Students in grades 2-3 will be placed in classes with students who are around the same age and ability level. For the reading and math courses students are placed in classes that reflect their academic proficiency.
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Spell to Read and Write as well as The Wise Guide to Spelling will be utilized to teach spelling. This is a research based English curriculum that uses systematic instructional techniques to teach students the fundamentals of reading and spelling. In addition to phonics instruction, in each class your child will have the opportunity to gain fluency in reading and to further develop skills associated with vocabulary, grammar, spelling, handwriting, and composition. Students will come to have a new understanding of the English language as they learn phonograms and spelling rules and apply this knowledge to guided reading passages and writing assignments. They will enjoy learning and applying their knowledge through games, activities, songs, and workbook assignments. Students will also be introduced to Latin and Greek roots and be taught the importance of morphology, or the smallest units of a word that carry meaning. As students grow, the study of morphology will be a valuable tool that will be used in other areas of study.
Writing will be largely integrated with both history and literature, students will be taught writing using the Institute for Excellence in Writing: method. They will be taught how to construct a piece of writing, how to create an outline, and how to use an outline as a platform for paragraph writing. They will also be taught how to dress-up their writing through the use of strong verbs, “ly” adverbs, adjectives and prepositions. In addition, students will learn how to decorate their writing with similes, metaphors, alliteration and other literary elements. This integrated introduction to the IEW method will aid students in their understanding of the writing process. s.
Literature: Students in level 2/3 will have the opportunity to read literature selections such as Charlotte's Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Farmer Boy as well as selected historical reads. Literature selections will be accompanied by comprehension guides to help students read with purpose and increase their understanding of the text and projects, which will help to bring the stories to life.
Grammar: Grammar will be taught using First Language Lessons: Book 3 or 4 depending on the student’s level.
Beta: In the Beta level of Math-U-See students will use the knowledge of addition and subtraction that they learned in Alpha and apply it to multi-digit numbers. Additionally, students will gain greater practice solving word problems that involve both addition and subtraction. They will gain automaticity with telling time, adding and subtracting money, measurement, and perimeter. In addition to using Math-U-See, students will also participate in a math meeting where they discuss time, including the days of the week and the months of the year. Students will also enjoy playing games and singing songs as we reinforce our math knowledge and understanding.
Gamma: With a firm grasp on the concepts of addition and subtraction, students are now ready for Gamma. In Gamma, students will apply their knowledge of numbers to multiplication. They will learn and practice single and multiple digit multiplication. In addition they will practice solving real world problems that involve addition, subtraction and multiplication. They will also learn how to find the area of a rectangle. They will begin to explore fractional relationships as well as estimating, interpreting data, and measurement. In addition to using Math-U-See, students will participate in math games and chants, providing them with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to progress to Delta.
Students in all grades will study the same time period of history each year. During the 2022-2023 school year we will use the timeline from The Story of the World: Volume III (Early Modern Time) as the spine of our studies to design a course called People, Places and Themes of the Early Modern Times. In this course we will use literature, picture books, dynamic crafts, lapbook activities, and hands-on projects to explore the people, places and themes related to people around the world, the discovery and colonization of America through the gold rush. Students will delight in this course as we integrate the subjects of Bible, literature, writing, and history to provide students with a rich understanding of the founding of our country. This course will include but is not limited to learning about the Dutch, theMayflower, the First Thanksgiving, Plymouth, Native Americans. Trade, the Revolution, and the Constitution. Students will engage with crafts and games of the time as they explore history through story.
In grades K-3 students will use the content from God’s Design For Life For Beginners, to explore two units of study. In the fall students will learn about the animals and in the spring students will explore plants.
Through the use of story, crafts and song, students will explore the life of Jesus and his teachings as we explore the Gospels.
In grade 2 and 3 students will learn about and apply various techniques, media and processes as they explore their creative sides. Students will continue to “draw what they see” and will also work with pastels, tempera, and watercolor paints. They will gain an understanding of art-related vocabulary as they review color, shape, and line. Projects that introduce them to texture and space will be included. Additionally students will gain an understanding of how the visual arts relate to history and culture as we integrate art with our study of the content that is being studied in our history classes.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16
Students in choir will have the opportunity to explore the voice that God has given them. They will be encouraged to work to develop their vocal technique and musicianship and gain confidence to use their voice to worship joy and vigor.