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Kindergarten: ABEKA (Phonics, Reading, Math, Social Studies and Science) and ACSI (Bible)

The transition from preschool to Kindergarten is a big step that includes more responsibility and independence. Our Kindergarten Program is designed to bridge the gap between Preschool and Elementary.

Our Kindergarten Program prepares children for future school success and places greater emphasis on academics and learning to read. In addition, our kindergarteners take part in a daily “special” in one of the following subjects: Physical Education, Music, Art, Library and Computer.

Our curriculum is designed not only to meet but also to exceed the state standards in each of the following areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Development/Health, Fine Arts, and Social/Spiritual Development. We encourage our students to become active participants in their learning experiences while supporting their individual growth and development.

First Grade: ABEKA (Phonics, Reading, Math and Social Studies) and ACSI (Bible and Science)

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!

Second Grade: ABEKA (Phonics, Math and Social Studies), Shurley English, and ACSI (Bible and Science)

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.

Third Grade: ACSI (Bible, Science, and Spelling), Bob Jones (Reading), Shurley English, Saxon Math, and ABEKA (History). 

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.

Fourth Grade: ACSI (Bible, Science and Spelling), Bob Jones (Reading), Shurley English, Saxon Math, and ABEKA (History)

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.

Fifth Grade: ACSI (Bible, Science and Spelling), Bob Jones (Reading), Shurley English, Saxon Math, and ABEKA (History)

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.

 

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