The visual arts program at Elementary School takes a well-rounded approach to the arts. The curriculum focuses on building creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills that will equip students for future real-world and educational experiences. Students can expect to learn not only about art-making processes, but also about art history, aesthetics, and art criticism. The art instructor uses a variety of media to encourage elementary students to explore and experiment beyond the ordinary art making techniques. Throughout the year students will encounter paint, charcoal, oil pastels, clay, weaving/textile arts, printmaking and collage, all while becoming familiar with the elements of art and principles of design. Finally, students will learn that the Lord has made us in his image and that as little creators we are to glorify the Lord and spread the gospel using the talents that He has given us.
The pre-first Bible curriculum is infused with the science and social studies curricula. The children will learn that God is the creator and author of all life and that God’s love for them is at the center of His creation. Students will also study the main Bible characters from the creation through the ascension of Jesus. Weekly Bible memory verses are also a part of the curriculum.
Students will learn basic computer parts, mouse skills, light word processing, awareness of the internet through the use of online curriculum-based learning sites, and graphics lessons using paint software. Students will be able to type complete sentences (including shift for capital letters, space bar for spacing and punctuation keys).
The pre-first grade math curriculum is “manipulative-based.” The children are encouraged to explore and use manipulatives to understand basic math concepts: odd and even numbers, simple addition and subtraction, money, telling time, symmetry, estimation, and patterns.
Pre-first grade students engage in a variety of activities, including developing the singing voice and singing a variety of simple songs, and playing instruments to experience and classify different sounds and timbres. Students develop listening skills and enjoy movement activities. Children perform as part of a large ensemble once a year for parents and grandparents.
The language arts curriculum includes guided reading, literacy centers, a writing station, a listening station, large group instruction, and small reading group instruction based on the individual skill level of each student. In the literacy centers, the children have a wide variety of materials and manipulatives to work with to improve reading skills. The basic reading instruction involves a phonetic approach to reading with an emphasis on sight words within the context of a story.
Physical Education (PE)
The Physical Education curriculum is based on teaching the students locomotive skills such as running, jumping, hopping, galloping, sliding, and skipping, as well as teaching manipulative skills such as throwing, catching, and kicking. Through these activities, students are taught how to cooperate with others using various games and exercise activities. The goal for the physical education program is to lead students into activities that promote lifelong healthy habits.
The science curriculum is directly infused into the Bible curriculum. The students will experience hands-on experiments in the science lab. The unit studies include early Native American life, life at the Polar Regions and the people and animals that inhabit these regions. A detailed unit on the solar system is also taught with studies including: stars, comets, asteroids, planets, and galaxies.
Pre First learns simple greetings, numbers 1-20, colors, how they feel, what hurts, body parts, how to pray, days of the week, fruits, simple commands, Columbus’ voyage, special holidays, what they like, clothing, weather, please and thank you, seasons, the date, day, and year through songs, culture, and fun hands-on activities. All grade levels learn Christian songs.
The social studies units are infused into the Bible curriculum. Special units include friendships, emotions, holidays, American heroes (John Chapman, A.A. Milne, George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, etc.) The children are also involved in a special service project each year.