Elementary School Curriculum
BIBLE: All students, Kindergarten through Fifth grade, will participate in a daily Bible class. A lesson will be presented to students during class time. A chapel program, consisting of scripture, songs of praise, prayer, saying the Pledge of Allegiance, and singing patriotic songs will also be incorporated into the daily schedule.
LANGUAGE ARTS: Kindergarten students will be taught the skills to begin reading. First grade will integrate Reading, Spelling, and Writing to develop a strong foundation in the English language. Second grade will use the A Beka Language 2 for reading, writing, listening, speaking, thinking, and language study. Third through Fifth grades will build on the teaching of previous grades to further develop the listening, speaking, and writing skills of each student in order to teach effective communication. Grammar is also taught and reinforced in the Third through Fifth grades.
WRITING: Kindergarten students will use writing as a part of the reading curriculum. This will help students to learn to read. First grade students will learn correct letter formation using the D’Nealian alphabet and how to develop basic sentence punctuation skills. They will also be encouraged to express ideas through creative writing individually and as a group. Second through Fifth grade students will be taught the writing process. They will participate in handwriting exercises, write in journals, and write stories, poems and reports.
READING: Kindergarten students will be taught alphabet recognition, oral language development, and association of sounds with letters. The students will have the opportunity to read from a variety of first start readers within the Kindergarten library. First grade will continue developing fluency and comprehension in reading through the use of phonics and whole language enrichment. Second grade uses the A Beka Language 2 for reading, writing, listening, speaking, thinking, and language study. Third through Fifth grades are taught reading comprehension and literature using a Houghton Mifflin series along with various supplemental readers. The Second through Fifth grades also participate in the Accelerated Reading program where students can read at their own pace and excel and strengthen reading comprehension skills.
SPELLING: Kindergarten students will concentrate on alphabet recognition to enhance future reading and spelling skills. First grade students will apply phonetics to the spelling process. First through Fifth grades will be assigned a weekly spelling list and will test at the end of each week. These lists will increase in quantity and difficulty with each consecutive grade level. Second through Fifth grades will participate in a Spelling Bee at the end of the school year.
MATHEMATICS: The A Beka curriculum is used for Kindergarten through Fourth grades. Each grade progresses and builds in depth and breadth of knowledge. The Fifth grade uses the Saxon text and covers the following: operations with whole numbers, decimals, factors, fraction concepts, geometry, measurement, ratio and percent, and an introduction to statistics and probability. Emphasis is on incremental development and review.
SCIENCE: Kindergartners are taught Social Studies and Science together. Using a thematic approach, students will learn about animals, our bodies, dinosaurs, space, Colorado and the Old West, sea life, plant life, and weather. In First grade, students are introduced to their environment and how they interact with the world around them. They will study a variety of different animals, seasons, and weather. Second through Fifth grades will study the different aspects of God’s creation with increasing detail as students move up to the next grade level.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Kindergartners are taught Social Studies and Science together. Using a thematic approach, students will learn about animals, our bodies, dinosaurs, space, Colorado and the Old West, sea life, plant life, and weather. In First grade, students are introduced to their environment and how they interact with the world around them. Second through Fourth grades are taught about the history of the United States in progressive detail as they move up to the next grade. Fourth grade will also study Colorado state history. Fifth grade will study Old World History and geography from the appearance of mankind to the modern era.
SPANISH: Spanish is taught to all elementary grades twice per week. Language elements are introduced and reviewed in grades 3 through 5. Conversational Spanish is emphasized.
AUXILARY CLASSES: Art, Computer, Library, Music, and Physical Education classes are offered at different times each week.