Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness creates a positive and encouraging learning environment. We focus on social and emotional development as well as educational and physical development.

The morning circle time is a teaching and review time and is modified throughout the year to correspond to the teaching objectives. Each morning during circle time the students practice patterns, numbers, colors, shapes, graphing, days of the week, and the months of the year. The students will also talk about feelings and learn their classroom jobs for the day.

The reading program includes pre-reading skills to reinforce the letters and sounds being taught. Students focus on vowels and consonants throughout the first semester of school. Forming and writing letters is an integral piece to the pre-reading skills taught. Blends are introduced to begin forming words. During the second semester, reading groups begin to reinforce skills and challenge students to initiate reading on their own although not every student will be reading on their own at this point.

The math program includes number recognition, ordering, one-to-one correspondence, sequencing, finding the missing numbers, patterns, graphs, and oral counting from 1 to 100. Math manipulatives and dramatic play are used to make math come alive.

The Bible program includes a daily Bible study. We begin each day with a praise time to celebrate God through songs and working on our Bible verse. We work on applications throughout the week using crafts and dramatic play. We meet every Wednesday morning with the whole elementary school for chapel to praise God through song, prayer, and listening to Bible stories.

Science and social studies program is based on different curriculum themes. Some of the social studies themes include community helpers, citizenship, cultural differences, holidays, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes. In Science, the focus is on the different seasons, our five senses, the human body, safety, nutrition, animals, sink-or-float, rocks, plants, predicting outcomes, and living vs. nonliving. The students will explore science and social studies through hands on activities and discussions.

Center time is an integral part of the program. Center time is a daily activity used to teach and reinforce skills taught and to encourage social interaction. Centers work on a rotation system so every child is able to participate. The centers involve “hands-on” opportunities for our students.

The Kindergarten Readiness weekly schedule includes Art, Music, Physical Education, Science and Library time, as well as a daily rest and recess time.

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Kindergarten students begin their school day with Bible and Praise Time. The children enjoy a time of praise songs, Bible lesson or application, and fellowship with their friends. Wednesdays have been set aside for school wide Chapel.

Morning circle time includes calendar, songs, pledges, graphing and a morning message. During this time the children count the days on the calendar, the days in the school year, count money, sing songs, read color words, read number words, march to the months of the year, say and find shapes in the room and say our pledges to the U.S. flag and the Texas flag. They also discuss our monthly virtue, memory verses and class rules. This time is full of language and math activities which carry over throughout the day.

Our Reading curriculum has a strong phonics base and is beneficial for young children in the development of their reading skills. Students learn the five vowels and are then introduced to the consonants. Blends are introduced which allows students to begin reading repetitive books. These are all necessary pre-reading skills. The students use letter journals to write words. Phonics games are used to reinforce the sounds that are taught in the curriculum. The students work with the teacher in reading groups where new skills are introduced and other skills are mastered. The students will have a home reader and sight words for homework the second semester of the school year.

Writing skills are also included during the reading block. Students learn to form words with the same sounds taught each week. Creative writing journals are used to expand thinking and creativity. By the end of the year, most students are able to write a short paragraph.

Our Math curriculum involves many hands-on and thinking activities. Pattern blocks, cubes, tiles, buttons, and attribute blocks are used to explore math concepts. This hands-on approach involves and engages the students with math in a creative way. The curriculum is designed to help students think about mathematical relationships and concepts and to explore the “why” not just the “how”. By the end of the school year the students can describe, sort, add, subtract and make patterns with these objects and are ready for the challenges of first grade math.

Science and Social Studies are taught in weekly units in order to give continuity to the lessons being taught. During that week, the topic is woven into the other subjects. Each unit is taught with many hands-on activities and trade books. The students also visit Captain Science every Friday for more hands-on science fun.

The Kindergarten weekly schedule includes Art, Music, Physical Education, Health, Spanish, Library and Computer.

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First Grade

The First Grade classroom is a fun learning environment that cultivates academic and social skills. There is a great emphasis on developing reading and math confidence during this school year. This is also a transition year where students will become acclimated to more structured school expectations. For example, we will have regular homework assignments. Math homework is assigned on Tuesday nights, and spelling homework is assigned on Thursday nights. Both of these assignments are due the following day. Students are also required to keep a weekly reading log. Reading logs are graded each Friday.

Each day begins with Bible time which is a time of praise songs followed by reading and studying scripture. Wednesdays have been set aside for a school wide Chapel. Chapel lessons center around the virtue and scripture memory verse of the month.

Math is taught primarily with the “Investigations” curriculum. Math class begins each morning with our “Calendar Math”. Students learn about the calendar, skip counting, and place value. Weather data is also collected and recorded during this time. Following Calendar Math, students dive into activities and games that teach and reinforce mathematical concepts such as addition, subtraction, fractions, geometry, and measurement. Many of these activities utilize manipulatives and involve working with partners or in small groups to solve problems. Students emerge from First Grade math class with the ability to be math thinkers who use critical thinking skills to problem solve.

Reading is taught in small reading groups using leveled readers and literacy centers. Students work independently on literacy center activities while the teacher reads with students in the reading groups. Student reading levels are assessed every few weeks with running records and benchmark books from Reading A to Z. At-home reading practice is another large component of reading development. Students take their leveled readers home each night to read to parents. This reading is then recorded on the students’ reading logs which are graded on Fridays.

English and Phonics are taught using the A Beka curriculum. It emphasizes repetition of special sounds that are used to construct words. These phonics basics are further reinforced in weekly journal writing. Students also have writer’s workshop time where other writing elements such as proper capitalization, punctuation and sentence structure are encouraged. Spelling is taught with an emphasis on both high frequency words and word family words.

Science is taught through hands-on activities and experiments. Students learn about a variety of topics including the five senses, measurement of volume, and animals. Students enjoy Friday science lessons with Captain Science. Lessons are dynamic and always tied with scripture references.

Social Studies class covers many interesting topics. A wide range of literature is incorporated to learn about different periods in history, prominent American citizens and Texas history. Students also enjoy sampling a wide variety of international cuisine when studying about different countries around the world.

The First Grade weekly schedule includes Art, Music, Physical Education, Health, Spanish, Library and Computer.

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Second Grade

Students begin their school day with a time of devotion, prayer and Bible study. Our Bible curriculum is very detailed and teaches the Bible chapter by chapter. The students learn where events of the Bible fit on a timeline and use maps to discover where they took place. All students attend school wide Chapel on Wednesday.

Goals for second grade in Language Arts include reading fluently with strong comprehension and writing in complete, clear sentences with proper punctuation. Our curriculum is a strong phonics program that incorporates reading, writing and spelling. Each quarter begins with focusing on specific reading goals, and a different chapter book is chosen. Reading books throughout the year helps students reach these goals.

Our Math curriculum focuses on teaching children to think and comprehend mathematical concepts. Students spend considerable time learning how to solve world problems and use manipulatives to gain a deeper understanding of shapes. Our main goal for students is to have addition and subtraction math facts, from 0 to 12, memorized by the end of the school year. This ensures students will be ready for more complicated problems in third grade. We also use multiple books throughout the year and learn songs to begin memorizing the multiplication facts through 10.

In Social Studies we learn about different communities and our role as citizens. We learn how the government works and the different levels of leadership, from local to national. We study about a variety of historical events and people with special emphasis on the Civil War and African American history. The year concludes with learning about maps, the globe, the seven continents, four oceans and America's 50 states.

The Science curriculum leads students to see God's hand in the world around them. It centers on the acknowledgement that the world in which we live in belongs to God, who created and upholds it. We take a "let's find out" perspective and spend the year exploring with experiments and investigations. A few of the topics we cover are the life cycles of animals, types of matter, the environment, position and change, and buoyancy and boats.

The Second Grade weekly schedule includes Art, Music, Physical Education, Health, Spanish, Library and Computer.

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Third Grade

Each day begins with Bible in which a time of praise songs is followed by reading and studying scripture. Chapel lessons center around the virtue and scripture memory verse of the month. Our goal is to integrate Biblical concepts into every lesson in every subject, every day. Wednesdays have been set aside for a school wide Chapel.

Our Language Arts curriculum offers literature-based, discovery style learning designed for Christian education. Exceptional literature from various authors is chosen to integrate the separate parts of language arts: spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing, as well as critical thinking and communication. We select literature which is captivating for both boys and girls and provides extensive learning opportunities.

The Math curriculum is designed to engage students in making sense of mathematical ideas. Six major goals guided the development of this curriculum. The curriculum is designed to:
  • Support students to make sense of mathematics and learn that they can be mathematical thinkers.
  • Focus on computational fluency with whole numbers as a major goal of the elementary grades.
  • Provide substantive work in important areas of mathematics—rational numbers, geometry, measurement, data, and early algebra—and connections among them.
  • Emphasize reasoning about mathematical ideas.
  • Communicate mathematics content and pedagogy to teachers.
  • Engage the range of learners in understanding mathematics.

In Social Studies we study community; different types of communities, how and why they started, how they celebrate and how history has changed them. The program includes geography skills, economics, government, history and citizenship.

Students learn how to use the scientific method in all areas of Science. The base curriculum, along with various other supplements, makes Science a very hands-on program and allows students to do many experiments and learn to discover God’s world. Students learn about matter and energy; force and motion; earth and space; and organisms and environments.

Homework is assigned on Tuesday and Thursday, and is due the following day. Emails are sent weekly to communicate the events in the classroom with parents.

The Third Grade weekly schedule includes Art, Music, Physical Education, Health, Spanish, Library and Computer.

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Fourth Grade

Each day begins with Bible in which a time of praise songs is followed by reading and studying scripture. Wednesdays have been set aside for a school wide Chapel. Chapel lessons center around the virtue and scripture memory verse of the month.

The Language Arts program is an integrated, literature –based program. All of the language arts activities are inspired by novels. The vocabulary words, writing assignments, and discussion questions are based on the story. We have weekly spelling rule and spelling tests. We also write daily in journals, essays, informative pieces or fun writings. Writing lessons include the “Six Traits of Writing” and “Empowering Writers”. The Christian perspective is included in discussions when reading the novels. The lessons and activities always stress mastery learning, rather than short-term memorization.

The Math program is designed to engage students in making sense of mathematical ideas and learn that they can be mathematical thinkers. It focuses on computational fluency with whole numbers as a major goal. The program also provides substantive work in important areas of mathematics – rational numbers, geometry, measurement, data, early algebra and the connections among them. An important emphasis is on the reasoning of mathematical ideas. A few areas that we focus on learning are: multiplication, division, graphs, measurement units, geometry, volume, place units and fractions. We use manipulatives, communication, and creation of examples to teach these concepts.

The Social Studies curriculum is an intense study of Texas history. We also cover economics, geography skills, government and citizenship throughout the year. In addition to our textbook we use many resources, such as other books, websites and research projects.

The Science program includes the scientific process, measurement, the earth and moon, plants, electricity and magnets. The students are involved in hands-on experiments to answer scientific questions and record their observations and conclusions. The base curriculum is designed for students to explore God’s world and all that is within His creation.

The Fourth Grade weekly schedule includes Art, Music, Physical Education, Health, Spanish, Library and Computer.

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Fifth Grade

The 5th grade curriculum will focus on world geography, archeology, explorers, landforms, and mapping skills. Students will consider the development of various societies, apply the situations to their own lives, and reflect on how they would have explored, lived, traded, and spread Christianity in those regions. Novel studies will include classics such as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis and will reinforce the geography elements as they apply language arts skills.

The 5th grade math curriculum includes hands-on investigations that explore problems in depth, find more than one way to solve problems, and use manipulatives and games to teach concepts. Some of the big ideas that are taught include: using whole number operations to solve real-world problems; fraction comparisons and operations with like denominators; decimal/fraction equivalency; decimal addition and subtraction; and using formulas to solve measurement problems.

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