The Elementary School is committed to challenging and equipping students to be more like Christ and to excel academically.
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. The curriculum in these grades levels will be more hands-on.
Our academic focus in the 3rd -5th grades is again strong in reading, writing, and mathematics. Our reading focus has switched from “Learning to Read” now to “Reading to Learn” along with continued development of our writing skills.
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, utilizing manipulatives and hands-on activities..
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.
Spelling and Phonics
In Kindergarten and first grade, the primary focus is on learning to read using phonetic skills. 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.
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 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.