Freese Elementary Arts and Culture Magnet

Our curriculum:


Core Curriculum in Literacy

In Kindergarten through 5th grade, Freese teachers use the Houghton-Mifflin reading series. Through this series, children experience lessons in reading, writing, word work (e.g. decoding, phonics, spelling, vocabulary skills, etc.), language (e.g. grammar, listening, speaking, etc.). Parents may find many literacy activities on Houghton-Mifflin’s “Education Place” website at the following link:


Small Group Instruction (SGI)
Freese teachers regularly instruct all students in small groups, in order to strengthen comprehension and deepen understanding. A variety of materials are used to conduct SGI, such as smaller book sets, magazine articles, the Houghton-Mifflin reading series, etc.
Scholastic Reading Counts (SRC)
All Freese students are required to read independently at school and at home. SRC is a program in which students take a quiz at school after reading a book. If the student passes the quiz, he/she gets credit for the number of words in the book. This year’s school wide goal for independent reading is 120,000,000 words.


In Kindergarten through 5th grade, Freese teachers use the enVisionMath series. This is an exciting, new series with many resources available to students and parents on any computer with internet access.

At the beginning of the year, every Freese student will receive a username and password which grants access to the math textbook online, as well as a variety of resources that will be helpful in learning mathematics. The first Principal’s Chat will devote some time to showing parents how to use these resources online. The sign-on page will be:


In Kindergarten through 5th grade, Freese teachers use Full Option Science System (FOSS) kits and books to teach Science. Students receive instruction in life science, physical science and earth science through this series. For online interactive activities in science, go to FOSSweb at

Social Science

In Kindergarten through 5th grade, Freese teachers use the Harcourt Reflections social science series. K through 3rd graders learn about self, environment government systems, communities, and more. The fourth grade focus is on California and the 5th grade focus is on the United States. For more information on the social science series and additional social science resources, visit the Reflections web page at:

Physical Education

In Kindergarten through 5th grade, Freese teachers use the SPARK Physical Education and Wellness program. For more information on SPARK, visit the web site at

English Language Development

All students classified as English Learners receive additional small group instruction in English Language Development (ELD) each day. Freese teachers use the Systematic ELD series, in addition to suggestions in each textbook series to teach these lessons. For more information about ELD instruction at Freese, see Ms. Debbie Smith, our English Learner Support Teacher (ELST)