Lower School Academics

The Regis Lower School provides entering boys 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 continues to 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 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. Daily practices with Number Corner gives the students ongoing practice with key skills and concepts, including: comparing sets and numbers, modeling and solving addition and subtraction problems, identifying, describing, and comparing shapes in the environment. All Regis Lower School students have access to both the IXL and Dreambox math websites at home and at school to enable further strengthening in 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

All Lower School Science units cover the three strands of science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science. All grades incorporate engineering, technology, and applied science through Next Generation Science Standards combined with grade level units from STEMscope. 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. 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.

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 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 practice reading skills.  Practice with 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 classes build fundamental skills focusing on gross motor movement and improving overall physical fitness. Physical education class meets five days a week.

First Grade

Language Arts

First grade students become more efficient and stronger with reading and writing. The SuperKids reading program is continued from Kindergarten. Learning Without Tears Building Writing program is also continued and adds to the basic fundamentals 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 the 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. All Regis Lower School students have access to both the IXL and Dreambox math websites at home and at school to enable further strengthening in 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

All Lower School Science units cover the three strands of science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science. All grades incorporate engineering, technology, and applied science 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, 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. 

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 checkout procedures, book selection, story elements, story time behavior, parts of a book, author and illustrator, ABC order, fiction vs. nonfiction, and practice reading skills.  Introduction and practice with a 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 and improving overall physical fitness. Physical education class meets five days a week.

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. SuperKids reading program is continued in second grade. Guided reading groups are 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 a 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- and triple-digit addition and subtraction problems; measuring length; counting money; investigating 2- and 3-D shapes; building rectangular arrays; and identifying fractions. All Regis Lower School students have access to both the IXL and Dreambox math websites at home and at school to enable further strengthening in 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 the fundamental Catholic prayers. Religion is taught daily.

Science

All Lower School Science units cover the three strands of science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science. All grades incorporate engineering, technology, and applied science through Next Generation Science Standards combined with grade level units from STEMscope.  Second 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 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. Students are able to identify areas of the library, order of the library, and story elements. Review dictionary skills and introduction to an online encyclopedia. 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

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


Third Grade

Language Arts

Students continue Handwriting Without Tears Cursive program. They strengthen their writing with Learning Without Tears Building Writers curriculum. An emphasis is placed on expository, descriptive, comparison, and narrative writing through reading response and research projects. 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 our 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. All Regis Lower School students have access to both the IXL and Dreambox math websites at home and at school to enable further strengthening in 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 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

All Lower School Science units cover the three strands of science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science. All grades incorporate engineering, technology, and applied science 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; and 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 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. 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 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 five days per week.

Fourth Grade

Language Arts

Fourth grade students further their reading skills with the main objective to learn how to think and talk about text to find deeper meanings in the messages. This is taught using The Comprehension Toolkit and through a series of novel studies. Writing fundamental are also added through Learning Without Tears Building Writers. 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 is used. Neuhaus Scientific Spelling program alongside with Sadlier Grammar Workshop and Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop.  All continued and built upon from earlier grades. 

Mathematics

The Math in Focus curriculum builds a solid foundation at each level. Attention is concentrated on place value to provide a deep knowledge of number sense. In fourth grade, 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 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.  All Regis Lower School students have access to both the IXL and Dreambox math websites at home and at school to enable further strengthening in 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

All Lower School Science units cover the three strands of science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science. All grades incorporate engineering, technology, and applied science 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 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. 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 fuel 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

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.