At Learning by Design, we do not believe in a one size fits all type of education and thus we use a multitude of curriculum support options to help our students learn. The foundation of our program rests on three main concepts, the cornerstones of the LbD program. We believe that every student is capable of success and we use personalization as a way to build a plan for each of our students to help them achieve that success. Project-based and experiential learning are also cornerstones of our program; our students learn by doing, experiencing, making and creating. Lastly, we believe that students must feel safe, nurtured and supported to learn. Creating a sense of belonging is critical to the development of compassionate, empathetic students. At LbD we place an emphasis on social-emotional learning to promote the growth of students as healthy, competent, moral people. Our students are individuals, and we believe they should be treated as such in their academic and social-emotional development. That said, it is a given that our lessons are standards aligned and geared toward helping our students master both discrete concepts as well as long-lasting skills.
Project Based Learning
Learning By Design
Social Emotional Learning
Developing mastery of the basics of arithmetic is necessary for success in mathematics, at LbD we understand that fostering an understanding of math can lead to a connection and accomplishment in STEAM fields, and a basic understanding of math is necessary in life. We use TPS Math as the foundation of our math curriculum and use both ST Math and Dreambox as well as other teacher-generated tools to support student learning.
English Language Arts
Elementary school is a crucial time in the academic development of a child; we know that children learn to read until 3rd grade and then they begin to read to learn. At LbD we take learning the basics of reading and writing seriously and we employ tools like Lexia, MyOn, and other tools generated by teachers to help our students practice and master these skills.
Studying society and how it works helps students gain an understanding of the world around them and develop empathy. We know that our student cannot grow into people who can affect change in their community and the world if they don't understand how the world works, what are the problems, and what is work and for whom. Social Studies is a way to help our students engage with these question and develop critical thinking skills. We use tools like Social Studies Alive to support our students in the classroom. In addition, our Social Studies curriculum is connected to real-world, relevant projects which help our student frame and understand the world in which they live.
Investigating and developing a basic understanding of the natural and physical world is critical to the development of informed citizens. Science helps our student foster an appreciation of the natural and physical world as well as form a model for asking questions, creating a format to investigate those questions and develop tools to measure and analyze the outcome to their investigations. At LbD our science curriculum is tightly paired with Project-Based learning and tied to our Math curriculum (TPS Math ).
Making, Innovation, & Technology
The making, creating, and construction of products both physical and digital is a great way to engage students in learning, help asses what they know and understand, and make their learning relevant. Innovation time is a space for our students to solve problems, develop products and be creative while developing critical thinking skills, building collaboration skills, and practicing presentation skills. We use design, coding, and engineering as vehicles for teaching these skills and use tools such as Little Bits, Tynker.com , and Code.org.
Physical activity, mindfulness, and nutrition are all parts of a healthy lifestyle. We engage our students in these practices at an early age to help them develop the life long habits which have been connected to a happy and healthy life. Our Physical Education program emphasizes team work, flexibility, and agility. In addition, our students take part in the cultivation of plants as they maintain our tower garden.