Our 2nd-3rd grade programs offer a fun, safe, nurturing environment for your growing child to discover, explore, and learn to their fullest potential. In these early elementary years, we focus on maturing classroom habits and procedures to carry them throughout their school career.
Our second graders are focused on mastering the phonics they learned in Kindergarten and First Grade. They apply that knowledge to their reading throughout the curriculum in the form of choral reading, free-reading, and read alouds. Meanwhile, our third graders are learning about the different parts of a story including, but not limited to, setting, characters, and plot. With grades combined, we have adopted the PALS reading program that teaches students to challenge themselves and coach each other as they develop stronger reading skills. We also encourage regular writing with prompts and introduce expository writing, persuasive writing, and narrative writing. They use an easily laid out program to help them develop pre-writing skills and editing skills to get a polished final draft.
During our math lessons, we focus first on the concrete working towards the pictorial and abstract. This means lots of hands-on activities to master concepts. This strategy focuses on teaching students how to problem-solve teaching students to apply what they have learned to new concepts that they have yet to master. In second grade our largest focus is on mastering addition and subtraction with renaming while our third graders are introduced to multi-digit multiplication and division. Through our Singapore Mathematics curriculum, the students master the concept and then focus on being able to write them in the “standard” algorithmic format.
Our social studies and science lessons are taught several times weekly. Our social studies program focuses on community connections as they dive into U.S. history and citizenship. In Science, we learn from the life, physical and earth sciences through the use of our textbook and added experiments, including the scientific method. We also have an individual science project each year where we can explore science at home.
Our Bible studies focus on memorization of key verses throughout the school year and reading directly from Scripture. We highly value the skill to deduce information from God’s Word as it applies today. Students learn how to find information with the reference given, and pick apart key verses to find deeper meaning ultimately acquiring a deeper understanding of our Loving God.
We also provide several enrichment classes to add to our curriculum. These lessons are taught by various teachers who have an expertise in each area. Our view of whole-hearted education includes: Art, Music, Physical Education, Computers, and Spanish.
Julie taught 5th-8th grades at St. Luke Lutheran School in Santa Rosa before joining the teaching staff at PHCS in 2016. She was born and raised in Sonoma County and is glad to continue to call it home.
She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Elementary Education and her teaching credential from Concordia University in Irvine, CA. After all that hard work, Julie took a break from teaching and education to work in customer service and caregiving. During this time, she met her husband John and now they have 2 young daughters, Annie and Olivia.
Julie leads her family like she leads her classroom; with lots of enthusiasm and mutual respect. Julie also enjoys spending time crafting, reading, camping, and enjoying the outdoors with her family and friends. She and her family spend a lot of quality time out at the ocean, playing in the sand, and discovering tide pools.
She is a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and her favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28 "And God works for the better of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." This verse has guided her throughout her life journey and helped her appreciate the blessings in her life.