First Grade is the year of reading where your child will become a more independent reader! It is amazing to watch the children grow in knowledge and love for Reading as they build on what they learned in Kindergarten and gain important new skills. They will continue to learn and practice rules for recognizing the sounds that make up words and will be able to sound out more complex words.
Your First Grader will also learn to add, count, subtract, learn geography skills, and experiment with Science!
SUBJECT PUBLISHER TITLE Reading Abeka Fun with Pets, Tiptoes, Stepping Stones, Secrets and Surprises, The Bridge Book, Animals in the Great Outdoors, Kind and Brave, Aesop's Fables, Strong and True, Down by the Sea Phonics Abeka Letters & Sounds 1, Handbook for Reading Language Arts Abeka Language 1 Spelling Abeka Spelling & Poetry 1 Arithmetic Abeka Arithmetic 1 Writing Abeka Writing w/Phonics 1 (Manuscript) Science ACSI Purposeful Design Science 1 Art Abeka Readiness Skills K, Art Projects K History Abeka My America and My World Bible ACSI Purposeful Design Bible Grade 1
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Our classroom is an interactive atomopshere. The children have hands on learning approach to math, science and history. We are active in group discussions as we learn about various skills. In the Fall we make applesauce after learning about apples in math and science.
Our Fields trips help to bring the learning alive. We go to the Zoo to classify the animals that we have learned in science, go to museums to see History we have learned. This fall we went to the Cox Farms! What an adventure we have in First Grade.
Throughout second grade, students are challenged to develop academically, socially and emotionally. Second grade is a year that the students learn to work more independently. It is a year to master the skills that were taught in first grade. Second graders are encouraged to use their problem solving skills on a daily basis.
Students continue to develop reading skills with an emphasis on increasing fluency and comprehension. Small reading groups are held four days a week. In this small group setting, the students learn many self-correcting strategies that they can use when reading independently. They also spend time retelling stories, increasing comprehension. This will benefit the students when they get to third grade, and their reading material becomes longer and more difficult.
Students’ writing skills improve during second grade through the use of the writing process. They will learn to write well-organized expository paragraphs, as well as creative writings and poetry. Our curriculum is designed to exceed state standards in each of the following areas: Language Arts, mathematics, Bible, science, social studies and penmanship. Second graders are encouraged to handle conflict in a Christ-like manner, accept responsibility for their own actions, and learn from their mistakes.
Second grade is a year of highly visible progress in reading and language arts. We use the ABEKA curriculum for reading, phonics and spelling. We use Shirley English for writing and grammar. The major milestones in second grade reading and language arts are:
• Developing an extensive sight word vocabulary
• Applying more complex phonics strategies
• Writing competently for many purposes
• Using punctuation appropriately
• Experiencing a variety of literary genres
Second grade math is filled with new material that is built on prior learning and encourages students to think through new concepts. Concepts taught or reviewed include counting, place value, addition and subtraction, money, time, graphs, simple geometry, multiplication and division, and Roman numerals. Story problems are used to provide practice in using skills and facts learned and are based on concrete situations.
SUBJECT PUBLISHER TITLE Reading Abeka Story Tree, Treasure Chest, Hidden Treasure, No Longer A Nobody, Paths of Gold, Sunshine Meadows, Silver Sails, Open Skies, Growing up where Jesus Lived, All Kinds of Animals Phonics Abeka Letters & Sounds 2, Handbook for Reading Spelling Abeka Spelling and Poetry 2 Arithmetic Abeka Arithmetic 2 Writing Abeka Writing w/Phonics 2 (Cursive) Science ACSI Purposeful Design Science Level 2 History Abeka Our America and Our World Level 2 Bible ACSI Purposeful Design Bible 2 Language Arts Shurley English Shurley English 2
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Second graders experience whole group, small group and independent activities in all subject areas. The use of Smart Board technology is used in most subject areas. The students play interactive games on the Smart Board when learning new concepts or reviewing for a test. The Smart Board is used for math, science, language arts, and Bible lessons.
Learning centers are set up around the room while reading groups are meeting. Students are paired up to work on science activities, language arts activities, art activities and much more. Small reading groups meet four times each week. This small group setting gives students a chance to work on reading fluency, self-correcting strategies, and comprehension in a comfortable setting. Second graders will often work in groups to solve problems. This not only teaches problem solving skills, but teaches the students how to compromise.
When visiting our classroom, you might see the students using quills and ink for their writing while studying Colonial America. You may see the students working on dioramas as a book report. You would see students using sign language when singing worship songs.
Third grade is one of the odd numbered years in school. The odd years are the years of intense growth and development in all areas of a child’s life. While there is some review of second grade skills, many of the skills and content presented in third grade are new to students. It is a pivotal year for many children. The teacher works to understand each child’s needs and provide appropriate learning experiences, motivation, variety, creativity, and connections to real life.
Third graders work on being more responsible; completing work on time, behaving appropriately, turning work in on time, and following school and classroom rules. Students learn life skills, such as maintaining a positive attitude, being cooperative, caring for others, honesty, perseverance, patience, and problem solving. They also build self confidence through success in their academics.
The Bible is the standard; the infallible point of reference for our lives. Our prayer and vision for these students is their salvation and spiritual maturity. Parents and teachers work together to help children develop the kind of worldview that leads to holy and responsible life choices.
In third grade, students transition from learning to read to reading to learn. The foundation of phonics laid in Kindergarten – Second Grade will now serve to support their quest for knowledge. The math program is an interactive, manipulative based curriculum. It provides many opportunities for practicing skills and includes daily fact practice and homework. In science, students participate in observations, experiments, games and activities designed to provide a foundation for learning the content and to help them develop an appreciation for God’s creation. In history, we study people who were important to the development and growth of our country and how God used them. The English program, Shurley English, focuses on the parts of speech and developing comprehensive writing skills. In addition, students have weekly spelling lists and challenge words.
Third Grade students also participate in the ACSI Spelling Bee, Geography Bee and Math Olympics.
SUBJECT PUBLISHER TITLE Reading BJU Press Reading 3A Student Text Reading 3B Student TextPaths of Gold, Sunshine Meadows, Silver Sails, Open Skies, Growing up where Jesus Lived, All Kinds of Animals Language Arts Shurley English Shurley English Level 3 Spelling ACSI Purposeful Design Math Saxon Saxon Math Intermediate 3 Penmanship Abeka Penmanship 3 Science ACSI Purposeful Design Level 3 Science History Abeka Our American Heritage Bible ACSI Christ and His Church
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Fourth grade is a critical time in a student’s academic life. It is important for them to build good study habits as a foundation that they can take with them throughout their academic career. The way children view themselves academically has a direct impact on their performance so their success can have a lasting impact. Giving them tools to succeed, like proper study habits, and speaking life into them daily, will help them succeed as they progress through each grade.
I like to enhance our challenging curriculum by integrating technologies throughout each subject. I use Smart Board Resources and an interactive Whiteboard to make sure each child’s learning style is addressed in my lessons. The students use it to practice their spelling words hands-on as opposed to the say-spell-say method. I like to reinforce science objectives by presenting short videos or concept animation via the Smart Board. I also use it in Math to easily introduce new Math Skills. One of the students’ favorite thing to do is reviewing for tests with an interactive jeopardy game.
Being able to integrate this technology into my classroom has enabled me to reach my technology-driven students more quickly and effectively.
SUBJECT PUBLISHER TITLE Reading BJU Press I Met You in a Story Language Arts Shurley English English Made Easy 4 Penmanship Abeka Penmanship Mastery Spelling BJU Press Spelling, Vocabulary & Poetry 4 Arithmetic Saxon Intermediate 4 Science ACSI System Science Level 4 History Abeka The History of Our United States Bible ACSI Bible 4
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Academics are an important part of their purpose. Classroom activities include:
Smart Board resources for hands-on math lessons, animated clips and hands-on activities and demonstrations to supplement a science concept.
If you walk by while we are having a science lesson, you may see the students huddled around a table trying to see if yeast is living. Watch out! It stinks because there are different mixtures in water bottles with balloons covering the top. The kids are excited to see if the balloons expand right away or over time.
On the other hand, stop by during history and witness the class surrounding me on the carpet while reading and discussing the lesson for the day. Sometimes they even act out what they’ve learned while they are playing outside for recess.
Field trips are great fun and a wonderful opportunity to reinforce the concepts in the curriculum.
Recently, I took the students to Mt. Vernon to learn about George Washington and life on a plantation. While looking through the gardens, the students yelled for me to join them in inspecting something on the ground. They found a worm, a decomposer. We had just learned about decomposers! Although unplanned, it was wonderful to quiz them on the concepts we’d learned.
Other field trips we’ve taken include various museums throughout the DC area and a school-wide trip to Jamestown.
Fifth Grade is a transitional year between Elementary and Middle School. The students must be able to master their basic skills in order to produce at the next level. The students will learn to manage their time wisely. This will help them to be prepared for each subject and the amount of time needed for mastery. They will also learn different study skills which will be helpful throughout their lives.
We have a wonderful curriculum at WOLCA. The recent changes made within the core subjects are more challenging than the previous material. The students are benefiting from the diversity of the content. The curriculum allows the students to be better prepared for the new testing procedures adopted by the academy.
SUBJECT PUBLISHER TITLE Reading BJU Press Pages in Our Heads Language Arts Shurley English English Made Easy 5 Spelling BJU Press Spelling, Vocabulary & Peotry 5 Arithmetic Saxon Intermediate 5 Science ACSI System Science Level 5 History Abeka Old World History & Geography Bible ACSI Bible 5 Christ and My Choices
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