“A child trained in righteousness sees God’s creation and learns he is responsible on many fronts to that world for the glory of God. It’s not all about self; it’s about seeing a bigger picture.”**
Friday Folders are used to communicate with parents each child’s weekly progress, with samples of work in each field of study. Frequent notes are sent to keep parents up-to-date of their child’s progress.
Arithmetic Grade 1
"Grade 1 arithmetic students learn concepts including counting, writing and reading numbers, place value, addition and subtraction, money, graphs, measurement, time, temperature, and fractions. There is consistent review. Students explore thematic units such as zoo, farm, ocean, and spring. Applications to real-world situations and "thinking cap" activities are designed to work students' thinking abilities."*
Arithmetic Grade 2
"Students hop around the world through jungles, ponds, and national parks as they sharpen basic arithmetic skills and use them in new areas such as carrying in addition, borrowing in subtraction, and applying fractions."*
Science Cycle 1*
"The studies of plants, animals, insects, energy, health, the seasons, simple machines, squirrels and sunflowers, the five senses and other interesting facts about the world God created! This study provides an excellent introduction to science, with emphasis on building student interest and augmenting students' reading skills. Hands-on activities and demonstrations are included to help students better understand basic science concepts."*
Science Cycle 2*
"In the light of God's design of creation, children study the human body, plants, animals, matter, energy, and space. Reading comprehension is boosted while developing thinking skills as the students research the ‘how and why’ questions behind the basic science concepts of their surroundings. There is hands-on learning and additional activities to foster an interest and appreciation for God's creation."*
Spelling and Poetry Cycle 1*
"Spelling lists contain carefully selected phonics-based word lists, each week emphasizing a phonics rule or special sound. They study advanced/sight words, review lists, and age-appropriate poems to help develop a love for poetry and strengthening memorization abilities."*
"Homework features each word in cursive and in print for recognition of both styles of writing."*
Spelling Cycle 2*
"Spelling includes exercises such as matching, identifying correctly-spelled words, fill-in-the-blank sentences, organizing words by phoneme, drawing pictures for words, and more. A poetry section includes 8 fully-illustrated poems to read. Students have spelling homework -- take-home sheets that feature the spelling words for the week (written in print and cursive) and an illustration. Students practice in cursive writing to strengthen mastery of writing skills. Students will be writing paragraphs in cursive."*
Phonics Cycle 1*
"Phonics gives students the foundational skills of manuscript writing. The work builds progressively, beginning with single letters and progressing to phonics blends, special sounds. Students will learn about letter formation, size, spacing, correct posture for writing, and the correct position for paper and pencil; phonics, spelling, and creative writing skills."*
Phonics and Reading Comprehension Cycle 2*
"Students improve phonics skills while practicing and improving writing skills, and short sentences on center-dashed, marked lines. Lessons then transition into unmarked lines as students practice writing sentences, copying paragraphs, and writing their own stories."*
"Students build reading comprehension skills, general reasoning skills, and they are challenged to begin thinking on a higher level."*
Boys and girls at this age are like sponges. They can consume massive amounts of information.
Language Cycle 1*
"Students will complete reading that will help them use words and express themselves effectively. The children will be able to capitalize significant words; end a sentence with correct punctuation; recognize rhyming words, compound words, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and contractions; use prefixes and suffixes; alphabetize words. They will write original stories on specific topics. Cross-curricular concept integration reinforces reading and comprehension skills.*"
Language Cycle 2*
"Children explore the wonderful gift of the English language! Students receive an excellent foundation in sentence structure, language development, and grammar. They learn the special phonics sounds that will help expand vocabulary, enhance word analysis skills, and increase reading speed. By the end of the year, reading skills will be sharpened, and students will write more clearly, correctly, and concisely."*
History Cycle 1*
"Students take a tour of America that inspires a love for their country! Students learn about America's symbols, history, and places of interest, along with how our country was founded and what our basic freedoms are. They will meet several famous American patriots and learn patriotic songs. Good citizenship is emphasized, and reading skills are developed."*
History Cycle 2*
"Students learn what life was like in our country's early days! Students explore the stories behind our flag, patriotic songs, and holidays, study the lives of the people who contributed to our American heritage---including the Pilgrims, Native Americans, early colonists, pioneers, inventors, athletes, and immigrants."*
Health Unit Cycle 1*
"Students develop good manners, health practices, and safety habits. They will study the importance of eating healthy, taking care of their bodies, being safe at and away from home, and being kind and respectful to the people around them. Students will learn to be accountable for their good habits, and review exercises to help instill basic health and safety practices."*
Health Unit Cycle 2*
"Students learn about health, safety, and manners. From regular flossing to proper eating, from safety procedures at home to safety procedures on the street, from learning to apologize to properly answering the phone, students will learn about common occurrences of life and how to handle them. Students learn and apply concepts that will help them the rest of their lives."*
"Students learn about the people who work in their communities, including their jobs, purpose, and community role. Children will be introduced to community helpers such as ministers, firefighters, police officers, postal employees, teachers, doctors and nurses, dentists, farmers, bakers, and servers and to community leaders such as the mayor. Practical advice about fire safety rules, mealtime manners, ways to stay well, and tooth care habits are included."*
*CYCLES MAY ROTATE EVERY OTHER YEAR
Bible Grade 1
Genesis to Joshua
Children learn the about the origin of the world, develop a foundational understanding of God, and gain a trusting faith in His wonderful promises.
“The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy."
- Psalm 111:7
Bible Grade 2
Judges to Solomon (2 Samuel)
This study helps children learn from the lives of people who struggled with real life issues.
“The things that happened to those people are examples. And they were written down to be warnings for us…
The only temptations that you have are the temptations that all people have. But you can trust God. He will not let you be tempted more than you can stand. But when you are tempted, God will also give you a way to escape that temptation.
Then you will be able to stand it.”
-I Corinthians 10:11-13
**Dr. Dave Bland