Lower School Academics

The Regis Lower School provides a curriculum designed to challenge and grow students academically and socially while continuing their journey toward becoming scholars and gentlemen. It is accompanied with social awareness education and opportunities to serve and elevates the students’ academic, social, and behavioral disciplines.  Students practice appropriate developmental skills for cognitive growth, personal and social behavior, and fine and gross motor skills. Lower School students are challenged and encouraged to expand their knowledge and understanding on all levels. In kindergarten and first grade, boys are taught an 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, challenging and enabling the boys to become independent, resourceful learners. They 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, art, music, physical education, MakerSpace, and library. 

Lower School Curriculum



Kindergarten

Language Arts

Kindergarten students strengthen their grasp of the alphabet and begin to learn simple grammar and sentence structure. Through oral and written expression, students learn the skills necessary to decode words and are introduced to sight words. Kindergarten students work on building reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  Regis utilizes the SuperKids reading program, to teach and reinforce these skills as well as spelling and grammar. Guided reading groups are offered, allowing boys the opportunity to progress at their own pace. Learning Without Tears Building Writers program starts Kindergarten students with the building blocks to scaffold their skills throughout each grade in Lower School. Handwriting Without Tears is used for the formation of letters and penmanship. 

Mathematics

The Kindergarten math program ultilizes a variety of skills and strategies to create proficient problem solvers. Through the Math in Focus program, students are engaged through technology, hands-on learning, games, discussions and written activities. Daily practice with Number Corner gives students continued exposure to key skills and concepts including: comparing sets and numbers; modeling and solving addition and subtraction problems; and identifying, describing, and comparing shapes in the environment. Students have access to both the IXL and Dreambox math websites at home and at school to further strengthen this core subject. 

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 science focuses on physical science, life science, and Earth science. Engineering, technology, and applied science are incorporated through Next Generation Science Standards combined with grade level units from STEMscope. 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. Kindergarten STEMscope Units include: Humans and the Needs of Organisms; Dealing with Weather; Living Things and their Habitats; and Using Force to Change Motion.

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.

Spanish

Students will become familiar with grade appropriate vocabulary, basic concepts and oral expression. They will also focus on improving their pronunciation and understanding of the basic concepts of phonics. They will be more exposed to dialogues and oral participation. The cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries will be introduced. The students will learn to pray and sing prayerful songs in Spanish.

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. Perceptual, sensory, and manipulative development is emphasized. Art is offered one day per week.

MakerSpace

Kindergarten MakerSpace emphasizes the development of motor skills necessary to learn beginning keyboarding and mouse basics by utilizing the Keyboarding Without Tears program. Students are also introduced to a variety of STEM projects including robotics.

Library

Library classes are designed to promote a lifelong love of reading and books. The students enjoy story time while learning checkout procedures, book selection, story time behavior, parts of a book, author and illustrator, ABC order, fairy tales, and reading skills.  Students also practice sequencing and rhyming in book selections for read aloud time. Students learn to identify areas of the library and select books that will fuel their growing reading interests. 

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

Kindergarten physical education focuses on building the fundamental skills of balance, rhythm and gross motor movement. Students work on movement concepts, balance and rhythm, weight transfer, rolling, jumping and landing, throwing and catching, and dribbling and volleying. Team building games and individual exchanges are practiced daily. These skills increase physical competence, instill health related fitness and the enjoyment of physical activity. Physical education classes practice cooperative learning and meet five days a week.

First Grade

Language Arts

First grade students focus on becoming stronger and more efficient in reading and writing. The SuperKids reading program and Learning Without Tears Building Writers program is continued in first grade. These programs add to the basic fundamentals of reading and writing 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. 

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. Daily practice with Number Corner gives students ongoing opportunities to build proficiency with key skills and concepts. They develop an understanding of the relationship between addition and subtraction and learn 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. Students have access to both the IXL and Dreambox math websites at home and at school to further strengthen this core subject. 

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 focuses on physical science, life science, and Earth science. Engineering, technology, and applied science are incorporated through Next Generation Science Standards combined with grade level units from STEMscope. First Grade STEMscope units include: Design from Nature; Parents and Their Offspring; Patterns in the Sky; and Communicating with Light and Sound.  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 while increasingly refining questions and sharpening observations through the physical, life, and earth sciences. Developing scientific skills and knowledge leads students to make and test predictions and make connections in all that they experience through their senses. 

Social Studies

Through class discussions and projects, first graders learn their role as citizens within their community. Students also learn U.S. and Texas geography as well as studying Native Americans and the first settlers of our country and region. Social Studies is taught daily.

Spanish

Students will expand their knowledge of the Spanish language by means of cultural awareness activities focused on the gradual development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for first grade. The students will learn to pray and sing prayerful songs in Spanish. Some of the topics that will be covered are: greetings, all about me, parts of the face/parts of the body, my family and friends, school, pets, my clothes, my community, jungle animals, food, and transportation.

Art

In first grade, students 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. Students learn to use their computer skills to produce print documents and prepare simple presentations. Additionally, they 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 checkout procedures, book selection, story elements, story time behavior, parts of a book, author and illustrator, ABC order, fiction vs. nonfiction, and reading skills.  Students will also be introduced to and practice utilizing the dictionary. Students are able to identify areas of the library, order of the library, and select books that will fuel their growing reading interests. 

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

First grade physical education classes build fundamental skills focusing on gross motor movement, improving overall physical fitness and personal wellness. The curriculum builds from the basic skills of rhythm, ways of travel, jumping and landing, balance and weight transfer, and rolling. Sporting skills such as throwing and catching, striking with implements, kicking and dribbling with feet, and dribbling with hands are also introduced and practiced. Stretching and balance are introduced with simple yoga. Fitness tests are performed through games and self-evaluation. Sports such as flag football, soccer and basketball are highlighted. Physical education classes practice cooperative learning and meet five days a week.

Second Grade

Language Arts

In second grade, students continue to strengthen their reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on writing through daily journaling and reading response. SuperKids reading program is continued in second grade. Guided reading groups are also continued to allow the boys to progress at their own pace. Spelling, grammar, writing, and penmanship is continued from previous grades. Handwriting Without Tears is used for formation and beginning cursive writing. Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop is introduced and used alongside with Learning Without Tears Building Writers program. 

Mathematics

Math in Focus helps students build solid conceptual understanding through an emphasis on problem solving. Students learn the “why” and the “how” through instruction, hands-on activities, and problem solving. Number Corner is used to strengthen computational fluency. It incorporates visual models like ten-frames, double ten-frames, number lines and number grids. In second grade, Number Corner give students ongoing practice with key skills and concepts including: reading, writing, and comparing numbers to 1,000; counting in groups of hundreds, tens, and ones; developing and using strategies to solve double-digit and triple-digit addition and subtraction problems; measuring length; counting money; investigating 2-D and 3-D shapes; building rectangular arrays; and identifying fractions. Students have access to both the IXL and Dreambox math websites at home and at school to further strengthen this core subject. 

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 fundamental Catholic prayers. Religion is taught daily.

Science

Second grade science focuses on physical science, life science, and Earth science. Engineering, technology, and applied science are incorporated through Next Generation Science Standards combined with grade level units from STEMscope. Second grade STEMscope units include: needs and interactions; dealing with changes to the Earth; mapping land and water; and selecting and using materials in the design process. Second grade students are involved in hands-on activities designed to encourage exploration of the world around them. 

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 is incorporated throughout the year. 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. They will also memorize the Padre Nuestro and the Ave Maria. Students attend Spanish class three days a week.

Art

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

MakerSpace

In MakerSpace, second grade students improve their keyboarding skills through carefully selected online touch-typing programs, as well as learning about the special function keys on the keyboard. They will use their computer skills to access information online, produce print documents and prepare simple presentations in Kid Pix Studio. Additionally, students 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. Students are able to identify areas of the library, order of the library, and story elements. They will also review dictionary skills and be introduced to the online encyclopedia. Students will participate in an independent selection of books that will fuel their growing reading interests.  

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

Second grade physical education continues to build and strengthen fundamental skills. Gross motor movements, improving overall physical fitness and personal wellness are reinforced. The curriculum of rhythm, ways of travel, jumping and landing, balance and weight transfer and rolling are practiced and refined. Sporting skills such as throwing and catching, striking with implements, kicking and dribbling with feet, and dribbling with hands are practiced. Stretching and balance are reintroduced with simple yoga, and fitness tests are done through games and self-evaluation. Sports such as flag football, soccer and basketball are highlighted. Physical education classes practice cooperative learning and meet five days a week.


Third Grade

Language Arts

Students continue Handwriting Without Tears Cursive program in third grade. They strengthen their writing with the Learning Without Tears Building Writers program. Expository, descriptive, comparison, and narrative writing through reading response and research projects is emphasized in third grade. Neuhaus Scientific Spelling program is used in addition to Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop and Sadlier Grammar Workshop Series. The Writers in the Schools (WITS) program is introduced and offers the students a chance to interact with professional writers. A novel-based approach is used in reading for a Book Club format.  

Mathematics

Math in Focus helps students develop a deeper understanding of algebraic thinking and how numbers work in third grade. Number Corner gives students ongoing practice with key skills and concepts to build computational fluency. These skills include: adding and subtracting within 1,000; developing fluency with multiplication and related division facts within 100; representing and solving problems involving multiplication; rounding to the nearest 10 or 100; understanding, representing, and comparing fractions; estimating and measuring mass and liquid volume; collecting and analyzing data; and working with shapes and area. Students have access to both the IXL and Dreambox math websites at home and at school to further strengthen this core subject. 

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

Third grade focuses 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 Catholic prayers, focusing on longer and more difficult prayers such as the Confiteor and Memorare. Religion is taught daily.

Science

Third grade science focuses on physical science, life science, and Earth science. Engineering, technology, and applied science are incorporated through Next Generation Science Standards combined with grade level units from STEMscope. Third Grade STEMscope units include: needs and interactions; dealing with changes to the Earth; mapping land and water; animal development and survival; environments and the traits of organisms; organisms change over time; dealing with hazardous weather worldwide; and using magnetic force. Third grade students are involved in many hands-on activities designed to further develop scientific skills.

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 increased 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 in third grade. Students will recognize and work with spatial relationships in two and three dimensions. Pattern and order are stressed, and composition is analyzed as a fundamental component of art.

MakerSpace

In third grade MakerSpace, 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, they 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. Students are able to identify areas of the library, order of the library, and story elements. They will review dictionary and encyclopedia skills.  Independent selection of books will fuel their growing reading interests.

Music

In Music, the boys become more focused on learning music notation and melody and have their first opportunity 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

Third grade physical education encourages students to refine their fundamental skills and focus on improving overall physical fitness and endurance. The curriculum continues to build and reflect on rhythm, ways of travel, jumping and landing, balance and weight transfer and rolling, as well as speed and agility. Sporting skills such as throwing and catching, striking with implements, kicking and dribbling with feet, and dribbling with hands are continued to be practiced. Stretching and balance are implemented with yoga. Fitness tests are done through games and self-evaluation. Sports such as flag football, soccer and basketball are highlighted. In this grade, students are also introduced to the rules and fundamentals of rugby. Physical education classes practice cooperative learning and meet five days a week.

Fourth Grade

Language Arts

Fourth grade students further their reading skills with the main objective of learning how to think and talk about text to find deeper meanings in the messages. Students utilize The Comprehension Toolkit and a series of novel studies to practice analyzing text. Writing fundamentals are also added with the Learning Without Tears Building Writers 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. Handwriting Without Tears Cursive Writing, Neuhaus Scientific Spelling program alongside with Sadlier Grammar Workshop and Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop are all utilized in fourth grade. 

Mathematics

The Math in Focus curriculum builds a solid foundation at each level. In fourth grade, attention is concentrated on place value to provide a deep knowledge of number sense. Number Corner gives students ongoing practice with key skills and concepts including: classifying and constructing angles, lines, and line segments; constructing and interpreting line plots; solving multiplication and division problems using arrays, ratio tables, and equations; and adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions using number lines and other models.  Multiple opportunities are given to students to develop their problem-solving skills while tackling challenging story problems. 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. Students have access to both the IXL and Dreambox math websites at home and at school to further strengthen this core subject. 

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

Fourth grade science focuses on physical science, life science, and Earth science. Engineering, technology and applied science are incorporated through Next Generation Science Standards combined with grade level units from STEMscope. Fourth Grade STEMscope units include: organism structures and behavior; changes over time to Earth’s surface and resources; using energy transformations; and communicating using wave energy.  Fourth grade science involves inquiry-based, hands-on activities. 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 Native Americans 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 the 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, they 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. Students are able to identify areas of the library, order of the library, and story elements. They continue to review encyclopedia skills while being introduced to table of contents and a thesaurus with partner research projects. Book talks are introduced and practiced. Independent selection of books fuels their growing reading interests. 

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

Fourth grade physical education focuses on improving fundamental skills and overall physical fitness and endurance. Rhythm, ways of travel, jumping and landing, balance and weight transfer, and rolling, speed and agility are used to refine their abilities as competition becomes a more important aspect of game play. Sporting skills such as throwing and catching, striking with implements, kicking and dribbling with feet, dribbling with hands, and volleying are practiced. Stretching and balance are implemented with yoga. Fitness tests are done through games and self-evaluation. Sports such as flag football, soccer and basketball are highlighted. Students continue to learn the rules and fundamentals of rugby. Physical education classes practice cooperative learning and meet five days a week.