Elementary Course Descriptions
Mission Statement for Elementary Language Arts: The goal of the elementary language arts program is to develop the student’s reading, writing and comprehension skills so they may be able to understand, communicate and draw meaning from God’s Word. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
Kindergarten: The kindergarten language arts program Christ-centered and the students will understand God’s truth through early literacy skills. It is God’s plan that people can read well (1 John 5:13). Age-appropriate activities such as phonics songs, interactive charts, and games teach the alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, sound/letter correspondences, short vowel sounds and blending in a fun and meaningful way. By the end of kindergarten, students will be reading fully decodable storybooks with single-syllable, short vowel words. Students will practice handwriting and correct formation of letters and numbers with the help of a handwriting program.
First Grade: Students in first grade continue their phonics study. Students use phonics and decoding concepts using look, listen, point, sing-along charts and echo routines. Comprehension strategies build better readers. Repetition develops the knowledge of letters, phonemic awareness, phonics, reading vocabulary, word comprehension, and sentence comprehension. Students will practice printing legibly and will master handwriting skills with the help of a handwriting program.
Second Grade: Songs and jingles introduce students to grammar rules and the different parts of speech and continue to build on phonics skills. Creative writing is highly encouraged as students have the opportunity to use the writing process. Students will maintain manuscript writing through use and at the same time begin to make the transition to cursive writing. They will learn spacing words in sentences and spacing sentences in writing. Basic strokes for cursive writing develop with the help of a handwriting program.
Third Grade: Students use songs and jingles to learn grammar rules and the different parts of speech. Creative narrative, expository, and descriptive writings are encouraged as students have the opportunity to use the writing process in a variety of content areas. A variety of novels further student reading ability. A spelling program provides exercises to increase those skills. Handwriting skills in cursive with the student develop legible and neat handwriting.
Fourth Grade: Students will practice grammar through text exercises that will cover the parts of speech, sentences, and the mechanics of punctuation, capitalization, and word usage. Writing will include autobiographies, comparing and contrast, letters, stories, persuasive paragraphs, and research skills. A spelling program provides exercises to increase those skills. Students read four novels (one a quarter) and study them in depth.
Fifth Grade: Students will continue with the practice of grammar that will cover all parts of speech, sentences, and the mechanics of punctuation, capitalization, and word usage. Writing will focus on personal narratives, instructions, letter writing, descriptive writing, stories, and research reports. Students read four novels (one a quarter) and study them in depth. A spelling program provides exercises to increase those skills.
Sixth Grade: This class fosters an appreciation of language as a gift from God. Students will focus on skills in the following areas: grammar, usage, mechanics, writing, and the writing process, speaking, listening, vocabulary, spelling, reading, study reference and test taking. Students develop the correct use of English grammar in written and oral communication, use the writing process to create different types of compositions, develop higher-level thinking skills, including a repertoire of questioning strategies, summarizing and retelling skills, and strategies in literal, interpretive, critical, and evaluative comprehension. A variety of literature and independent reading foster appreciation of different genres of literature. A vocabulary, spelling program and handwriting curriculum provides exercises to increase those skills.
Mission Statement for Elementary Mathematics: The goal of the elementary mathematics program is to establish and develop a solid understanding of foundational math concepts that students will build upon in the upper level math program. Students will grow to appreciate God’s character and His value of order. “But let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40 ESV
Kindergarten: Students learn that mathematical concepts add to our expression in other areas of life - their creativity, like God’s, often requires mathematical understanding (Colossians 1:16). The use of manipulatives is a critical and necessary component of the instructional process for the kindergarten student. Students grasp the math concepts using tangible and hands-on activities. The units of study include; classifying and sorting, exploring patterns (algebra), numbers 1-30, constructing and using graphs, comparing measurements, telling time to the hour, describing geometric figures, simple addition and subtraction.
First Grade: Students will be able to comprehend and apply the basic mathematic principles of adding, subtracting, measuring, counting, telling time, and simple geometry for mastery at the first grade level. Units include describing and comparing numbers, addition and subtraction concepts, organizing and using Data, measuring time, number patterns, identifying coins, and solving two-digit addition and subtraction problems. The use of manipulatives is a critical and necessary component to the first grade curriculum.
Second Grade: The student will comprehend and apply basic math principles of addition, subtraction, place value, money, measurement, time, geometry, and fractions for the second grade level. Units include; place value to 100, addition and subtraction concepts, organizing and using data, determining the value of money, measuring time and money, model fractions, measure length and area, and solving three-digit addition and subtraction problems. Students increase fluency, knowledge and comprehension of math facts through timed speed drills.
Third Grade: Students will be able to complete mathematical facts and concepts at the third grade level. Units include; place value, using patterns and algebraic thinking, measuring capacity, weight, volume, and time, multiplication and division facts, understanding fractions and decimals, and organizing, displaying and interpret data Students increase fluency, knowledge and comprehension of math facts through timed speed drills.
Fourth Grade: The fourth grade places an emphasis on place values into millions (including money), multiplication and division with whole numbers and solving problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions and decimals. Students will continue to learn and use the basic multiplication facts as they become proficient in multiplying larger numbers. Students also will refine their estimation skills for computations and measurements and investigate relationships between and among simple two-dimensional (plane) figures and three-dimensional (solid) figures. Students will graph points in the first quadrant in the coordinate plane, extend and duplicate patterns. Students solve problems involving perimeter, patterns, probability, and equivalence of fractions and decimals using concrete materials and two-dimensional representations. Students will recognize geometric transformation, such as reflection (flip), translation (slide), and rotation (turn).
Fifth Grade: The fifth grade places emphasis on learning integers, developing proficiency in using whole numbers into the billions, fractions and decimals to solve problems. Students will collect, display, analyze data in a variety of ways and solve probability problems. Students also will solve problems involving metric and time measurements, two- and three-dimensional figures, volume, area, and perimeter. Students begin to learn about variable expressions and open sentences. Students develop an understanding of ratios, proportions and percents.
Sixth Grade: Sixth grade will continue to study whole numbers, decimals, and rational numbers (fractions). Students will use ratios and proportions to compare data sets, make conversions within a given measurement system, and classify and measure two- and three-dimensional figures. They will collect, analyze, display, and interpret data, using a variety of graphical and statistical methods; use integers and percentages; find the probability of an event; and investigate numerical and geometric patterns. Students will use algebraic terms, inequalities and solve one or more variables within algebraic equations.
SCIENCE Mission Statement for Elementary Science: The goal of the elementary science program is to understand God’s creation and basic scientific principles from a Biblical worldview using experiments, observations and hands-on learning experiences. “For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.” Hebrews 3:4
Kindergarten: The focus of science in kindergarten is to lead students to a greater understanding of God’s creation and how His creation was perfect from the beginning (Genesis 1:1 and Exodus 20”11). Kindergarteners will learn about the five senses, magnets, matter, water, living and nonliving things, and weather.
First Grade: Students will start on the path to scientific inquiry with an introduction to the senses, heat, sound, animals and the heavenly bodies. Hands-on activities will help the student develop the science process skills.
Second Grade: Students will study living things, plants, environments, fossils, and dinosaurs, parts of the earth, natural resources, how the earth moves, light and shadows, how things move, heat and the systems of the body. Students will recognize that God is the Creator of all things!
Third Grade: Students will increase their knowledge of the world God made through the studies of classification of animals, the solar system, skin, photosynthesis, sound, weather, rocks and minerals, motion, and food chains. Students will develop science process skills by participating in hands-on activities.
Fourth Grade: Students will explore God's wonderful creation through a study of ecosystems, insects, plants, force and machines, electricity and magnetism, light, the moon, water and oceans, weathering and erosion, natural resources, digestion, and bones and muscles. Students will also participate in hands-on activities.
Fifth Grade: Students will learn how humans use God's creation and design by studying minerals and rocks, fossils, matter and heat, sound and light, weather, biomes, ecosystems, and the respiratory and circulatory systems. Students will participate in hands-on activities to develop science process skills.
Sixth Grade: Students will study the earth, cells and organisms, matter and energy, astronomy, heredity, and the nervous and immune systems. Students will recognize God's hand in the creation of the earth. Hands-on activities and projects further their studies.
Mission Statement for Elementary Social Studies: The goal of elementary social studies program is to understand that God crested the world and everything in it. He has a plan for humanity since the dawn of creation and is carrying it to completion. Students will recognize that God is in control at all times and can even use unjust rulers and nations to accomplish His plan. “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4
Kindergarten: Students will explore God’s recorded plan for people through history and that He has a plan for each individual person (Deuteronomy 31:19, 21-22). Students will focus on learning their roles as a family member and a community citizen, the American flag, the Pledge of Allegiance and the U.S. presidents. They will begin to read maps and learn that maps are representations of physical features and objects. They will study American holidays, people from long ago and people’s jobs.
First Grade: This course focuses on relationships at school, family, work, neighborhoods, and communities. They study the history of special events and celebrations. Units reinforce map skills and geography. Students will learn about historical heroes and their responsibilities as Christians.
Second Grade: Geography, political science, citizenship, economics and current events form the core of this year alongside current events. Students will learn about the early history of the United States and develop map skills with hands-on activities.
Third Grade: This course is the study of the many different communities that surround students. It emphasizes responsible citizenship, develops multicultural awareness, and sensitivity. Students will develop geography skills, an understanding of their location in relation to other countries.
Fourth Grade: This course is a study of map and globe skills as students gain an appreciation of how history and geography go together. They will learn about various regions of our country, including the land, water, and resources of each region and the people and events from those regions. Students will also study the colonization of the U.S. until WWI.
Fifth Grade: Students will continue their study the history of the United States and the events that have helped shape our present. Students study events from WWI through the twenty-first century.
Sixth Grade: This course will be a study of the world, past and present. Students will study the civilizations in Africa, Asia, the early Americas, and the Mediterranean Empires through the 21st century.
Mission Statement for Elementary Electives: The goal of the elementary electives program is to celebrate the uniqueness and personality of each student through self-expression. All electives recognize that the world around us is God’s artwork and students reflect God’s creativity when they themselves create. Activities are fun, engaging, hands-on and use a variety of mediums to express praise to the Creator. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1 ESV
Art Grades 1-6
This course inspire students to create and appreciate visual art. Students will not only explore different art media, but will also begin learning to think and plan their artwork. Students will understand the importance of reflecting on their work.
Bible/Worship Grades K-6
The Bible tells an incredible story about God’s love for the world. In this class, we will take kids on a journey through the Word of God to discover core beliefs, practices, and virtues of being a follower of Jesus. We want kids to discover that the Bible is more than just a book of stories…it is the blueprint for living!
Creative Crafts Grades K-3
This class will allow students to express themselves through a variety of craft projects. Aimed to be more hands-on than theory, the class will work with a variety of mediums to complete their special creations.
How Things Work Grades K-6
This class will encourage your student’s curiosity as they explore how various things work. Together they will discover information on the inner workings of everything from levers to lasers, windmills to WIFI! These discoveries will help students understand the connection between the past and how they will build the world of the future.
Keyboarding Grades 4-6
This elective will introduce keyboarding skills. Students will be self-paced as they learn this foundational technology skill.
Math Lab Grades 4-6
This class provides an opportunity for students to learn strategic math methods and tips in this engaging and critical thinking math methods elective.
Learning with Legos Grades K-6
This class offers hands-on-learning through fun activities by designing and constructing a variety of models using LEGO® bricks…some of the models will even move! Themes for projects will highlight math, science, language arts, reflection and communication. Students collaborate to solve problems with hands-on materials that encourage students to become an active part of the learning process. Students will also design their own LEGO® creations from computer-generated designs.
PE, Health and Nutrition Grades K-6
Who is in control of having a healthy body? You are! Aerobic exercises and nutritional education will enhance the awareness of what food and exercise can do for the body. Emphasis will be on acceptance of responsibility for one’s self. Through a variety of activities in aerobics, relays, stretch exercises, and jogging, the student will improve his/her physical condition while having fun.
Science Lab Grades 1-6
Students will engage in fun and exciting hands-on learning experiences through experiments and games. Experiment with different things and see what happens by experimenting with chemical reactions. Science is a fascinating subject and students will explore it all!
Sign Language & Worship Grades 1-3
This class is an introduction to sign language fundamentals through worship and song. Students learn worship songs for chapel in an interactive environment. Using choreography and sign language the students can express themselves and find their passion for praising the Lord. They will understand more deeply the heart behind the words of the songs they learn. Use of Scripture in the classroom will reinforce the concepts and principles of praise and worship found in their songs as they “Sing to the Lord…proclaim His salvation day after day” (1 Chronicles 16:23)
Study Skills Grades 4-6
This engaging life skills elective provides foundational life skills for upper elementary students as they prepare for the next educational level – middle school! Students are empowered to effectively manage their assignments, due dates, and study time by teaching them study skills using the highly acclaimed SOAR (Select, Organize, Associate, and Regulate) curriculum in conjunction with Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Healthy Kids.
Theater Arts Grades 1-6
Students will study all components of theater arts, from backstage and technical aspects to the history and development of theater through the ages. In the spring students perform in a musical play. Students get involved through a job or role according to their interests and skills, whether it is dancing, sewing, or managing other students. The experiences they will gain through this production will equip them with invaluable team-building and problem-solving skills for the future.
Strategic Games Grades K-6
This class will encourage your student to unplug from technology for a while and learn to interact with family and friends. Your student will work on interpersonal skills as they learn to play dozens of family-friendly games. Games such as Parcheesi, Monopoly, Allowance Game, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Sorry, Trouble Scrabble, Yahtzee, Tenzi, Bunko, Bocci Ball. There will be card games too, that encourage families to play together...War, Crazy 8's, Spoons, etc.
These skills can fill a child's toolbox so when meeting new friends or being put in a new environment, children can think of clever ways to interact without relying on electronic devices. Games teach processing skills, cooperation, good sportsmanship, taking turns, and increasing concentration. Come join us for an afternoon of fun!