The curriculum at Wildwood is interdisciplinary in nature, hands-on in practice, and age-appropriate in design. Our main desire is to meet the needs of the children where they are developmentally, to challenge them intellectually, and to provide a nurturing environment where true potential can be realized.

-Bible/Values

Wildwood students learn in a Christian environment that includes daily devotionals, weekly chapels, the study of biblical material in Bible/Values class, and participation in service projects. Texts for the Bible/Values curriculum are The Children’s Picture Bible and The Kid’s Adventure Bible.

-Language Arts

The language arts curriculum provides daily experiences in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in order to strengthen communication skills. A variety of approaches are used to teach reading, and children learn to read for different purposes. Children’s literature is used to encourage students to love reading. Time is set aside each day for reading/listening so that a regular pattern of reading becomes a life-long habit. Writing is taught by having students participate in pre-writing, writing, conferencing, revising and editing. Grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and vocabulary are integral parts of the language arts program and are taught as children are developmentally ready for various concepts. Texts for the language arts curriculum are Scholastic Literacy Place, Handwriting Without Tears, Wordly Wise, Dolch word lists, and Sadlier Oxford Phonics/Grammar Workshop selected stories and novels.

-Math

McGraw-Hill Mathematics builds on the foundation first laid by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Its curriculum is designed to help students develop proficiency in conceptual understanding, computational and procedural skills, as well as problem-solving ability. Topics include number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability, problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation.

-Science

The McGraw-Hill Science program is a spiraling curriculum that focuses each year on Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science, expanding this content in a sequential manner at each grade level. Each lesson contains the tools and processes of inquiry, which can empower students to solve problems, evaluate their solutions, and plan and implement their own investigations. Based on standards and benchmarks developed by the National Research Council’s Committee on Science Education Standards and Assessment and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the McGraw-Hill program enables students to integrate what they learn in science with what they learn throughout the school day.

-Social Studies

McGraw-Hill Social Studies Adventures in Time and Place provides authentic social studies content and develops the skills and strategies necessary to learn about democracy and how it relates to our world. In-depth content and hands-on experiences prepare students for life as productive American citizens as well as citizens of the world. The curriculum forms a logical progression for kindergarten through fifth grades as it explores neighborhoods, communities, our nation, and the world.

-Foreign Language

Spanish is taught in all grades, including Kindergarten. Wildwood students develop confidence in learning Spanish in a relaxed, informal atmosphere where they are encouraged to communicate with each other, as well as with the teacher. The use of creative games and hands-on activities fosters each child’s ability to learn a foreign language.

-Physical Education

The physical education program for elementary students is designed to develop the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains of students by providing a developmentally appropriate and sequentially progressive program. The program enables students to acquire the basic foundations of movement skills and strategies needed to participate in a variety of games and sports. Specific aspects of the program will aid in the development of higher fitness levels, thinking and problem solving, cooperation (sportsmanship), and decision-making skills.

-Computer Education

Computer skills are taught throughout the curriculum using the computer lab in the media center and the classroom computers. Keyboarding lessons, Type to Learn, Jr., Jumpstart Adventure for K and 1st grades, research skills, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point are taught at appropriate ages.

-Art

The art curriculum provides visual learning within a sequential program adapted to the students’ differing maturational and developmental levels. Students use both two- and three-dimensional forms to express their ideas. Experiences in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, ceramics, and fiber arts help students identify and explore the principles of art and elements of design.

-Drama

Drama includes instruction in performing techniques and opportunities for script writing, directing, producing, costume design, set building, and improvisation. Wildwood students participate in school-wide drama productions.

-Music

Through the music curriculum, students discover the joy and satisfaction of making music through singing, creating, moving, listening, and performing, building the foundation for life-long musical learning and appreciation. They also learn music theory using a hands-on approach.