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CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Eighth Grade Curriculum

Religion 

Religion instruction is given by the Pastor four days a week. Lessons focus on the study of God’s Word and the sacraments. While Pastor conducts formal religion lessons, prayer and the sharing of God’s Word are intertwined throughout the day. Each Wednesday students attend a school Chapel service. Students also prepare and present at least one Chapel Service and participate in the school Christmas Service during the year. 

Reading 

Prentice Hall Literature – Copper Level is used. Students are exposed to many different types of literature: short story, poetry, drama, legends, folktales, and myths. Students read a blend of classics and contemporary works. Incorporated into each lesson are exercises for vocabulary skill development, spelling practice, literary analysis skills, critical thinking skills, and grammar practice, which combine to improve reading comprehension. The student text is also supplemented with novels throughout the year.

English 

Grammar and mechanics are stressed in Houghton Mifflin English. The elements of grammar covered are: the parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation, sentence types, sentence parts and structure. Students apply this knowledge to lessons across the curriculum. 

Spelling 

The eighth grade text is Spelling and Vocabulary, published by Houghton Mifflin. Initially, students are introduced to the vocabulary words and the definitions. The students then complete meaning-based practice questions, dictionary-based lessons, proofreading and writing exercises, practice tests, and other activities to build and enrich their vocabulary. Students take weekly spelling tests to demonstrate mastery of the lesson. 

Mathematics 

Eighth graders use Saxon’s Algebra ½ (one-half). It follows the philosophy of previous Saxon books by introducing new concepts daily and including practice problems for that day’s lesson and previously learned skills. Topics include plane geometry, order of operations, integers, equations with variables, ratio and proportion, and scientific notation. This course is an intensive preparation for Algebra I. 

Social Studies 

The text for eighth grade is Louisiana the Land and its People, published by Pelican. Students are taken on a journey from the first inhabitants of Louisiana to present-day history. Students study the geography of the state, paying particular attention to major cities and land features. Students also focus on current events (local and national) through daily news reports presented in class. Am emphasis is placed on map skills and drawing and reading graphs. 

Science 

Eighth graders use Earth Science, published by Glencoe McGraw-Hill. Topics covered include the scientific process, Earth’s internal processes (plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes), the Earth’s air and water, the Earth’s history, the atmosphere, the environment, and astronomy. Assignments include lessons that help students with critical thinking, outlining, study skills, reading and writing skills, and standardized test-taking skills. Opportunities for hands-on learning are also available through teacher directed classroom experiments/labs. As we study the topics listed above, we always keep in mind our Christian values/beliefs and the marvels God has created. 

Physical Education 

Eighth graders have P.E. three times a week. They do exercises, team sports, and relays. They practice skills, develop sportsmanship, and learn to work together as a team. Eighth grade students are eligible to participate in the after-school sports programs – volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, softball, and track. 

Computer 

Eighth graders go to the computer lab once a week. Keyboarding and learning games, as well as computer terminology and commands, are practiced. Students also learn aspects of Internet safety. Students are evaluated on following directions and participation. 

Spanish 

Eighth grade students attend Spanish class once a week. The focus is on basic Spanish vocabulary, simple sentence structure, and pronunciation. Spanish-speaking cultures are also studied. Students are evaluated on vocabulary, pronunciation, and class participation.

Seventh Grade Curriculum 

 Religion 

Religion instruction is given by the Pastor four days a week. Lessons focus on the study of God’s Word and the sacraments. While Pastor conducts formal religion lessons, prayer and the sharing of God’s Word are intertwined throughout the day. Each Wednesday students attend a school Chapel service. Students also prepare and present at least one Chapel Service and the school Christmas Service during the school year. 

Reading 

Prentice Hall Literature – Bronze Level is used. Students are exposed to many different types of literature: short story, poetry, drama, legends, folktales, and myths. Students read a blend of classics and contemporary works. Incorporated into each lesson are exercises for vocabulary skill development, spelling practice, literary analysis skills, critical thinking skills, and grammar practice, which combine to improve reading comprehension. The student text is also supplemented with novels throughout the year.

English 

In Houghton Mifflin English grammar and mechanics are stressed. The elements of grammar covered are: the parts of speech, punctuation, sentence types, sentence parts and structure. Students apply this knowledge to lessons across the curriculum. 

Spelling 

The seventh grade text is Spelling and Vocabulary, published by Houghton Mifflin. Initially, students are introduced to the vocabulary words and the definitions. The students then complete meaning-based practice questions, dictionary-based lessons, proofreading and writing exercises, practice tests and other activities to build and enrich their vocabulary. Students take weekly spelling tests to demonstrate mastery of the lesson. 

Mathematics 

Seventh graders use Saxon Math 87. Each lesson includes an explanation of a new topic and practice problems for that topic. The final part of each lesson provides practice on previously covered skills along with that day’s new material. Topics include an extensive study of plane geometry, integers, equations, ratio and proportion, and basic algebra. The four operations of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions are reinforced. 

Social Studies 

Students are taken on a journey from the first Indians to set foot on the North American continent to present-day U.S. history in America Is, published by Merrill. Merrill. Students study the geography of the United States, paying particular attention to major cities and land features. We also focus on current events (local and national) through daily news reports presented in class. An emphasis is placed on map skills and drawing and reading graphs. 

Science 

Seventh graders use Life Science, published by Glencoe McGraw-Hill. Topics covered include the scientific process, cells – their structure and processes, heredity, the human body systems, bacteria, plants, animals, and ecology. Assignments include lessons that help students with critical thinking, outlining, study skills, reading and writing skills, and standardized test-taking skills. Opportunities for hands-on learning are also available through teacher-directed classroom experiments/labs. As we study the topics listed above, we always keep in mind our Christian values/beliefs and the marvels God has created. 

Physical Education 

Seventh graders have P.E. three times a week. They do exercises, team sports, and relays. They practice skills, develop sportsmanship, and learn to work together as a team. Seventh grade students are eligible to participate in the after-school sports programs – volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, softball, and track. 

Computer 

Seventh graders go to computer lab once a week. Keyboarding and learning games, as well as computer terminology and commands, are practiced. Students also learn aspects of Internet safety. Students are evaluated on following directions and participation. 

Spanish 

Seventh graders attend Spanish class once a week. The focus is on basic Spanish vocabulary, simple sentence structure, and pronunciation. Spanish-speaking cultures are also studied. Students are evaluated on vocabulary, pronunciation, and class participation.

Sixth Grade Curriculum 

Religion 

Religion instruction is given by the Pastor four days a week. Lessons focus on the study of God’s Word and the sacraments. While Pastor conducts these formal religion lessons, prayer and the sharing of God’s Word are intertwined throughout the day. Each Wednesday students attend a school Chapel service. Students also prepare and present at least one Chapel Service and the school Christmas Service during the school year. 

Reading 

Sixth graders use the Houghton Mifflin reading series. Students utilize a variety of literary forms including short stories, poetry, non-fiction, and biography. Throughout the year, skills are integrated to assist students in developing reading confidence and independence. These skills include decoding and vocabulary skills, comprehension skills, reference and study skills, and skills for content-related reading. 

English 

The Houghton Mifflin English series is used. Grammar skills such as the parts of speech, types of sentences, capitalization, and punctuation are reinforced. Throughout the year, students apply these skills through a variety of writing assignments incorporated into the lessons. These skills are also incorporated into writing assignments in the other subject areas. 

Spelling 

Sixth graders use the Houghton Mifflin Spelling and Vocabulary series. The principles and patterns of spelling are stressed to enable students to learn and use spelling strategies for both familiar and unfamiliar words. Through word analysis and vocabulary activities, students are able to understand the meanings of words. Weekly spelling tests are given. 

Mathematics 

Students use Saxon Math 76 in sixth grade. Lessons focus on facts practice, mental math practice, and problem solving. Each lesson includes an explanation of a new concept and practice problems for that concept. The final part of each lesson provides practice on previously taught skills along with that day’s new material. Topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Other skills learned include the geometry of plane figures, ratios, integers, and coordinate graphing.

Social Studies

The McGraw-Hill text, World Adventures in Time and Place, is used. Sixth graders study the regions of the world, the people of the Stone Age, and hunters and gatherers. Emphasis is placed on the The McGraw ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and America. Geography skills and critical thinking skills are included in the curriculum. 

Science

Glencoe McGraw-Hill’s Integrated Science is used. Topics covered include the scientific process, cells – their structure and processes, life and the environment, Earth’s air and water, the Earth and space, matter, forces, and energy. Assignments include lessons that help students with critical thinking, outlining, study skills, reading and writing skills, and standardized test-taking skills. Opportunities for hands-on learning are also available through teacher-directed classroom experiments/labs. As we study the topics listed above, we always keep in mind our Christian values/beliefs and the marvels God has created.

Physical Education 

Sixth graders have P.E. three times a week. They do exercises, team sports, and relays. They learn sportsmanship, skills, and working together as a team. Sixth grade students are eligible to participate in the after-school sports programs – volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, softball, and track. 

Computer 

Sixth graders go to computer lab once a week. Keyboarding and learning games, as well as computer terminology and commands, are practiced. Students also learn aspects of Internet safety. Students are evaluated on following  directions and participation. 

Spanish 

Sixth graders attend Spanish class once a week. The focus is on basic Spanish vocabulary, simple sentence structure, and pronunciation. Spanish-speaking cultures are also studied. Students are evaluated on the vocabulary, pronunciation, and class participation.

Fifth Grade Curriculum 

Religion 

Voyages: Exploring God’s Word is a study of various Bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments. Students learn of God’s love and care for people through the ages. They memorize selected Bible verses each week. Each Wednesday students attend a school Chapel service. Students also prepare and present at least one Chapel service, and participate in the school Christmas service during the year. Prayer and sharing God’s Word are intertwined throughout the day. 

Reading 

Fifth graders use the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill literature-based series. The students demonstrate competence in the general skills and strategies of the reading process by applying these skills and strategies to the reading of literature and literary texts. Students read, analyze, evaluate, and respond to a variety of literary forms including short stories, novels, poetry, stories from other countries, plays, and mythology. They are exposed to fiction, nonfiction, biographies, fantasy, mystery, and poetry.

English 

Fifth grade students use the text English, published by Houghton Mifflin. The fifth graders apply writing and grammar skills with instruction of the parts of speech, mechanics, and vocabulary. They also practice listening and speaking skills, and work with reference materials and learn study strategies. Students are given opportunities to show their skills in writing stories, journal entries, personal narratives, and poetry.

Spelling 

Spelling, published by Houghton Mifflin, is the text used in fifth grade. The lessons in this speller help students to increase their vocabulary and follow directions. Lessons also provide opportunities to improve skills for writing sentences and develop study skills through the use of a thesaurus, dictionary, and pronunciation key. 

Mathematics 

Students use the Saxon Math Series. This text presents a series of daily lessons, each followed by a set of practice problems. The set of problems practices the new concept, but also reviews everything that has been taught previously. At the beginning of each lesson, there is a mental math activity. This activity includes facts practice, doing problems mentally, and problem-solving exercises. These brief drills improve recall, increase problem-solving speed, and review frequently needed skills. Fifth graders work on maintaining the math facts and using the four mathematical operations.

Social Studies 

The McGraw-Hill text Social Studies is used. Fifth graders study the history of the United States beginning with the Native Americans. The emphasis is on the discovery of America and events leading to the American Revolution. We also study the Civil War and the current American government. Scholastic News is used weekly to study current events. 

Science 

Students use the Addison-Wesley text, Science. Fifth graders study life science, physical science, earth science, and health. The students learn through reading, discussion, and experimenting. 

Art 

The students have art instruction once a week. They not only learn the main elements of art – line, shape, form, color, texture – but also how to be creative and work "outside the box." They also do special craft projects for the various holidays. 

Music 

The fifth graders learn new songs each week. They learn rhythm with hand claps, foot stomps, swaying, and snapping their fingers. They learn a variety of Christian songs, silly songs, hymns, and educational songs. 

Physical Education 

The fifth graders have P.E. three times a week. They do exercises, team sports, relays, and games. They learn sportsmanship and helping and encouraging each other. Fifth grade students are eligible to participate in the after-school sports programs – volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, softball, and track. 

Computer 

Fifth graders go to computer lab once a week. Keyboarding and learning games, as well as computer terminology and commands, are practiced. Students are evaluated on following directions and participation. 

Spanish 

Fifth graders attend Spanish class once a week. The focus is on basic Spanish vocabulary, simple sentence structure, and pronunciation. Spanish-speaking cultures are also studied. Students are evaluated on the vocabulary, pronunciation, and class participation. 

Cultural Experiences 

Fifth graders go on field trips to various locations. They visit the Native Lands show when it comes to the area. This presentation shows the children about animals and different birds of prey, and the influence of the Native Americans and Africans on our culture. They also attend performances given by the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra and by the local performing art society. The Atlantic Coast Theater group also gives performances at the school.

Fourth Grade Curriculum 

Religion

Voyages: Exploring God’s Word is a study of various Bible stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Students learn of God’s love and care for people through the ages. They memorize selected Bible verses each week. Each Wednesday students attend a school Chapel service. Students also prepare and present at least one Chapel service, and participate in the school Christmas service during the school year. Prayer and sharing God’s Word are intertwined throughout the day. 

Reading 

Fourth graders use the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill literature-based series. The students demonstrate competence in the skills and strategies of the reading process by applying these skills and strategies in the reading of literature and literary texts. Students read, analyze, evaluate, and respond to a variety of literary forms including short stories, novels, poetry, stories from other countries, plays, and mythology. They are exposed to fiction, nonfiction, biographies, fantasy, mystery, and poetry. 

English and Writing 

Fourth graders use the Houghton Mifflin English text. They apply writing and grammatical skills with instruction in the parts of speech, mechanics, and vocabulary. Students also practice listening and speaking skills, and work with reference materials and learn study strategies. They are given opportunities to show their skills in writing stories, personal narratives, poetry, and journal entries. 

Spelling 

The fourth grade uses the Houghton Mifflin Spelling text. The lessons in this speller help students to increase their vocabulary and follow directions. They also provide opportunities to improve skills for writing sentences and develop study skills through the use of a thesaurus, dictionary, and pronunciation key. 

Mathematics 

Fourth grade uses the Saxon Math Series. This book presents a seres of daily lessons, each followed by a set of problems. The set of problems practices the new concept and also reviews everything that has been taught previously. At the beginning of each lesson, there is a mental math activity. This activity includes fact practice, doing problems mentally, and problem-solving exercises. These brief drills improve recall, increase problem-solving speed, and review frequently needed skills. Fourth graders work on memorizing facts and using the four mathematical operations. 

Social Studies 

The text used in fourth grade is the McGraw-Hill Social Studies. Students study the states and capitals by regions of the United States. They learn map and globe skills, and are required to locate the states and their respective capitals on a map. Students also use the weekly Scholastic News magazine for current events. 

Science 

Fourth graders use the Addison-Wesley Science text. Students study life science, physical science, earth science, and health science. They learn through reading, discussion, and experimenting. 

Art 

The students have art instruction once a week. They not only learn the main elements of art – line, shape, form, color, texture – but also how to use their creativity and work "outside the box." As well as art, they also do special craft projects for the different holidays. 

Music 

The fourth graders enjoy learning new songs each week. They learn rhythm with hand
claps, foot stomps, swaying, and snapping their fingers. Students learn a variety of Christian songs, silly songs, hymns, and educational songs. 

Physical Education 

The fourth graders have PE three times a week. They do exercises, team sports, relays, and games. Emphasis is placed on effort, sportsmanship, cooperation, and encouraging each other. Fourth graders are eligible to participate in the after school sports programs of volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, softball, and track. 

Computer 

Fourth graders go to computer lab once a week. Keyboarding and learning games, as well as computer terminology and commands, are practiced. Students are evaluated on following directions and participation. 

Spanish 

Fourth graders attend Spanish class once a week. The focus is on basic Spanish vocabulary, simple sentence structure, and pronunciation. Spanish-speaking cultures are also studied. Students are evaluated on the knowledge of the vocabulary, pronunciation, and class participation. 

Cultural Experiences 

Fourth graders go on field trips to various locations. They visit the Native Lands show when it comes to the area. This presentation shows the students about animals and different birds of prey. It also explains cultures in our society which originated with the Native Americans and Africans. Students also attend performances given by the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra and by the performing art society. The Atlantic Coast Theater group also gives performances at school.

Third Grade Curriculum 

 Religion 

The text, Voyages: Exploring God’s Word, is a chronological study of Bible stories. Students have memory work each week. The class participates in devotions daily, and attends a Chapel service each Wednesday. Prayers begin and end the day and are said before lunch. Bible story books, devotion booklets, the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, and related Children’s books supplement the text. Students also lead at least one Chapel service each year. 

Reading 

The third grade texts are Sing it to the Sea and Catch a Sunflake, published by MacMillan/McGraw-Hill. This is a literature-based reading series with selections from award-winning authors and illustrators. The series also offers poetry selections. Accompanying workbooks practice basic reading skills, phonics skills, and vocabulary. Third graders also read and discuss class novels and do book reports periodically throughout the year. Comprehension skills are practiced using the individualized Multiple Skills series by Richard Boning. Students attend library weekly. Various church and school adults read to the class. 

English 

Third graders use Houghton Mifflin English. Students write each day on various topics in their journals. They study the parts of speech, complete sentence and paragraph structure, capitalization, and correct punctuation. Students practice creative and grammatical skills in writing exercises and in letters to their pen pals. 

Handwriting 

Letter formation in manuscript and cursive writing is practiced. Emphasis is placed on legibility through consistency in form, letter size, slant, and alignment. 

Spelling 

Third graders cover one unit per week in Spelling and Vocabulary, published by Houghton Mifflin. Each unit is based on a particular spelling pattern and phonetic sounds. Students also study exceptions to patterns, review words, and challenge words. Unit exercises include proofreading, phonics, and theme-centered vocabulary enrichment. 

Math 

Students learn math concepts and problem solving in the Saxon Math 3 (consumable series). Skills covered include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, geometric figures, place value, estimating, measurement, time, money, and reading and writing graphs. 

Science 

The text used is Science, published by Addison-Wesley. Third graders study living things, matter, forces, energy, land, the water cycle, solar system, health, food and body systems (digestive, skeletal, circulatory). A unit is also done on weather, including hurricanes and tornadoes. 

Social Studies 

The text used is Communities, published by McGraw-Hill. Students learn the workings of various types of communities in various parts of the world. Map skills, graphing, and research into reference materials are also developed. Students participate in community service projects and do state reports. Geography is also studied. 

Art 

Students are exposed to styles of famous artists, participate in projects that explore color, line, and composition, and make projects related to study areas and holidays. Students also have the opportunity to join an after school art club. 

Music 

The Pastor practices weekly hymns with students. Third graders get together with other classes to sing and listen to music. Students attend field trips to young people’s concerts. Students have the opportunity to take piano lessons. 

Physical Education 

Third graders attend P.E. classes three times per week. Students exercise, practice ball skills, and individual and team sports. Students dress out in P.E. uniforms. Emphasis is placed on exercise for health, working as a team, effort, and good sportsmanship. 

Spanish 

Third graders attend Spanish class once a week. Vocabulary, simple sentence structure, pronunciation, and Spanish-speaking cultures are studied. 

Computer 

Third graders go to computer lab once a week. Keyboarding and learning games, as well as computer terminology and commands, are practiced.

Second Grade Curriculum

Religion

Voyages: Exploring God’s Word is a chronological study of Bible stories from creation through the life of Jesus presented in nine separate small unit booklets. Students learn of God’s love for them and are guided in showing this love for others. Sharing from God’s Word and prayer are intertwined in all activities throughout the day. Second graders memorize selected Bible verses and the Ten Commandments. Each Wednesday students attend a school Chapel service. Second graders are responsible for preparing and presenting at least one Chapel service each year.

Reading

A New View, published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, is a literature-based reader that introduces second graders to stories from award winning authors. The focus is to help students improve both oral and silent reading skills. Supplementary books are used to reinforce reading skills. Activities with each story include practice in phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension. Parent involvement is encouraged in order to help their student become a more fluent and expressive reader. Students attend the library weekly and are given specific time during the day to enjoy reading silently (DEAR – Drop Everything And Read). 

Spelling 

Each spelling unit in Spelling and Vocabulary, published by Houghton Mifflin, focuses on words with a common phonetic patterns, thus reinforcing phonics skills covered in the above reading series. The lessons presented are also used to increase vocabulary and to transfer spelling skills to writing assignments. Weekly spelling tests are given. Challenge words are also included each week. 

English 

Second graders use Houghton Mifflin English. Students learn about nouns, verbs, adjectives, punctuation, and sentence structure. These skills are then applied to writing in many forms – sentences, paragraphs, stories, letters, daily journal writing, and monthly book reports. 

Writing 

Students are encouraged to write regularly. Writing is integrated throughout the day in most subject areas. Students use the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Series to review the correct formation of lower and uppercase letters in manuscript. Emphasis is placed on the correct formation of letters, letter size, slant, and alignment. Later in the year, second graders begin to learn cursive writing with single letter and word practice for upper and lower case letters of the alphabet.

Mathematics

Math Advantage, published by Harcourt Brace, introduces second graders to math concepts ranging from concrete to abstract. Students learn addition and subtraction (up to three digit numbers), money, geometry, fractions, measurement, time, data and graphing, and an introduction to multiplication and division. Skills are practiced and reinforced through the use of math manipulatives. 

Science 

Science, published by Addison-Wesley, introduces scientific discovery through units which focus on Life Sciences, Health Science, and Physical Science. In Life Science the focus is on fossils, dinosaurs, endangered species, and metamorphosis. In Health Science the focus is on nutrition and exercise. In Physical Science the focus is on magnets and simple machines. Students learn about science from the Christian perspective which emphasizes the wonders of the world God has given us.

Social Studies

People Together – Adventures in Time and Space is published by McGraw-Hill. Topics include "Families and Neighborhoods," "People and Places," "Holidays," "Government and Laws," and "American History." A unit on Louisiana is also included. Geography skills, thinking skills, and citizenship are emphasized in each unit. 

Art 

Art activities are usually done in conjunction with learning units in the various subject areas and during holidays throughout the year. Students work with a variety of mediums – crayons, markers, paints, clay, craft materials. The focus of the art program is to foster creativity and an appreciation of art. 

Music 

Students have music instruction each week. Music involves singing and listening. They learn a wide variety of Christian songs and hymns and participate in worship services at Faith Lutheran Church. All students prepare and present the Children’s Christmas Service. Students have the opportunity to take piano lessons during the year.

Physical Education 

Second graders attend Physical Education three times a week. Students participate in activities to develop strength, endurance, and flexibility. They develop basic skills in individual and team sports. Emphasis is placed on effort, cooperation as a team, and showing good sportsmanship. 

Computer 

Second graders go to computer lab once a week. Keyboarding and learning games, as well as computer terminology and commands are practiced.Students are evaluated on following directions and participation.


Spanish 

Second graders attend Spanish class once a week. The focus is on basic Spanish vocabulary, simple sentence structure, and pronunciation. Spanish-speaking cultures are also studied. Students are evaluated on the vocabulary, pronunciation, and class participation. 

Cultural Experiences 

Second graders attend field trips that are related to units and learning activities in class. Annual field trips include visits to the zoo, the aquarium, local museums, and attending The Nutcracker ballet and other performances by local and national theatrical groups.

First Grade Curriculum

Religion

Voyages: Exploring God’s Word is a series of nine booklets that teaches Bible stories from creation through the life of Jesus. Students learn about God’s forgiveness and love, and how to show this love for others in their daily lives. They memorize selected Bible verses and the Ten Commandments. Students attend our weekly school Chapel service every Wednesday.

Reading

A New View, published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, is a literature based reader that promotes the students’ development of a love and joy for reading. Skills focus on building a sight vocabulary and on phonics, including letter sounds, the blending of sounds together to form words, and recognizing phonograms that help with the reading of new words. Through echo reading and repetitive words and phrases, the children learn to read sentences and understand the meanings of words. Reading skills such as cause and effect, the main idea and supporting details, and sequencing are also taught. Parents are encouraged to read daily with their first graders. 

Phonics 

Zaner-Bloser Activity Phonics reinforces the letters and sounds learned in reading. Students study consonant and vowel sounds at the beginning, middle, and end of words and are introduced to consonant blends. The first graders participate in games and work puzzles that help make reading interesting and enjoyable.

Writing

Students write regularly. Students’ journals progress from simple fill-in-the-blank entries to sentences and paragraphs. They often share their writings in class. Students use the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Series to learn the correct formation of lower and uppercase letters in manuscript. 

Spelling

Houghton-Mifflin Spelling is used to increase vocabulary and transfer oral spelling skills to writing. Students are challenged to both sound out words and to learn to recognize spelling patterns. Weekly tests are given. 

English

MacMillan/McGraw-Hill English includes the development of listening and speaking skills. Students develop their writing skills by using the writing process to construct sentences, paragraphs, and book reports. Writing mechanics focus on sentence types, punctuation, and capitalization. Basic grammar, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns, is also introduced. 

Mathematics

In Math Advantage, by Harcourt Brace, students learn the basic concepts of addition and subtraction. They develop problem solving skills as well as skills in geometry, fractions, graphing, money, time, and patterns. Other skills learned are measurement, calendar skills, and two-digit addition and subtraction. Skills are practiced and reinforced with the use of math manipulatives.

Science

Science, published by Addison Wesley, is used to introduce students to life science, physical science, earth science and health science. Students learn about science through class discussions and enjoyable and exciting hands-on activities.

Social Studies

The first graders use My World: Adventures in Time and Place published by McGraw-Hill. Students learn about their neighborhoods and communities, social groups, people at work, our land and water, Columbus, the Pilgrims, Presidents Washington and Lincoln, holidays and symbols of America. The class is enhanced with the use of maps, the Internet, and other activities. 

Art 

Art activities are usually done in conjunction with learning units in the various subject areas and during holidays throughout the year. Students work with a variety of mediums. The focus of the art program is to foster creativity and an appreciation of art.

Music 

Students have music instruction each week. Music involves singing and listening. They learn a wide variety of Christian songs and hymns and participate in worship services at Faith Lutheran Church. All students prepare and present the Children’s Christmas Service. 

Physical Education

First graders have Physical Education twice a week. Students participate in activities to develop motor skills, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Emphasis is placed on cooperation in games involving teams and showing good sportsmanship.

Computer 

First graders go to computer lab once a week. The main emphasis is on keyboarding skills. Students also play games that reinforce keyboard positions. Educational activities are also used in reading and mathematics. Students are evaluated on following directions and participation.

Spanish 

First graders attend Spanish class once a week. The focus is on basic Spanish vocabulary (colors, words, days of the week, months of the year).

Kindergarten Curriculum 

Religion

Voyages: Exploring God’s Word curriculum emphasizes Jesus’ love for each student. The focus incorporates God’s love for us as shown in His plan for our salvation. The Bible stories are enhanced through Chapel worship, songs, books, memory, puppets, art, and finger plays. Prayer and sharing from God’s Word are intertwined throughout the day. 

Reading/Language Development

The McMillan/McGraw-Hill program, Beginning to Read, Write, and Listen, is an excellent starter series for your child. This program puts a strong emphasis on phonics. This curriculum also provides literature, with stories and take-home books. Comprehension, handwriting, sight words, and journal writing are other skills that are presented. 

Mathematics 

Math Advantage by Harcourt Brace and company is used daily. This program focuses on skills which include sorting and classifying, identifying patterns, one-to-one correspondence, counting, numbers, shapes, money, measuring, time, addition, and subtraction. 

Science 

Our science program includes units on animals and their homes, food, growing and changing, plants and seeds, senses, insects, space, and life cycles.

Social Studies


The social studies program includes units on self, family, friends, basic needs (food, clothing, shelter), holidays, and communities. 

Art/Music/P.E. 

The areas of art and music promote the children’s awareness of the cultural and aesthetic value in the fine arts, as well as offer an opportunity to express themselves creatively. The physical education program promotes the development of fine and gross motor skills. 

Centers 

Children move through centers experiencing hands-on activities that reinforce topics studied. Kindergarten centers include: the Listening Center, Science and Math Center, Manipulatives Center, Home Living Center, Building Center, Writing Center, Arts and Crafts Center, and Computer Center. 

Early Education Program 

Faith offers a full-day state licensed Day Care program for three-year-olds and a Pre-Kindergarten program for four-year-olds, with before- and after-school care available from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Faith’s Early Childhood Programs are based on the child’s developmental needs with an emphasis on developing a strong foundation and love for learning. They are comprehensive and child-centered, providing a wealth of learning experiences that foster the social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical development of each child. The teachers promote the development of a positive self-image in each child. The classroom environment and activities are Christ-centered and students learn about God’s love for them through Bible Stories presented in Voyages: Exploring God’s World. 

The Early Childhood Programs value play as the child’s natural path to mastery. The learning day varies from teacher-directed to child-initiated activities. Classrooms are equipped with learning centers for various areas of a young child’s development. The primary teaching goal is to help young children use the environment actively and see themselves as capable learners - as individuals who are developing the skills and understanding that will enable them to succeed and prepare them for future learning.



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