Students in grades K-1 will be placed in classes with students who are around the same age and ability level. For reading and math, students are placed in level that reflect their academic proficiency. If students are not able to work within the levels that are offered, it will be considered tutoring and additional fees may apply.
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In grades K and one, students will be taught using The Logic of English: Foundations program. This program will provide students with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to help them to become successful readers. This multisensory approach to teaching both reading and spelling will transform the way students perceive the English Language. Systematic instruction in phonemic awareness, spelling rules, and handwriting will provide strong skill development and help to lead students to a broader understanding of the English language. Students will enjoy learning through songs, playing games, and reading stories together. In addition to teaching reading, spelling, and writing, students will be taught basic grammar skills, develop a stronger vocabulary, and be instructed in reading comprehension as they acquire skills and strategies. As students work through this program they will gain confidence in their ability to navigate the written word. Students will also enjoy various read-alouds and read-alongs from selected classic children’s literature.
In the level one class students will be learning from “Foundations A and B or Foundations B and C” depending upon their readiness level. In this course we will cover the introduction and systematic practice of the 77 phonograms. Readers at this level are written by Logic of English. They are designed to provide systematic practice of the phonograms and spelling patterns taught in class.
In the level one course first and second grade, students are introduced to great stories through the Veritas Press: First Favorites collection. This collection uses great literature such as Curious George, Henry and Mudge, Little Bear, Miss. Nelson is Missing, Stone Soup and many more. This great introduction to classic literature sparks the imagination and provides a solid framework for class projects, hands-on activities, the development of comprehension skills, handwriting practice and following directions.
For grammar we use First Language Lessons which is “a complete grammar text for young students, that uses dictation, narration, picture study, and other classical techniques to develop language ability.”
All new students will obtain placement testing to assure that they are placed in the appropriate math class. For levels K-1, the following courses will be offered.
Alpha: In the Alpha level of Math-U-See students will come to understand numbers as they learn about both numerical value and place value. They will learn fun songs to help them remember how to count in various number patterns and will apply this knowledge as they begin to add and subtract single digit numbers. They will also learn how to tell time, how to use a ruler to make basic measurements, explore simple fractions, and practice reading and solving word problems. In addition to using Math-U-See, students will participate in a math meeting where they will discuss telling time, the days of the week and the months of the year. Students will enjoy playing games and singing songs as we reinforce their understanding of a variety of math concepts.
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.
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 as well as the discovery and colonization of America through the gold rush. Students will delight in this course as we integrate the subjects of Bible 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, the Mayflower, the First Thanksgiving, Plymouth, Native Americans, trade, the American Revolution, and the Constitution. Students will engage with crafts and games of the time as they explore history through story.
(A complete book list will be available)
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 The Children’s Story Bible, crafts, and song; students will explore the life of Jesus and his teachings.
In art class students will enjoy learning the grammar of the subject as we explore color, shape, and line. Students will begin to understand the correlation of drawing and seeing and will be taught to reproduce objects using basic lines and shapes. They will practice skills relating to eye-hand coordination and increase their fine and gross motor development. They will also explore art as it relates to the history of the early modern times through examining examples of the art of that time period and participating in projects and activities as we make cross curricular connections.
Students in this level will explore the fascinating core elements of music by exploring melody through songs, rhythm through chanting rhymes and poetry, form through movement, and texture through instrumental exploration. The exploration of these concepts will lead to the concrete language of music.
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