Elementary

Curriculum

Daily classes include reading, writing, math, social studies, science, and Bible. Additional classes include art, library, music, and physical education. Students in grades 3-5 also have Makerspace, Spanish, and technology classes.

Core Curriculum
Specials

Reading

We use the Reader’s Workshop method of instruction based on Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study. Each lesson starts with a mini-lesson teaching a reading strategy or comprehension tool. Students then engage in independent reading with books at his or her  reading level, while the teacher conferences individually and in small groups. Students also give written responses to the books they are reading, often incorporating the skill taught in the mini-lesson. The lesson ends with a time for sharing.

Grades K-2 use Fundations phonics curriculum for a strong phonics foundation 

Students are given the STAR Reading Assessment monthly to determine reading level, along with strengths and areas for improvement. K/1 students are assessed using the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) to determine beginning reading levels.

Writing
The Benchmark Writer’s Workshop curriculum is used in each K-5 classroom. Each grade level focuses on 4-5 writing genres (personal narrative, persuasive essay, non-fiction report, etc.). The students develop their writing in these genres, ending with a polished piece for each one. Students are also given time to “free write” and explore their own personal writing styles.

Math

We use the Houghton Mifflin math curriculum, along with an emphasis on learning grade-appropriate math facts. Grade 5 uses GO Math! Students are given the STAR Math Assessment quarterly to track progress.

Social Studies

Each grade level teaches a variety of units related to our community, Geography, and US History.

Science

We use a combination of Delta Science Modules (hands-on, inquiry-based learning), along with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) units. Each grade level also completes a unit on the human body and its various systems.

Bible

We use the Christian Schools International curriculum, Walking with God and His People, taking the students through the Old Testament and New Testament with stories and application. Scripture is also memorized at each grade level.

Handwriting
Grades K-4 use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum with cursive introduced at the end of 2nd grade.

Art

The Elementary art program is built on the Biblical foundation that each child, being made in God’s own image, has creative abilities just waiting to be explored and developed. The students are regularly engaged in discussions about various artists, artistic styles, cultural and historic art influences, as well as the basic elements of art and principles of design. All these things and much more are applied as the students create their own unique art pieces and develop their own personal artistic style.

Music
As Christians, you are given the awesome responsibility to take care of your bodies. One of the ways to do that is physical exercise. Having healthy bodies will make a difference in how you think, act and feel. Being active and learning about how your body can move is an important part of your total education  experience. The Elementary school physical education program is a combination of motor skill proficiency, foundation of sports, health fitness, play, and sportsmanship.

Physical Education
As Christians, you are given the awesome responsibility to take care of your bodies. One of the ways to do that is physical exercise. Having healthy bodies will make a difference in how you think, act and feel. Being active and learning about how your body can move is an important part of your total education experience.

The Elementary school physical education program is a combination of motor skill proficiency, foundation of sports, health fitness, play, and sportsmanship.

Spanish

Elementary Spanish is rooted in God’s love of all languages and all people. Elementary students get a taste of this rich language and culture at the language’s beginning stages. Studying greetings, routines, likes and dislikes, and other basic vocabulary will lay the foundation for successful foreign language acquisition later on in their education.

Goals of the Elementary World Language Program:

  • To develop an interest in the study of world languages.
  • To help students experience success in their initial contact with world languages.
  • To develop the ability to comprehend world language input and much later to produce words, phrases, and sentences in the language.
  • To develop some reading and writing skills after development of listening and speaking skills.
  • To further cultural understanding and appreciation of countries and  people.

Keyboarding/Coding

Students in Grades 3-5 have weekly technology classes using the Code.org curriculum. They also learn how to navigate the internet safely. Three times a week the students use Typing Club to work their way through comprehensive keyboarding lessons using the QWERTY keyboard.

Open Circle

We use Open Circle for a social/emotional learning program. This involves weekly sessions where various topics are introduced and discussed, such as how to handle confrontation, dealing with annoying behaviors, etc. We are also implementing portions of Social Thinking curriculum to help our students learn strategies for self-regulation.

Outdoor Ed

This class allows our 3rd and 4th grade students to be outdoors for a time of self-directed exploration. In Outdoor Ed., students explore, create, and apply their learning to real hands-on experiences. From observing wildlife to building primitive structures, students are inspired to have fun, get muddy, learn about the great outdoors, and build friendships!

Library

The elementary library supports the literacy learning of PreSchool-5th grade students. We have a three pronged approach that includes:

  • Introducing students to a wide variety of genres of literature to encourage reading for enjoyment
  • Reading for information
  • Learning how to use a library and information literacy

Students have a scheduled weekly library period and may drop in before and after school and during recess time as well. Our elementary library contains approximately 7,000 books with 50-75 new titles added each year.

After School Enrichment
Each semester after school enrichment classes are offered by a variety of faculty. This is an opportunity for your child to enhance their school experience with an assortment of after school offerings. In the past there have been music classes, art lessons, cooking sessions, science experiments, and much more. Students look forward to this opportunity to dive a little deeper into a topic.