cfa Academy

Christian education at every level


Elementary School Administrators

Director of Elementary – Jessica Hernandez

Lower Elementary Lead Teacher – Heather Harrison

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher – Kristen Carney


Pre-K

BIBLE TRUTHS (Bob Jones University Press)

Preschoolers learn the truths about Godly character traits with Bible stories from both the Old and New Testament, age-appropriate application stories, and fun, meaningful reviews.     Character traits are modeled with Biblical examples, engaging review lessons, and real-life application stories.

 

Footsteps for Fours (Bob Jones University Press)

Footsteps for Fours presents interactive, hands-on learning.  Daily math, phonics, and prereading lessons are interspersed with age-appropriate music, science, language arts, Heritage Studies, and handwriting segments.  It is  age-appropriate and provides foundational Christian worldview training.


Kindergarten (5 years Old)

MATH (SAXON)

Saxon Math is designed to support the long-term mastery and applications that will make a difference during testing and in students’ future education and careers.

According to the pedagogy: 

  • Incremental Concepts are taught in small, approachable progressions. 
  • Distributed Increments are spread throughout the year, building in complexity, so that by the end of the year students have reached deep understanding and fluency. 
  • Cumulative Practice and assessments include concepts from the most recent lessons as well as from earlier in the year; ensuring students retain all concepts and can make connections between them.

BEGINNINGS (Bob Jones University Press)

K5 Beginnings is a springboard to a lasting, enthusiastic relationship with reading and writing. Clear instructions are provided for a strong beginning to phonemic awareness, phonics, word families, sight words, early reading, and writing. Engaging themes incorporate science, Heritage Studies, and literature along with stories for listening and reading comprehension. Student involvement is encouraged through theme lessons and group composition of Experience Stories, as well as activities with the Phonics Characters and word cards.

Prereading

  • Print awareness: left-to-right eye progression; visual discrimination; visual memory
  • Reasoning; classifying; sequencing size and shape relationships
  • Rhyming; awareness of author; picture reading
  • Listening comprehension
  • Comparing
  • Following directions; perceiving concepts, such as up/down, hard/soft
  • Alphabet recognition; phonemic awareness

Phonics and Word Perception 

  • Units 1-3: Letter-sound association- consonants and short vowels; words with closed syllable phonograms (examples: _it, _at); plural words with s; compound words.
  • Units 4-6: Letter-sound associations-consonant blends and digraphs, long vowels; r-influenced vowels; special vowel combinations; vowel patters for long vowels (examples: _oke, _o, _oat)

Early Reading Skills

  • Comprehension
  • Predicting outcomes, answering questions after silent reading; sequencing events; developing vocabulary
  • Perceiving relationships; distinguishing reality from fantasy
  • Matching words and pictures; matching sentences and pictures; reading short stories
  • Oral communication and oral reading
  • Discussion; action rhymes; pantomime; retelling stories; reading phonics stories orally

Composition

  • Dictating composed sentences for experience stories; dictating sentence ideas for individual composition; completing sentence starters

Handwriting

  • Letter formation; principles of slant; alignment; spacing

Related Arts

 Art

  • Drawing; painting; making crafts to match the unit themes of lessons (examples: puppets, papier-mâché pig)

Heritage Studies

  • Geography: U.S. landmarks; history: Native Americans, colonial life; culture: families, community helpers, Hispanic culture, Bible times, farming, American celebrations

Science

  • Appreciating God’s creation
  • Learning about birds, bugs, magnets, seasons, water, our bodies, weather, rocks, oceans, sun, moon, planets, and animals
  • Experiencing hands-on activities

Motor Skills

  • Encouraging fine motor skills through prewriting activities, fingerplays, cooking and Learning Station activities, and student activity worksheets
  • Developing gross motor skills during simple games and group activities

BIBLE TRUTHS (Bob Jones University Press)

Students will learn truths from the Bible, beginning with Creation and continuing with a focus on several Old Testament characters, the life of Christ, prayer, and the life of Paul.

Bible Content

  • Chronological and topical study of the Old and New Testaments
  • Bible characters include Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua through Jonah, and Christ
  • Topics include Creation, learning about the Bible, the life of Christ, prayer, and missions
  • Lessons for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter

Character Emphasis

  • Character traits emphasized in application stories correlated with biblical content

Catechism 

  • 50 questions correlated with biblical content

Memory Verses

  • 25 verses or passages

HANDWRITING (A BEKA)

Students learn to write letters in manuscript form as they learn the sounds of the letters.  The course applies writing skills and reinforces recognition as sounds are taught.  In this course, copying letters, blends, words, sentences and stories are introduced and mastered.


First Grade

MATH (SAXON)

Saxon Math is designed to support the long-term mastery and applications that will make a     difference during testing and in students’ future education and careers.

According to the pedagogy: 

  •     Incremental Concepts are taught in small, approachable progressions. 
  •     Distributed Increments are spread throughout the year, building in complexity, so that by the     end of     the year students have reached deep understanding and fluency. 
  • Cumulative Practice and assessments include concepts from the most recent lessons as well as from earlier in the year; ensuring students retain all concepts and can make connections between them.

PHONICS AND ENGLISH (Bob Jones University Press)

Phonics & English 1 provides lessons that combine listening, phonics skills, grammar, oral communication and writing activities. The program emphasizes phonics as the key to word recognition and teaches it in a logical format, through the use of word families. It develops comprehension skills through fun themed lessons.

Prereading Skills

  • Interpreting pictures, sequencing, matching sounds with pictures

Listening

  • Listening enjoyment: songs, stories, poems, nursery rhymes, folktales
  • Listening comprehension: interpreting information, listening for facts and details, following directions, making critical judgments, making applications, identifying a main idea

Oral Communication

  • Taking part in songs, discussions, sharing of ideas, action rhymes, pantomimes, dialogues, and choral readings; retelling stories

Phonemic Awareness and Phonics

  • Using auditory discrimination and letter-sound association for each of the 44 English sounds and their variant spellings
  • Identifying: consonant blends and digraphs, vowel digraphs and diphthongs, r-influenced vowels
  • Recognizing soft and hard c and g, the silent consonants, open and closed syllables
  • Decoding 130 phonograms or word families
  • Developing word-recognition skills
  • Recognizing rhymes; writing analogies
  • Reading phrases and sentences with comprehension

Vocabulary

  • Determining meaning from context
  • Synonyms, antonyms, compound words

Structural Analysis

  • Counting syllables; dividing words: base words, prefixes, suffixes

Study Skills

  • Using alphabetical order, following directions, reading a color key, reading for the main idea

Composition

  • Oral composition: dictating a word, a phrase, and a sentence; describing an experience; sharing an idea
  • Written composition: completing a sentence, a story, and a rhyme; writing complete sentences, stories, letters, poems, a recipe, instructions; journaling; learning the five steps in the writing process

Grammar and Mechanics

  • Capitalization; punctuation: periods, question marks, exclamation points, commas, contractions, possessives
  • Parts of speech: actions words, naming words, describing words
  • Position words; comparatives, superlatives

Reading

  • Reading for comprehension, drawing conclusions

READING (Bob Jones University Press)

The Reading 1 texts contain a variety of colorfully illustrated Bible stories, biographies, fiction, nonfiction articles, poems, and plays. Each selection is developed to incorporate phonics, English skills, word families, and service words. Stories about two Christian families provide good role models. Selections were carefully chosen or written to help students develop a Christian worldview.

Phonics and Word Recognition

  • Review and application of phonics concepts presented in Phonics and English 
  • Word families
  • Consonant sounds: single, blends, digraphs, silent, soft and hard c and g
  • Vowel sounds: short, long, r-influenced, special
  • Open/closed syllables; syllable division
  • Service words

Vocabulary

  • Meaning from context; synonyms; antonyms; prefixes; suffixes; analogies; compound words; contractions; action words; describing words; naming words; riddles; Bible words

Comprehension

  • Literal, interpretive, critical, appreciative levels; biblical truth
  • Interpret pictures; follow directions, sequence; classify; compare and contrast; cause and effect
  • Make inferences; draw conclusions; predict outcomes
  • True/false statements; size/spatial/time relationships; main idea
  • Punctuation; capitalization; sentence sense; comparatives/ superlatives

Literature

  • Reading a variety of genres: realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, fable, folktale, article, Bible account, missionary stories, drama
  • Character traits and motives; setting
  • Fanciful elements; similes 
  • Poetry: rhyme, rhythm, onomatopoeia

Study Skills

  • Alphabetizing, book parts, glossary, calendar, color key, locate information, maps, diagrams 

Fluency

  • Silent Reading: read for understanding, specific information, biblical truth, author’s message 
  • Oral Reading: communicate messsage of the author; language-like flow; communicate meaning, mood; portray characters, emotion; respond to punctuation 

Composition

  • Describe a picture, an experience, an object, a place, and an event
  • Write a newspaper article, a letter, a journal entry, and a poem
  • Complete a sentence and a story frame
  • Write a response to the theme of a story, an event from another point of view, and things learned about God

HANDWRITING (A BEKA)

In the Writing course, students reinforce the proper letter formation and spacing for manuscript writing, which is taught in kindergarten.  The daily writing sheets review the phonics skills starting with letters, blends, words and then sentences.

SOCIAL STUDIES (Bob Jones University Press)

Students will learn with a Christian worldview about civics, culture, economics, geography, and United States history from the Native Americans to the Plymouth Colony from the Heritage Studies curriculum.

Focus

  • Developing a Christian worldview of the family, community, America, and the world Geography
  • Beginning map skills: cardinal directions, map key, continents and oceans, globe
  • Tracing routes
  • Simple mapmaking
  • Reading map symbols

World History

  • Missions
  • Explorers

American History

  • Native Americans
  • Columbus and the New World
  • Settlements: Jamestown and Plymouth

Government

  •  Community, state, and national leaders
  •  The United States capital
  • National symbols and monuments

Economics

  • Needs and wants
  • Trading with the Indians
  • Goods and services

Culture

  • Biblical worldview
  • Changes in technology and transportation
  • Families and family trees
  • Diverse Native American cultures

Social Studies Skills

  •  Primary sources
  • Timeline
  • Compare and contrast, main idea, classification, sequencing
  • Graphic organizers, charts

SPELLING (ACSI – Purposeful Design)

The Spelling course approaches spelling as a literacy skill and strengthens reading and writing. It teaches phonetic patterns, frequency words/sight words, develops vocabulary, and uses the writing process for the students to compose original stories at the beginner level.

SCIENCE (ACSI – Purposeful Design)

In the level one Science course, students are introduced to the wonders of God’s creation through the study of science. Students receive age-appropriate experience with scientific observation and the scientific method.  Life science (animals and the human body), physical science, and earth and space science are each introduced using an integration of vivid photographs, easy-to-understand text, colored worksheets, and engaging hands on activities.

BIBLE (ACSI-Purposeful Design)

This Bible series focuses on the foundational teachings from the Bible about the nature and character of God, the qualities of His people, and His church. Students are given an overview of the Bible, with an emphasis on God's attributes, biblical characters, the early Church, and what it means to know Jesus Christ and live for Him. Included in the series are these key features: 

  • 34 lessons, spanning a week in length, with a specific lesson focus for each day
  • Scripture memory embedded in each week's lesson
  • Vivid, inspiring illustrations that bring Bible truths to life
  • Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter lessons that are stand-alone optional lessons 

Second Grade

MATH (SAXON)

Saxon Math is designed to support the long-term mastery and applications that will make a difference during testing and in students’ future education and careers.

According to the pedagogy: 

  • Incremental Concepts are taught in small, approachable progressions. 
  • Distributed Increments are spread throughout the year, building in complexity, so that by the end of the year students have reached deep understanding and fluency. 
  • Cumulative Practice and assessments include concepts from the most recent lessons as well as from earlier in the year; ensuring students retain all concepts and can make connections between them.

READING (Bob Jones University Press)

Reading texts provide interesting, developmentally appropriate selections from a variety of genres, such as realistic and historical fiction, fables, folktales, Bible accounts, biography, and drama as well as poetry. The reading selections provide a progression of difficulty in readability. Instruction is provided in phonics, oral reading, literary techniques, and comprehension. The selections are sequenced logically for readability and skill progression to help all students succeed.

Phonics and Word Recognition

  • Reteaching of phonics: a review of the forty-four sounds of English with many of the variant spellings
  • Open/closed syllables; counting syllables; syllable division: base words/prefixes/suffixes, VC/ CV pattern, compound words, consonant + -le
  • Service words

Vocabulary

  • Meaning from context; synonyms; antonyms; homophones; prefixes; suffixes; analogies; compound words; contractions

Comprehension

  • Literal and higher-order levels; biblical truth
  • Interpret pictures; follow directions; sequence; classify; compare and contrast; cause and effect; problem and solution
  • Make inferences; draw conclusions; predict outcomes 
  • True/false statements; time/place relationships; relevant information; facts/opinions; main idea 
  • Punctuation; capitalization; abbreviations; comparatives/superlatives; possessives; pronouns; action words; describing words 

Literature 

  • Reading a variety of genres: realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, fable, folktale, tall tale, article, Bible account, biography, poetry, drama, mystery 
  • Main character; character development, motives, traits 
  • Setting; plot; point of view; fanciful elements; idioms; imagery; similes; figurative language 
  • Poetry: rhyme; rhythm; repetition; onomatopoeia; alliteration 

Informed Text Skills

  • Book parts: title, author, illustrator, contents, glossary 
  • Alphabetizing; books of the Bible; calendar; recipe; poem stanzas; hymn stanzas; captions; headings; maps; diagrams; graphs; graphic organizers 

Fluency

  • Silent Reading: read for understanding, specific information, biblical truth, author’s message 
  • Oral Reading: communicate message of the author; language-like flow; communicate meaning, mood; portray characters, emotion; respond to punctuation; convey dialogue 

Composition

  • Writing in response to reading
  • Descriptions; personal experiences, poems
  • Alternate story ending

WRITING AND GRAMMAR (Bob Jones University Press) 

English 2 Student Worktext places the emphasis on traditional grammar as well as practice with vital reference skills and step-by-step use of the Writing Process for eight different types of writing assignments, such as friendly letter, make-believe story, descriptive paragraph, and more. The student worktext provides guided practice, independent practice, chapter reviews, and cumulative reviews. Located at the back of the worktext, the Writing Handbook contains a thesaurus and writing models, and the Grammar Handbook contains a lists of abbreviations, prepositions, homophones, and diagramming models.

Parts of Speech 

  • Noun: common, proper, singular, plural, abbreviation 
  • Verb: action, linking, present and past tenses 
  • Pronoun 
  • Adjective 

Sentence Structure 

  • Sentence; fragment; subject part and action part; types: telling, question, command, strong feeling 

Mechanics 

  • Capitalization: proper nouns, titles, abbreviations, initials, book titles 
  • Punctuation: period, question mark, exclamation point, comma, apostrophe in contractions 

Usage 

  • Homophones; pronoun reference; contractions; double negatives 

Writing Skills 

  • Using a thesaurus
  • Planning: word web, time-order chart, story map, senses chart, note cards
  • Revising; proofreading: proofreading marks; writing conference 

Writing Projects 

  • Personal narrative; instructions; couplet; shape poem; book report; friendly letter; make-believe story; description; research report 

Study & Reference Skills 

  • Reference skills: parts of a book: title page, table of contents; phone directory 
  • Dictionary skills: alphabetical order, guide words, parts of an entry 
  • Study skills: taking notes 

Listening & Speaking Skills 

  • Listening skills; speaking skills; listening for the main idea; phone messages; oral book report 

HANDWRITING (A BEKA)

Students review manuscript letter formation and are taught cursive writing. Neatness and spacing are emphasized.

SOCIAL STUDIES (Bob Jones University Press)

Creation, the Fall, and Redemption, are reviewed.  Then, students are introduced to the early days of American when the Native Americans lived here.  They will explore the forming of the colonies and the founding of the United States of America-all within a Christian worldview.

Focus

  • Developing a Christian perspective on United States history from Native Americans to the             founding of the independent nation.

Geography

  • Map skills: compass rose, keys, landforms, bodies of water, landform map, map grid, globe
  • Climate

American History

  • Founding of the colonies
  • Immigration
  • Revolutionary War

Government

  • Constitutional Convention
  • Laws
  • Leaders
  • Rights and responsibilities of a citizen
  • Constitution
  • First President

Economics

  • Economics in a community and in the colonies

Culture

  • Native American cultures

SPELLING (ACSI-Purposeful Design)

A new set of spelling words is introduced to the students each week for study and testing. Words are based upon phonetic sounds as well as sight words and vocabulary words.

SCIENCE (ACSI – Purposeful Design)

Building on level one, this course helps students gain a deeper appreciation of God’s Creation through scientific observation, experimentation, and analysis.  Life science, physical science, earth science, and human body topics are explored using vivid power point presentations, worksheets, hands-on activities, and journaling.

BIBLE (ACSI-Purposeful Design)

This Bible series focuses on the foundational teachings from the Bible about the nature and character of God, the qualities of His people, and His church. Students are given an overview of the Bible, with an emphasis on God's attributes, biblical characters, the early Church, and what it means to know Jesus Christ and live for Him. Included in the series are these key features: 

  • 34 lessons, spanning a week in length, with a specific lesson focus for each day 
  • Scripture memory embedded in each week's lesson 
  • Vivid, inspiring illustrations that bring Bible truths to life 
  • Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter lessons that are stand-alone optional lessons 

Third Grade

MATH (SAXON)

Saxon Math is designed to support the long-term mastery and applications that will make a difference during testing and in students’ future education and careers.

According to the pedagogy: 

  • Incremental Concepts are taught in small, approachable progressions. 
  • Distributed Increments are spread throughout the year, building in complexity, so that by the end of the year students have reached deep understanding and fluency. 
  • Cumulative Practice and assessments include concepts from the most recent lessons as well as from earlier in the year; ensuring students retain all concepts and can make connections between them.

READING (Bob Jones University)

Reading 3 Student Reader 3A (3rd ed.) contains developmentally appropriate selections from a variety of genres with a progression of difficulty in readability and skills to provide success for every student. New Bible retellings closely follow the text in Scripture. Feature pages are included before and after selections to highlight literary skills, comprehension questions, and vocabulary.

Phonics and Word Recognition

  • Phonics review; introduction of additional variant spellings
  • Syllable division: base words/prefixes/suffixes, VC/CV pattern, compound words, two-syllable words, words ending with –tion; consonants + le; schwa syllables
  • Service words review

Vocabulary

  • Meaning from context; synonyms; antonyms; analogies; compound words; contractions

Comprehension

  • Literal and higher-order levels; biblical truth
  • Sequence; classify; compare and contrast; cause and effect; problem and solution
  • Make inferences; draw conclusions; predict outcomes
  • Time/place relationships; relevant information; facts/opinions; main idea
  • Punctuation; capitalization; abbreviations; comparatives/ superlatives; possessives; pro- nouns; verbs; adverbs; adjectives 

Literature 

  • Reading a variety of genres: realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, fable, folktale, tall tale, article, Bible account, biography, poetry, play, nonfiction, legend 
  • Main character; character development, motives, traits 
  • Setting; plot; conflict; point of view; foreshadowing; fanciful elements
  • Idioms; imagery; personification; metaphor; simile; humor; sarcasm; suspense 
  • Poetry: rhyme; rhythm; onomatopoeia; alliteration; quatrains 

Study Skills 

  • Book parts: contents; glossary
  • Encyclopedia; Bible concordance; cross-references; biographical dictionary; newspaper; classified ad 
  • Skimming; scanning; PQ3R study method 
  • Calendar; maps; diagrams; graphs; timeline; schedule 

Fluency 

  • Silent Reading: read for understanding, specific information, biblical truth, author’s message 
  • Oral Reading: communicate message of the author; language-like flow; communicate meaning, mood; portray characters, emotion, motive; respond to punctuation; choral reading 

Composition

  • Poetry; simile; rhyming riddles; alliterative phrases 
  • News article; classified ad; personal experience; journal entry; friendly letter; persuasive essay; descriptive paragraph 
  • Story mapping; play writing; tall tale; research writing; decree/law; financial report 

WRITING AND GRAMMAR (Bob Jones University Press)

English 3 Student Worktext (2nd ed.) emphasizes traditional grammar as well as practice with vital reference skills and step-by-step use of the Writing Process for eight different types of writing assignments, such as game instructions, book reports, compare-contract essay, and more. The student worktext provides guided practice, independent practice, chapter reviews, and cumulative reviews. Located at the back of the worktext, the Writing Handbook contains a thesaurus and writing models, and the Grammar Handbook contains a lists of abbreviations, prepositions, homophones, and diagramming models.

Parts of Speech 

  • Noun: common, proper, singular, plural, possessive; abbreviation 
  • Verb: action, linking, helping; present, past, and future tenses 
  • Pronoun: subject, object, possessive adjective; adverb 

Sentence Structure

  • Sentence; fragment; run-on sentence; compound sentence
  • Sentence parts: complete subject, complete predicate, simple subject, simple predicate 
  • Sentence types: declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory 
  • Compound subjects; compound predicates; diagramming 

Mechanics 

  • Capitalization: proper nouns, titles, abbreviations, initials, book titles 
  • Punctuation: period, question mark, exclamation point, comma, apostrophe, quotation marks 

Usage 

  • Homophones; pronoun reference; contractions; subject/verb agreement; prefixes; suffixes 

Writing Skills 

  • Using a thesaurus
  • Planning: word web, time-order chart, opinion chart, story map, plot pyramid, Venn diagram 
  • Revising; proofreading: proofreading marks; writing conferences 

Writing Projects 

  • Game instructions; friendly letter with personal narrative; persuasive essay; realistic fiction story; book report; sound poem; research report; compare-contrast essay 

Study & Reference Skills 

  • Reference skills: parts of a book: title page, table of contents, index; library: electronic catalog; encyclopedia; atlas 
  • Dictionary skills: alphabetical order, guide words, parts of an entry, multiple definitions 
  • Study skills: taking notes 

Listening & Speaking Skills 

  • Listening skills; speaking skills: making an introduction 

HANDWRITING (A BEKA)

Third graders continue instruction and practice of cursive penmanship skills.  A thorough review of letter formation with emphasis on correct slant, spacing and proportion is included.  

SPELLING (ACSI-Purposeful Design)

This series approaches spelling as a critical literacy skill that strengthens reading and writing ability.  Spelling strategies such as word sorting by phonetic pattern, developing vocabulary through word study, and using the writing process to compose original stories pervade the books. Lesson activities strengthen the students’ skills in decoding, encoding, vocabulary, word building, proof reading, and creative word application in daily writing.

SOCIAL STUDIES (Bob Jones University Press)

Students will learn through a Biblical perspective of the growing pains of the new nation,     from the Constitutional Convention through the Civil War.  They will study the role of     significant Christians in American history and their viewpoints on historical events.     Included are patriotic songs, artwork, maps, graphs, photos and hands-on activities.

Focus

  • Learning about the founding and growth of a new nation from a Christian perspective

Geography

  • Map skills: cardinal and intermediate directions, grids, globe, latitude and longitude,     hemispheres, landforms, prime meridian, equator, and population map

Social Studies Skills

  • Primary and secondary sources; renewable and nonrenewable resources
  • Charts and graphs: timeline
  • Fact and opinion, cause and effect, compare and contrast

American History

  • America’s beginning
  • Trail of Tears
  • Wars: Revolutionary War, French and Indian War, War with Great Britain, and Civil War

Communication and Transportation

  • Inventions
  • Western Expansion

Government

  • Constitutional Convention
  • Bill of Rights
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Preamble
  • Political parties, Electoral College

Economics

  • Cost and benefits
  • Imports and exports
  • Planning a budget

Culture

  • Songs: patriotic, folk, hymns
  • Flag etiquette
  • Food sampling

SCIENCE (ACSI–Purposeful Design)

Level Three science helps students gain a deeper appreciation of God’s creation through age-appropriate scientific inquiry. Students will: acquire new information, gain proficiency in research, work collaboratively with other students, think critically, use scientific tools, do measurements, solve problems, and evaluate results. Lessons include: life science, physical science, earth and space science, and the human body.

BIBLE (ACSI-Purposeful Design)

This Bible series focuses on the foundational teachings from the Bible about the nature and character of God, the qualities of His people, and His church. Students are given an overview of the Bible, with an emphasis on God's attributes, biblical characters, the early Church, and what it means to know Jesus Christ and live for Him. Included in the series are these key features: 

  • 34 lessons, spanning a week in length, with a specific lesson focus for each day 
  • Scripture memory embedded in each week's lesson 
  • Vivid, inspiring illustrations that bring Bible truths to life 
  • Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter lessons that are stand-alone optional lessons

Fourth Grade

MATH (SAXON)

Saxon Math is designed to support the long-term mastery and applications that will make a difference during testing and in students’ future education and careers. Students develop a greater understanding of math concepts such as: multiplication and multiplication patterns, division, fractions, decimals & percents, word problems involving all mathematical operations, measurement, and geometric concepts.

READING (Bob Jones University)

Reading 4 provides engaging reading material for the 4th-grade level. Presented in a colorfully illustrated format, the literature selections and poems are designed to increase reading comprehension, build vocabulary, and develop an interest in reading.

Word Recognition

  • Syllable division; accented syllables; primary/secondary accents; shift in accent; base words/ prefixes/suffixes; schwa syllables
  • Optional remedial phonics

Vocabulary

  • Meaning from context; synonyms; antonyms; analogies; Greek and Latin roots; multiple meanings

Comprehension

  • Literal and higher-order levels; biblical truth
  • Sequence; classify; compare and contrast; cause and effect; problem and solution
  • Make inferences; draw conclusions; predict outcomes
  • Place/size/time relationships; relevant/irrelevant information; facts/opinions; main idea; dialect; discernment; sense of history

Literature

  • Reading a variety of genres: fiction, realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, folktale, tall tale, article, Bible account, biography, poetry, play, legend, regional realism 
  • Main character; character motives, traits, growth, and change 
  • Setting; plot; conflict; crisis; point of view; foreshadowing; flashback; good/evil elements; moral; mood; suspense 
  • Idioms; imagery; personification; metaphor; simile; hyperbole; exaggeration 
  • Poetry: rhyme; onomatopoeia; haiku 

Study Skills 

  • Glossary; encyclopedia; types of dictionaries; Bible study; cross-references; card catalog; Dewey decimal system; captions; headlines; subtitles 
  • Skimming; scanning; PQ3R study method; outlining; paraphrasing 
  • Maps; diagrams; graphs; charts; timeline; schedules 

Fluency 

  • Silent Reading: for information, entertainment, understanding, spiritual growth, author’s message, biblical truth 
  • Oral Reading: communicate author’s message; communicate mood and motive; convey emotion; portray character; convey meaning of Scripture; voice inflection; volume and pacing 

Composition 

  • Metaphor; simile; limerick; song; character sketch; fable; short story; tall tale; folktale; animal tales 
  • Caption; dialogue; reading response; compare/contrast; problem/solution 
  • Descriptive paragraph; personal experience; journal entry; friendly letter; writing directions; map drawing; diagram description; research writing; interview 

WRITING AND GRAMMAR (Bob Jones University)

English 4 places an emphasis on English grammar and usage as well as practice with essential reference skills for using dictionaries and encyclopedias. Parts of speech and sentence structures are examined in detail to help students gain a mastery of grammar. The Writing Process is explained step-by-step to be implemented in a variety of writing assignments, such as a personal narrative, a research report, and a business letter.

Parts of Speech 

  • Noun: common, proper, singular, plural, possessive; abbreviation; as a subject, object, and predicate noun 
  • Verb: action, linking, helping; present, past, and future tenses 
  • Pronoun: subject, object, possessive 
  • Adjective: article, predicate adjective 
  • Adverb; preposition 

Sentence Structure 

  • Sentence; fragment; run-on sentence; compound sentence 
  • Sentence parts: complete subject, complete predicate, simple subject, simple predicate 
  • Compound subjects; compound predicates; clauses: independent, dependent; introductory phrases; prepositional phrases; diagramming 

Mechanics 

  • Capitalization: proper nouns, titles, abbreviations 
  • Punctuation: period, question mark, exclamation point, comma, apostrophe 

Usage 

  • Homophones, pronoun reference; contractions; often-confused verbs; double negatives; prefixes; suffixes 

Writing Skills 

  • Using a thesaurus
  • Planning: word web, time-order chart, opinion chart, character web, plot pyramid, events/details chart, T-chart, Venn diagram, outline 
  • Revising; proofreading: proof- reading marks; writing conferences; writing a bibliography 

Writing Projects 

  • Personal narrative; friendly letter with instructions; compare- contrast essay; book review; tall tale; research report; business letter; haiku; acrostic poem 

Study & Reference Skills 

  • Reference skills: parts of a book: title page, table of contents, glossary; library: electronic catalog; encyclopedia; atlas; periodicals 
  • Dictionary skills: alphabetical order, guide words, parts of an entry, multiple definitions 
  • Study skills: taking notes, outline 

Listening & Speaking Skills 

  • Speaking skill: read a narrative aloud 

SPELLING (ACSI-Purposeful Design)

The five-day instructional format of the word list lessons begins with the “Warm Up” (Pretest) and concludes with the “Wrap Up” (Posttest) on Fridays. Throughout the week the focus is on phonics instruction, and word study. Lesson activities strengthen the students’ skills in decoding, encoding, vocabulary, word building, proof reading, and creative word application in daily writing.

SOCIAL STUDIES (Bob Jones University Press)

Students will study the founding of America to World War II-all from a Biblical perspective.  Students will study the regions of the United States.  A timeline is included throughout the study.  Map study is included throughout the year.

Focus

  •  Developing a biblical worldview through the study of American history

Geography

  • Map skills: hemispheres, equator, latitude/longitude, and prime meridian
  • Natural resources; climates
  • Regions

World History

  • World War I
  • World War II

American History

  • Indians
  • The fifty states (states, history, landmarks)
  • Inventions: communication, transportation
  • American Industrial Revolution
  • Spanish-American War
  • Civil War
  • Revolutionary War
  • War of 1812
  • Territories

Government

  • Branches of American government
  • Voting
  • Citizenship

Economics

  • Stock market
  • Supply and demand

Culture

  • Languages
  • Adjustment of immigrants in America
  • Evangelism and missionary work

Social Studies

  • Cause and effect
  • Timeline
  • Primary sources

SCIENCE (ACSI-Purposeful Design)

This course is an engaging hands-on program that encourages students to:  acquire new information, gain proficiency in research, work collaboratively with other students, think critically, use scientific tools, do measurements, solve problems, and evaluate results. Life science, physical science, earth and space science, and the human body are all studied with an emphasis on experimentation and observation.

BIBLE (POSITIVE ACTION FOR CHRIST)

Bible is a daily class, which introduces Bible truths showing students how God wants them to live. Scripture reading, memorization and discussion help students develop practical life application. 

 


Fifth Grade

MATH (SAXON)

Saxon Math's integrated and distributed instructional plan helps all students achieve mastery of the standards by building in TIME to learn, TIME to process, and TIME to practice.

This course reinforces and builds foundational concepts, supplies real world problem solving and applications, and teaches students to communicate mathematically.

READING (Bob Jones University)

Reading 5 provides engaging reading material for the 5th grade level. Presented in a colorful, richly illustrated format, the literature selections help students build reading comprehension, exercise critical thinking skills, and cultivate an appreciation of literature.

Word Recognition 

  • Syllable division; accented syllables; primary/secondary accents; shift in accent; base words/ prefixes/suffixes; schwa syllables 
  • Optional remedial phonics 

Vocabulary 

  • Meaning from context; synonyms; antonyms; analogies; Greek and Latin roots; adverbs; adjectives; acronyms; contractions 

Comprehension 

  • Literal and higher-order levels; biblical truth 
  • Sequence; classify; compare and contrast; cause and effect; problem and solution 
  • Draw conclusions; predict/evaluate outcomes; make judgments; allegorical comparisons 
  • Relevant/irrelevant information; facts/opinions; main idea; dialect; discernment; sense of history 

Literature 

  • Reading a variety of genres: fiction, realistic fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, folktale, fables, article, Bible account, biography, poetry, legend, narrative, parable
  • Main and lesser characters; character motives, traits, growth and change
  • Setting; plot; conflict; crisis; point of view; moral; mood; suspense; resolution; theme; symbols
  • Author biographies; allegorical setting; propaganda
  • Idiom; imagery; figurative language; metaphor; simile; hyperbole; allusion; understatement; humor 
  • Poetry: rhyme patterns; onomatopoeia; alliteration; assonance; enjambment 

Study Skills 

  • Glossary; index; encyclopedia; dictionary; Bible study; cross- references; card catalog; Dewey decimal system; atlas; captions; headlines; subheadings 
  • Skimming; scanning; PQ3R study method; outlining; paraphrasing; note taking; summarizing; topic sentence; listening strategy 
  • Maps; diagrams; graphs; charts; timeline, tables 

Fluency 

  • Silent Reading: for information, entertainment, understanding, spiritual growth, author’s message, biblical truth 
  • Oral Reading: communicate author’s message; communicate mood, motive, meaning; convey emotion; portray character, voice expression; volume and rate 

Composition 

  • Book review; character sketch; writing in response to reading; brainstorming ideas 
  • Plot; caption; dialogue; alliteration; assonance; simile; dialect
  • Short story; fable; parable; play; folktale; legend; modern realistic fiction
  • Biography; descriptive paragraph; note of apology; fact/opinion; journal entry; speech writing; a personal experience; friendly letter 
  • Summary; writing directions/process; advertisement; news article; tables/charts; research writing 

WRITING AND GRAMMAR (Bob Jones University Press)

English 5 studies traditional grammar and guides students through the step-by-step use of the Writing Process for a variety of writing assignments, such as compare-contrast essays, persuasive business letters, research reports, and more. The student worktext provides guided practice, independent practice, chapter reviews, and cumulative reviews. The elementary English educational materials provides a good balance of grammar and writing instruction.

Parts of Speech 

  • Noun: common, proper, singular, plural, possessive; abbreviation; as a subject, object, and predicate noun 
  • Verb: action, linking, helping; present, past, future, perfect tenses 
  • Pronoun: subject, object, possessive, reflexive 
  • Adjective: article, demonstrative, proper, predicate adjective; adverb 
  • Preposition; conjunction: coordinating, subordinating 

Sentence Structure 

  • Sentence: simple, compound, complex; fragment; subject part, simple subject, predicate, simple predicate 
  • Sentence types: declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory 
  • Compound subjects; compound predicates; clauses: independent, dependent; phrases: introductory, prepositional; diagramming; basic sentence patterns 

Mechanics 

  • Capitalization: proper nouns, titles, abbreviations, initials 
  • Punctuation: period, question mark, exclamation point, comma, apostrophe 

Usage 

  • Homophones, pronoun reference; subject/verb agreement; contractions; prefixes; suffixes 

Writing Skills 

  • Using a thesaurus; avoiding dishonest tactics in persuasion 
  • Planning: word web, time-order chart, opinion chart, scene map, events/details chart, T-chart, Venn diagram, outline 
  • Revising; proofreading: proof- reading marks; writing conferences; writing a bibliography 

Writing Projects 

  • Compare-contrast essay; persuasive business letter; diamante; sense poem; personal narrative; book review; research report; imaginative instructions; play 

Study & Reference Skills 

  • Reference skills: parts of a book: title page, table of contents, index, glossary, bibliography; encyclopedia; periodicals; library: electronic catalog; atlas; almanac; textbook 
  • Dictionary skills: guide words, parts of an entry, multiple definitions, multiple entries (homographs) 
  • Study skills: taking notes, outline 

Listening & Speaking Skills 

  • Speaking skills: oral-book review, presenting a play 

SPELLING (ACSI-Purposeful Design)

The five-day instructional format of the word list lessons begins with the “Warm Up” (Pretest) and concludes with the “Wrap Up” (Posttest) on Fridays. Throughout the week the focus is on phonics instruction, and word study. Lesson activities strengthen the students’ skills in decoding, encoding, vocabulary, word building, proof reading, and creative word application in daily writing

SOCIAL STUDIES (Bob Jones University Press)

Students will study the roots of contemporary United States struggles and the blossoming of American enterprise from the early 1900s to the year 2009.  Topics are presented from a Biblical perspective and include the influence of the automobile and airplane, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, struggles over civil rights and the significant wars from the time period.

Time Period

  • (ca. 1400) to the present

Map Skills

  • Cardinal and intermediate, map symbols and key, map scales, map grids, latitude and longitude, time zones

Kinds of Maps

  • Globe, historical, physical and relief, road map, distribution map, political, map projection, regions/ state capitals

American History

  • Chronlogical presentaion
  • Events and personalities from pre-Columbus to the present
  • Biblical evaluations of events, actions, and attitudes

Government

  • Biblical philosophy
  • Roles of the three branches of government

Economics

  • Inventions
  • Stock market
  • Supply and demand

Culture

  • Languages
  • Religions
  • Customs

SCIENCE (ACSI-Purposeful Design)

This course is an engaging hands-on program that encourages students to: acquire new information, gain proficiency in research, work collaboratively with other students, think critically, use scientific tools, do measurements, solve problems, and evaluate results. Life science, physical science, earth and space science, and the human body are all studied with an emphasis on experimentation and observation.

BIBLE (Positive Action for Christ)

Possessing the Land - The Bible course includes prayer and weekly Scripture memorization.  The students’ study of God’s Word consists of studying the characters of the Old Testament: Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, judges, kings, and prophets.   Spiritual life applications are included in each lesson, and students memorize weekly Bible verses and take weekly quizzes. Students also attend weekly chapel services and have the opportunity to serve on the praise, puppet, and sound ministry teams during this fifth grade year.


Enrichment

ART

The Art program is designed to help students acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to express their talents through art.  This process will encourage the development of their perception, judgment, creativity and imagination.  The students will learn basic art concepts through a progression of age appropriate projects, using a wide variety of media.

BAND

Students will learn the fundamental skills needed to play in a band setting.  The teacher will develop the student as a musician, through practice and by playing a wide variety of music, to help the student perform to the best of his/her ability.  This course is offered to fifth grade only.

COMPUTER (TECHNO – KIDS) 

The Computer course is designed to develop computer skills at the early age of Kindergarten five.  Elementary Computer is a building block that goes through the fifth grade.  Computer is a resource lab that reinforces the students’ knowledge for every grade level.  They will begin doing basic keyboarding and undertake a series of projects that teach various computer skills and programs while learning facts that will support their overall education.  Each project is designed to allow the students to work in cooperation with other students in doing research on the Internet, documenting their findings in databases they create, typing their results (word processing) and sharing their results in multi-media presentations.  

LIBRARY

In the Library students are introduced to the world of books in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Students in 1st-5th grades have the opportunity to check out books bi-weekly.  They may choose from picture books, early readers, beginning chapter books, non-fiction books and biographies. Bi-weekly check out encourages students to choose a variety of books throughout the school year.

MUSIC

The Elementary Music program at cfa Academy is designed to give the students a fun, interactive way to experience music in a variety of ways.  Students will not only learn about music theory, vocal development and musical theater, but will also learn how the philosophies and concepts of these subjects can be practically integrated in our everyday lives.  The music program will teach students to do everything with excellence, whether it be through singing, leading worship, acting or even writing songs.  The concepts learned in music class will lay a solid foundation for the next step in each student’s journey through the arts. 

SPANISH

The Spanish program in the elementary is designed to give the students a familiarity with the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Each year, students will review past lessons before continuing to advance in preparation for middle and high school Spanish.

EXCELLENCE IN WRITING

This writing program for students lays a solid foundation of writing skills.  Students learn to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in composition.  This method has proven effective to even the most reluctant writers.  It incrementally inspires and transforms students as they write with clear structure and compelling style.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The Physical Education program in the elementary is designed to encourage students to develop a healthy lifestyle of physical activity.  Teamwork and healthy competition are taught through team games and activities.  Personal responsibility and discipline are encouraged through individual activities and exercises.