This course of study helps the students understand that God worked in the lives of Biblical characters, and that He wants to work, and will work, in student lives as they respond to Him. This curriculum focuses on 2-3 week studies of 16 Bible heroes with an emphasis on their character traits and how they apply to students’ lives. Students memorize verses that correlate with Bible stories read and discussed in class.
This course of study emphasizes a Reader’s Workshop approach that builds on the skills taught in 1st grade. Students are encouraged to choose their own text, while using comprehension strategies to develop fluency, accuracy, and a lifelong love for reading.
This program uses the Writer’s Workshop approach to enable students to develop independence in their understanding and application of the five stages of the writing process and the traits of good writing. Additional concepts of writing conventions and literary devices/elements are developed and utilized in writing pieces. Students become more independent in their ability to generate ideas, use conventional spelling and express ideas in several writing genres.
The study is based upon a systematic sound-letter pattern. Special emphasis is placed upon developing permanent spelling skills in order that the child might effectively communicate through the written word.
This course helps students further develop the art of traditional manuscript. Special emphasis is placed on spacing and letter formation.
This course covers the following topics: place value concepts, reading and writing of numbers up to 10,000, mastery of the basic addition and subtraction using partial sums, regrouping with two and three digit numbers, geometry, measurement, fractions, time, money, and problem solving. It is a comprehensive program, which uses concrete materials, games and real life problem solving to support development of their math skills. The order of God’s creation as demonstrated through math is discussed. Students discuss strategies used to build vocabulary and understanding as they explore, discover and make connections between concepts.
The following topics are taught from a Biblical perspective: interaction of living things (plants and animals), dinosaurs, and space. A hands-on approach is utilized whenever possible.
The Grade 2 curriculum focuses on the interrelatedness and dependence of people on one another; the development of responsible, literate citizens; the impact of ancestors and heritage upon individuals and our nation; the uniqueness of individuals and how they contribute to society; and map and globe skills. All concepts are approached from a Christian world view, and are integrated with Biblical truth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.