We teach math skills using hands-on manipulatives, pictorial representation, and abstract symbols.
Building character that will last a lifetime.
During their Lower School years at San Domenico, students will master fundamental skills and gain knowledge in all of the core academic subjects, but we believe there’s more to an exceptional education. Through our very intentional approach, San Domenico students continuously develop their character in tandem with their academic growth.
At SD our educational philosophy is deeply imbued with our core values of study, reflection, community, and service. These values guide our student-centered classrooms and our commitment to developing habits of mind in our youngest students that will serve them throughout their K through 12 years here at SD, and out in the world at large. We nurture and foster our students' natural sense of inquiry and curiosity about the world around them, in a vibrant learning community.
Problem solving is a key feature, with students working independently and in groups.
Students develop into mathematical thinkers with a mastery of abstract problem-solving.
Students use conceptual models to visualize abstract mathematical operations, such as fractions.
Students learn multiple methods for computation, building a repertoire of strategies.
Students strengthen their math concepts and fluency with daily, hands-on math stations.
Students learn how participating in music can enhance their lives and the world around them.
We play many songs together as an ensemble or band, learning different instruments and parts.
We sing songs and play instruments from many different cultures, eras, and composers.
Fourth Graders use ukuleles in the band to strum chords and sing along.
The band uses drums to keep time with rhythms that are of increasing complexity.
Students study notes and rhythms through singing, movement, and hands-on instrument play.
Students continue to build healthy habits with physical activity, cooperation, and sportsmanship.
Students learn to demonstrate independence and a sense of fair play and cooperation through play.
Games focus on proper motor patterns while engaging in moderate and vigorous physical activities.
Students learn fitness and skill development through assigned tasks during games and activities.
Students perform fitness activities to build strength, endurance, coordination and agility.
Students explore and develop kinesthetic skills and coordination through cooperative games.
Students work on developing strong reading habits to become independent readers.
Students develop and strengthen skills such as retelling, questioning, and summarizing.
Three simple words set the foundation of our third grade literacy program: Reading is thinking.
Students begin to interpret books by searching for clues and making connections to their own lives.
Students work on determining themes, inferring, analyzing the author’s craft, and more.
With exposure to fiction and non-fiction books, students learn to see themselves as readers.
Through investigation and observation, students form deeper understandings of the world around them.
Students make models, code, investigate questions, and use the engineering design process.
Students see themselves as scientists who ask questions, think critically, and develop hypotheses.
We use hand-on investigations in multiple fields of science: Earth, Life, Physical, and Computer.
We focus on hands-on learning through experiments and scientific explorations.
Students gain a view of their place in the world by studying community, leadership, and identity.
Students write to pen pals, examine food supply chains, and learn about societal Changemakers.
Students focus on Marin County, including geography, indigenous peoples, and local government.
We study the history of California and explore how our past influences our present and future.
Students study and create projects based on geography and the history of the United States.
Three distinct units help students learn to think deeply about the world around them.
We explore Andy Goldsworthy, study Berthe Morisot, and use Matisse’s interiors for inspiration.
We paint upside-down like Michelangelo, draw self-portraits à la Mona Lisa, and draw landscapes.
We draw flowers like Georgia O’Keeffe, explore Salvadore Dali’s surrealism, and build Miwok kotchas.
We explore color theory, Japanese Sumi-e ink painting, mosaics, architecture, and more.
We draw still-life from observation, explore advertising, practice digital photography, and more.
We paint like Kandinsky while listening to Stravinsky, draw with scissors like Matisse, and more.
We teach parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, and how to apply in students’ writing.
We use a systematic multisensory program to teach foundational reading and spelling skills.
We teach basic spelling patterns, expand vocabularies, and improve handwriting skills.
Building a foundation for reading (decoding) and writing (encoding) is the key to success.
Students focus on trick/sight words and look to master the spelling of high-frequency words.
Students broaden their vocabulary and start to practice fluency through immersive units.
Students enter a full Spanish immersion experience, expanding their vocabulary and comprehension.
With increased fluency, students demonstrate listening, speaking, and reading comprehension skills.
Students improve their skills in responding to questions about the stories they read.
Fluency is reached by retelling story details in writing and orally in the student’s own words.
Students begin their journey of exploring Spanish language and culture.
Students learn to write with detail, using writing to teach, persuade, and entertain the reader.
Lessons dig deeper, asking students to stretch their thinking and pay closer attention to details.
Our immersive writing units are designed to make students excited to get words out on the page.
Students begin to craft fictional stories, creating believable characters with depth and complexity.
Units of study include Personal Narratives, Research Reports, Opinion Essays, and Memoirs.
With daily writing experiences, students move through writing stages at various rates.