Bible at the Kindergarten level emphasizes the life of Jesus, and clearly presents Him as Savior, Shepherd and Friend. The presentation of Bible stories establishes the authority of God’s Word, reinforces Christian principles, and encourages application for daily living. Memorization of Scripture is a key component of this curriculum.
A Reader’s Workshop approach is the foundation of this program combined with an emphasis on strong phonemic awareness skills. All within the structure of large and small group instruction.
This program uses the Writer’s Workshop to introduce students to the writing process within a shared, interactive and modeled approach with the goal of moving toward increased independence. Basic concepts and conventions of print are introduced and developed. Students use a combination of shared writing, drawings, invented spelling and traditional spelling to express their ideas.
Spelling is integrated into the reading and writing readiness program.
The Handwriting Without Tears program incorporates hands-on activities and multisensory teaching strategies that build good handwriting habits.
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.
The central goal of the math curriculum is to develop in each child a strong foundation of number sense and flexibility of thinking. It is a comprehensive program, which uses concrete materials, games and real life problem solving to support the development of their math skills. The Kindergarten course includes activities in the six math strands: Numeration, Computation, Data Collecting, Measurement, Geometry and Algebra.
National holidays and seasonal themes are presented through literature, discussions, and special activities. Through these activities the children discover the reasons for celebration. Emphasis is placed on the spiritual or patriotic reasons for holidays.
The science program in Kindergarten is designed to stimulate young children’s thinking and appreciation for the world that God has made for them. Thematic units on Nutrition, Health, Rainforest and Ocean Habitats are explored.
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 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.
The Kindergarten curriculum is designed to introduce students to the wonders of a library. Students are exposed to a variety of authors and genres with the hope that they will become enthralled with books and reading. They are taught library procedures such as browsing, selecting, and borrowing books. Students begin to learn the parts of a book, as well as proper book care.