Village Glen

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

About

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

By integrating rigorous direct and individualized instruction with structured didactic and project-based learning, students here at Village Glen’s elementary school are encouraged to make connections with the world around them and develop a deeper understanding of what they are learning.

Children in the elementary grades remain with their teachers in homerooms. Academic classes emphasize reading, writing, science, math, and social studies. Additional subjects may include music, computer science, physical education, and art which are taught by specialty teachers.

The development of reading comprehension and critical thinking skills is a focus at Village Glen elementary school and an area in which many of our students experience challenges. By integrating rigorous direct and individualized instruction with structured project-based learning students are encouraged to make connections with the world around them and to develop a deeper understanding of what they are learning.

Social skills instruction and the promotion of social development in our students is a fundamental component of the Village Glen experience.  At Village Glen we reinforce social skills development by using storybooks/social stories, spend time on emotional regulation units, and target more foundational social skills (e.g., social attention, conversation basics).  This instruction takes place daily and the taught skills are continuously practiced and reinforced throughout the school day within the classroom as well as during play time and social activities.  During recess and lunch times, social interactions are actively facilitated by our trained staff to further strengthen social skills development of our students and to promote positive peer interactions.

The development of executive functioning skills is emphasized at Village Glen and includes both the explicit instruction of executive functioning skills and strategies, as well as the frequent and intentional use of other techniques that enable our students to improve in their executive functioning abilities and increase student achievement and learning. Foundational executive function skills specifically addressed include self-regulation, attention, task initiation, organization, planning and prioritizing, and time management.

For students in need of more intensive behavioral or social emotional support, Village Glen works collaboratively with students, families, and staff on the development of supports to enable students to manage emotions and to access teaching and learning.

About

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

By integrating rigorous direct and individualized instruction with structured didactic and project-based learning, students here at Village Glen’s elementary school are encouraged to make connections with the world around them and develop a deeper understanding of what they are learning.

Children in the elementary grades remain with their teachers in homerooms. Academic classes emphasize reading, writing, science, math, and social studies. Additional subjects may include music, computer science, physical education, and art which are taught by specialty teachers.

The development of reading comprehension and critical thinking skills is a focus at Village Glen and an area in which many of our students experience challenges. By integrating rigorous direct and individualized instruction with structured project-based learning students are encouraged to make connections with the world around them and to develop a deeper understanding of what they are learning.

Social skills instruction and the promotion of social development in our students is a fundamental component of the Village Glen experience.  At Village Glen we reinforce social skills development by using storybooks/social stories, spend time on emotional regulation units, and target more foundational social skills (e.g., social attention, conversation basics).  This instruction takes place daily and the taught skills are continuously practiced and reinforced throughout the school day within the classroom as well as during play time and social activities.  During recess and lunch times, social interactions are actively facilitated by our trained staff to further strengthen social skills development of our students and to promote positive peer interactions.

The development of executive functioning skills is emphasized at Village Glen and includes both the explicit instruction of executive functioning skills and strategies, as well as the frequent and intentional use of other techniques that enable our students to improve in their executive functioning abilities and increase student achievement and learning. Foundational executive function skills specifically addressed include self-regulation, attention, task initiation, organization, planning and prioritizing, and time management.

For students in need of more intensive behavioral or social emotional support, Village Glen works collaboratively with students, families, and staff on the development of supports to enable students to manage emotions and to access teaching and learning.

A Letter From Village Glen's

Elementary School Teacher

Emma

Emma
Elementary School Teacher
Village Glen School

I came to The Help Group knowing I wanted to be a special education teacher. It was my dream job and with the help and support of the people there I was able to succeed at my dream.  I have been with The Help Group for five and a half years , spending the last four as an elementary teacher. The elementary classroom environment I strive to provide is that of support, acceptance, and pride. I work hard every day to help my students take pride in who they are and what they can accomplish.  I work to create a space in which I can differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all my students, present lessons and activities that are fun and engaging while also being interactive, and to create a space in which my students feel safe and confident enough to be their true selves. As an elementary teacher I strive to build strong and meaningful relationships with my students, getting to know their strengths while also understanding their areas of need, learning about their interests, and working to help them become their best selves both as an academic and young person of the world. In my class students not only learn about Math, English, Science, and History but also how to be their best selves through a daily Social Skills curriculum.   My classroom is full of students working hard to grow as academics and young people of the world with support in multiple forms and modalities tailored to fit their individual needs. My classroom is a place where my students can feel safe, supported, and loved every day. I take great pride in my classroom and job and couldn’t imagine a better way to spend my days than with amazing, hardworking, dedicated, smart, students who never cease to amaze me with all they can do.

Elementary School

BY THE NUMBERS

Small class size
Rigorous, Grade-Level Curriculum
Academic Supports
Technology Integration
Emphasis on Social Skills Development
Emphasis In Executive Functioning Skills

A Letter From Village Glen's

Elementary School Teacher

Emma

Emma
Elementary School Teacher
Village Glen School

I came to The Help Group knowing I wanted to be a special education teacher. It was my dream job and with the help and support of the people there I was able to succeed at my dream.  I have been with The Help Group for five and a half years , spending the last four as an elementary teacher. The elementary classroom environment I strive to provide is that of support, acceptance, and pride. I work hard every day to help my students take pride in who they are and what they can accomplish.  I work to create a space in which I can differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all my students, present lessons and activities that are fun and engaging while also being interactive, and to create a space in which my students feel safe and confident enough to be their true selves. As an elementary teacher I strive to build strong and meaningful relationships with my students, getting to know their strengths while also understanding their areas of need, learning about their interests, and working to help them become their best selves both as an academic and young person of the world. In my class students not only learn about Math, English, Science, and History but also how to be their best selves through a daily Social Skills curriculum.   My classroom is full of students working hard to grow as academics and young people of the world with support in multiple forms and modalities tailored to fit their individual needs. My classroom is a place where my students can feel safe, supported, and loved every day. I take great pride in my classroom and job and couldn’t imagine a better way to spend my days than with amazing, hardworking, dedicated, smart, students who never cease to amaze me with all they can do.

Elementary School

BY THE NUMBERS

Small class size
Rigorous, Grade-Level Curriculum
Academic Supports
Technology Integration
Emphasis on Social Skills Development
Emphasis In Executive Functioning Skills

Elementary School

CURRICULUM

Village Glen School’s elementary program serves students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. Students receive direct, multi-sensory, grade-level instruction aligned with the California State Framework and Content Standards in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. The Instruction is focused on fundamental concepts and mechanics, as well as learning and study skills that set the stage for continued learning success. Village Glen’s elementary curriculum and instruction promotes critical thinking skills and seeks to encourage learning by drawing on students’ interests and talents.

Daily instruction includes a variety of learning approaches including didactic instruction, project-based learning, blended learning, and peer collaboration. Ongoing professional development ensures our teachers use up-to-date methodologies and technologies that appeal to young learners and that encourage students to explore, discover, and creatively showcase what they’ve learned.

We have integrated e-textbooks and technology into our curriculum to provide students with a dynamic and enriching learning experience. Research-based intervention programs such as MobyMax and the Wilson Reading System are also used to improve language arts and math skills, and to minimize gaps in learning.

Students also have opportunities to develop their skills and talents in creative and performing arts and in team sports through participation in art, music, and physical education classes.

Our engaging elementary curriculum is designed to encourage a love-of-learning while building confidence to work through rigorous and challenging activities – all while learning the critical fundamental concepts that are the bridge to ongoing academic success.

girl in library

Literacy & Language Arts
Literacy & Language Arts

The primary goal of Village Glen’s elementary school language arts program is to develop and improve competence in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Our instruction is meaningful and purposeful and encourages students to cultivate a positive outlook toward reading and to gain effective language and communication skills.

child writing on the board in class

Math
Math

The elementary math curriculum at Village Glen focuses on content contextualized with real-life applications. Students are encouraged to problem solve independently and collaboratively as they develop foundational and algorithmic skills. The use of technology in conjunction with innovative instruction and support creates a dynamic learning experience that fosters critical thinking skills and builds a foundation of mathematical confidence.

children smiling

Social Studies
Social Studies

Social studies curriculum focuses on the exploration of a variety of topics including people, places, regions, communities, and cultures. The instruction explores connections between geography and history and seeks to foster an appreciation of today’s world.

girl standing up in class next to the teacher

Science
Science

Our elementary science curriculum explores scientific fundamentals and strives to pique our students’ interest in the natural world around them. Lessons involve many hands-on and project-based learning activities.

Elementary School

CURRICULUM

Village Glen School’s elementary program serves students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. Students receive direct, multi-sensory, grade-level instruction aligned with the California State Framework and Content Standards in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. The Instruction is focused on fundamental concepts and mechanics, as well as learning and study skills that set the stage for continued learning success. Village Glen’s elementary curriculum and instruction promotes critical thinking skills and seeks to encourage learning by drawing on students’ interests and talents.

Daily instruction includes a variety of learning approaches including didactic instruction, project-based learning, blended learning, and peer collaboration. Ongoing professional development ensures our teachers use up-to-date methodologies and technologies that appeal to young learners and that encourage students to explore, discover, and creatively showcase what they’ve learned.

We have integrated e-textbooks and technology into our curriculum to provide students with a dynamic and enriching learning experience. Research-based intervention programs such as MobyMax and the Wilson Reading System are also used to improve language arts and math skills, and to minimize gaps in learning.

Students also have opportunities to develop their skills and talents in creative and performing arts and in team sports through participation in art, music, and physical education classes.

Our engaging elementary curriculum is designed to encourage a love-of-learning while building confidence to work through rigorous and challenging activities – all while learning the critical fundamental concepts that are the bridge to ongoing academic success.

girl in library

Literacy & Language Arts
Literacy & Language Arts

The primary goal of Village Glen’s elementary school language arts program is to develop and improve competence in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Our instruction is meaningful and purposeful and encourages students to cultivate a positive outlook toward reading and to gain effective language and communication skills.

child writing on the board in class

Math
Math

The elementary math curriculum at Village Glen focuses on content contextualized with real-life applications. Students are encouraged to problem solve independently and collaboratively as they develop foundational and algorithmic skills. The use of technology in conjunction with innovative instruction and support creates a dynamic learning experience that fosters critical thinking skills and builds a foundation of mathematical confidence.

children smiling

Social Studies
Social Studies

Social studies curriculum focuses on the exploration of a variety of topics including people, places, regions, communities, and cultures. The instruction explores connections between geography and history and seeks to foster an appreciation of today’s world.

girl standing up in class next to the teacher

Science
Science

Our elementary science curriculum explores scientific fundamentals and strives to pique our students’ interest in the natural world around them. Lessons involve many hands-on and project-based learning activities.

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