1st - 2nd Grade Curriculum
(see differences for Kindergarteners below)
Bible lessons are taught through the Christ Light curriculum. Two lessons are taught each week. Applications to our lives are made through these lessons and through daily devotions. The children practice retelling the Bible lessons, so that they are able to share God's plan of salvation with others. Additionally, God's Word is integrated in all other areas of the curriculum.
A balanced approach to reading instruction is used. The students are taught to use phonetic, grammatical, and meaning clues when decoding words. Phonics is explicitly taught in the context of real reading. The children develop comprehension skills through teacher read-alouds as well as in their own reading. A combination of whole group, small group, and individual instruction is used. Creative writing, journal writing, and word study reinforce the reading process.
Family reading time is encouraged. On the Road to Early Literacy is an exciting and original book bag program designed to help parents promote literacy at home. Students may choose from a large collection of backpacks filled with theme-related books of various readability levels. Motivating materials and ideas for extending the literature are included to help parents maximize the benefits of reading with their child at home.
Everyday Mathematics from Wright Group/McGraw-Hill is the tool through which children are guided to explore numeration, measurement, time, geometry, attributes, patterns, graphing, money, and problem solving. Parents are encouraged to investigate math concepts with their child through practical, enjoyable activities called Home Links.
Primary students study science in a two-year cycle. Many wonders of God's creation are especially evident in our science classes. Areas of study include habitats, states of matter, energy, the solar system, weather, and health. The children learn about these various areas of science by using hands on investigations, reading trade books, and using the Harcourt Science series.
Social studies is primarily taught through children's literature. Students learn about our own country as well as other countries and cultures. Social studies is taught over a two-year cycle. During cycle one, first and second graders will study important individuals and groups of people from our country’s history.
Art concepts are taught through the Arts Attack curriculum. The students study line, color, shape and form, pattern, texture, space, and elements of composition. Students will work in the styles of famous artists such as Chagall, van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, and Picasso.
Sing and Make Music from Northwestern Publishing House is used for music instruction. Pitch, rhythm, timbre, dynamics, tempo, harmony, texture, and form are studied. These music concepts are developed through the use of unit songs and the skills needed to perform them.
The SPARK curriculum for grades 1-2 is used to promote physical education. Areas of study include space and direction, locomotor skills, balance, ball handling skills, and games. Large and fine motor skills continue to develop through these physical activities.
Kindergarten Specific Curriculum
The Superkids Reading Program by Rowland Reading Foundation is a series of phonics-based letterbooks through which students learn the names, sounds, and formation of each letter. Kindergartners are taught to blend letter sounds into words and then read stories using the sounds they have studied. Children's literature, poetry, and their own experiences are also used to teach reading, writing, and language concepts.
Five Delta Science modules serve as the foundation for units of study in physical, earth, and life science. Students are provided with opportunities to investigate water, shadows, outer space, properties of matter, and plants. An engineering unit, featuring examples of simple machines by Thames & Kosmos, has also been added.
Social studies is primarily taught through children's literature. Students learn about our own country as well as other countries and cultures. Countries explored and compared to the United States include Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, and Russia. Children listen to music, play games, and make crafts from each country.