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Lower School, K - 5th

Elementary Curriculum 

SuperKids Reading Program

The Superkids® Reading program is a core literacy curriculum for PreK4 through 2nd grade that teaches all aspects of reading seamlessly integrated with the language arts. Built on scientific research and proven pedagogy, it combines rigorous instruction with highly motivating materials.

Why Superkids Works
  • Systematic, Explicit Instruction: The Superkids Reading Program is a system of instruction. The step-by-step lessons build skills systematically as children progress from kindergarten through second grade, creating confident readers.
  • Decodable Text: As children learn new phonetic elements, they immediately apply these skills to engaging decodable literary and informational text. By second grade, children have learned the phonetic elements necessary to read text that isn't phonetically controlled.
  • Integration: Superkids integrates reading, spelling, handwriting, grammar, and composition into one program.
  • Motivation: Children love the engaging Superkids characters. Each character has a unique personality and interests. The Superkids stories capture the universal experiences of childhood.

By the time they finish the program, students have acquired the linguistic understanding required to develop into a fully literate individual. After Superkids, third-graders can read on grade level with accuracy, fluency, and understanding in any reading program.

Reading, 3rd - 6th grade

The reading program beginning in 3rd grade will be based on novel studies. A strong focus will be on fluency, comprehension, analytic reading, and reading aloud, as well as learning to identify different elements of the stories. Novels in class will be a combination of classic and contemporary selections, some read together as a class, others based on student individual selection. A list of novels will be provided for each grade level. Incorporated with the reading is a strong writing program, which includes extensive grammar component.

Singapore Math

The quality of the Singapore Math® program is outstanding. All elementary students in the country of Singapore use Singapore Primary Math. Knowing the high academic standards of the country of Singapore tells us that this program has passed the muster of their best thinkers for their whole nation.

Singapore's system is designed to integrate adult supervision with the independent practice by the students. Their goal is to build a foundation of thinking into the students that will position them for more advanced math. The way Singapore does this is by first introducing students to key concepts with concrete examples and pictures. Then, the student is led progressively and logically to understand the abstract concept.

Singapore Math® is a pleasing balance between drill and creative problem solving. Those who have compared SM with other math curriculum report that Singapore Math® moves the students more quickly and rationally toward abstract concepts. Compared to U.S. materials that cover a larger number of topics rather superficially, SM solidly builds the foundational concepts that will best prepare students for higher math. There is an emphasis on homework and practice, and an effective mix of word problems, drills and mental calculation. The workbooks are designed to be completed by the students without adult assistance, but adult interaction will strengthen the process. This style stimulates clarity of thought, communication skill in the language of mathematics, and adaptability to problem solving.

Instruction can be paced to the needs of each individual student. For most students, two to three pages from the textbooks will be sufficient for each day. Then the accompanying section from the workbook should be completed independently by the student.

Purposeful Design Bible

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. Scripture memory is included each week.

Purposeful Design Science

This science curriculum provides an engaging, hands-on, full-time instructional program that allows students to:

Acquire new information
Gain proficiency in research
Work collaboratively with other students
Think critically
Use scientific tools
Do measurements
Solve problems
Evaluate results
 

This rich curriculum helps our students gain a deeper appreciation of science through observation, experimentation, and analysis. Most of the instruction comes through hands on experimentation and hypothesis.  Our students acquire valuable skills through age-appropriate scientific inquiry while gaining a deeper appreciation of God’s creation.

The Mystery of History

Volume II 

The Mystery of History Volume II (AD 30 – 1456) picks up where the story of Volume I leaves off – at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the first lesson, Acts 1:8 is addressed with the promise of the Father to send the Holy Spirit. It is called the Day of Pentecost. From there, the history of the Early Church really begins. It is not an easy history to digest. It was amid trials, persecution, and martyrdom that the magnificent story of Jesus Christ spread.

Volume II expands on the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the Dark Ages that followed. This text delves into the chivalry of knights and damsels, kings and queens, and the peasants who faithfully served them. Students visit Vikings and villains; castles and crusades; and the poetry of Dante and Chaucer. Beyond Europe, this volume examines the life of Mohammed and the spread of Islam along with the rise and fall of dynasties in Japan and China. In Africa, Volume II looks at the Coptic (Egyptian) Church and Great Zimbabwe in the south. Students will unveil the rituals of the Aztecs and the gold of the Incas in Peru. And in two distant corners of the earth, at nearly the same time, the peoples of New Zealand and Greenland emerge into our view of world history.

All along the way, Volume II of The Mystery of History pauses to hear the voice of God as He speaks through missionaries like Columba, St. Patrick, and Cyril. Students will learn of the struggles within the Medieval church as it grows, expands, and threatens the authority of emperors and kings. This volume ends with the tragic death of Joan of Arc, the fall of Constantinople, and the invention of the printing press that helps spread the Word of God across Europe.

Vocabulary/Spelling

Wordly Wise 3000® 4th Edition provides direct academic vocabulary instruction to develop the critical link between vocabulary and reading comprehension. The robust activities, student engagement, and differentiated instruction provide the flexibility to meet the needs of today’s varying student population.

Peer sharing and interaction allows students to apply and extend their learning while also providing motivation, engagement, and additional support. Students engage with their peers during “Turn and Talk” activities by discussing and acting out word knowledge.

Meet the Masters

Students are introduced to master artists throughout history, and then investigate the techniques which made the particular art and the artist revolutionary. They will work on a mostly self-guided technique packet which will be the pencil-on-paper means for your student to learn from the masters. The worksheets reinforce the material previously presented in Introducing the Masters, and further prepares them for success in the final step—the art project.
After learning the inspiration and techniques of each master, the children are ready for the real fun. THe art studio becomes an exciting place as the teacher leads the students on a step-by-step journey through the art project. Often in the same medium, style or subject matter as the master artist, the students will discover their creativity while developing confidence in their own unique abilities. Training DVDs can assist the teacher with step by step detailed instructions.

Music, Quaver Music 

Quaver brings seriously fun teaching and Learning to the music classroom.  SERIOUS because the teaching resources are academically sound and address grade-appropriate concepts that meet state and national standards. But the Quaver approach to music education is not only serious, it’s also FUN! Teachers enjoy teaching with Quaver resources and their students are motivated to learn, which benefits students beyond the classroom walls. This seriously fun approach serves as a catalyst to strengthen the bond between teacher and students. Quaver tools empower teachers to lead student-centered instruction and form a strong connection with each and every student. The result is more energetic classrooms, far greater student retention, rejuvenated music programs, and a lifelong love of music in their students!

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