Lower Elementary Curriculum
Language Arts is an umbrella-term for classes having to do with subjects based around the English language, reading, writing, and spelling. Since these are foundational skills, a large amount of time is devoted to Language Arts each day. We use the Spelling You See curriculum for spelling class, and the Pathways program combined with reading and writing workshops for writing and reading.
For the NAD grade-level standards, please refer to this link: http://www.nadeducation.org/client_data/files/723_languageartsk8.pdf
Math is another foundational skill, and we work hard on developing essential skills such as reasoning and computation. The Go Math! Curriculum is used for daily lessons, and IXL provides computer-based skill practice.
For NAD grade-level standards, please refer to this link: http://www.nadeducation.org/client_data/files/725_mathematicsk12.pdf
The first class of every day is Bible. We study the stories and themes of biblical heroes, as well as great men and women of God in historical and current times. Scripture memorization is important, so students learn a new verse every week. We also strive to incorporate Christian service into Bible class with activities such as making blankets for the homeless and elderly, visiting the nursing home, and participating in church visits. It is our goal to use Bible class to help each child develop a personal relationship with God.
For NAD grade-level standards, please refer to this link: http://www.nadeducation.org/client_data/files/729_religionk12.pdf
Science tends to be a project-based class. We use the By Design science curriculum, and over the course of the year areas of study include life science, physical science, health, and earth science.
For NAD grade-level standards, please refer to this link: http://www.nadeducation.org/client_data/files/730_sciencek8.pdf
In Social Studies, we learn about world history, state history, or US history, depending on the year. Government and geography is studied as well. Many times learning goals are achieved through project-based learning.
For NAD grade-level standards, please refer to this link: http://www.nadeducation.org/client_data/files/1147_2005nadsocialstudiescurriculumguide013105corrected07132010.pdf
Choir and music appreciation is taught twice a week, and art class occurs once a week. Private music lessons are available as well.
For NAD grade-level standards, please refer to this link: http://www.nadeducation.org/client_data/files/719_fineartsk8.pdf
iPads are used daily in the classroom to conduct research as well as some online learning. Technology class is once a week and skills such as word processing and keyboarding are taught.
We have PE every day, during which a variety of skills are practiced. Team games are learned, as well activities to improve coordination, balance, and cardiovascular condition.
For NAD grade-level standards, please refer to this link: http://www.nadeducation.org/client_data/files/728_physicaleducationk12.pdf