Curriculum Highlights - Griffin Academy


Language Arts

  • Language development in listening and expressive language
  • Pre-reading and reading skills through a phonics-based program (SRA Imagine It)
  • Alphabet recognition/sound correlation
  • Matching of letters and words
  • Visual discrimination and memory
  • Word recognition
  • Auditory discrimination and memory
  • Pre-writing and development of fine motor skills (tracing, puzzles, story writing)


  • Sorting, matching, and counting objects
  • Grouping into sets
  • Recognition and sequencing of numbers
  • Recognition of shapes
  • Beginning addition and subtraction skills using math manipulatives

Social Studies

  • Self
  • Family
  • Study of holidays and historical events during the calendar year
  • Community helpers
  • Simple map skills activities


  • Caring for the environment and all living things
  • Gathering and examining materials from nature
  • Simple experiments
  • Activities to improve observation and memory skills
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Physical science
  • Human body
  • Environment

Physical Education

  • Large muscle development and control
  • Small muscle development and control
  • Balance, coordination, hand-eye coordination, spatial skills
  • Good health habits:  hygiene, diet, safety

Visual Arts

  • Weekly art class
  • Self-expression
  • Exploration of various media and materials
  • Introduction to specific artists and styles

Performing Arts

  • Weekly music class
  • Listening to music
  • Stopping and starting on musical cue
  • Moving/singing to a steady beat
  • Performance opportunities

Modern/Classical Languages

  • Weekly French class
  • Numbers, colors, greetings, simple expressions
  • Introduction to French culture


  • Classroom library (selecting/checking out books)
  • Daily read-alouds
  • Independent library time
  • Westminster School's library (story time, introductory library instruction)
  • Book fair

Field Trips / Special Events

On average, two field trips or special events each month, e.g.:

  • Local  plays/puppet shows
  • Discovery museums
  • Farm visit/pumpkin patch
  • Attend K-6th grade drama productions in Gryphon Theater
  • In-house programs, such as visiting community members (e.g., veterinarian, dentist, police officer)
  • Special events, such as Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Feast, Winter Holiday Party, Fun-in-the-Sun, etc.