Students are engaged in the Bible through a thematic and chronological look at the Old and New Testaments with a particular focus on application of the biblical principles. The students study the character of God paying attention to how he cares for us and that he desires a relationship with all people. Because the Bible is the Word of God, it is the source of all instruction and memorization.
To develop the students' understanding of phonics the following skills and concepts are taught: short vowels, consonants, blends, phonograms (combined ending sounds), beginning and ending sounds, vowel rules, rhyming words, beginning sentences with a capital letter and ending sentences with a period, compound words, and syllables. The students also learn how to list words in alphabetical order and work on their listening skills.
Using the accurate, oral practice of phonics skills, students are able to review phonics concepts. They practice reading out loud as well as silent reading with total comprehension. They learn to ask literal, interpretive, appreciative, and critical questions as they read.
Using the A Reason For Handwriting curriculum, first graders sharpen their fine motor skills by working on formation, spacing, neatness, and pencil grip. They advance from practicing individual letters to words to complete sentences.
Purposeful Design curriculum teaches the students by spelling sight words and words that support phonetic learning. There is also weekly creative writing, spelling tests, and other activities to enhance spelling.
With an eye to building their skills for future success, the skills taught teach foundational math principles. The students will be able to understand addition and subtraction and strategies for basic addition facts and related subtraction facts. They will solve more advanced story problems using math drawings and knowledge of math partners. Likewise, students will use a variety of methods and tools to compute, including objects, mental computation, estimation, paper and pencil, and calculators.
Using the Bob Jones University Press Curriculum, which is a developmental science program, the objective is to teach not only scientific literacy but also knowledge of God and Christian character. Students will be exposed to the wonderful world God has created through looking specifically at air, weather, sun, moon, and stars, roots, stems, leaves, tame and wild animals, fruits and flowers, the human body, motion, and energy.
In the first grade students learn about social structures through a knowledge of God through history. They will investigate early American settlements – their culture and religion, promote historic and geographic literacy, and learn the basics of reading and making maps.
Music instruction is an important part of our program. The love for singing and the appreciation of music is emphasized in music class. They perform concerts each year where they learn to share the "song in their hearts". A basic foundation of music and love for music is emphasized.
Computers are a part of our school program, using tools such as educational software to develop familiarity with the computer and keyboarding skills. Progression of these skills is emphasized in each grade level.
In providing a well-rounded program, P.E. is offered one day each week, teaching the students activities that encourage coordination, cooperation and problem-solving as well as plenty of exercise.
Students are introduced to the Spanish language as they begin learning common words and phrases. Lessons emphasize development of vocabulary, listening comprehension and verbal communication skills.
Students are introduced to the world of art as they begin drawing using basic shapes (circle, straight line, rectangle, etc.). They also learn about pattern, texture, and color using a variety of mediums. These skills are developed throughout the years as they create various art projects. Students enjoy their time in this enrichment class.
Students are introduced to elements of the library system, with increasing research skill progression in subsequent grade levels. Students are able to check out books each week. Family members are all welcome to use the library!