Crisman uses a multi-sensory approach which allows for diversified learning styles.

The instructional component of a phonics lesson include phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Movement activities, word work and literacy centers are utilized daily.

Learning Centers

By using a rotating system of learning work stations, we are able to diversify activities. These can be for remediation, enrichment, motivation, and/or instruction.


Children are introduced to handwriting using the D'Nelian approach which bridges easily into cursive because it is a continuous stroke approach. Handwriting is deliberately taught every day in all grades. Individual style is allowed as long as legibility and connectivity are apparent.     



Social Studies

Social Studies helps students to understand their place in the world and their roles and responsibilities as citizens. The study of history is important to everyone because past events provide context for understanding present and future challenges. Knowledge of social studies enables individuals to make appropriate decisions about social and civic affairs in the world today. Social studies education provides students the opportunities to gain and apply historical knowledge. Through project based learning activities students will be engaged directly and actively in the learning process. Activities will include: *Personal and social responsibility *Planning, critical thinking, reasoning, and creativity *Strong communication skills, both for interpersonal and presentation needs *Using factual knowledge *Examining values *Visualizing and decision making *Knowing how and when to use technology and choosing the most appropriate tool for the task    


Learners at Crisman use problem-solving models that incorporate analyzing given information, formulating a plan or strategy, determining a solution, justifying the solution, and evaluating the problem-solving process and the reasonableness of the solution. We assist students in learning how to select appropriate tools such as real objects, manipulatives, algorithms, paper and pencil, and technology and techniques such as mental math, estimation number sense, generalization and abstraction to solve problems. We provide multiple representations of math such as symbols, diagrams, graphs, computer programs, and language. For students to become fluent in mathematics, students must develop a robust sense of number. As students develop procedural fluency, they must also realize that true problem solving may take time, effort, and perseverance. We strive to provide the support needed by each student on their journey.    



Children are born inquisitive creatures. We enhance this by investigating, studying, thinking about and building models of the world around us in a project based approach. Crisman students use evidence to construct testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena and knowledge gained through this process.     



Rubrics are multidimensional sets of guidelines used to consistently evaluate a student's assignment. The rubrics are individualized for specific tasks and tailored for each project. They let students know what is expected of them and the projects in advance. The goal of our rubrics is to evaluate students on areas such as collaboration, communication, problem-solving, teamwork, critical thinking, and project management.     


Staff Development

Great teachers help create great students. Crisman's ongoing staff development keeps our teachers up-to-date on the newest research of how children learn differently, the newest technology for the classroom, and newest curriculum models. The goal for our staff development is for it to be ongoing, experiential, collaborative, and evolved from working with our students to meet their individual needs.

Learning Centers

By using a rotating system of learning work stations, we are able to diversify activities. These can be for remediation, enrichment, motivation, and/or instruction.