As a Christian college preparatory school, our elementary curriculum is God-honoring and comprehensive. It emphasizes reading, writing, and arithmetic while including other liberal arts including art, music, social studies, world languages, and physical education.
Below is an overview of the math, language, and reading curriculum for each grade. To see the full curriculum overview, including specials, click “See the full overview” for each grade.
Our kindergarten curriculum focuses on foundational skills. In reading, we use a phonics program to teach beginning readers the phonetic value of letters, letter combinations, and syllables. In mathematics, attention is given to recognizing, counting, and writing the numbers 1-100 in additional to basic counting and addition skills.
Our first-grade students develop the skills they learned in kindergarten. They learn to write grammatically correct sentences and stories and develop skills in addition of single and double-digit numbers. As they read, they continue their phonetic development by learning and applying the English languages special sounds.
In second grade, students cover addition and subtraction facts and basic operations in addition and subtraction. They learn about sentence structure and nouns, verbs, pronouns, and adjectives. In reading, the focus is on silent reading skills with an emphasis on phonetics and comprehension.
Our third graders’ understanding of sentence structure and nouns and verbs are put to use as they learn other parts of speech. Their reading skills turn toward improving comprehension. Third graders also learn the multiplication facts and the addition and subtraction of four digit numbers.
Fourth-grade students put their writing skills to use, learning to write good sentences while using proper punctuation and capitalization. In reading, the curriculum emphasizes independent reading for comprehension. Students also develop skills in multiplying three digits, long division, and the English and metric measurement systems.
Language instruction for fifth-grade students is designed to help students develop their grammar skills and practice the writing process. In reading, students build oral, comprehension, and vocabulary skills. Fifth-grade mathematics focuses on the value of place values of whole numbers and decimals as well as further development of multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.
In this significant transition year, students’ understanding of the eight parts of speech is enriched and strengthened. Our reading curriculum uses the reading of good literature to teach moral values through modeling. Comprehension and critical thinking skills are practiced. Our math curriculum emphasizes accuracy, speed, and the development of higher level thinking skills through traditional teaching methods.