Curriculum

Curriculum for our Kindergarten through 8th Grades

Our goal is to get to know your child’s strengths and weaknesses academically so we can tailor their instruction to meet their needs.  For new students, a brief informal assessment is conducted.  If a child excels in a specific subject, we will consider moving that child up a grade level for that subject.  If a child needs remediation in a specific subject, we will consider moving that child down a grade level for that subject.  Our goal is to provide instruction at a level each child can understand and move forward successfully.

Project-based learning is integrated throughout our curriculum.  Project-based learning gives students opportunities to build such 21st century skills as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and the use of technology, which will serve them well in the workplace and life. While some projects border on busy work for some teachers and schools, our student projects involve meaningful learning that engages students’ minds.

Special Education – We accept students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or Individual Service Plans (ISPs).  Because we are a small academy, we can easily provide modifications and incorporate strategies recommended for most IEPs or ISPs.  A review of the IEP or ISP will be done prior to enrollment to be sure we can meet all accommodations.  We will work closely with  local school system for re-evaluations, meetings, etc.

Bible/chapel – We meet every morning before we start our day as a student body to sing a praise and worship song, read from the Bible verse by verse, hear a short lesson about what we read, and we pray. We pray different student each day, and on Fridays, we have group prayer where everyone prays as they feel led by the Holy Spirit.  We pray for all kinds of things – grandparents, boo boos, allergies, for a bus, for our fundraiser, for pets, and for each other. The list is endless, and our students know we can go to God at any time to pray for anything.  We have seen the power of prayer and faith in our school and student body!  We have some awesome prayer warriors!! We end chapel with a daily pledge and the pledge of the allegiance.

Reading and Writing – Reading and writing curriculum is phonics-based for Kindergarten and first grade.  As students become fluent readers and have a longer attention span, usually at the start of the second grade or third grade,  students will begin Reading and Writing Workshop.  Through the Reading and Writing Workshop, students learn a variety of literary concepts to strengthen and develop a love for reading and writing. Elements of the writers’ craft are taught along with genre and grammar. Word Study is also incorporated into the Reading and Writing Workshop.

Math – We use Saxon Math to teach our students 1st grade and up.  Saxon Math teaches a concept, offers a brief practice of that new concept, but then offers a mixed practice which reviews problems and concepts previously taught.  We call this the spiral effect, and we love it!  Gone are the days of learning a concept, being tested on it and not seeing it until it is covered again the next year in math.

We also incorporate a variety of manipulatives and hands-on activities to teach concepts and review them.  Some consumable workbooks are used, but in an effort to avoid a barrage of worksheets, we use manipulatives, technology, games, and project-based instruction to meet the needs of the auditory, kinesthetic, and visual learners in our classes.

In Kindergarten, we use BJU Press for math. We love the scope and sequence of this curriculum for our Kindergartners, the colors and attractiveness of the book which keeps young students interested, and the use of manipulates throughout.

Science – We use science curriculum written by Dr. Jay Wile.  This curriculum is Biblically-based and provided a hands on demonstration or experiment with every lesson.  It is comprehensive, hands-on, and we love it!!

Social Studies – We use BiblioPlan written by Julia and Rob Nalle.   This curriculum is broken into four years and gives our students a more comprehensive knowledge of what was happening around the world during each time period.  Our students learn geography and are very familiar with locations on a map using this curriculum. We are excited to have Mrs. Nalle teach this curriculum for us!  She makes history come alive!!

Curriculum for our 9th and 10th grades

With the addition of our new high school teacher, we will be developing our course schedule for these two grades.  We are just starting the discussion of  the pros and cons of block scheduling, A/B scheduling, etc. and the classes we will be offering the first and second semester as well as the curriculum we will be using.  We are excited to be adding this new program to our school.  Check back from time to time!  We will be updating this section about our high school curriculum as we finalize it!