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First Grade

Curriculum Overview
Bible

This course of study builds upon the principles learned in Kindergarten.  The children are presented with Old and New Testament stories that establish the authority of God’s Word as a guide for life, and present Jesus Christ as Savior and Friend.  The children are encouraged to make practical life applications from the material presented.  Memorization of Scripture is an essential part of the program.

Reading

We are using the Reader’s Workshop approach to present a systematic, logical, phonetic approach to understanding and using written language.  The emphasis is on phonetic attack, comprehension skills, and written expression of thoughts and feelings.  Christian values are brought out through discussion of materials read.  Students are exposed to various literature genres, and outside pleasure reading is encouraged.

Writing

This program uses the Writer’s Workshop approach to develop an understanding of and ability to apply the five stages of the writing process within a shared, interactive, modeled and independent approach.  They are introduced to peer conferencing through extensive modeling as a means of revising their writing.  Students continue to build their ability to understand and apply the traits of good writing.  Skills are developed in several genres of writing and instruction of conventions is embedded into the writing process.

Spelling

This course utilizes an approach of systematic sound-letter patterns.  It also presents commonly used words that have irregular phonetic patterns.  This course emphasizes the use of assigned words in written expression.

Handwriting

Students continue to refine traditional manuscript that was introduced in Kindergarten.  Emphasis is placed on correct formation and legibility of letters, as well as proper placement on lined paper.

Math

This course includes reading, writing and modeling with manipulative whole numbers up to 180, the meaning of addition and subtraction, addition and subtraction strategies, simple measurement, counting money, telling time, problem solving and simple geometry.  It is a comprehensive program, which uses concrete materials, games and real life problem solving to support development of their math skills.  Discussions correlate the regularity of math with the orderliness in God’s creation.

Science

This course of study offers a Christian approach to various units in Life Science and Earth Science.  Through utilization of a multi-sensory approach, the children are stimulated to experience the wonders of God’s creation.

Social Studies

This course covers units in family life, places we live, and aspects of our country’s history.  Simple map and study skills are introduced.  Biblical values are woven into the exploration of group relationships.

Chinese

In exploratory Chinese, students will be introduced to vocabulary and key phrases that reflect common conversational patterns in spoken Chinese. Students will be able to greet each other, express their likes and dislikes, talk about their families, and more. Special emphasis is placed on character recognition, as well as some character writing. Chinese will be taught from a biblical worldview.

Art

Elementary Art for grades 1-3 is designed to teach children the elements of art while helping them grow more sensitive to the wonders of God’s creation, particularly the beauty and genius of God’s designs and their place as part of God’s creation.  As their ability to create increases, this course will help them recognize their responsibility to develop this gift and use it to glorify God.  Opportunities will be given for skill development in a number of media and for introduction to a variety of famous artists and their works.

Music

The study of music contributes in important ways to the quality of every student’s life.  In the K-3 courses, the students are systematically exposed to the basic elements of music through singing and playing instruments, as well as minimal composing and notation.  Rhythm and note reading skills are put into practice through the use of melodic instruments.  The third grade makes practical use of the course material in the study of recorder.  Students can express themselves creatively and develop vocal confidence through performance traditions.  Both vocal and instrumental music are stressed as means of praise to God.

Physical Education

Physical Education for grades K-2 is a process of introducing and re-emphasizing various physical skills, while developing a level of Physical Fitness.  This process begins in Kindergarten where students are introduced to Physical Education through many large and small group activities in a pleasant and non-competitive climate.  Basic motor movement (running, jumping, hopping and skipping) are stressed, along with movement exploration, leading to the development of flexibility, strength, endurance and rhythmic accuracy.  Some of the activities include relay games, lead up games, jumping rope, and ball handling.  Godly principles are integrated into the development of sportsmanship.

Library

In grades 1-3 students are introduced to the arrangement of a library with the goal that they become self-sufficient patrons.  They learn the location of easy fiction, easy nonfiction, easy biography, fiction, nonfiction, biography and reference.  Students are introduced to the On-Line Catalog.  They learn to look up key words, subjects, authors, and titles so that they can then locate material on the shelves.  Literature skills continue to be emphasized.

Computer Lab

The Grade 1-5 computer/technology course of study identifies essential knowledge and skills that all students need to be active, lifelong learners in a technology intensive environment.  Technology is undergoing rapid change, and new and improved technological advances appear almost daily.  The curriculum is designed to form the foundation for continuous learning and to be applicable to ever-changing innovations.  Seven areas of content are addressed: social and ethical issues, computer skills, keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet, database and multimedia.  The content of instruction for these areas is updated as innovations demand, and the skills are developed in increasing detail as the students move up in grade levels.