for two or three days a week on alternate weeks.

Art

Art education at the Pre-K and kindergarten level encourages early discovery and exploration through the introduction of various art media, tools, process, and techniques. Repetitive experiences with tools help students to experiment and expand previous awareness. The perceptual, sensory, and manipulative development of students is emphasized at this time. Art is offered one day per week.

MakerSpace

In Kindergarten, emphasis is placed on developing the motor skills necessary to learn beginning keyboarding and mouse basics in addition to robotics and the introduction of STEM programs. MakerSpace is offered twice a week.

Library

Library classes are designed to promote a lifelong love of reading and books. The students enjoy story time while learning about sequencing, rhyming, and alphabetical order and then complete an activity or craft related to the story. Students learn to identify areas of the library and select books that will fuel their growing reading interests. The boys are able to check out a book each week when they visit the library for 30 minutes.

Music

In Kindergarten, the boys learn about music through singing and body movement. Additionally, they learn songs to share at liturgies and other school events. Each year, they participate in the annual Christmas program. Music class meets two days a week.

Physical Education

In Kindergarten physical education classes, students build fundamental skills and focus on improving overall physical fitness. Physical education class meets five days a week.

First Grade

Language Arts

In first grade, students become more efficient and stronger writers and readers. The SuperKids program, an all-inclusive program covering spelling, grammar, writing, and penmanship, is continued from Kindergarten. Writing is also taught through modeling, learning to respond to written text, and journaling. Decoding strategies, sight word recognition, phonics, and learning key story elements strengthen both vocabulary and comprehension skills. Guided reading groups are offered, allowing boys the opportunity to progress at their own pace. Language Arts is taught daily.

Mathematics

Using the Math In Focus curriculum, first graders develop strategies for adding and subtracting whole numbers based on their prior work with small numbers. In addition, they understand the concept of ones and tens in the place value number system. They develop an understanding of the relationship between addition and subtraction and develop efficient strategies for adding, subtracting and comparing within 100. Students explore measurement using non-standard units. The geometric focus is on composition and decomposition of shapes and comparing their attributes. First graders can also describe and analyze data and solve simple problems. Math is taught daily.

Math and Reading Enrichment

We are pleased to have a Math Specialist, Math Resource Teacher, and Reading Specialist as members of our Regis faculty. These content area specialists partner closely with classroom teachers in all grade levels to further support all that our boys are learning. Our specialists are actively involved in daily classroom instruction and also instruct students in our STEM Lab, Math Institute, and the Cogan Reading Room.

Religion

First graders learn more about Jesus and how He teaches us about God’s love. Biblical literacy becomes increasingly important as students learn the names and stories of important persons found in the New Testament. Children learn that they belong to and are members of the Church and continue their study of the Sacred Heart Goals. Religion is taught daily, unless a Liturgy or Prayer Service takes place.

Science

First grade Science is designed to promote curiosity and wonder in the scientific world through hands-on activities. Students learn how to investigate and experiment, increasingly refining questions and sharpening observations through the physical, life and earth sciences. Developing scientific skills and knowledge lead students to make and test predictions in making connections in all that they experience through their senses. Science is taught daily.

Social Studies

Through class discussions and projects, first graders learn their roles as citizens within their community. Also included in the curriculum is U.S. and Texas geography as students learn about Native Americans and the first settlers of our country and region. Social Studies is taught daily.

Art

In first grade, the boys expand their ability to create with various art materials. Additional manipulative techniques and processes are introduced as observation skills and concepts of line and shape are stressed.

MakerSpace

Students build on their foundation of keyboarding skills and learn basic applications that are developmentally appropriate for first grade. The boys learn to use their computer skills to produce print documents and prepare simple presentations. Additionally, boys learn programming skills and are given hands-on opportunities to build, make, and create. MakerSpace is offered twice a week.

Library

Library classes are designed to promote a lifelong love of reading and books. The students enjoy story time while learning about basic parts of a book, enjoy author studies, alphabetical order and introduction to Dewey Decimal System. Students are encouraged to select books that will fuel their growing reading interests. Library time is once per week.

Music

In first grade music, the boys learn through singing, body movement, and using rhythm instruments such as tambourines, drums, and shakers. Students learn songs to share at liturgies and other school events. Each year, they learn songs and parts to participate in the annual Christmas program. Music class meets two days a week.

Physical Education

In first grade Physical Education classes, students continue to build upon fundamental skills and focus on improving overall physical fitness. P.E. class is taught daily.

Second Grade

Language Arts

In second grade, students strengthen their reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on writing through daily journaling and reading response. The SuperKids program, an all-inclusive program covering spelling, grammar, writing, and penmanship, is continued from previous grades. The second grade components are: Decodable Reader (fiction), Word Work Book, SUPER Magazine (non-fiction), & Book Club (various literary genres). Guided reading groups allow the boys to continue to progress at their own pace. Cursive writing and the Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop are introduced in the Spring semester. Language Arts is taught five days per week.

Mathematics

Math in Focus helps students build solid conceptual understanding through a focus on problem solving. Students learn the “why” and the “how” through instruction, hands-on activities and problem solving. Skills taught are numerical calculation, algebraic manipulation, special visualization, data analysis, measurement, use of mathematical tools and estimation. Students use the Rocket Math System to aid in mastery of addition and subtraction facts. Mountain Math is a daily spiral review used as a warm up activity for 10 to 15 minutes that covers all concepts learned in second grade. Students have access to the IXL and XtraMath websites to use at home to enable further strengthening in this core subject. Math is taught 5 days per week.

Math and Reading Enrichment

We are pleased to have a Math Specialist, Math Resource Teacher, and Reading Specialist as members of our Regis faculty. These content area specialists partner closely with classroom teachers in all grade levels to further support all that our boys are learning. Our specialists are actively involved in daily classroom instruction and also instruct students in our STEM Lab, Math Institute, and the Cogan Reading Room.

Religion

Second grade students spend most of the year preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. The students study the parts, prayers, and actions of the Mass and continue to learn the five Sacred Heart Goals. Memorization takes on new importance as the students learn the Ten Commandments, the seven Sacraments, the liturgical calendar, and the fundamental Catholic prayers. Religion is taught daily.

Science

Using the FOSS science curriculum kits, second grade students are involved in hands-on activities designed to encourage exploration of the world around them. The program stresses life, physical & earth sciences through the study of insects, balance & motion, and weather & air. Science is taught on a rotating basis, two to three days per week.

Social Studies

Through class discussions and interactive notebooks, second grade students study geography, map skills, history, economics, important figures in history, our community, and our neighbors near and far. The study of our government and citizenship will also be incorporated. Through modeling, students begin to develop the skills needed to build relationships and become thoughtful, caring citizens. Social Studies is taught on a rotating basis, two to three days per week.

Spanish

Students continue to increase their vocabulary, build oral fluency, and are introduced to beginning grammar and verb usage. They learn songs and Catholic prayers in Spanish. In this year, they memorize the Padre Nuestro and the Ave Maria. Students attend Spanish class three days a week.

Art

Color relationships and textural qualities are emphasized. Social and communication skills are further developed through group projects. The boys are encouraged to express themselves through art and to appreciate their own uniqueness. Second graders will refine observational skills to become more aware of their environment, and to be able to critique works of art.

MakerSpace

In second grade computer class, students improve their keyboarding skills through carefully selected online touch-typing programs as well as learning about the special function keys on the keyboard. The boys use their computer skills to access information online, produce print documents and prepare simple presentations in Kid Pix Studio. Additionally, boys learn programming skills and are given hands-on opportunities to build, make, and create. MakerSpace is offered twice a week.

Library

Library classes are designed to promote a lifelong love of reading and books. The students enjoy story time while learning about parts of a book, encyclopedias, and alphabetical order and introduction to Dewey Decimal System. Students are introduced to Accelerated Reader and are encouraged to select books of interest and readability. The boys are able to check out two books each week when they visit the library for 30 minutes.

Music

The boys learn about music through singing and using rhythm instruments, such as drums, tambourines, and shakers. Students learn songs to offer at liturgies and other school events. Each year, they participate in the annual Christmas program. Music class meets two days a week.

Physical Education

Students continue to build upon fundamental skills and focus on improving overall physical fitness with particular emphasis placed on increasing endurance. Physical Education is taught four days a week.


Third Grade

Language Arts

Students continue to strengthen their writing and reading skills. An emphasis is placed on expository, descriptive, comparison, and narrative writing through reading response and research projects. A novel-based approach is used in reading in our Book Club format. Cursive writing, the Neuhaus Scientific Spelling program, the Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop, and the Sadlier Grammar Workshop Series are utilized. The Writers in the Schools (WITS) program is introduced and offers the students a chance to interact with professional writers. Each trimester, students are required to meet established goals in the Accelerated Reader program. Language Arts is taught daily.

Mathematics

Math In Focus helps students develop a deeper understanding of algebraic thinking and how numbers work. Learning includes strengthening abilities with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and probability. Students use the Rocket Math System to further increase their mastery of multiplication facts. All Regis lower school students have access to the IXL math website both at home and at school to enable further strengthening in this core subject. Math is taught daily.

Math and Reading Enrichment

We are pleased to have a Math Specialist, Math Resource Teacher, and Reading Specialist as members of our Regis faculty. These content area specialists partner closely with classroom teachers in all grade levels to further support all that our boys are learning. Our specialists are actively involved in daily classroom instruction and also instruct students in our STEM Lab, Math Institute, and the Cogan Reading Room.

Religion

The focus is on early Church history through a study of the New Testament. Topics include the life, culture, and land of Jesus, the lives of the saints and apostles, as well as the related history of the era. Students learn how to participate more fully as members of God’s family and to live out the Sacred Heart Goals. Students continue to study and learn their Catholic prayers, focusing on longer and more difficult prayers such as the Confiteor and Memorare. Religion is taught daily.

Science

Using the FOSS and Baylor College of Medicine science curriculum kits, third grade students are involved in many hands-on activities. The program stresses learning about the human body, sounds, food, and air. These students also participate in an overnight field trip to the Houston Zoo as a way to personally observe life science in action. Science is taught two or three days per week on a rotating basis.

Social Studies

Through class discussions and projects, third grade students focus on current national and world events. Students study communities, both past and present, and their effects on modern society. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their own research and learning through an increasing emphasis on organizing information in creative ways to share with others. Social studies class is taught two or three days per week on a rotating basis.

Spanish

Students continue to increase their vocabulary and build oral fluency. Students improve their knowledge of Spanish grammar leading to more advanced communication both orally and in written form. Additionally, Spanish songs and Catholic prayers are included in the curriculum. Spanish is taught three days per week.

Art

The concepts of space and dimension are emphasized. The boys will recognize and work with spatial relationships in two and three dimensions. Pattern and order are stressed. Composition is analyzed as a fundamental component of art.

MakerSpace

In third grade computer class, students hone their keyboarding skills through carefully selected online touch-typing programs as well as learning developmentally appropriate basic applications. The boys learn to use their computer skills to access information online, produce print documents, and prepare simple presentations. Third grade students are introduced to the Lego Mindstorms robotics series. Additionally, boys learn programming skills and are given hands-on opportunities to build, make, and create. MakerSpace is offered twice a week.

Library

Library classes are designed to promote a lifelong love of reading and books. The students enjoy story time while learning about parts of nonfiction books, on-line Encyclopedia with citations, Dewey Decimal System and biographies. Students are encouraged to find at least one book to help them meet their Accelerated Reader goals. The boys are able to check out two books each week when they visit the library for 30 minutes.

Music

In Music, the boys become more focused on learning music notation and melody and have their first opportunity to learn to play the recorder. Students learn songs to offer at liturgies and other school events. Each year, they participate in the annual Christmas program. Music class is taught one day per week.

Physical Education

Physical Education classes encourage students to refine their fundamental skills and focus on improving overall physical fitness and endurance. In this grade, students are first introduced to the rules and fundamentals of rugby. P.E. is taught four days per week.

Fourth Grade

Language Arts

Students further hone and improve their reading and writing skills with the main objective in reading to learn how to think and talk about text to find deeper meanings and messages. This is taught using The Comprehension Toolkit and through a series of novel studies. Each trimester, students are required to meet established point goals in the Accelerated Reader program. An emphasis is placed on learning the Six Traits of Writing through reading response and research projects as well as a special focus on reading and writing poetry. Cursive writing, the Neuhaus Scientific Spelling program, the Sadlier Grammar Workshop, and the Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop are all continued from earlier grades. Language Arts is taught daily.

Mathematics

The Math in Focus curriculum builds a solid foundation at each level through instruction that follows the concrete to pictorial to abstract sequence. Attention is placed on place value to provide a deep knowledge of number sense. Mental math is emphasized and a variety of problem solving methods are taught to help translate complex word problems into mathematical equations. Students have opportunities to explore with manipulatives, work in groups, play math games, be involved in math projects, and to continuously communicate their thinking in math through class discussions and journal reflections. Rocket Math and XtraMath enable students to work on their math fact fluency. Math is taught daily.

Math and Reading Enrichment

We are pleased to have a Math Specialist, Math Resource Teacher, and Reading Specialist as members of our Regis faculty. These content area specialists partner closely with classroom teachers in all grade levels to further support all that our boys are learning. Our specialists are actively involved in daily classroom instruction and also instruct students in our STEM Lab, Math Institute, and the Cogan Reading Room.

Religion

Fourth graders study the virtues as the basis for developing a well-formed Christian conscience. They study the relationship between the virtues, the Ten Commandments, and the Beatitudes. Students continue to learn more about the Mass and the liturgical calendar. They learn to grow and work as active followers of Jesus, to honor and emulate the lives of many Catholic saints, and to exemplify the Sacred Heart Goals. Religion is taught daily.

Science

Using the FOSS and Baylor College of Medicine science curriculum kits, fourth grade students are involved in inquiry-based, hands-on activities exploring electricity and magnetism, earth materials, sensory systems, and the brain. Students participate in labs to enhance the science process skills, and in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) lessons which involve students in problem-based learning.

Social Studies

Through class discussions and projects, fourth grade students examine the history of Texas from the beginning to the present. Students study Texas geography, early American Indians in Texas, European exploration and colonization, the establishment of Spanish settlements and missions, the Texas Revolution and the establishment of the Republic of Texas. Students also work to improve their map skills and an awareness of current events.

Spanish

Students continue improving their knowledge of Spanish language and culture while working towards more advanced oral and written communication. They have many opportunities to practice speaking aloud as the major focus this year is on improving the accuracy and fluency of their oral communication. Students attend Spanish class three days per week.

Art

Students identify and apply the elements of art and principles of design. Students will be formally introduced to the concept of abstraction and learn that expressive qualities are not restricted to any particular style. Emphasis will be placed on the ability of students to value their own emerging style.

MakerSpace

In fourth grade computer class, students continue to refine their keyboarding skills using carefully selected online touch-typing programs as well as learning basic applications that are developmentally appropriate for fourth grade. They use the computer to access information online, produce print documents, and prepare presentations. Fourth grade students continue developing their technical skills in the Lego Mindstorms robotics series. Additionally, boys learn programming skills and are given hands-on opportunities to build, make, and create. MakerSpace is offered twice a week.

Library

Library classes are designed to promote a lifelong love of reading and books. The students enjoy story time while learning about parts of a book, on-line Encyclopedia with citation, Dewey Decimal System and biographies. Students are encouraged to find at least one book to help them meet their Accelerated Reader goals. The boys are able to check out two books each week when they visit the library for 30 minutes.

Music

Students continue to focus on learning music notation and melody and playing the recorder. Students learn songs to offer at liturgies, the annual Christmas program, and other school events. Music class is taught once per week.

Physical Education

In fourth grade Physical Education classes, students improve fundamental skills and focus on improving overall physical fitness and endurance. They work to refine their abilities as competition becomes a more important aspect of game play. Students continue to learn the rules and fundamentals of rugby. Physical education class is taught four days a week.

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