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 biblical principles. Because the Bible is the Word of God, it is the source of all instruction and memorization. The students also study the heroes of the Christian faith and historic hymns.
The students learn the use of nouns, true verbs, helping verbs, adjectives, pronouns, adverbs, prepositions, commas, apostrophes, colons, hyphens, and question marks in complete sentences. They also have experience with creative writing, reports, taking notes, making revisions, and proofreading.
Through direct instruction and reading stories, students review phonetic skills, hone their comprehension and word analysis skills, and expand their ability to read critically and for appreciation. Character building stories give students opportunity to practice reading and grow spiritually.
Previous skills using cursive handwriting are maintained and Chancery calligraphy is introduced in its basic models.
While still expanding their vocabulary, student learn to spell for academic excellence while applying spelling rules. They also are taught how to conquer the most commonly misspelled words and the proper use of prefixes and suffixes.
Using Singapore's Math in Focus curriculum, students will learn concepts of number theory concerning mutliples, factors, prime numbers, composites, and square and cube roots. Students will recognize the use of positive and negative numbers in real-world situations. They will learn skills and concepts dealing with mutliplication and division of fractions and decimals, using ratios in real-world situations, and using rates and unit rates in real-world situations. Students will continue to explore the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percentages to solve real-world problems. They will write, evaluate, simplify, and expand algebraic expressions and write and solve linear equations and simple inequalities. Other skills and concepts covered include using coordinate planes and graphing to solve real-world problems; finding the area of polgyons; using circumference and area to solve problems; identifying solids and prisms while using a formula to determine surface area and solving problems; and developing an awareness of concepts of statistics and probability.
Students learn skills and concepts in earth science, life science, and physical science. They learn about the earth's earthquakes and volcanes, as well as the stars and space exploration. Concerning life, they discover animal behavior, the balance of nature, the biosphere, and human bodies circulation and respiration. They also learn about the laws of motion, nuclear energy, and experience chemistry demonstrations and discovery activities.
Students will learn about ancient civilizations from a biblical perspective and develop a knowledge of God and His sovereignty in history. In the process they will also learn about archeology and the archeological method.
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.