OUR GOAL FOR ELEMENTARY

We enable students to master foundational skills to support further learning. As students progress, these learned skills help them think critically and work collaboratively to meet objectives and become lifelong learners.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The K5 (five-year-old kindergarten) class operates 5 days a week from 8:05 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. This class provides children with an educational experience that will nurture not only their mind, but also their spirit.

Bible: The children learn that the Bible is God’s Word. They learn how to apply knowledge of the Bible to their daily lives. Each lesson emphasizes the personal need for a Savior and instills a desire in every child to know more about God. Students learn about the patriarchs of the faith through their daily lessons. Chapel takes place on Wednesdays, where God’s Word is shared by a teacher or a pastor.

Phonics: K-5 students learn how to read by the use of  phonics. Children learn, review, and apply what they learn—sounds of vowels and consonants, blends, one-vowel and two-vowel words, words with special sounds, and sentence comprehension. The constant reviewing and applying enhances the students’ reading ability.

Penmanship: K-5 students learn how to write properly, as they are instructed on proper posture, paper position, pencil grip, and spacing. Students use these skills as they print letters, blends, and words. They also use these skills when printing their first and last names.

Numbers: K-5 students will learn to count by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s to 100, addition concepts up to 10, and the beginning of the subtraction concept. They will also learn the value of coins and dollars, time to the hour, time to the half-hour, calendar concepts, and the fraction of one-half.

Social Studies: Students’ sights are broadened as they learn how God uses children to accomplish His will throughout their home, community, country, and world. Fun activities and coloring pages teach about community helpers, America, and children of different countries.

Science: Students learn about God’s plan for the universe and for their own lives. God’s creation and design for the weather, seasons, seeds, animals, and the seashore are highlighted through their colorful science book.

General: K-5 students learn the colors and geometric shapes, manners, health and safety procedures, and scissor skills.

K-5 Specials: Music, Art, Physical Education, Computer, Library

Bible: First grade students study creation, the patriarchs, and the life of Christ in the Bible. Students love Bible as lively music and Bible memorization is incorporated into their daily Bible lessons. Students attend chapel on Wednesdays where a teacher or a pastor brings a challenge from God’s Word.

English: First graders learn foundational English skills that will prepare them to read and write with understanding and enjoyment. They learn basic grammar that will be used in future creative writing.

Spelling: Spelling is a part of the first grade reading and phonics. Words are based on the phonetic rule studied for that week.

Penmanship: Recognizing the importance of honing fine motor skills, first graders use and daily practice manuscript handwriting.

Reading: Reading is taught using a phonetic-based curriculum giving ninety minutes a day to phonics, guided reading groups, and fun games.

Arithmetic: First graders master addition and subtraction facts to 10 and are introduced to facts up to 18. Life skills of telling time, counting money, and solving word problems are included. Skip counting, a skill later used in  multiplication, is taught through songs that are exciting and fun. Students also learn to analyze data and geometric shapes.

History: The history curriculum is supplemented with literature- based themes and activities. First graders love learning about the country’s founding fathers.

Science: Science is accentuated with hands-on activities and yearly field trips to a children’s museum and planetarium.

First Grade Specials: Music, Art, Physical Education, Computer, Library

Bible: Second grade Bible includes Christian worldview shaping through memorizing Bible verses, singing, praying, and learning Bible lessons. Beginning Bible study skills are also explored.

English: Second grade English fosters an appreciation of language as a gift from God. Students develop the correct use of grammar, begin learning the writing process, and develop reference skills.

Spelling: Second grade spelling emphasizes word sorting, word study, proofreading, dictionary skills, and writing application.  The students study grade-appropriate words and enjoy hands-on review activities.

Penmanship: Second graders polish their manuscript writing habits and learn cursive writing. The writing habits learned in second grade will greatly influence their writing skills throughout their lives.

Reading: Second grade reading uses the phonics foundation to polish reading skills. Decoding, expression, and comprehension skills are developed. Students learn to read God’s Word and other literature.

Arithmetic: Arithmetic emphasizes addition and subtraction basic facts along with regrouping. The concepts of multiplication and division are also introduced. Number “sense” is emphasized by studying place value and problem solving. Manipulatives and review games help to make learning fun.

History: Throughout this course, second grade students develop an interest in history, geography, citizenship, economics, and culture. This course equips the student to discern connections between events and organize information in chronological order.

Science: Second grade science develops a knowledge of God through His creation. Life cycles, fossils, conservation, and earth science are just a few of the concepts studied. The scientific process is studied in depth and used in activities and hands-on experiments.

Second Grade Specials: Music, Art, Physical Education, Computer , Library

Bible: The goal of the Bible curriculum in the third grade is to engage students in their own Christian growth. Bible time is used to enrich students’ understanding of the Bible and how it applies to their everyday life. This time consists of singing, a Bible story or application story, discussion, and a review page.

Language: The third grade language instruction fosters an appreciation of language as a gift from God that equips humans uniquely among the created order. Students are taught English and grammar skills, and learn the writing process.

Spelling: The spelling curriculum is designed to teach spelling patterns and strategies for application. Lessons include word sorting (by letter patterns), word study, proofreading, dictionary skills, and writing application activities.

Penmanship:Proper technique and formation of cursive penmanship is taught and reinforced in the third grade. Everything in the third grade is written in cursive.

Reading: Third grade reading curriculum uses several different reading books (readers) to increase comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary while promoting good character through age-appropriate stories.

Arithmetic: The arithmetic curriculum includes review of addition and subtraction, mastery of multiplication and division facts, fractions, graphing, geometry, and converting measurements. Every lesson not only focuses on a key concept, but it also reviews previous lessons.

History: The third grade history curriculum emphasizes how God worked in country from its formation through the Civil War.

Science: Third grade science curriculum endeavors to establish a biblical worldview upon which all scientific discoveries are based. It emphasizes a knowledge of God and His creation, and man’s role in stewarding that creation.

Third Grade Specials: Music, Art, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Physical Education, Computer , Library

Bible: Fourth grade Bible instruction is organized into ten thematic units that surveys selected portions of the Old and New Testaments. Bible is an academic subject that includes Bible memory assignments, but the goal is to teach the students to know, love, and live the Bible! Bible class time strives to instill a desire in students to know more about God, promotes understanding and application of Bible knowledge to daily life, and provides a systematic plan for the practice of Bible skills.

English: The study of English in fourth grade fosters an appreciation of language as a gift from God. English class develops the correct use of English grammar in written and oral communication. The curriculum contains identification of the eight parts of speech, sentence types, diagrams, the writing process, and reference skills.

Spelling: Spelling instruction equips the student to apply spelling skills in order to produce accurate, God- honoring written communication. Weekly list lessons include word sorting according to phonetic rules, word study, proofreading, dictionary skills, and writing application activities.

Penmanship: Fourth graders continue perfecting their cursive writing skills. Correct letter formations are introduced/reinforced at the beginning of the year. Students are expected to demonstrate correct formation, spacing, letter size, slant, proportion, as well as overall neatness and good appearance. 

Reading: The fourth grade reading program is designed to produce independent readers and writers and to provide outstanding literary and character-building selections. The program promotes reading comprehension, decoding, reading the Bible with understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of good literature, enriched vocabulary, and good character traits. 

Arithmetic: Fourth Graders should have complete mastery of addition and subtraction upon entering fourth grade. The fourth graders are expected to know the 0—12 multiplication tables as this knowledge is necessary to progress onto more complex processes such as long division, larger multiplication problems, measurement equations, factoring, fractions, algebra, beginning geometry, and multiple step story problems.

History: The focus of the fourth grade history is to develop a biblical worldview through the study of American history (1400’s to the present). To develop a proper perspective of their heritage, students need to learn/remember facts about history/geography. The class enjoys several field trips to enhance their understanding of the Ohio Valley history.

Science: The fourth grade science curriculum contains ten units of study: Living Things, Insects and Spiders, Plants, Forces and Machines, Electricity and Magnetism, Light, The Moon, Water and Oceans, Weathering and Erosion, and The Earth’s Resources, with supplemental units of study in health: Digestion, Bones, and Muscles.

Fourth Grade Specials: Music, Art, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Physical Education, Computer, Library, Noteworthy Chorale (optional)

Bible: In fifth grade Bible, students are encouraged to grow in grace and knowledge by memorizing a weekly Bible verse. Throughout the year students are taught many lessons in which they learn about God’s judgment and grace. This helps to build godly character and obedience with a focus on evangelism and missions. Lessons are taught using accounts from the Bible as well as stories about many heroes of the faith and missionaries. Students also attend a weekly chapel service.

English: Fifth grade English alternates between grammar lessons and writing units. Grammar lessons review and expand on previously learned concepts through daily guided lessons and independent practice. Writing units reinforce the writing steps as students apply their grammar skills when completing writing assignments such as sense poems, book reports, and personal narratives.

SpellingSpelling challenges each student to use written language to communicate effectively.  Students learn spelling patterns and strategies for application. Students will be equipped to use effective proofreading and dictionary skills. Finally, students will incorporate meaningful writing experiences with their spelling consciousness.

Reading: Fifth graders continue to develop the reading skills of fluency, accuracy, and expression through daily reading assignments. They also expand their word knowledge through weekly vocabulary assignments and activities. Students will also read novels throughout the year and participate in book report activities.

Arithmetic: Students learn about and develop an understanding about such topics as whole numbers, fractions, decimals, graphs, and algebraic equations through daily lessons, review games, speed drills, in-class/small work groups.

History: American History is the focus of study in fifth grade. Beginning with a study on America’s First People, students learn about the founding of America, the establishment of our government, and how America has grown and changed throughout time. Students will study about all of the major wars, including the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, and WWII. Different time periods including the Colonial Era, the Gilded Age, and the Roaring ’20s are also studied in addition to a variety of geography skills. 

Science: Science lessons are taught based on a Christian worldview foundation, in which students learn that God is the Creator of everything, that people are important to God, and people were put on earth by God to have dominion and authority over God’s creation. Students are encouraged to explore God’s world through a variety of methods including reading, videos, hands-on activities, and experiments. Among the many topics covered in fifth grade science are fossils and dinosaurs, biomes, weather, and minerals and rocks.

Fifth Grade Specials: Music, Art, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Physical Education, Computer, Library, Noteworthy Chorale (optional), Band (optional)

Bible: The theme of Bible class is Redemption: God’s grand design. Students will see how God’s plan from the beginning was to give a picture of His love and redemption for His creation. The work-text, lessons, and weekly memory verses all align to paint this wonderful picture of our Redeemer.

English: English highlights grammar and the writing process. Guided and independent practice, chapter reviews, and cumulative reviews are modes of student engagement for concept reinforcement.

Spelling: God’s gift of language enables us to communicate. Writing is one avenue of propagating thought. This course promotes the development of spelling consciousness in the field of language.

Reading: Sixth grade students delve into readers containing a variety of stories, poems, and vocabulary. Character themes are presented when applicable. Reading comprehension skill sheets further enhance this discipline.

Arithmetic: As students prepare for middle school math, this course covers a wide variety of topics ranging from basic mathematics to pre-algebra. Students will be introduced to the interactions of fractions and ratios, decimals, and percentages.  Students will use methods such as drills, quizzes, and critical thinking problems to reinforce their learning.

History: History 6 is the study of ancient civilizations from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Beginning with Creation, the students will explore the history, geography, government, economics, culture and religions of ancient civilizations including Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, ancient Israel, and the Roman and Byzantine Empires from a Biblical worldview.

Science: Students will investigate many disciplines including earth, life, and physical sciences. Students will gain an understanding of how God created science to demonstrate His power over His creation. Students have the opportunity to participate interactively through projects and interesting lessons.

Sixth Grade Specials: Music, Art, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Physical Education, Computer, Library, Noteworthy Chorale (optional), Band (optional)