Kindergarten Curriculum Overview
The selected Bible stories first focus on our relationship with God and His unconditional love for us as sinners. The focus then shifts to our relationship with others and our world as forgiven children. Strong emphasis is given to the forgiveness we receive through Jesus’ death on the cross. In turn, emphasis is placed on showing forgiveness to those around us in our daily actions.
The goal of Kindergarten Language Arts is to nurture a love of language. Students are surrounded with literature as the starting point for thorough phonetic instruction. This includes letter names and sounds, rhyming, and basic elements of print. Children hear classic and contemporary stories and songs. They are given early reading and writing experiences as well as handwriting instruction. Many of our students are reading by the end of the year.
Experiences manipulating objects form the basis of mathematical instruction. Children estimate, count, measure, compare, problem solve and record their learning. In the process, they enjoy and gain confidence with numbers, shapes, patterns, graphs, processes and money.
Opportunities to develop inquiry skills are imbedded throughout Kindergarten science. Every lesson begins with a hands-on experience. These activities form the foundation for concept development in physical, earth, and life science. Direct instruction provides guided inquiry. Children practice and review each concept. The goal is to develop the child’s sense of wonder and eagerness to explore God’s creation.
Children receive basic introduction to culture, geography, government, citizenship, economics, and history. These are experienced through units entitled “Friends and Family”, “Where We Live”, “Working Together”, “I am a Citizen”, “People Work”, and “Things Change”.
Children are exposed to music in all areas of study. They are given music instruction by a specialized teacher. Kindergarteners are encouraged to experiment with a variety of movement activities in relation to music.
Kindergarten students receive art instruction with a specialist. In addition, children explore the creative process daily in the Art Center. The emphasis is in the process and not the product.
Students will be given opportunity to develop gross motor skills such as swinging, climbing, throwing, and catching by participation in movement activities, recess, and coordination development activities.
Students are given Spanish instruction with a specialized teacher. Basic words are introduced (i.e. numbers and colors) as well as some Spanish and Mexican culture.
Kindergarten is filled with hands-on learning experiences. We visit the farm, attend plays, and participate in school programs.
First Grade Curriculum Overview
Daily Bible lessons and weekly chapel services reinforce familiarity with stories and parables from the Bible. Two lessons are covered weekly, and through Bible reading and practical application, the students are introduced to the different concepts of God’s Law and the Gospel. Students are shown the love God has for them through His son, Jesus Christ.
Reading and spelling are the main focus in the first grade Language Arts program. In addition to reading and spelling, the program stresses the importance of speaking and writing using phonics skills and word recognition.
Mathematics concepts such as addition, subtraction, grouping, graphing, measurement, counting money, fractions, and basic geometry are introduced using concrete and tangible teaching aids.
Science lessons based on units covering trees, sky, pond, geology, properties of matter, and the human body provide the students opportunities for hands-on learning through experimentation and observation.
Social Studies concepts are integrated by studying the development of families, food, clothing, homes, friends, and our country. Famous Americans are also studied.
Rhythm activities for first graders are more complex, yet similar to Kindergarten. Students have many opportunities to hear and respond to the beat and rhythm patterns in a variety of musical styles. Sense of rhythm is developed by singing, playing with instruments, creative movement, and musical games.
Art lessons help students develop a wide appreciation for visual art, introducing the components of art history, aesthetics, and criticism as well as art production. Hands-on experiences include drawing, water color, paper sculpture, paper mache, paper collage, print making, self portraits, sponge painting, paper making, crayon/paint relief, and bead jewelry.
The first grade physical education program is designed to build on all of the skills and learning worked on in Kindergarten and to increase proficiency and capability. Students become more aware of the value and enjoyment of physical activity and will begin using skills in game-like situations.
Spanish is introduced through song, rhyme, rhythm, and familiar fairy tales in the target language. No English is used. Vocabulary builds upon what is familiar in the classroom and is integrated with math, science, and art.
Study skills are encouraged by the use of decoding processes when reading, and by learning to utilize their time to complete assignments and projects. They are also encouraged to work in their study without disturbing others.