Carver School
16077 SE Hwy 224
Damascus, OR 97089

Carver School                
1st and 2nd Grade
  At Carver School our goal is to help students become self-directed learners, critical thinkers, and creative problem solvers who can work collaboratively and independently. 


Unlocking the Power of Print  by Dorothy Whitehead
  • Orton-Gillingham based phonics program
  • multi-sensory
  • teacher directed, no student book
  • tests based on spelling patterns learned during the week

Daily 5 Reading Workshop approach - independent reading, partner reading, listening to reading, word work, writing. 

Whole group, small group, and independent instruction

First Grade 
Open Court series by SRA McGraw-Hill  -phonics based

Second Grade (or for those fluent in decoding - no reading series)
  • picture/chapter books, short stories, poetry
  • literature based guided reading
  • no textbook


  • D'Nealian or Modern Print


  • Writer's Workshop - learn to plan, write a rough draft, revise, edit, and publish
  • 6+1 Traits of Writing  -ideas, sentence fluency, organization, word choice, voice, conventions, and presentation
  • Check the Deck  series
  • journals

Sharing stories and written work, oral report presentation, show and tell, plays, reading and reciting poetry


Singapore Math-Standards Edition

The use of Primary Mathematics has contributed to Singapore's first place ranking in the Trends in International Mathematics and Sciences Study (TIMSS) in 1995, 1999, and 2003. The program aims to equip students with sound concept, development, critical thinking, and efficient problem-solving skills. The Concrete to Pictorial to Abstract approach enables students to encounter math in a meaningful way and translate mathematical skills from the concrete to the abstract. 

No text for students
hands-on paper/pencil work


  • theme based
  • taught through literature, art, projects
  • two year cycle
  • no textbooks for students
Year One:  Regions of the World - oceans, rain forests, desert, polar regions

Year Two:  American Symbols, Celebrations, Around the World, dinosaurs, insects, weather

Daily Work: Evan-Moor series 
Daily Language
Daily Math
Daily Geography
Daily Science

Students are encouraged to put forth their best efforts in their own academic work and contribute to the school and greater community.  Carver School develops a solid foundation in the basics, using themes/projects, integrated curriculum, and developmentally appropriate instruction.

          Children are encouraged to express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas, and to take responsibility for their choices.  Group problem-solving is used to address situations that arise to help teach children community responsibility, diversity, cooperation, and communication skills.

          Carver School supports the social, emotional, and academic needs of children.  This positive environment encourages a well-developed self-esteem and an enthusiastic approach to learning for each child.  The result is a high quality education and the necessary skills for the child to move into the future with confidence.

          Education at Carver School is exciting, challenging and interesting.  The enriched environment and curriculum provide students with developmentally appropriate opportunities to learn using both the brain and the heart.


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