A student in K4 or K5 may enroll in either a half- or a full-day program. Half-day morning programs include academic readiness and instruction in addition to non-academic opportunities such as music, art, physical education and Spanish. Full-day formats incorporate afternoon activities including crafts and cooking that often expand on the morning instruction.
Students receive an introduction to academic concepts including:
- Alphabet recognition
- Initial letter sounds
- Number identification
Prereading lessons are interspersed with age-appropriate instruction in music, science, social studies and language arts.
Bible Truths instruction teaches godly character through accounts from both the Old and the New Testaments.
K5 instruction develops the student’s understanding of the relationship between reading and writing.
General curriculum includes instruction in:
- Reading and listening comprehension
- Heritage Studies
Math lessons are interactive and often utilize manipulatives to build a foundational understanding of concepts including:
- Number sense
Bible Truths lesson topics include:
- Studies of both Old and New Testament characters
- The life of Jesus
First-grade instruction builds on the academic groundwork laid during kindergarten. Lessons in eight academic subjects are presented from a biblical worldview and include:
Bible Truths—Memory verses and lessons from Old and New Testaments guide students to trust God and apply biblical principles to everyday life.
Heritage Studies—Students explore events, homes and family life in the New World from pre-Columbus through the late 1600s. Topics include early explorers, Plymouth Plantation and Native Americans.
Science—Lessons provide introductory examination of topics including human senses, animals, weather, health and safety. Many lessons incorporate introductory development in science process skills, such as observation and measurement.
Math—Skill development focuses on the areas of place value, addition, subtraction, money and measurement. Activities often include manipulatives, graphs and equations.
Phonics and English—Lessons continue the emphasis on phonemic awareness and patterns. An introduction to grammar focuses on punctuation.
Spelling—Lessons expand beyond memorization to examine word families and definitions.
Reading—Instruction reviews and contributes to further development of phonics, reading comprehension and listening skills. Lessons integrate literary stories, Scripture, poetry and plays into silent and oral activities.
Handwriting—Pre-cursive instruction focuses on proper formation of alphabetic letters and simple words.
In addition to academic instruction, students participate daily in one related-arts activity. Related arts include physical education, art, music, Spanish and library.