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.
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.
Students will learn a variety of techniques and experiment with a plethora of media including but not limited to usage of a variety of painting types and styles, pencil/charcoal sketching and shading, experience in both oil & soft pastels, basic printing with ink, and fundamentals in building with clay. Students find joy in the creative process as they build strong skills, develop their artistic gifts through creative expression, as well as learn more about themselves and the world God made.
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.
“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
We serve the God that sings! One of the goals in elementary music each year is to sing, sing, and sing some more. Our program is committed to growing music lovers. We want our students to love music because God loves music and has generously given this lifetime gift which we can enjoy ourselves, but more importantly give back to God and others.
We believe that every child has natural music ability and potential. Studies show that between birth and the age of 9 that musical “mapping” is going on in the brain. Therefore, the elementary music program is a vital part of tapping into this potential. A second goal is to cover many components of music, such as rhythm, melody, harmony, tone color, dynamics, form and more. A final goal is to share the gift of music with others. Elementary students share their gifts in chapel to praise the Giver of music and in our Grandparent’s Day and Elementary Musicals.
“And they sang a new song saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seal for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9
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 Foreign Language Program:
- To develop an interest among the students to begin the study of foreign languages.
- To help students experience success in their initial contact with foreign languages.
- To develop the ability to comprehend foreign language input and much later to produce words, phrases, and sentences in the foreign language.
- To develop some reading and writing skills after development of some listening and speaking skills.
- To further cultural understanding and appreciation of countries and their people.
- Engaging elementary students in their early stage of education allows for optimum academic success, engagement in God’s diverse world, and interest in the Spanish language.
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.