Ms. Kathy Buttry
As a second generation educator, I’ve taught 1st-6th grades for 35 years. Along the way, I was nominated for the Fishman Award and listed in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”.
When not in the classroom, making lesson plans, or grading papers, I like to paint, sculpt and draw, write and occasionally play the guitar.
Our curriculum aligns with and often exceeds the Oklahoma PASS Skills (State Standards), and the Integrating the Faith (Concordia Publishing House) curriculum.
Language Arts includes Reading, Grammar, Writing, and Spelling.
We use McGraw Hill. Students experience a variety of classic and contemporary works of literature. Vocabulary is stressed. We also focus on comprehension strategies such as making predictions, self-questioning, context clues, summarizing and paraphrasing. We continue to work on word identification, applying decoding skills when necessary to improve reading fluency. Other skills taught are narrative elements, prefixes and suffixes, point of view, figurative language, cause and effect, note taking, drawing conclusions, sequencing, main idea and details, fact and opinion, author’s purpose, and graphic sources. We use the Accelerated Reader Program to assess individual reading levels and comprehension. Students are given a reading goal to earn each nine weeks. 100 minutes of outside reading time is required each week.
We use Houghton Mifflin texts which also cover vocabulary. Weekly spelling words focus on different types of word patterns. When appropriate, lists are individualized to accommodate student levels. Tests are given weekly. Spelling is stressed in all content areas.
We use the Harcourt Language Series. We focus on the grammar skills: parts of speech, sentence types, mechanics of capitalization and punctuation, word usage. We apply these skills in the writing process. We do expressive, expository, and persuasive writing. We work on speaking and listening skills. We write letters, poetry, and journal entries.
The Scott-Foresman Series is used to develop the scientific processes of observing, predicting, measuring, experimenting, collecting and interpreting data. Units of study include: Life Science (Plants, Animals, Ecosystems, Environment); Physical Science (Measuring Matter, Force and Motion, Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Sound); Earth Science (Measuring Weather, Earth and Other Planets, Oceans) and the Human Body (Digestive, Circulatory, and Nervous Systems, Keeping Healthy).
The McGraw-Hill Series, Regions, is used to develop geography and map skills and learn about the land and people of the United States. We study the environment, people, and heritage of each of the regions of the United States: The Northeast, The Southeast, The Middle West, The Southwest, and The West. Students complete a state project for each region and identify states, capitals, and major metropolitan areas.
We use the Harcourt Series. Lessons focus on whole numbers up to one million, place value, number patterns, algebraic operations, data, graphing, time, multiplying and dividing by 2-digit numbers, geometry, fractions, mixed numbers, probability, decimals, measurement, estimation, problem solving, and mental math. Students are expected to have instant recall of the multiplication and division facts. Basic math skills are practiced daily with timed tests.
We use Voyages: Exploring God’s Word, from Concordia Publishing House as well as the Holy Bible. Students are taught the key concepts of faith such as Law, Gospel, confession, repentance, forgiveness, and grace while focusing specifically on the actions of our God on behalf of His people. We study selected Bible stories from Genesis through the formation of the early church and the beginning ministry of the apostle Paul. Each lesson centers on the cross of Christ and is grounded in the Word of God, through which the Holy Spirit works to create, strengthen, and sustain saving faith. We also memorize Bible verses and parts of Luther’s Small Catechism. We have daily prayer and devotion time and attend chapel once a week. As a ministry outreach we visit the elderly in a local nursing home several times throughout the school year to share God’s love in word and song. Christianity and moral values are incorporated in our everyday teaching.
Fourth graders go to the computer lab each week for instruction in keyboarding. We use Type to Learn series. Students also use Easy Tech which is a leveled, self-paced program covering basic computer terminology and skills. Students learn how to access and use the Internet as a resource.
Other Subject Areas
Students have Music and Physical Education classes each twice a week. They have Art, Spanish, and Library once a week. Fourth graders also have the option of taking Band.
A vital part of a successful school year is open and consistent communication between home and school. A weekly newsletter is sent home containing information on the week’s activities and any test/project assignments. Agendas are used daily. Student progress is formally discussed over report cards at parent/teacher conferences held at the end of the first and third quarters. Mid-quarter grade reports are also sent home for all students each quarter. Parents are encouraged to discuss any aspect of their child’s learning throughout the year by phone, meetings, or email. Taking an active role in your child’s Christian education is an important part of the home/school relationship. We are an “educational team” for your child. There are a variety of ways you can help. A volunteer request form is sent home at the beginning of each school year. Volunteer duties include: running copies, making learning activities, reading time, field trip drivers, assisting with a class project, etc. Homeroom Mom(s) and Dad(s) plan and implement our class parties.