Elementary Curriculum

ELEMENTARY ADMINISTRATORS

  • Elementary School Principal - Jessica Hernandez

  • Lower Elementary Lead Teacher - Britney Adams

  • Upper Elementary Lead Teacher - Kristen Carney

PRE-SCHOOL 3 YEAR OLDS (Daycare)

PATHWAYS (Bob Jones University Press)

    Pathways for Preschool is a well-balanced program for K2 and K3. Preschoolers will have lots of fun as they meet daily with their animal friends at the Big Red Barn. Each activity and concept in the program is research-based and developmentally appropriate. Interactive circle times help children learn, grow, and have fun!. With age-appropriate activities that  encourage participation in every major area of learning—personal and social development,  letter and number recognition, and motor skills development. Through the use of ideas, games, songs, and activities, this colorful preschool program will encourage creativity, keep  your preschoolers’ interest, and instill an early love for learning.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN-FOUR YEARS OLD

 

BIBLE TRUTHS (Bob Jones University Press)

Preschoolers learn the truths about Godly character traits with Bible stories for 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 an active, hands-on learning environment that includes individual activities and group activities as well as suggested classroom centers for learning through play. Daily phonics, prereading, and math lessons explore foundational skills while age-appropriate music, science, language arts, social studies, and handwriting segments give young learners opportunities to explore their world. This five-day program includes options for full- or half-day structures. It offers flexibility for all types of learners at all stages of learning.

KINDERGARTEN- FIVE YEARS OLD

 

KINDERGARTEN- FIVE 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 hat 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.

 

FOCUS ON FIVES (Bob Jones University Press)

Focus on Fives starts children on a path for developing learning skills they will need for first grade. Students receive basic age-appropriate introductions to science, social studies, handwriting, phonics, and reading. Fun and exciting learning activities help young students build a foundation in phonemic awareness, reading strategies, listening, and speaking. Worldview shaping begins early with the four key themes addressed throughout the course: God is great, and God is good; God created me and all things; the Bible is God’s Word, and it is true; and I learn in order to serve God and others.

 

Students stay engaged throughout the course through a variety of teaching strategies for all types of learners. Each lesson includes many opportunities for hands-on learning, discovery learning, intentional play, and visual learning.

 

LearninBJU Press phonics teaches students to associate individual letters and

            sounds. Then, it shows them how to recognize phonics patterns through

            word families. This two-part approach prepares students to engage more

            easily with the words they will encounter. This program also builds familiarity with high- frequency words, or service words, which do not follow normal phonics rules.

 

Helpi

ShapingWorldview shaping begins early by encouraging students to apply the four key themes  addressed throughout the course:       

            (1) God is great, and God is good;

            (2) God created me and all things; 

            (3) the Bible is God’s Word, and it is true; and 

            (4) I learn in order to serve God and others.

 

            Each science, heritage studies, phonics, reading lesson includes learning

            objectives that align with all instruction

and assessments.

 

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 reinforce 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.

 

Saxon Math 1 is designed with a balance between mathematical concepts, guided practice, hands on learning, and procedures. It covers the following skills at a beginner level: geoboards, wrap ups, addition & subtraction basic facts 1-18, two-digit addition and subtraction, adding 3 addends, multiplication, division, patterns, shapes, number theory, place value (ones, ten, hundreds), ordinal numbers, calendar work, collecting and sorting data, fraction and decimals, measurements, time, money, geometry, algebra, probability, technology. This course is designed for the taught classroom concepts & hands on materials to connect with the everyday life encounters.

  • Basic addition and subtraction facts to 18

  • Adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers with regrouping

  • Explore multiplication and division by grouping

  • Sort, identify, classify objects for patterning 

  • Skip-count, odd-even patterns with numbers

  • Counting patterns 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s 10’s

  • Introduce number theory 

  • Master place value of whole numbers to hundreds place

  • Identify equal parts— wholes, halves, thirds and fourths

  • Standard measures of length, capacity and weight

  • Tell time to hour, half hour, quarter hour, minutes

  • Count money—pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters

  • Identify geometric shapes

  • Problem solve to find missing numbers in number sentences

  • Read and interpret graphs—bar, tally charts and pictograph

 

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 application, identifying a main idea

Oral Communication

  • Taking part in songs, discussion, 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; syn- onyms; antonyms; pre xes; su xes; 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, glos- sary, calendar, color key, locate information, maps, diagrams 

Fluency

  • Silent Reading: read for under- standing, speci c 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.

Students will learn number recognition, counting and writing numbers through 10,000 and beyond. Also taught are place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, story problems, rounding and estimation. Students will master concepts with fractions, time, measures, temperature, graphs, geometry and classifying and patterns.

  • Numbers and Operations

  • Fractions

  • Money

  • Measurements

  • Geometry

  • Patterns, Algebra and Functions

  • Problem Solving

  • Graphing 

 

 

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 refer- ence; 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 (Bob Jones)

            Handwriting 2 provides detailed direction for good handwriting techniques. Students will practice consistent letter formation for the PreCursive alphabet and transition to the cursive alphabet. Student activities reinforce the basic material and enhance the handwriting educational materials.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES (Bob Jones University Press)

            Concepts covered: changes in communities, how government works, buying and selling, people and places, and American culture 

 

            Core Objectives 

Explain how communities change over time. 

Describe how the United States government works. 

Evaluate the American core values of freedom, equality, individualism, and growth according to biblical teaching. 

Analyze factors that influence where people live. 

Describe influences that have shaped American culture. 

Formulate a biblical view of geography, citizenship, government, and economics. 

Apply reading and social studies skills. 

 

            Pedagogical Techniques 

Activates prior knowledge. 

Encourages active and collaborative learning. 

Develops literacy and visual analysis. 

Introduces students to source materials. 

Examines differing cultural viewpoints. 

Offers opportunities for incorporating technology. 

 

SPELLING (Bob Jones)

Spelling 2 reinforces the most reliable spelling patterns and introduces the most common structural generalizations. Writing weekly journal entries allows your student to apply the spelling and composition skills that he is learning. The student also practices dictionary skills and Bible word studies.

 

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.

            The curriculum focuses on conceptual understanding through problem solving and analysis, while providing appropriate drill and written practice. The lessons include exercises that drill basic facts, review concepts, and utilize problem solving skills through hands-on activities.  Lessons are designed to help students think about what they are doing and make a judgment about the results, therefore, helping students recognize the connection between the math they are learning in school and the math they encounter in everyday life.  The greatest emphasis is on adding, subtracting, multiplication, division, number theory, place value, fractions, time, money, geometry and probability.

  • Strategic approaches for addition and subtraction of 4 digit numbers

  • Identifying and comparing place values up to four digits 

  • Introduction to geometric shapes  & solids, area, perimeter, volume

  • Problem solving strategies to determine time and money

  • Story problems

  • Multiplying 3 digit numbers/dividing by 2 digit numbers

  • Customary and metric measurements 

  • Identifying, writing, comparing, adding and subtracting fractions.  

 

            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, prefixes/suffixes, 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 incorporates the following: biblical worldview shaping, standard English conventions, and writing. The course integrates speaking, listening, and viewing activities into the lessons. Lessons present language skills as essential tools for oral and written communication in five areas of life, encouraging students to formulate a biblical worldview of communication in their lives. Communication is important to help us maintain friendships, interact properly with authorities, get work done, celebrate what we enjoy, and connect with people who are different from us.

 

            Grammar Skills 

            The first grammar chapter provides a foundation in sentence structure and the following grammar chapters methodically introduce each part of speech. The thorough step-by-step Instruction and frequent review reinforces grammatical concepts. 

            The Writing Process 

            The writing process used in every writing chapter is plan, draft, revise, proofread, and publish. The careful explanation of the steps and involvement of peers and teachers through collaboration help students strengthen and refine their writing skills.

            Biblical Worldview Shaping 

            The themes friendship, authority, work, celebration and people are used to address areas of a student’s life where they frequently communicate. These themes help cultivate an   appreciation for the power of language and guidance for using communication to serve     others.

            

            Research 

            Students will learn how to conduct short research projects and take notes on the information. The Study and Research chapter was updated to include accessing and discerning reliable online sources as well as learning about internet safety and electronic catalogs.

 

HANDWRITING (Bob Jones)

            Handwriting 3 reinforces good handwriting habits and establishes a consistent, legible  writing style. Handwriting practices include copying poems, paragraphs, Bible verses, and writing personal compositions.

 

SPELLING (Bob Jones)

            Spelling 3 teaches students to apply more generalizations to word families and give extensive practice in adding suffixes. Expanded dictionary skills, guided journal entries, and Bible word studies are all key components of the 3rd grade spelling educational materials.  Each lesson provides enjoyable activities to help students remember the spelling words they earned.

 

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 (Bob Jones)

            Science 3 helps students develop a biblical worldview as it relates to various science concepts. Students learn where our world came from and how it has changed. They learn to defend the truth that God created all things and how to answer why people are     important. Units cover physical, earth-space, and life sciences. Through STEM, experimentation, inquiry, and additional project- and problem-based learning  activities, students have the opportunity to apply the skills they learn to understand the purpose of science and to develop orderly approaches to problem solving.

            How We Teach It 

Effective questioning strategies encourage discussion and assess understanding. Students will need to consider how to formulate a biblical worldview of science and how to use science to glorify God and help others. 

Learning activities introduce students to STEM, experimentation, and project- and problem-  based learning, which give students an opportunity to apply the engineering design process as well as foundational science inquiry skills to develop orderly approaches to problem solving. 

Guided discovery and inquiry-based learning opportunities encourage skill development as students use their natural curiosity to explore the world and to confront problems. 

Graphic organizers and exciting visuals engage learners and support understanding as they learn how to use skills in visual analysis and read information from visuals. 

 

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.

            The Math course reviews basic mathematical concepts and teaches new concepts such as place value and rounding numbers, estimation, geometry, fractions and decimals, exploring different units of measurement, as well as multi-digit multiplication and division. Emphasis is also placed on hands-on activities and different problem solving techniques.

  • Place Value

  • Addition

  • Subtraction

  • Multiplication

  • Division

  • Geometry

  • Fractions

  • Decimals

  • Measurement

 

READING (Bob Jones University)

Reading 4 supports teachers as they guide students toward lifelong reading success. This engaging, comprehension-based program teaches biblical discernment through teacher-guided instruction; provides silent and oral reading opportunities; builds vocabulary and literary skills; and it develops comprehension through strategies, questions, and activities before, during, and after reading..

Word Recognition

  • Syllable division; accented syllables; primary/secondary ac- cents; 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.

 

SPELLING (Bob Jones)

Spelling 4 introduces new words to master for the 4th-grade level. Word histories and etymologies are presented to build understanding and interest in the English language. Journal entry ideas provide students with weekly writing practice and the opportunity to apply good spelling to their writing. A dictionary skills section is also included to familiarize students with using a dictionary.

 

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.

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.

 

  • Investigation of numbers and operations

  • Algebra, variables, expressions, and equations

  • Problem-solving strategies and estimation

  • Exploration of fractions, decimals, and percentages

  • Standard and metric measurement of time, distance, weight, and scales

  • Investigation of geometric principles and tessellations

  • Data analysis and probability

 

READING (Bob Jones University)

             Equip students to be good communicators with this new comprehension-based reading  program. Each component is designed to support teachers as they guide their students to lifelong reading success. Students will have opportunities to interact with literature and informational texts from a variety of authors and genres. They will focus on practicing reading  strat­egies that improve comprehension. This course also includes three novel studies for leveled differentiation. 

Word Recognition 

  • Syllable division; accented syllables; primary/secondary ac- cents; 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.

 

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 CLASSES

 

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 (Typing Club/Trajectory) 

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 using Typing Club 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 Concord 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.

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/EAGLE FITNESS

The Physical Education/EAGLE FITNESS 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.