Curriculum

Primary A (PreK - Kindergarten)

The Primary A Classroom is full of life. Students learn their letters and numbers while engaging in relevant hands-on activities. For example, we practice writing skills by crafting letters to one another and to special guests, like Bill the Owl from Owl Babies by Martin Wadell. Our students also love to pair up with the “big kids” for buddy reading, where older students share story time with their younger peers.

We encourage daily self-expression like arts and crafts, where students can also develop fine motor skills by using fun materials like Playdough, Legos, paint, and beads. Bible studies and concepts are integrated into daily learning as well as one special per day: Art, Spanish, Library, PE, and Music. Though the students are young, we encourage responsibility by assigning small daily jobs. The children love to be calendar helpers and snack servers!

Bible

Each day begins with a Bible time, where we read stories from the Old and New Testaments. The children also memorize Scripture through a combination of songs and American Sign Language. We encourage students to pray together and to apply God’s word to everyday situations in the classroom. It is our goal to stand beside parents as they raise their children in the knowledge of the Lord.

Teacher resources

The One-Minute Bible for Kids (NIV)   Garborg’s Inc.
The Children’s Bible Story Book   Scandinavia Publishing House
The Jesus Story Bible
ABC Verses
Hind’s Feet on High Places
Teacher designed activities for daily devotions

Reading Readiness

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Our youngest learners are surrounded by a literacy-rich environment. They are encouraged to draw, read,and write every day while engaging in meaningful, real-life activities like making cards for classmates that are absent, or writing invitations for our yearly event, “The Teddy Bear Tea Party.” Students learn a letter each week using a multi-sensory hands-on approach. They also learn phonics skills and basic sight words. Songs, rhymes, poems, and predictable books are used to support the students’ growing knowledge of how language works.

Teacher resources

A Cursive Approach to Readiness and Reading ARL McInnis
The Letter People (Abrams) and letter-a-week multisensory/hands-on activities
The Daily 5: Fostering Literary Independence in the Elementary Grades  Stenhouse
ABC Phonics: Sing, Sign, and Read   Nellie Edge
Big books and Trade books – various titles

Science

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Children learn by experiencing, observing, and interacting with each other and their environment. For this reason, Science lessons are designed to actively engage the children. Children learn about the world around them, doing real life activities such as planting seeds in the school garden, observing meal worms and monarch caterpillars during metamorphosis, and taking field trips within the community.

Teacher resources

Teacher designed activities integrated throughout the curriculum
A Year of Hands-On Science   Scholastic

Social Studies

In this class, we introduce students to basic social studies concepts, such as their place in the family, the school, and the community. We also talk about various community helpers and historical figures such as George Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr. Throughout the year, students take part in field trips within the community. Some of our favorites include pumpkin picking at Grisamore Farms in the fall and visiting the Binghamton Zoo in the spring.

Teacher resources

Teacher designed hands-on activities

Art

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The art room is a creative hot spot. Our students sit around a large table area so that ideas and materials can be shared while they work. Inspirational artwork hangs on the walls, and the shelves are stocked with every conceivable supply.

Under the instruction of our art teacher, younger primary students discover how to use a variety of media including clay, watercolor and tempera paints, oil pastels, markers, and collage materials. We integrate classroom curriculum with art projects wherever possible for concept reinforcement. For example, kindergarten students make delightfully decorated dump trucks delivering dot dirt during “D” week.

Teacher resources

Arts and Activities   Publishers’ Development Corp.
Discovering Great Artists   MaryAnn F. Kohl
Dynamic Art Projects for Children   Denise Logan
The Usborne Book of Art Ideas   Fiona Watt

Spanish

At the beginning of class, we engage our students in reviewing basics by saying Spanish words that correspond to pictures, objects, or lists that are pointed to or by responding to questions. Depending on the level, it might include repeating the alphabet, colors, numbers, and classroom objects. We also practice saying the date and describing the weather.

We use the Total Physical Response approach, in which students use motions to demonstrate the meanings of 10-20 action verbs. Ms. Jones begins the lesson with worksheets activities such as coloring, fill-in-the-blank, translating, or cutting and pasting. We also enjoy related activities like painting, making posters, eating food, learning Spanish songs, making puppets, play “store,” dress-up, vocabulary bingo, and other games.

Teacher resources

Teach Them Spanish! (PreK and Kindergarten)

Mathematics

Artwork

Learning Math in our classroom is always fun! We use games and manipulatives to learn basic math concepts. Students practice number skills daily during calendar time and learn new concepts during Math time. To enhance learning, students also engage in gross motor activities and motions that require children to cross the midline.

Teacher resources

Mathematics Their Way   Dale Seymour
Singapore Math
Math and Movement   Suzy Koontz
Teacher-designed hands-on games and activities

Primary B (Grades 1 - 2)

In the Primary B classroom, children are immersed in an environment where each child is loved and valued as a unique individual. We desire that each child grow in an understanding of the love of God and develop godly character as the timeless truths of His Word are discovered and applied. In these early years, we make every effort to build a strong foundation of reading, writing, and math understanding, and to inspire a love of learning that spills over into every area of study.

Bible

Our first and second graders begin each day with a Bible time consisting of engaging, age-appropriate stories and activities. We also work on Scripture memory every day using sign language and/or songs. Most importantly, we strive to relate the Biblical concepts that we study to our daily lives, whether in our personal relationships with God or with one another.

Teacher resources

The Children’s Illustrated Bible
Teacher-created materials

Social Studies/Science

These two important areas of study are taught hand in hand in our classroom with a unique unit study approach. The two-year cycle of study consists of a year of “world travel” followed by a year of “time travel.”

In the world travel year, children learn basic geography skills, including continents and oceans. Then they “visit” 10 countries over the course of the year, learning about different aspects of the culture through stories and hands-on projects. They continue to study the geography and animal habitats of various regions along the way. For example, while in Brazil, we not only study the culture, but also we learn about rainforest animals and plants.

In the time travel year, we take a journey through American history, beginning with Native Americans and continuing up to the years of the Great Depression. Once again, our study combines the disciplines of social studies and science. We learn the basics of United States geography and gain an understanding of natural science topics throughout the year. Our year-long journey is a blend of engaging stories, hands-on projects, field trips and activities. For example, while we read about and study the Underground Railroad, we dress up as escaping slaves and travel through the school to several stations, receiving the help of friendly conductors along the way. So much fun!

Teacher resources

Trade books
Teacher-created materials

Language Arts

Our language arts program is rich with a large selection of appealing, age-appropriate literature, a variety of materials for exploring words, and lessons that systematically and creatively build a strong foundation of phonics, grammar, sight word, spelling, and vocabulary skills. Students learn how to independently employ strategies to help themselves grow as readers. They constantly practice choosing “good fit” books, and learn ways to improve the comprehension, accuracy, and fluency of their reading. They also grow as writers through literature-based writing workshops. At every opportunity, the children continually refine cursive writing skills begun in kindergarten.

Teacher resources

The Daily Five  Gail Boushey and Joan Moser
The Café Book  Boushey and Moser
Trade books
Teacher-created materials

Mathematics

Math in our Primary B classroom involves a combination of three important elements: experience with a diverse array of manipulatives, math tools, and games, active exercises that engage the children’s whole bodies, and abundant practice of skills and concepts on paper.

We believe that children come to understand and naturally enjoy math when they have the opportunity to experience it using real objects. In our classroom, they have access to a diverse array of objects, from dinosaur counters to geoboards. They learn math concepts in a fun, engaging way by direct interaction with these materials through teacher-directed jobs and games. They become fluent in the use of math vocabulary and in the knowledge of math facts while playing a wide variety of math games. Children also have the opportunity to grow in their understanding of math ideas through active use of their bodies and voices as they learn to skip count to various routines and songs. Finally, our students practice their math skills daily using paper and pencil in appealing, child-friendly workbook activities.

Teacher resources

Singapore Math   Levels 1A through 2B
Math and Movement   Suzy Koontz
Math Stations    Debbie Diller

Spanish

When the students enter the classroom, we begin with a conversation reviewing basics by saying Spanish words that correspond to pictures, objects, or lists that are pointed to or by responding to questions. Depending on the level, it might include repeating the alphabet, colors, numbers, and classroom objects. We also practice saying the date and describing the weather.

The Total Physical Response approach helps students use motions to demonstrate the meanings of 10-20 action verbs. We begin the lesson with worksheet activities that may include coloring, fill-in-the-blank, translating, or cutting and pasting. In addition, we enjoy related activities like painting, making posters, eating food, learning Spanish songs, making puppets, play “store,” dress-up, vocabulary bingo, and other games.

Teacher resources

Teach Them Spanish! (Grades 1 – 2)

Art

The art room is a creative hot spot. Our students sit around a large table area so that ideas and materials can be shared while they work. Inspirational artwork hangs on the walls, and the shelves are stocked with every conceivable supply.

Under the instruction of our art teacher, younger primary students discover how to use a variety of media including clay, watercolor and tempera paints, oil pastels, markers, and collage materials. We integrate classroom curriculum with art projects wherever possible for concept reinforcement.

Teacher resources

Arts and Activities   Publishers’ Development Corp.
Discovering Great Artists   MaryAnn F. Kohl
Dynamic Art Projects for Children   Denise Logan
The Usborne Book of Art Ideas   Fiona Watt

Grades 3 - 4

In the Grades 3 and 4 classroom, we create a fun, inviting environment where each child feels safe, respected, loved, and accepted. Throughout the year, we teach children to look for God in all areas, both in academic work and in daily interactions.  Using textbooks as a guide, we broaden the learning experience through personal experiences, teacher-created materials, games, and activities.

We strive to meet each student’s individual learning needs, giving much consideration to learning styles and a hands-on approach. For example, Dr. Amy Yeager of Cornell Veterinary School is a frequent guest instructor who leads engaging, hands-on science lessons.

Our teachers team up with parents to build godly character in the children within the context of school life. We wants students to feel successful and confident while developing a growing appreciation of the unique, valuable person whom God has made them to be.

Bible

We begin each day with Bible study; reading Scripture positions us for the day ahead.  We look for life application with a focus on what Jesus would do in any given situation.  Students memorize Scriptures consistently throughout the year as well.

We put special emphasis on prayer. Each year, the students create a prayer chain as a visual reminder of God’s faithfulness.   Students pray each week for concerns that they’ve written on a strip of paper.  As prayers are answered, we hang them up.  At the end of the year, we are amazed at the way God has answered our prayers.

Language Arts

In Language Arts, students hone their reading skills. We use fun trade books to work on reading comprehension, decode unfamiliar words and learn new vocabulary.  Book discussions are lively and thought-provoking. When we have a literature circle, each student has a “job.”  For example, the Discussion Director independently crafts questions to spur discussion and shares at the group meeting.  Book projects enhance learning as well.

For weekly spelling tests, students study words in a variety of ways and learn how to use them.  In writing lessons, we emphasize the composition process. Students practice many different kinds of writing, including poetry, book reviews, and experiential writing.  Weekly grammar instruction rounds out the language arts program.

Teacher resources

Building Spelling Skills   Evan-Moor
Grammar Workshop (Level Green)   Sadlier – Oxford
Write on Track   Houghton Mifflin (a resource for writing activities)

Science

Science is filled with fun! Our course is set on a two year cycle with weekly lab sessions and lab wrap-ups.   In the lab, students are given hands-on experience using the scientific method: practicing skills such as making observations, taking measurements, and recording and interpreting data.  The wrap-up includes reading, writing, and application of content presented in the textbook.  Students spend approximately three weeks exploring various topics including magnetism and electricity, properties of matter, energy, and weather.  Every other year, we study embryology: we explore the life cycle of a bird by hatching live chicks! (This study is done in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension.)  Additionally, students participate in a school science fair each year.

Teacher resources

Science (Levels 3-4)   Scott Foresman

Social Studies

Our curriculum is set up on a two year cycle. In addition to basic geography instruction (landforms, continents, oceans, countries), we places special emphasis on New York State. We study important landforms, people, historical development, and current events on a both state-wide and local level.  Hands-on activities reinforce concepts, whether we make salt maps or take field trips to places like the Eight Square School or the Bement-Billings Farmstead.

During the last quarter, students engage in a lengthy report process.  Grade 3 students choose a country to research while Grade 4 students delve into gathering information about a city in New York State.  The report also incorporates a fun project tailored to the interest of Grade 3 students, while Grade 4 students receive a poster making assignment to encourage creative design skills.  Since this is a first-time experience for most students at this level, parents are quite involved in each step of the process.  It is a great learning experience and yearly highlight for students and parents alike.

Teacher resources

New York: Adventures in Time and Place   MacMillan/McGraw – Hill
Comparing Communities   Silver Burdett Ginn
Daily Geography Practice   Evan – Moor

Mathematics

For all new concepts, we begin in the concrete and move toward the abstract. Students often use manipulative materials and games to practice new learning. The next step may involve pictures in lieu of hand-held materials, and finally moving to pencil and paper calculations. Our overarching goal is to build confidence and enjoyment of math in all its various forms.

Math instruction is implemented at two separate levels. When instruction is given to one group, the other group is working independently on skill reinforcement activities. On Fridays, students look forward to Problem Solvers, which is a fun way for students to apply math skills.  Students use a systematic approach: understanding the problem presented, deciding on a strategy, working toward a solution, and then checking their answer.

Teacher resources

Envision Math (Levels 3-4)   Scott Foresman – Addison Wesley

Spanish

When the students enter the classroom, we begin with a conversation reviewing basics by saying Spanish words that correspond to pictures, objects, or lists that are pointed to or by responding to questions. Depending on the level, it might include repeating the alphabet, colors, numbers, and classroom objects. We also practice saying the date and describing the weather.

The Total Physical Response approach helps students use motions to demonstrate the meanings of 10-20 action verbs. We begin the lesson with worksheet activities that may include coloring, fill-in-the-blank, translating, or cutting and pasting. In addition, we enjoy related activities like painting, making posters, eating food, learning Spanish songs, making puppets, play “store,” dress-up, vocabulary bingo, and other games.

Teacher resources

Teach Them Spanish! (Grades 3 – 4)

Art

The art room is a creative hot spot. Our students sit around a large table area so that ideas and materials can be shared while they work. Inspirational artwork hangs on the walls, and the shelves are stocked with every conceivable supply.

Under the instruction of our art teacher, our intermediate students use items like clay, watercolor, and collage materials. They receive continued encouragement to refine art techniques and creative expression in individual and cooperative projects.

Teacher resources

Arts and Activities   Publishers’ Development Corp.
Discovering Great Artists   MaryAnn F. Kohl
Dynamic Art Projects for Children   Denise Logan
The Usborne Book of Art Ideas   Fiona Watt

Grades 5 - 6

Grades 5 and 6 mark a season of “being called up” within a secure and nurturing environment. Through corporate Bible study in the morning and practical application throughout the day, we encourage our students to show love and respect for each other and themselves. Instead of teacher-enforced organization, our students learn self-organization: students learn how to take personal responsibility for quality of work, time management, and class participation. Students also adjust from having one instructor for all core subjects to being taught by a team of teachers.  Students leave Grade 6 feeling more secure in their identity and ready for the challenges of junior high.

Bible

During morning Bible class, we have the opportunity to corporately focus on God and gain insight into the messages given to us through His word. As we read God’s word together, we learn to use study tools like a concordance. We enjoy discussing the significance of Scripture verses and how they apply to daily life. Students work together to memorize verses each week and to share praise reports and prayer requests.

Mathematics 5

Students are encouraged to actively participate in acquiring new skills and developing confidence through problem solving, self-discovery and direct teacher instruction. On any given day, we introduce a concept and its related vocabulary, and work on problems to practice what we have learned. Topics are reinforced through hands-on activities, technology, and daily leveled homework.

We focus on three specific areas:

  • 1) Extending multiplication and division to larger 2-digit numbers and integrating decimals into those operations
  • 2) Developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, and introducing multiplication and division of fractions
  • 3) Increasing an understanding of geometry, especially in graphing points on the coordinate plane, classifying two-dimensional figures based on their properties, and developing an understanding of volume.
Student materialsGrade 5 enVision Math    Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley
Grade 5 Interactive Homework Workbook   Scott Foresman-Addison WesleyTeacher resourcesenVision Math teacher resources
New York State Common Core Mathematics Curriculum  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/pdfdocs/nysp12cclsmath.pdf
Mathematics 6

In sixth grade math, the students begin a new curriculum that continues through eighth grade.  We examine many concepts including fractions, decimals, linear equations, geometry, and proportions. Students are introduced to a concept in class and work through examples for understanding.  Daily homework is assigned to supplement the class work.  We use hands-on activities and manipulatives to enhance the textbook lessons.

Student materials

Prentice Hall Mathematics: Course 1   Pearson, Prentice Hall
Accompanying Workbook for Course 1   Pearson, Prentice Hall

English

In English Language Arts, students enjoy discovering the whole gamut of communicating through words.  Our reading explorations dovetail with History class through historical novels and cultural tales. History also provides themes for writing and research.

The writing process and six-traits are used continually throughout the year in a variety of projects including, but not limited, to book making, public speaking, and literature circles.

Students in Grades 5 and 6 continue to enhance their English Language Arts basics throughout the year via systematic studies of spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics.

Teacher resources

Building Spelling Skills   Evan-Moor
Vocabulary Workshop  Sadlier

Science

This class gives students an overview of the four major/central areas of science:

  1. Life Science: classification, cells, body systems, plants animals, and biomes
  2. Earth Science: plate tectonics, rocks, minerals, fossils, resources, and weather
  3. Physical Science: building blocks of matter, forces, motion, machines, and energy
  4. Space/Technology: Earth, sun, moon, solar system, universe, and space exploration and its impact on technology

Class consists of short lectures, hands-on labs, class discussions, and periodic testing for assessing comprehension and mastery.  Our labs are age-appropriate and include real-world connections.  Students are free to ask many questions and cooperate with each other on lab assignments.

Student materials

Science: The Diamond Edition – Scott Foresman

Teacher resources

The Planet Earth video series – BBC
The Privileged Planet – Illustria Media

History

Acknowledging God as the Lord of history, Grades 5 and 6 explore World History in a two-year cycle.

Beginning with Ancient History, we explore the cultures that laid the foundations for our current civilizations.  We investigate each continent’s unique geography and peoples and their contributions to the world community. The second year continues with exploring emerging nations and cultures; the expansion of technology and revolutions throughout the world.

As we experience each culture, each student selects a chosen theme to explore throughout the year, such as communication, technology, food, or textiles.  Each student creates a theme book and shares their knowledge with the class, in the process becoming the class expert on that subject.  This project allows students to connect with research on a less formal, personal level.  More formal research is reserved for their country or state report in the late spring.

Current events are discussed weekly, as students and teachers alike share about events currently shaping our world.

Using the rich resources of our region, including the 33- member Finger Lakes Library system and the Einuadi Center for International Studies at Cornell University, students are exposed to literature, information, and treasures from around the world.

Student resources

Our World   MacMillan/McGraw-Hill

Art

The art room is a creative hot spot. Our students sit around a large table area so that ideas and materials can be shared while they work. Inspirational artwork hangs on the walls, and the shelves are stocked with every conceivable supply.

Under the instruction of our art teacher, our students  gain confidence with media like clay, watercolor, and collage materials.  In the process, they further develop their art techniques by analyzing famous artists, observing and receiving instruction from visiting artists, and exploring of new material and methods of creating art (i.e. potters’ wheel, batik, printmaking, and tie-dye).

Teacher resources

Arts and Activities   Publishers’ Development Corp.
Discovering Great Artists   MaryAnn F. Kohl
Dynamic Art Projects for Children   Denise Logan
The Usborne Book of Art Ideas   Fiona Watt


Spanish 5

Grade 5  students receive a foundation for reading and writing in Spanish. In this grade, students begin to make the transition from familiarity to proficiency with vocabulary such as colors, days of the week, and numbers. They learn to spell and write new vocabulary and have the opportunity to show off their skills through poetry, pen pal letters, and other creative class projects. At the same time, we start conversation development as students learn to talk about themselves and how to inquire about others. These skills are sharpened through role-playing activities and class presentations.

In the classroom, our students receive a foundation for reading and writing in Spanish. For example, our food vocabulary lessons are typically accompanied by fun kitchen activities such as preparing a dish from a Spanish speaking country, such as Tostones from Puerto Rico or homemade salsa and guacamole for a school-wide Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Student materials

Paso a Paso A   Scott Foresman
Paso a Paso A Practice Workbook   Scott Foresman

Teacher resources

Audio/video tapes

Spanish 6

Our Grade 6  students learn how to describe and ask about others. We also introduce grammar techniques necessary for discussing future plans and past experiences. They learn how to extend invitations and how to respond appropriately. Our students use vocabulary review games, written and verbal dialogue, and other comprehension skill-building exercises. For example, our food vocabulary lessons are typically accompanied by fun kitchen activities such as preparing a dish from a Spanish speaking country, such as Tostones from Puerto Rico or homemade salsa and guacamole for a school-wide Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Student materials

Paso a Paso A   Scott Foresman
Paso a Paso a Practice Workbook   Scott Foresman

Teacher resources

Audio/video tapes

Grades 7 - 8

In Grades 7 and 8, the bulletin board is updated with current projects, whether creative writing exercises or reports on Civil War figures. Our students enjoy the privileges of seniority, which includes access to a private eating area and a comfortable lounge area with couches.

Bible

Bible is a two-year course.  In the first year, we do an Old Testament survey covering all 39 books.  Included are memory verses of key texts, the Ten Commandments, and a study of the major covenants.  Time is also spent on the hidden and expressed attributes of God and basic historic doctrines of the Trinity, salvation, gifts, and callings, and God’s overall plan of calling a covenantal people designed to steward His world.

The second year is a New Testament survey with a strong emphasis on the life of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit on the book of Acts.  We learn about the basic doctrines of salvation, redemption, and sanctification.

There is a lot of Bible reading, discussion and question and answer times for the students.  We also keep a list of about 22 key verses and themes during both years: creation, Abraham’s covenant, the Ten Commandments,  the New Commandment, the Greatest Commandment, Psalm 23, Psalm 100, Isaiah 53, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Beattitudes are some of the topics included.

Mathematics 7

In seventh grade math, we continue the three-year curriculum started in sixth grade.  Concepts covered include fractions, decimals, linear equations, geometry, and proportions.  We review each concept and then expand on in greater depth.  The students work through related problems in class and daily homework assignments are completed to supplement the class work.  We use hands-on activities and manipulatives to enhance the textbook lessons.

Student materials

Prentice Hall Mathematics: Course 2   Pearson, Prentice Hall
Accompanying Workbook for Course 2   Pearson, Prentice Hall

Mathematics 8

In eighth grade math,  students complete the third year of the curriculum started in sixth grade.  Concepts covered include fractions, decimals, linear equations, proportions, and geometry.  We introduce concepts in class and then students work through example problems.  Daily homework assignments supplement the class work.  We use hands-on activities and manipulatives to enhance the textbook lessons as well.

Student materials

Prentice Hall Mathematics: Course 3   Pearson, Prentice Hall
Accompanying Workbook for Course 3   Pearson, Prentice Hall

Physical Science

Physical Science begins with a biblical foundation of God as Creator, making all of the matter of the universe out of nothing.  Then we look at the periodic chart with the elements as the building blocks of the universe and study the properties of matter. We explore the chemistry of matter with atoms and their ability to bond as well as chemical reactions.  Then we move into motion, forces, and energy and today’s uses/needs of energy.  Toward the end of the year, we study heat, light, and electromagnetic energy, in light of our call to be good stewards of resources, the environmental effects of energy use, and the search for new, viable sources of energy.  Weekly labs help students to apply information from lectures, debates, and discussion.

Student materials

Exploring Physical Science – Prentice Hall
The Bible – New International Version

Teacher resources

Exploring Chemical Elements and Their Compounds    TAB Books/McGraw Hill
Polymer Chemistry   NSTA National Science Teacher’s Association
Science of the Physical Creation   A Beka Books
The Elements   Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

Life Science

The classroom is a mixture of lectures, question and answer, and lots of student participation.  There are hands-on weekly labs that explore topics like the metric system, osmosis, structures of plant/animal cells, and growth of various cultures.  The students show proficiency by their answers in class and through regular testing.  In this relaxed, open atmosphere, we encourage students to ask questions, and we occasionally hold debates on controversial topics.  Biology covers the metric system, various styles of scientific proofs and then covers cell theory, cells, tissues and organ systems.  Each of the 6 Kingdoms  are covered at an introductory level.  We give additional attention to human biology and anatomy. In addition, we address alcohol, tobacco and drugs and touch on genetics, biomes and man’s responsibility to steward the planet.

Student materials

Exploring Life Science – Prentice Hall

Teacher resources

Redeeming Science – Crossway Books
Explore Evolution – Hill House Publishers
Planet Earth video series – BBC Video
Investigating Evolution video series- Coldwater Media
The Privileged Planet book and video- Illustria Media
Darwin’s Dilemma – Illustria Media

English

Our two-year curriculum is based on classic and contemporary literature with a strong emphasis on self-expression in writing. We enjoy an introduction to great writers and the chance to explore the complex worldview presented by the various writers. We engage in lively conversation as we seek to understand God’s perspective in each story and poem. We also complete journal assignments, creative writing prompts, and a major research paper where students learn to use a thesis and MLA formatting style.

Student materials

The Killer Angels   Michael Shaara
Oliver Twist   Charles Dickens
The Giver   Lois Lowry
Fahrenheit 451   Ray Bradbury
A Midsummer Night’s Dream   William Shakespeare
Johnny Tremain   Esther Forbes
The Witch of Blackbird Pond   Elizabeth Speare
The Silver Chair   C.S. Lewis
The Last Battle   C.S. Lewis
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry   Mildred Taylor
Short Stories by Edgar Allen Poe, O’Henry, and more
Poems by Langston Hughes

American History

Using the Bible as a base, we study God’s laws that apply to all people, at all times, in all places. During this two-year program, we study how law developed in England (Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights) and in the United States (Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights). Lively discussions, response papers, reports, and classroom debates add to our learning approaches. We also memorize portions of famous historical documents and learn about being involved citizens. Students learn to serve the community through various outreaches and take in-depth field trips to Boston and Gettysburg.

Student materials

The American Nation   Prentice Hall
The Federalist Papers  Various Publishers (Penguin Classics)

Teacher resources

Teaching with Documents   National Archives
The Law   Foundation for Economic Education, Irvington-on-the-Hudson
Common Sense    Thomas Paine
Essential Thinkers   by Alexander DeTocqueville

Art

The art room is a creative hot spot. Our students sit around a large table area so that ideas and materials can be shared while they work. Inspirational artwork hangs on the walls, and the shelves are stocked with every conceivable supply.

Under the instruction of our art teacher, our students  gain confidence with media like clay, watercolor, and collage materials.  In the process, we further develop art techniques by analyzing famous artists, observing and receiving instruction from visiting artists, and exploring of new material and methods of creating art (i.e. potters’ wheel, batik, printmaking, and tie-dye).

Teacher resources

Arts and Activities   Publishers’ Development Corp.
Discovering Great Artists   MaryAnn F. Kohl
Dynamic Art Projects for Children   Denise Logan
The Usborne Book of Art Ideas   Fiona Watt


Spanish 7

In Grade 7, our students learn vocabulary necessary to describe homes, neighborhoods, give instructions, and discuss vacation plans. We use previously acquired vocabulary to old and new grammar construction and increase self-editing skills by paying closer attention to conjugation, noun-adjective agreement, spelling, and more. Students receive interactive introductions to new vocabulary words and review familiar vocabulary through classroom games. Through audio activities, students gain exposure to various regional accents and pronunciations. Dialogue writing and role-playing situations (i.e. shopping in a Spanish-speaking market) aid conversation development. Students also design a 3D spanish dictionary, usually depicting a room of their home, or a whole house or apartment.

Student materials

Paso a Paso 1   Scott Foreman
Paso  a Paso 1 Practice Workbook   Scott Foreman

Spanish 8

By Grade 8, students understand basic Spanish through reading, listening, speaking, and writing. In the classroom, we enjoy translation activities, vocabulary review games, writing dialogues and letters, group activities, presentations, and more. Students know how to start conversations, collect and provide information, give or request directions, and discuss topics like school, food, vacation, and media.  The first two quarters of the year mark the completion of the Paso a Paso curriculum and the last two quarters consist of cumulative review of material from the past three years. Grade 8 students look forward to our special field trip to the local Mexican restaurant, where we order lunch in Spanish and enjoy a meal together!

Student materials

Paso a Paso 1   Scott Foreman
Paso a Paso 1 Practice Workbook   Scott Foreman

Teacher resources

Audio/video tapes