Textbooks and Materials Used

On this page, you can find out a little more about the texts and materials that we use to support our curriculum.  

Saxon Math (Grades K-8)
The St. Frances Cabrini Academy Mathematics Curriculum is designed to prepare our students to be mathematically literate, to be capable of mathematical reasoning and problem solving, and to develop into life long learners.  To achieve this, our school uses the Saxon Math approach to learning.  With Saxon Math, all new mathematical concepts are developed through hands-on activities and rich mathematical conversations that engage students in the learning process.  Concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced over time resulting in a spiral approach to learning.  Students receive daily mixed practice on a multitude of mathematical facts and concepts thus strengthening mathematical skills and increasing retention of mathematical concepts.  Our mathematical instruction in grades K-8 is consistent, reinforcing and building on concepts and integrating mathematical language development for a solid foundation in math.  

Language Arts
Reading - Scott Foresman Reading  (Grades K-5)         
Literature - Novel Based  (Grades 6-8)                      
Grammar/Phonics -  Language Arts Today from McGraw (Grades K-8)
Handwriting - Zaner-Bloser Handwriting (Grades K-4)      

Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and observing form the basis of the St. Frances Cabrini Academy Language Arts Curriculum, which also includes the study of literature, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and handwriting.  In Grades K – 5, Reading is taught in a sequential, skill-oriented manner.  The stories have controlled vocabularies and sentence structures, building from basic to more complex concepts over time.  Reading and comprehension skills are targeted and assessed.  In Grade 5, students make the transition from a basal reader to the study of novels and literature.  The focus at this level is to find skill-appropriate novels and literature so that students are able to both enjoy reading, achieve success, and still be challenged.  Students in grades 6 – 8 utilize novels to delve more completely into true literary analysis.  Grammar and writing skills are emphasized heavily in order to prepare students for high school.

Christ Our Life from Loyola Press (Grades K-8)
The overriding goal of the St. Frances Cabrini Academy Religion Curriculum is for our students to become aware that Jesus is their Lord and Savior who leads them to the Father through the Spirit.  Incorporating the Christ Our Life Program, written by the Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio, ensures that our students receive an age-appropriate, content-rich instruction centered on Scripture.  Our Religion Curriculum blends core beliefs of the Catholic faith:  creed, sacraments, commandments, and prayer.  Our curriculum includes many traditional and familiar prayers, as well as Catholic vocabulary, all designed to instill a strong sense of Catholic identity.  Beliefs and concepts are taught in a spiral approach with each grade building upon the previous grade by expanding in scope.  The Christ Our Life Program is in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Harcourt Science (Grades K-5)
Prentice Hall Science (Grades 6-8)

The St. Frances Cabrini Academy Science Curriculum enables students to develop the knowledge, problem solving skills, and values necessary for them to function productively in an increasing and technological world.  Our science curriculum emphasizes the development of inquiry and processing skills, provides first hand exploration and investigation, and integrates mathematical and communication skills.  It provides our students with opportunities to interact and share ideas, engage in collaborative inquiry, and access to the world beyond the classroom.  Curriculum content includes physical, life, earth, environmental, and space sciences. 

Social Studies
MaGraw Hill Series (Grades K-8)
The St. Frances Cabrini Academy Social Studies Curriculum integrates the study of social sciences and humanities.  Students are challenged to develop the ability to be productive, independent, and cooperative problem solvers and decision makers who assess issues, make thoughtful value judgments, and carry out decisions rationally and responsibly as citizens.  Throughout our curriculum students acquire the knowledge and understanding of: social, economic, and political institutions within various societies; the development of power, authority, and governance; production and distribution of goods; spatial relationships that link one location to other areas of the world; and the concept of time necessary for connecting the past to the present and planning for the future.  Students also gain knowledge and understanding of the multiplicity of cultures in the world, develop a respect of cultural heritage and diversity, gain an appreciation for the environment and concern for allocations and consumption of resources, and recognize the issues that result from the relationship of science and technology to modern society.   

Fine Arts
Art and music education are essential to the St. Frances Cabrini Academy curriculum.  Students at all grade levels acquire knowledge of the principles and elements of art and music forms as well as the terminology and tools of the arts. 

Physical Education
The purpose of the St. Frances Cabrini Academy Physical Education Curriculum is for students to develop the knowledge, skills, values, and behaviors to maintain a healthy and physically active lifestyle.  Students engage in activities that develop: fine and gross motor skills; fundamental skills of athletic games and recreational activities; leadership and cooperation; and an understanding of the benefits of regular physical activity and its contribution to a healthy lifestyle.  Our Physical Education program is provided through our partnership with Curriculum Services – S.H.A.P.E.

Students are taught to operate hardware and utilize software.  The use of technology is integrated throughout the curriculum with students effectively and creatively applying appropriate technologies in subject areas.



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