At Dows Lane, we believe in a well rounded and rigorous curriculum experience. At each grade level, students will receive instruction in the four main core curriculum areas: Literacy (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking), Math, Social Studies and Science. Literacy and math are a part of daily instruction. For social studies and science, each grade level approaches units across the year. At times, these units are integrated with other core areas. In addition, students have experiences through special programs that enhance our core curriculum, such as the Dows Lane Garden, PLTW (Project Lead the Way) and a variety of PTSA and IEF grant funded experiences including the NY Historical Society, Bash the Trash, and Box Out Bullying.
Curriculum - Teaching Thinking
We are pleased to share a link to Rubicon Atlas, a website that provides access to Irvington UFSD's curriculum. Below is the link to the Irvington UFSD Rubicon Atlas site and our FAQ document. This FAQ's will provide quick answers ?that you may find helpful as you explore our curriculum through this new website.
Homework is a part of school life at Dows Lane. Homework is designed to be a review of skills learned during the day. In addition, homework is also designed to provide shared experiences for families and children.
Teachers follow a recommended time allotment for homework which is developmentally appropriate and research based.
- Kindergarten: 5-10 minutes
- 1st Grade: 5-15 minutes
- 2nd Grade: 10-20 minutes
- 3rd Grade: 15-30 minutes
If you find that your child is laboring over homework, please reach out to your child’s teacher. We encourage parents to not provide extensive help with homework so teachers can get a sense of where a student may be struggling with daily learning. We also recommend you read to your child each night.
Social Emotional Learning
At Dows Lane, we also support and foster students' social and emotional learning. Helping students understand and manage emotions, feel and show empathy for others, and establish positive relationships helps students grow as individuals.
In our classrooms and around the school, collectively, we:
- Start each day with a positive greeting
- Use stories for teachable moments
- Model and support students work with partners and groups
- Nurture a culture of kindness