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Elementary School

Grades K-4

Elementary School, which consists of children in kindergarten through fourth grade, is designed to unite Rosehill Christian School’s vision and goals with enrichment curriculum immersed with activities that motivate children. We utilize a variety of curriculum to maximize the intellectual, spiritual and academic achievement and development of each student.

Elementary School is committed to challenging and equipping students to be like Christ, to the glory of God alone, by growing, obeying, communicating effectively, and diligently working at their studies to be effective life-long learners. All of this is accomplished in a Christ-centered environment through a committed, God-loving faculty and staff.

The main academic emphasis in the primary grades (K, 1st, and 2nd) is reading, writing, and math skills.  In reading, we focus on the elements of “Learning to Read” and in mathematics, our focus is on math facts and mathematical concepts appropriate to our primary students.  Curriculum in these grades levels will be more hands-on.  Worksheets and workbook pages will serve to reinforce what has been taught in class. 

Our academic focus in the intermediate grades (3rd and 4th) is again strong in reading, writing and mathematics.  Our reading focus has switched from “Learning to Read” now to “Reading to Learn” along with further development of our writing skills. 

Mathematics

Mathematics again focuses on the use of manipulatives and hands-on activities, but with more time given to understanding mathematical concepts.  Rounding out the curriculum are foundational concepts in science, social studies, and grammar.Math instruction in the elementary is facilitated by the EnVision Math curriculum.  This is a dynamic program that allows the students to get excited about math through daily problem-based interactive learning, followed by visual learning strategies. 

Writing

For our writing instruction, we use the 6+1 Traits of Writing.  This six traits of effective writing are the key characteristics of good writing.  When students learn the traits, they are empowered to improve their own writing.  These skills help them to develop the language they need to talk about and examine their own writing and be good editors of written work.In all grades there is a focus on handwriting, or penmanship.  While we understand the need to help children learn to write in a legible manner, we also understand the developmental readiness of students and their fine motor skills.  Furthermore, spelling and vocabulary usage become a focus.  While some words are easy to spell, we find that the easiest way to learn to spell is within the context of the subjects taught. 

Spelling and Phonics

In Kindergarten, the primary focus is on learning to read using phonics.  This will give the children a strong foundation they will need to be successful readers.  

In 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades, knowing how to spell words correctly and use them in context is imperative.  The students are taught about word relationships and structural patterns, introducing a manageable spelling list of relevant words each week.  

In 4th and 5th grades, children will use a research-based vocabulary curriculum that assists in building fluency.  This will provide students with abundant exposure to words in multiple formats.  In addition, it will be a great stepping stone for middle school.

Reading

Reading instruction in the elementary is facilitated with the use of Guided Reading.   In guided reading, the teacher guides small groups of students in reading short, carefully chosen texts in order to build independence, fluency, and comprehension skills.  In addition, the teacher introduces reading strategies, tailoring the instruction to the needs of the students.  Children, in turn, will be encouraged to apply these strategies in their independent reading.

Electives and Physical Education

Students are also given instruction in art, music, physical education, and computer skills.  Students in 4th grade focus on keyboarding skills while other classes learn the fundamentals of computer use and the incorporation of Google Docs and web strategies. 

Bible and Biblical Integration

Students receive daily instruction in God's Word, the Bible.  They are taught the how God has revealed Himself to man through His Word, His creation, and through His Son, Jesus.  Students memorize portions of God's Word as they are taught to love God and to love others.

All of the curriculum is taught through the lens of God's Word and is related back to our Creator.




All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching,
for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
2 Timothy 3:16

Providing excellence in Christ-centered education as an extension of the Christian Home

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