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PreK (Ages 3 & 4)

Skills Development

Skills Development times is fun time set aside to strengthen listening, fine motor coordination, eye-hand coordination, visual perception, and writing skills. The children will enjoy the wide variety of activities. If some of the suggested activities do not take the full time allotted, other activities such as art, stencil art, books, building blocks, puzzles, etc. will be exercised.

Phonics/Reading

Using the simple, logical phonics system, children in K4 can learn to read. They begin by mastering the vowels and consonants and their sounds through enjoyable classroom teaching. Forming blends and reading simple words comes naturally after that. During the second semester, the children continue learning phonics and start reading aloud in reading circles. Small, colorful books give them the incentive to work hard at reading.

Writing

K4 students learn to write each of the small letters of the alphabet first. Then they find that it is easy to join most of the letters and that they can write blends and words. K4 lays the foundation for learning the basic cursive writing strokes. These skills will be perfected as they go on into K5, first and second grade. Students learn cursive writing in a program that is correlated with their phonics. As they learn the sound and name of each vowel and consonant, they learn to write the lower-case letters in writing time.

Activity Time/Numbers

In K4, children learn to recognize and understand the concepts of numbers. By the end of the year, they will be able to count from 1-100, recognize 1-20, distinguish before and after numbers, and answer simple combinations. Activity Time involves a number of fun activities, including Show and Tell, telling time, music, poetry and finger plays, drama and nursery rhymes, and art.

Language Development

Interesting material about animals, people, and places make this a very enjoyable time for the children. Language Development Cards will encourage children to think and will also strengthen their vocabulary and language skills.

Kindergarten

Phonics/Reading/Numbers

Kindergarten students learn to read through the use of phonics. As soon as the short sounds of the vowels and the sounds for only three consonants are introduced, they are able to sound out their first words. Later, they learn to read many more words, including words with two vowels and words that contain special sounds. (Special sounds are letter combinations like sh and ar.) Their reading vocabulary naturally grows with each new sound learned.

In numbers, the students learn to count and recognize numbers 1 through 100. Addition concepts are taught up through the sum of 10, and beginning subtraction concepts are introduced. Students also learn to work with telling time and money.

Writing

Students learn cursive writing in a program that is correlated with their phonics. As they learn to recognize the letters of the alphabet and learn what sound they say, they also learn to write them. Later they learn to write blends, words, and sentences.

Skills Development/Activity Time/Language Enrichment

During Skills Development, students learn visual perception skills, motor coordination, and listening/thinking skills. During Activity Time, they enjoy music, art, a unit of Community Helpers, an introduction to American history and geography in America: Our Great Country, and a chance to meet people living in other countries in Children of the World. Second semester, they enjoy learning about the world around them in God’s World. During Language Enrichment, they learn about positional words and opposites, rhyming words and analogies, drama, and poetry. They will also get a chance to share their experiences and ideas during “Telling Time.”

1st Grade

Phonics/ Language/Spelling

Language Arts also includes reading comprehension and creative writing.

Spelling and Poetry provides students with a new list of spelling words to learn weekly. They are acquainted with a variety of good poetry.  Poems have been selected for their beauty of language, aesthetic appeal, literary greatness or character-building qualities. Phonics is taught by orally teaching and reviewing the phonics charts, flashcards, and clue word cards, and by applying the sounds on those charts to other words. Students will memorize the sounds so that they can apply them to new words and thus expand their reading horizons.

Reading

Reading is the foundation upon which much of the first grade curriculum rests. The A Beka Book curriculum utilized the phonetic approach in teaching students to read. Each student will be successful in reading as he masters the application of phonics rules.

Writing

Writing is an importance aspect of a first grader’s education. Writing class will be used to teach and reinforce detailed instructions for the formation of cursive letters.

Arithmetic

Arithmetic includes oral and written review, the introduction of new concepts, and the practice of those concepts. Students do a written speed drill each day to reinforce their addition and subtraction tables. Weekly tests are given to evaluate their comprehension.

Activity Time

Activity Time gives each teacher an opportunity to spend time with her class on things that are helpful and fun for the students. We strive to produce students who are great readers and who enjoy reading. During activity time they will learn about health, science, and history.

2nd Grade

Phonics/ Language

Phonics is taught by orally teaching and reviewing the phonics charts, flashcards, and clue word cards, and by applying the sounds on those charts to other words. Students will memorize the sounds so that they can apply them to new words and thus expand their reading horizons. A spelling list is given weekly and the students are tested on each lesson.

Spelling and Poetry

Spelling and Poetry provides students with a new list of spelling words to learn weekly. They are acquainted with a variety of good poetry.  Poems have been selected for their beauty of language, aesthetic appeal, literary greatness or character-building qualities.

Reading

Reading is the foundation upon which much of the second grade curriculum rests. The A Beka Book curriculum utilized the phonetic approach in teaching students to read. Each student will be successful in reading as he masters the application of phonics rules.

Writing

Writing is an importance aspect of a second grader’s education. They enjoying reviewing cursive writing and learning creative writing skills. Creative writing skills will reinforce punctuation, capitalization, simple sentence structure, titles, and compiling a journal.

Seatwork

Seatwork is the written work students complete at their seats individually. It is designed to help each student develop independent work habits. A variety of activities are included each day to hold the students’ interest and to keep them learning.

Arithmetic

Arithmetic is one of the greatest subjects we emphasis in this curriculum. Separate daily plans and explanations are assigned each day to be exercised.

Science, History, Health

These texts are designed for oral reading. History gives students the record of God’s plan for mankind God’s perfect will and purpose for His creatures. The science curriculum presents God as the great Designer.

3rd Grade

Reading

Students read as a class rather than in reading circles. They read twice each day, once in the morning and then again in the afternoon. During the 1st reading class, students will reread pages they read for homework the night before. For the 1st 10 lessons, phonics is thoroughly reviewed in AM Reading class; then phonics concepts are applied to reading all year. In addition to readers containing a variety of stories, students will use Read and Think Skill Sheets, a book with selections designed to increase their speed and comprehension.

Language

Third grade language is an introduction to English. Students learn basics of capitalization, punctuation, forming plurals, noun/verb usage, etc.  Students also have opportunity to apply what they are learning to creative writing. As part of creative writing, they will keep a journal and learn to write book reports.

Spelling and Poetry

Spelling and Poetry provides students with a new list of spelling words to learn weekly. They are acquainted with a variety of good poetry.  Poems have been selected for their beauty of language, aesthetic appeal, literary greatness or character-building qualities.

Penmanship

Penmanship is important in 3rd grade as students work to master cursive writing skills. One page is completed each day in Cursive Writing Skill book.

Seatwork

Seatwork is written work students do on their own at their seats for 35 minutes in the afternoon. Seatwork provides essential practice in arithmetic, spelling, penmanship, phonics, creative writing, and language. The Seatwork Curriculum correlates all of these areas and gives specific assignments for each day.

Arithmetic

Third graders learn fundamentals of traditional arithmetic. The greatest emphasis is on mastering multiplication and division tables. Students also learn how to solve story problems with more than one step/ how to solve measurements problems. Classes include daily speed drills and weekly tests.

4th Grade

Reading/Language

Students read as a class rather than in reading circles. Students will use Adventures in Other Lands and Read and Think Skill Sheets, books designed to increase their speed and comprehension. In fourth grade Language, students will master subjects, predicates, recognize and use all eight parts of speech, and expand their diagramming skills. They also add to their knowledge of capitalization, punctuation, forming plurals, etc.

Spelling and Poetry

Spelling and Poetry provides students with a new list of spelling words to learn weekly. They are acquainted with a variety of good poetry.  Poems have been selected for their beauty of language, aesthetic appeal, literary greatness or character-building qualities.

Penmanship

Penmanship is important in 4th grade as students work to master cursive writing skills. One page is completed each day in Cursive Writing Skill book. Journal entries and other creative writing assignments are regularly scheduled.

Seatwork

Seatwork is written work students do on their own at their seats for 35 minutes in the afternoon. Seatwork provides essential practice in arithmetic, spelling, penmanship, phonics, creative writing, and language. The Seatwork Curriculum correlates all of these areas and gives specific assignments for each day.

Arithmetic

Fourth graders continue to learn fundamentals of traditional arithmetic. The greatest emphasis is on mastering fractions. Students also learn how to solve story problems with more than one step/ how to solve measurements problems. Classes include daily speed drills and weekly tests.

Science/Health

Students study Science daily for 30 minutes during the 1st semester. They are study insects, plants, birds, matter, energy, geology, oceanography, and astronomy.  Developing Good Health is taught during the 2nd semester of the school year. Students learn about their bones, muscles, respiratory system, teeth, skin, etc.

History

Students study history daily for 30 minutes during the 2nd semester. In history, students learn about people in America who have helped build our country.  Key documents in our country’s history and facts about our states/capitals and presidents are memorized.