Adventures-at-Home

Adventures is a blend of exciting hands-on learning, strong academic instruction, engaged discussion, and individual creative pursuits that guide students to feel empowered over their educational journey.  Blended learning means that sometimes students are learning in person and sometimes they are learning at home. Adventures at Home is a blend of hands-on learning, core instruction, engaged discussion, and individual creative pursuits. Each student’s academic path is customized to inspire deeper learning through student-directed, parent-supported passion projects using the vast variety of materials available for checkout in our Resource Library. In addition, we use activities that inspire curiosity and discovery to learn the essential science, history, language arts, and math state standards for the year. 

Adventures language arts is based upon Reading Horizons, an explicit phonics curriculum that helps every student build a solid foundation in reading and spelling through direct instruction. In addition, the class will have valuable literature discussions and class read aloud novels that correspond with the weekly Epic topics and focus on essentials such as strong writing abilities, keyboarding, and analytical skills.

Zearn Math is a top-rated program designed to be engaging for all students. K-5 Adventures teachers will use this powerful math program to promote student success no matter their current level of understanding. Zearn teaches the same concepts in multiple learning formats to reach the various learning needs of Adventure students. 6th-grade students will use the tried and true CK-12 math program. In addition, all K-6 students will engage in Math Talks several times a week to strengthen their math reasoning and use their math skills for real-world applications.

Adventures at school students and their parents have the opportunity to engage in all of our wonderful programs: 

Innovations This program lets students enjoy the many opportunities available to them on our campus, including the Space Center, SmartLab, and the school farm!
Discovery  Students learn confidence and as they discover their interests with activities such as the climbing wall, ice skating, paddle boarding, hiking, and sports! 
Epic  Students engage in hands-on learning as they explore the rotating history theme for the year! This year we will be studying 2021-22: Modern World History!
Allies Our Allies program creates a true partnership between the school and home. With parent training, Town Hall Meetings, and collaboration, our parents are valued!
Spark This program sparks enjoyment in families through shared experiences such as evening family field trips, services projects, and engaging school events!

Combining all of these opportunities provides whole child learning at its best! Whether it’s Dance, Music, PE, and Makerspace Art, Robotics, or digital media arts, your child will find a way to shine in their individual way! And on top of all that, students will learn and grow every day working in the school garden and caring for the various animals on our CGA Farm! While you are here, say hello to the goats and bunnies and chickens right out front. The goats are so friendly, but please don’t tour the farm without a Canyon Grove Employee. 🙂

Language Arts

Exploring quality literature and developing a strong skill base is the foundation of Language Arts at Canyon Grove. Our Epic program includes Reading Horizons, an explicit phonics curriculum that helps our younger students build a solid foundation in reading and spelling through direct instruction and game-based learning. Older students delve into valuable literature discussions that correspond with the weekly Epic topics and focus on essentials such as strong writing abilities and deeper literary analytical skills. This combined approach opens up the wonder of the literary world and helps students make important connections in History, Humanities, and STEM. 

Student progress is essential and current levels of mastery will be visible on our CGA online dashboard as students attain grade-level Power Standards skills and through rubric-supported writing samples. Participation in Acadience, NWEA, and RISE assessments also help us work together to ensure a strong academic foundation and mastery of essential Language Arts skills and empower students to own their success as they celebrate their individual academic progress. 

At home, we encourage students to focus on becoming avid and engaged readers, developing strong keyboarding and discussion skills, and building a strong writing voice. To do so, we recommend the following for all students:

  • CGA Family Literacy & Skills course (or a comparable option from the Resource Library)
  • Online Humanities for 4th-6th grade students weekly
  • Lexia and/or PowerUp weekly
  • Keyboarding for 3rd-6th grade students weekly
  • Participation in CGA Battle of the Books events yearly for 3rd-6th grade students
  • Daily 5 literacy habits adapted to a warm, encouraging home environment 
    • Read to Self (daily: snuggled on couch, flashlight under covers, treehouse, blanket fort) 
    • Work on Writing (often: build stamina, find a voice and purpose for writing, underline)
    • Read to Someone (Emerging readers, daily. Strong readers, often: parent, siblings, adopt-a-grandparent, lonely neighbor)
    • Word Work (often: word games while folding laundry or making dinner together -patterns, word families, prefixes, suffixes, rhyming, etc.)
    • Listen to Reading (often: audiobooks while driving or playing Legos, family read-aloud, and discussions around great literature)

Math

When it comes to math we have all faced the challenge of making math fun, merging true understanding with practical application. At Canyon Grove, our math instruction is focused on enjoying math as well as using it effectively. Students engage in math games at Epic to encourage connection, wonder, and application of math skills. We nurture finding the why behind math and help them feel cared for no matter where they are academically, socially, or emotionally by having fun with the learning process. At home, we encourage learner agency and because of this, we help students use the math materials that will help them to master content knowledge and be excited about what they are learning. To do so, we offer many different options, all of which have proven effective. We cannot emphasize enough that CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY! Data has shown that students thrive with any of our math programs as long as they are consistently engaged. We recommend the following for all students to streamline math instruction and accountability measures:

  • CGA Family Math: This program can be added to anything you are already doing with math and encourages families to enjoy math through a weekly shared experience.
  • Zearn or ST Math – Research proves both of these programs provide a deeper level of mastery. If a student is struggling and significantly behind in grade level, we recommend using Zearn or Imagine Learning. ST Math could still be used in that situation as a supplemental program.
    • Zearn Math is a top-rated program that uses video direct instruction, including visual representations of math concepts, making it engaging for all students and reaching their various learning needs no matter their current skill level. All CGA K-6th grade students will be provided access to Zearn for the 2020-2021 school year so that enjoy the benefits of this program. Students must be placed at the appropriate entry point for their current skill level so be certain to talk to your ES when they begin. Parents can print the workbook at home or request a copy from the school. (Please order a workbook if you are using Zearn as your main, stand-alone program). Zearn is a complete math program because students enter some of the answers from the workbook or scratch paper directly into the program which greatly simplifies the accountability process. 
    • ST Math focuses on math reasoning skills and is engaging, game-based learning. It is a non-verbal program and students visually play with math concepts. This playfulness really builds strong math reasoning skills which allows students to use math in the real world. Once they understand the non-verbal approach, most students thrive in this program. Because of this initial learning curve, we recommend that a parent watches an introductory training video to support the student with a smooth start in this fun program. ST Math can be a stand-alone program or supplemental. If using ST math as a stand-alone, you will upload math puzzle talk problems twice a month into Google classroom. Or, ST Math can be a supplement for math reasoning support to Zearn or any other math program.
  • Math games checked out from the resource library as needed for extra practice and engagement

Other paper curricula (such as Saxon, Singapore, Math Mammoth, or Math-U-See) are still available from Canyon Grove Academy and can be used with ST Math or another online program. End-of-unit assignments will be uploaded for accountability and students will be able to see their progress through the CGA online student dashboard. Paper curriculum used with no online programs will require teacher/parent collaboration with the workbook twice monthly so the ES can effectively support your student in their mathematical journey.

Students can see their individual learning success through our CGA online dashboard as they attain grade-level Power Standards skills and progress through their math course for the year. Participation in Acadience, NWEA, and RISE assessments also help us work together to ensure a strong academic foundation and mastery of essential math skills. Students will learn to recognize their learning strengths and to also have the tenacity to persevere through tough moments of growth. We want students to feel true accomplishment as they celebrate their individual progress and take ownership of their educational journey.

Science

Adventures at Home students all participate in hands-on science through the Epic program. This way we take care of all the planning, provide the materials, and even clean up the mess!  We use Generation Genius science which is a K-8 teaching resource that brings school science standards to life. It includes fun and educational videos paired with activities. On a national level, 92% of students surveyed said it helped them learn and 88% said it made them think that science activities are cool. Girls and boys alike love this program…and it is such a boon to have it all taught at Epic! CGA Family Science lessons and kits will not be available this year – we offered them during COVID to support our at-home families, but students are returning in person this year.  If you want more science experiences at home, here are some DIY Science Activities from Generation Genius. In addition, there are a plethora of science resources available through CGA’s Resource Library. 

Social Studies

4th, 5th, & 6th Grade CGA Humanities Courses  (also under LA tabs)

We are so very excited about some new classes we are offering at Canyon Grove this fall. Our Humanities classes are designed to stimulate thinking and to help develop strong writing skills for the students. Based on student interaction and engagement, these courses will strengthen deeper reading skills, critical thinking, productive collaboration, accountability, and encourage follow-through.

Canyon Grove’s grade-level Humanities courses will integrate both history and language arts. We are very excited about the writing process and are focused on inspiring a love of writing as well as developing a deeper ability to think and discuss with power and clarity. The 4th grade will be studying Utah History, the 5th grade will study US History, and the 6th grade World History. 

Students will read quality literature, classical literature, and original source documents to prepare them for the weekly Socratic Seminar discussions online. They will also be prepared to participate in fun events such as Battle of the Books and a History Fair! 

Students will be supported through 3 different research/writing projects throughout the school year and they will consistently be receiving detailed feedback on their writing skills. We have also included family field trip suggestions, additional book lists, discussion boards, tutoring sessions, peer writing reviews, and more to make this a rich experience. One of our main goals is to really help our students to feel confidence and prowess in their writing skills. 

You can sign up for the 4th & 5th grade HERE. 6th graders, click HERE to sign up. Canyon Grove will only run sessions if there is enough interest to fill them. All courses will be held through Google Meet. Please sign up today! This is going to be an amazing opportunity for our students… and a ton of fun!

4th Grade Humanities/Writing Wednesday 10:00-11:15 or Friday 10:00-11:15

5th Grade Humanities/Writing Wednesday 11:15-12:30 or Friday 1:00-2:15

6th grade Humanities/Writing Monday 12:00-1:20 or TBA

Parent Comments

Canyon Grove has given our family the resources to continue to learn…The lessons are super simple, not overwhelming, yet rich with exciting and engaging materials for my whole family to learn together.

We have been at Canyon Grove for 5 years now. They have changed and grown so much in that time and are just getting better and better every year. 

It’s so amazing to have an Education Specialist on call all the time, if I have a child struggling with a specific subject, they have always been very very helpful and always reply quickly.

The Resource Library is every mom’s dream, I can walk in and look at all subjects and talk to the librarian and …she recommends [resources] for our learning styles. We get additional science and craft kits, and tons of math games!!

Really the best distance program out there…