Bay City Academy offers Differentiated Instruction to all students. A Balanced, Experiential and Relevant instructional program ensures that students develop not only a wide base of skill development, but also an appreciation for the learning of fine arts, language arts, science and mathematics. Teachers are trained on the essential components of the program and how to organize/structure their classrooms to be effective from the beginning.
We use an Inquiry model of learning in social studies and science. This means children are asked to explore concepts, experiment with their knowledge and be creative in demonstrating their learning. Projects, research reports, dramatic presentations, speeches, experiments, service learning and more.
Icon Curriculum Maps
Icon Curriculum Maps is a system of reorganizing lesson content and delivery from traditional “part to whole” to “whole to part” methodology to better match human thinking. Lessons are organized in non-linear iconic arrays called image maps. Image maps represent whole units as visual mnemonic devices that provide an organizing framework into which lesson details are linked. Contrast the structure of Icon Curriculum Maps methodology with traditional school instructional methods, which teach in text symbols, not images, part-to-whole, and in linear outlines. Our curriculum is consistent with and based upon the Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCES) recommended by the Michigan Department of Education and the national Common Core State Standards.
A brief summary of each area of the curriculum:
- Language Arts: Includes listening, speaking, reading and writing. Multiple methods are used for teaching reading, including: phonics, sight words, whole language and speed reading, all emphasizing comprehension. Students in grades 1-5 are expected to read at home a minimum of 25 books per year. Book reports are required. Students write compositions, reports, letters, editorials and essays. All students have frequent practice in public speaking and analytical listening. Computer-aided programs are used to supplement reading skills.
- Mathematics: Includes computation, number sense, problem solving, statistics, algebra, geometry and measurement. An online math tutoring service is used for students in need of extra help.
- Science: Students study life, and earth and physical sciences with an emphasis on famous historical American scientists. Project-based learning is emphasized.
- Social Studies: Geography, history, civics and economics, with an emphasis on U.S. history and culture, is emphasized in the social studies curriculum. Project-based learning is emphasized.
- Character Education: Includes the skills necessary to be successful and happy, both on the job and in life.
- Spanish: The best time to learn a language is at a young age. BCA students learn to read and write in Spanish. The innovative Total Physical Response (TPR) Method of Language instruction is utilized. TPR uses gesture to enhance meaningful vocabulary acquisition. The Spanish curriculum has been developed to reflect student learning goals in language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.
- Technology: Students learn word processing, data base management, spread sheet development and Internet use.