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The K12 History program, with integrated topics in geography and civics, opens young minds and imaginations to far-off lands, distant times, and diverse people. K12 emphasizes the story of history – a story that includes not only great men and women but also everyday people. The kindergarten history program takes students on a world tour of the seven continents and provides an overview of American history through a series of biographies of famous Americans. The history program in grades 1-4 tells the story of civilization from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Older students explore major themes and topics in greater depth through a pair of two-year survey courses, one on world history and the other on American history.


Built specifically to match the Utah K-8 math standards, McGraw-Hill Math is a robust toolkit designed to support the diverse learning styles of ELA students. McGraw-Hill My Math is used in kindergarten through fifth grade, and McGraw-Hill Glencoe Math is used in sixth through eighth grade. Lesson units are organized around “real world” scenarios and teachers can use literally thousands of digital resources to bring the math concepts alive in the classroom. Instruction, examples, and problem sets for all levelsof learners are contained in a single workbook instead of hard cover books and printed worksheets. The entire workbook can be accessed online at home. A flexible digital platform engages students in a variety of formats and allows students to work at schol and at home on any device. Teachers use online prepared lesson plans that can be easily differentiated to meet the specific needs of their classroom. McGraw-Hill Math is integrated across the K-8 grade levels, helping support a consistent, proven approach to teaching math.

Early Light Academy has selected Carnegie Learning for 9th grade math classes. The Carnegie program is a blended model, using classroom instruction, group collaboration, and an online cognitive tutor. Jordan School District has also selected Carnegie Learning, so ELA students entering JSD high schools will experience a smooth transition in their math learning.

This year, as in previous years, ELA is participating in a STEM grant that provides our students access to ALEKS Math, a personalized online learning portal. As part of this grant, we are asked to provide feedback on our experience using the program. Please follow [this link] for more information regarding these surveys.  

Language Arts

ELA has adopted the Pearson Reading Street Common Core program for grades kindergarten through six. Reading Street is a language arts program designed to help teachers build readers by using engaging literature, research-based instruction, and a wealth of teaching tools.

In addition to Reading Street, ELA will continue to use supplemental programs to meet the various needs of students. A guided reading model is incorporated. This involves students rotating through language arts activities, including guided reading with the teacher. Students are grouped according to their current reading skills and abilities for the guided reading block and centers.

Step Up to Writing may also be used as a resource to improve students’ writing skills. Through explicit instruction in organizational schemes, students are taught in small groups to organize their ideas before they write. Drawing on multisensory techniques, Step Up To Writing teaches students to use color coding to visualize writing organization by equating the colors of a traffic signal with different parts of a written piece.

Grades K-2 will receive phonics instruction using the Reading Horizons program. Reading Horizons deals exclusively with basic reading/word attack skills. The program has a multi-sensory approach, which means that it will appeal to a student’s individual learning style – visual, auditory, tactile, or kinesthetic. The program is based on Orton-Gillingham principles of instruction and has over 30 years of research backing its method and approach.

Grades 3-8 may also use the Shurley Grammar program in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of English, which will naturally improve other language skills as well, such as writing. Shurley Grammar teaches a series of grammar jingles, among other things, to appeal to different learning styles and support long-term retention.

Younger grades (K-3) will also utilize the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to learn and refine handwriting skills, including cursive in 3rd grade. This program employs a letter and number style that is developmentally appropriate and easy to read. The unique workbook features make handwriting easy to teach and learn and the program features multisensory teaching strategies which appeal to all learning styles.

Grades 1-6 spelling lessons and practice will be supported with the Words Their Way curriculum. The program aims to develop phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and spelling in just 15-20 minutes a day. It offers a balanced, hands-on approach to spelling and word study and meshes seamlessly with guided reading.

Each of these programs will be used in creating language arts centers and students will rotate through these centers in smaller groups during the language arts block. Not every program will be used every day; classroom teachers will be given flexibility to adapt activities according to the needs and interests of their students.


The K12 Science program balances hands-on experience with systematic study of scientific terms and concepts. Students perform many experiences to help them understand scientific principles. They also receive guided instruction in important scientific concepts. Exploring life, earth, and physical sciences in each grade, K12 Science nurtures curiosity, analytical skills, and an appreciation of how the world is shaped by ongoing scientific and technological advances.


Following the timelines of the history lessons, K12 Art lessons introduce students to great works of art from different cultures and eras while engaging them in creative activity-painting, drawing, molding with clay, and other hands-on activities.

In addition to K12 art, ELA uses the Great Artist Program. This program is a volunteer-based elementary art education program that uses the great artists from the past to inspire and teach the great artists of the future. Students not only learn about great artists, but are also given the skills and confidence to be a great artist.

Social & Emotional Learning

We participate in various social & emotional learning programs. We have utilized the tools of Leader in Me, Second Steps, and Love & Logic. We believe that Early Light Academy students are responsible leaders. We strive to foster the development of the whole student through the use of these programs. 

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