Elementary Curriculum

First Grade
BIBLE

Students are engaged in the Bible through a thematic and chronological look at the Old and New Testaments with a particular focus on application of the biblical principles. The students study the character of God paying attention to how he cares for us and that he desires a relationship with all people. Because the Bible is the Word of God, it is the source of all instruction and memorization.

 

PHONICS

To develop the students’ understanding of phonics the following skills and concepts are taught: short vowels, consonants, blends, phonograms (combined ending sounds), beginning and ending sounds, vowel rules, rhyming words, beginning sentences with a capital letter and ending sentences with a period, compound words, and syllables. The students also learn how to list words in alphabetical order and work on their listening skills.

 

READING

Using the accurate, oral practice of phonics skills, students are able to review phonics concepts. They practice reading out loud as well as silent reading with total comprehension. They learn to ask literal, interpretive, appreciative, and critical questions as they read.

 

HANDWRITING

Using the A Reason For Handwriting curriculum, first graders sharpen their fine motor skills by working on formation, spacing, neatness, and pencil grip. They advance from practicing individual letters to words to complete sentences.

 

SPELLING

Purposeful Design curriculum teaches the students by spelling sight words and words that support phonetic learning. There is also weekly creative writing, spelling tests, and other activities to enhance spelling.

 

MATH

With an eye to building their skills for future success, the skills taught teach foundational math principles. The students will be able to understand addition and subtraction and strategies for basic addition facts and related subtraction facts. They will solve more advanced story problems using math drawings and knowledge of math partners. Likewise, students will use a variety of methods and tools to compute, including objects, mental computation, estimation, paper and pencil, and calculators.

 

SCIENCE

Using the Bob Jones University Press Curriculum, which is a developmental science program, the objective is to teach not only scientific literacy but also knowledge of God and Christian character. Students will be exposed to the wonderful world God has created through looking specifically at air, weather, sun, moon, and stars, roots, stems, leaves, tame and wild animals, fruits and flowers, the human body, motion, and energy.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

In the first grade students learn about social structures through a knowledge of God through history. They will investigate early American settlements – their culture and religion, promote historic and geographic literacy, and learn the basics of reading and making maps.

 

MUSIC APPRECIATION

Music instruction is an important part of our program.  The love for singing and the appreciation of music is emphasized in music class.  They perform concerts each year where they learn to share the “song in their hearts”.  A basic foundation of music and love for music is emphasized.

 

COMPUTERS

Computers are a part of our school program, using tools such as educational software to develop familiarity with the computer and keyboarding skills. Progression of these skills is emphasized in each grade level.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

In providing a well-rounded program, P.E. is offered one day each week, teaching the students activities that encourage coordination, cooperation and problem-solving as well as plenty of exercise.

 

SPANISH

Students are introduced to the Spanish language as they begin learning common words and phrases. Lessons emphasize development of vocabulary, listening comprehension and verbal communication skills.

 

ART

Students are introduced to the world of art as they begin drawing using basic shapes (circle, straight line, rectangle, etc.). They also learn about pattern, texture, and color using a variety of mediums. These skills are developed throughout the years as they create various art projects. Students enjoy their time in this enrichment class.

 

LIBRARY

Students are introduced to elements of the library system, with increasing research skill progression in subsequent grade levels. Students are able to check out books each week. Family members are all welcome to use the library!

Second Grade
BIBLE

Students are engaged in the Bible through a thematic and chronological look at the Old and New Testaments with a particular focus on application of biblical principles. Because the Bible is the Word of God, it is the source of all instruction and memorization. The students also study the heroes of the Christian faith and historic hymns.

 

ENGLISH

The students learn about nouns and verbs as well as pronouns and adjectives. Through writing they put sentences and paragraphs together, also building their vocabulary.

 

READING

Reviewing phonics rules through reading, the students grow in reading comprehension by reading orally.

 

HANDWRITING

Students work on proper formation of their letters and use of proper mechanics with daily seatwork practices. Writing in cursive is also introduced.

 

SPELLING

With phonics-based word lists the students are trained how to memorize the words and receive weekly spelling tests.

 

MATH

Students continue working  with numbers by counting, comparing, and ordering numbers to 1,000.  They will learn addition and subtraction to 1,000 with and without regrouping.  Students will be given practical strategies to use while solving word problems including the use of bar models.  Additionally, students will measure length, mass, and volume using the metric system and our customary measurement; use mental math skills in addition and subtraction; count and compare money; tell and write time; read and construct graphs; and examine lines, curves, surfaces, shapes, and patterns.  Students will learn mutliplication and division with 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, and 10’s.

 

SCIENCE

Using the Bob Jones University Press curriculum which is a developmental science program, the objective is to teach not only scientific literacy but also knowledge of God and Christian character. The students will learn about earth and space, living and non-living things and their habitats, and the human body, along with motion and energy.

 

MUSIC APPRECIATION

Music instruction is an important part of our program. The love for singing and the appreciation of music is emphasized in music class. They perform concerts each year where they learn to share the “song in their hearts”. A basic foundation of music and love for music is emphasized.

 

COMPUTERS

Computers are a part of our school program, using tools such as educational software to develop familiarity with the computer and keyboarding skills. Progression of these skills is emphasized in each grade level.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

In providing a well-rounded program, P.E. is offered one day each week, teaching the students activities that encourage coordination, cooperation and problem-solving as well as plenty of exercise.

 

SPANISH

Students are introduced to the Spanish language as they begin learning common words and phrases. Lessons emphasize development of vocabulary, listening comprehension and verbal communication skills.

 

ART

Students are introduced to the world of art as they begin drawing using basic shapes (circle, straight line, rectangle, etc.). They also learn about pattern, texture, and color using a variety of mediums. These skills are developed throughout the years as they create various art projects. Students enjoy their time in this enrichment class.

 

LIBRARY

Students are introduced to elements of the library system, with increasing research skill progression in subsequent grade levels. Students are able to check out books each week. Family members are all welcome to use the library!

Third Grade
BIBLE

Students are engaged in the Bible through a thematic and chronological look at the Old and New Testaments with a particular focus on application of biblical principles. Because the Bible is the Word of God, it is the source of all instruction and memorization. The students also study the heroes of the Christian faith and historic hymns.

 

ENGLISH

Students continue to work on the essential parts of speech including noun and verb usage. They also learn to properly capitalize, punctuate, and form plurals. They extend their ability to form sentences through training to think in a logical order and practice creative writing, friendly letters and thank you letters. They write book reports, keep a journal, and practice proper dictionary usage.

 

READING

Reading aloud is important to help the students read with accuracy, pronounce words clearly and correctly with expression, and with good voice inflection. Comprehension is emphasized through questioning. Students will also read chapter books.

 

HANDWRITING

While Demonstrating correct pencil and paper positions, the students review proper cursive letter formation and practice writing Bible verses in cursive.

 

SPELLING

Along with weekly spelling tests, students practice writing dictated sentences. They learn dictionary and writing skills and word usage skills.

 

MATH

Using Singapore’s Math in Focus, third grade students continue learning the fundamentals of traditional mathematics. Some of the most important concepts are mastering addition and subtraction facts up to 10,000 as well as basic multiplication and division facts. They will solve story problems, solve measurement problems, and recognize the place value of numbers. Other important concepts to be explored are fractions, customary and metric measurement, telling time, reading a thermometer, and working money problems.

 

SCIENCE

The universe creates wonder in people. Students learn about the universe and also how they are illustrations of God’s wisdom, omnipotence, sovereignty, and benevolence. In earth science they look at rocks, minerals, soil, and the solar system. The life sciences they look at birds, cells, tissues, organs, animals with and without backbones, and the human skin. They also have the opportunity to explore the motion of work and the energy (sound) of the ear.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

The students understanding of social studies grows through learning beginning history concepts and geography skills. They also learn about pilgrims, explorers, and the globe. Of special interest is the development of American culture and Indian life, including the basics of the physical and political geography of early America. They also look at the foundations of the United States government and the Constitution.

 

MUSIC APPRECIATION

Music instruction is an important part of our program.  The love for singing and the appreciation of music is emphasized in music class.  They perform concerts each year where they learn to share the “song in their hearts”.  A basic foundation of music and love for music is emphasized.

 

COMPUTERS

Computers are a part of our school program, using tools such as educational software to develop familiarity with the computer and keyboarding skills. Progression of these skills is emphasized in each grade level.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

In providing a well-rounded program, P.E. is offered one day each week, teaching the students activities that encourage coordination, cooperation and problem-solving as well as plenty of exercise.

 

SPANISH

Students are introduced to the Spanish language as they begin learning common words and phrases. Lessons emphasize development of vocabulary, listening comprehension and verbal communication skills.

 

ART

Students are introduced to the world of art as they begin drawing using basic shapes (circle, straight line, rectangle, etc.). They also learn about pattern, texture, and color using a variety of mediums. These skills are developed throughout the years as they create various art projects. Students enjoy their time in this enrichment class.

 

LIBRARY

Students are introduced to elements of the library system, with increasing research skill progression in subsequent grade levels. Students are able to check out books each week. Family members are all welcome to use the library!

Fourth Grade
BIBLE

Students are engaged in the Bible through a thematic and chronological look at the Old and New Testaments with a particular focus on application of biblical principles. Because the Bible is the Word of God, it is the source of all instruction and memorization. The students also study the heroes of the Christian faith. The students are taught Bible study skills so they will know how to study the Bible for themselves.

 

ENGLISH

Students continue to extend their understanding of all the parts of speech as well as the proper use of punctuation marks. They continue to develop their writing through learning Six-Trait writing, expanding sentences, developing paragraphs, and writing book reviews.

 

READING

The students develop comprehensive skills to read more critically and appreciatively. They read in different content areas using maps, word recognition, and structural analysis.

 

HANDWRITING

Having learned the skills, students now maintain cursive writing in both the upper and lower cases and extend the skill while using ink pens. They also follow good cursive models.

 

SPELLING

Students extend their vocabulary by learning new words and how to spell them, emphasizing how to use them correctly in spoken and written language. They also learn how to use a dictionary confidently.

 

MATH

Using Singapore’s Math in Focus curriculum, students will review place value of whole numbers incorporating base ten and critical thinking skills.  They will develop mental math skills through the use of estimation and prime factorization.  Students will master multiplication and division skills using whole numbers and real world problems.  Other concepts and skills taught include making and interpreting tables and line graphs; gathering data to interpret and determine probability; using fractions and mixed numbers to solve real world problems; understanding addition and subtraction of decimals and conversion to fractions; measuring, drawing, and turning angles; exploring angles, length, and perimeter of shapes; and manipulating shapes to form tesselations.

 

SCIENCE

Students learn skills and concepts in earth science, life science, and physical science. They learn about the earth’s erosion, moon features, and the history of man. Concerning life, they discover insects, plant and animal defenses, trees, and human digestion. They also learn about the motion of machines and the energy of electricity.

 

HISTORY

With a look back to the beginning, students gain a knowledge of God through Creation which encourages Christian growth. The subject also promotes historic and geographic literacy.

 

MUSIC APPRECIATION

Music instruction is an important part of our program.  The love for singing and the appreciation of music is emphasized in music class.  They perform concerts each year where they learn to share the “song in their hearts”. A basic foundation of music and love for music is emphasized.

 

COMPUTERS

Computers are a part of our school program, using tools such as educational software to develop familiarity with the computer and keyboarding skills. Progression of these skills is emphasized in each grade level.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

In providing a well-rounded program, P.E. is offered one day each week, teaching the students activities that encourage coordination, cooperation and problem-solving as well as plenty of exercise.

 

SPANISH

Students are introduced to the Spanish language as they begin learning common words and phrases. Lessons emphasize development of vocabulary, listening comprehension and verbal communication skills.

 

ART

Students are introduced to the world of art as they begin drawing using basic shapes (circle, straight line, rectangle, etc.). They also learn about pattern, texture, and color using a variety of mediums. These skills are developed throughout the years as they create various art projects. Students enjoy their time in this enrichment class.

 

LIBRARY

Students are introduced to elements of the library system, with increasing research skill progression in subsequent grade levels. Students are able to check out books each week.  Family members are all welcome to use the library!

Fifth Grade
BIBLE

Students are engaged in the Bible through a thematic and chronological look at the Old and New Testaments with a particular focus on application of biblical principles. Because the Bible is the Word of God, it is the source of all instruction and memorization. The students also study the heroes of the Christian faith and historic hymns.

 

 ENGLISH

Students continue to extend their understanding of all the parts of speech as well as the proper use of punctuation marks. They continue to develop their writing through learning Six-Trait writing, expanding sentences, developing paragraphs, and writing book reviews.

 

READING

Using phonetic skills learned in previous years, the students move on to develop their critical and appreciative skills. They supplement their literary skills with study skills, as well as learning how to skim and scan encyclopedia articles and concordances.

 

HANDWRITING

Having learned the skill, students now maintain cursive writing in both the upper and lower case and extend the skill while using ink pens. They also follow good cursive models that include Scripture, hymns, newspaper articles, information forms, haiku, and fables.

 

SPELLING

Fifth grade spelling includes words designed to expand the students’ vocabulary but also seeks to develop their skills. Some of these skills are identifying misspelled words, improving proofreading skills, dividing words into syllables, identifying the different usage of some troublesome pairs of words, distinguishing differences between common synonyms, and Using antonyms and homonyms accurately.

 

MATH

Using Singapore’s Math in Focus, students learn place value, rounding and estimation of whole numbers.  Students are taught how to use bar models to solve story problems involving mutliplication and division of whole numbers.  They will learn how to mutliply and divide fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals.  Other concepts and skills taught include comparing numbers with symbols and using algebraic order of operations; forming, classifying, measuring, and indentifying angles; finding area of shapes using formulas; solving problems involving ratio; finding percentages; making and interpreting graphs in order to find averages and probability; manipulating three-dimensional shapes; and measuring capacity and volume.

 

SCIENCE

Students learn skills and concepts in earth science, life science, and physical science. They discover the earth’s rocks, minerals, and fossils. Concerning life, they explore biomes and ecosystems, as well as learning about the respiratory and circulatory systems in animals. They also learn about matter, heat, energy, and light.

 

HISTORY

History class guides students to develop a knowledge of God through Creation and promotes historic and geographic literacy with the result that it also encourages Christian growth.

 

MUSIC APPRECIATION

Music instruction is an important part of our program.  The love for singing and the appreciation of music is emphasized in music class.  They perform concerts each year where they learn to share the “song in their hearts”.  A basic foundation of music and love for music is emphasized.

 

COMPUTERS

Computers are a part of our school program, using tools such as educational software to develop familiarity with the computer and keyboarding skills.  Progression of these skills is emphasized in each grade level.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

In providing a well-rounded program, P.E. is offered one day each week, teaching the students activities that encourage coordination, cooperation and problem-solving as well as plenty of exercise.

 

SPANISH

Students are introduced to the Spanish language as they begin learning common words and phrases. Lessons emphasize development of vocabulary, listening comprehension and verbal communication skills.

 

ART

Students are introduced to the world of art as they begin drawing using basic shapes (circle, straight line, rectangle, etc.). They also learn about pattern, texture, and color using a variety of mediums. These skills are developed throughout the years as they create various art projects. Students enjoy their time in this enrichment class.

 

LIBRARY

Students are introduced to elements of the library system, with increasing research skill progression in subsequent grade levels. Students are able to check out books each week. Family members are all welcome to use the library.

Sixth Grade
BIBLE

Students are engaged in the Bible through a thematic and chronological look at the Old and New Testaments with a particular focus on application of biblical principles. Because the Bible is the Word of God, it is the source of all instruction and memorization. The students also study the heroes of the Christian faith and historic hymns.

 

ENGLISH

The students learn the use of nouns, true verbs, helping verbs, adjectives, pronouns, adverbs, prepositions, commas, apostrophes, colons, hyphens, and question marks in complete sentences. They also have experience with creative writing, reports, taking notes, making revisions, and proofreading.

 

READING

Through direct instruction and reading stories, students review phonetic skills, hone their comprehension and word analysis skills, and expand their ability to read critically and for appreciation. Character building stories give students opportunity to practice reading and grow spiritually.

 

HANDWRITING

Previous skills using cursive handwriting are maintained and Chancery calligraphy is introduced in its basic models.

 

SPELLING

While still expanding their vocabulary, student learn to spell for academic excellence while applying spelling rules. They also are taught how to conquer the most commonly misspelled words and the proper use of prefixes and suffixes.

 

MATH

Using Singapore’s Math in Focus curriculum, students will learn concepts of number theory concerning mutliples, factors, prime numbers, composites, and square and cube roots.  Students will recognize the use of positive and negative numbers in real-world situations.  They will learn skills and concepts dealing with mutliplication and division of fractions and decimals, using ratios in real-world situations, and using rates and unit rates in real-world situations.  Students will continue to explore the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percentages to solve real-world problems.  They will write, evaluate, simplify, and expand algebraic expressions and write and solve linear equations and simple inequalities.  Other skills and concepts covered include using coordinate planes and graphing to solve real-world problems; finding the area of polgyons; using circumference and area to solve problems; identifying solids and prisms while using a formula to determine surface area and solving problems; and developing an awareness of concepts of statistics and probability.

 

SCIENCE

Students learn skills and concepts in earth science, life science, and physical science. They learn about the earth’s earthquakes and volcanes, as well as the stars and space exploration. Concerning life, they discover animal behavior, the balance of nature, the biosphere, and human bodies circulation and respiration. They also learn about the laws of motion, nuclear energy, and experience chemistry demonstrations and discovery activities.

 

HISTORY

Students will learn about ancient civilizations from a biblical perspective and develop a knowledge of God and His sovereignty in history. In the process they will also learn about archeology and the archeological method.

 

MUSIC APPRECIATION

Music instruction is an important part of our program.  The love for singing and the appreciation of music is emphasized in music class.  They perform concerts each year where they learn to share the “song in their hearts”.  A basic foundation of music and love for music is emphasized.

 

COMPUTERS

Computers are a part of our school program, using tools such as educational software to develop familiarity with the computer and keyboarding skills.  Progression of these skills is emphasized in each grade level.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

In providing a well-rounded program, P.E. is offered one day each week, teaching the students activities that encourage coordination, cooperation and problem-solving as well as plenty of exercise.

 

SPANISH

Students are introduced to the Spanish language as they begin learning common words and phrases. Lessons emphasize development of vocabulary, listening comprehension and verbal communication skills.

 

ART

Students are introduced to the world of art as they begin drawing using basic shapes (circle, straight line, rectangle, etc.). They also learn about pattern, texture, and color using a variety of mediums. These skills are developed throughout the years as they create various art projects. Students enjoy their time in this enrichment class.

 

LIBRARY

Students are introduced to elements of the library system, with increasing research skill progression in subsequent grade levels. Students are able to check out books each week. Family members are all welcome to use the library.