The Wonderful World of Kindergarten!
The boys and girls in kindergarten start their day with circle time. This is the time when number skills are applied with the number chart and calendar. They recite the pledges and have a short prayer time.
Our Bible adventure starts with the story of creation and ends with the life of Christ. Role playing and games are used to review the stories. On Friday, students recite Bible verses and lead in the singing of their favorite songs.
Phonics and writing help the students develop their reading, writing, and spelling skills. The beginning of the year starts with mastering letters and sounds. Later, the sounds are blended together to form words. In the middle of the year, students start to read and write and illustrate in their journals, bringing new skills to a new level.
Students explore the world of numbers with a variety of activities. Hands-on activities such as counting teddies, shapes, and making numbers with tiles and flashcards, “playing store,” bingo, and some seat work. All of these activities bring numbers to life!
The children love to go on field trips. Throughout the year they enjoy a variety of trips such as the fire station and pumpkin patch. The parents enjoy joining in the fun.
Kindergarten participates in art, music, library, computer, P.E., and Spanish specials each week. They also perform in the various programs held by the school throughout the year including Grandparents’ Day and the Christmas program to name a few.
Kindergarten curriculum includes A Beka and Bob Jones Press along with a variety of teacher-created units to complement learning and critical thinking.
Below is a general outline of our Kindergarten program here at CCS:
Bible: The Wordless Book, Story of Creation, Lives of Patriarchs, Life of Christ, A-Z Memory verses, Year Verse (Eph. 4:32, Psa. 23)
Phonics: Short sounds (a, e, I, o, u), consonant sounds, blends, simple words, long sounds (a, e, I, o, u), readers
Numbers: Count 1-100 (by 1’s, 5’s 10’s), recognize numerals, addition, shapes, write numbers and number words (1-10), before and after specific numbers
Writing: Correct formation of letters, correct position of letters, correct spacing, journals
Skills: Learn address and phone number, can tie shoes, can zip, button, and snap
Show and Tell (specific topics and dates will be assigned)
Report Cards (quarterly)
While all the grades have their own characteristics, First Grade is a foundational year for mathematics and especially reading.
The curriculum we use is A Beka, supplemented by several other curricula. Our students learn to read by the phonetic method, interspersed with basic spelling rules. We teach traditional math, and in the second semester the students really enjoy their introduction to multiplication! We have lots of games, visuals, and activities each day. The students really enjoy their computer class. We have several field trips each semester, but our favorite one is the Dentistry Museum in Baltimore, which is a very interactive program! The best part of our day is studying God’s Word.
Second Graders at CCS expand previous first grade experiences through a variety of ways. Our class uses centers and hands-on activities regularly. New concepts are experienced through age-appropriate games, lessons, and technology. We take a variety of field trips throughout the year which enrich our studies in history and science. We visit the Baltimore Aquarium, Baugher’s Orchard, children’s plays at Goucher College, the Maryland Zoo, and Ft. McHenry to name a few.
Our Reading curriculum encourages lifelong readers. We make reading fun and meaningful by regularly presenting creative book reports, and also class plays complete with costumes, student created props, and backdrops. Second graders participate in the Book-It Reading program each year. We learn to enjoy reading both for pleasure and information. Remaining areas in language arts allow our students to develop good writing skills, become good spellers, and overall become willing participants in the world of language and reading.
Bible class helps our young students to understand God’s powerful creation and His plan for that creation. We learn through stories, verses, songs, and many hands-on presentations each week. Our students regularly present songs, skits, and verse recitations in our Elementary Chapel.
The Math curriculum is demanding and prepares students for our fast growing technical world. We cover math concepts through games, hands-on activities, and technology.
Science and History are greatly loved by second graders here at CCS. We enjoy doing experiments related to our units of study, taking field trips to enrich our learning experiences, and participating in special days designed to enhance lessons through stations, art, and games.
The second grade classroom is always busy with new activities. Our students are happy and love to learn. We strive to involve our parents in the classroom, thus working together to develop confident, eager learners who demonstrate spiritual growth and a growing love for our Lord.
In Third Grade Bible, we use Bob Jones curriculum. We learn a variety of verses, catechisms (Bible doctrines). Bible lessons begin in Genesis with Creation and by the end of the year we are in Revelation studying the Promised Return.
For Spelling/Vocabulary, we use A Beka. We learn a variety of 10 words and definitions over a 2-week time period, reviewing all units every 4 weeks.
For Language, Penmanship, Science, and History we use A Beka curriculum.
Math(Bob Jones Press) covers addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measures, money, time equations, fractions, Roman numerals, and story problems.
In Language, we learn sentence types, punctuation, capitalization, word usage, friendly letter, and creative writing. We also do book reports.
For Penmanship, we learn and then concentrate on their cursive writing skills.
Science begins with a study of the nervous system. We also study plants, animals, and even touch on earth science. The big third grade project is the Animal Notebook in which the students collect pictures of animals to label and classify.
History covers characters of American history beginning with Columbus and others who were important in exploring the New World. We cover several characters from the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. We also study authors such as John Greenleaf Whittier and Louisa May Alcott. We end the unit with famous evangelist Billy Sunday and Martin Luther King, Jr.
In Reading, we again use the Bob Jones curriculum as well as A Beka. We try to improve the skills in Reading as well as work on comprehension. We also learn several poems throughout the year by authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson and Eugene Field.
Third grade also takes several field trips throughout the year. A trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore ties in very well with our Animal Notebook. We have seen several different plays over the years such as “Peter and the Wolf” or “Charlotte’s Web”. We also try to take a trip to a local historical home to tie in with our history unit.
We also enjoy seasonal parties or craft time during the year.
In Bible we learn about how God has dealt with people throughout all of history. Old Testament and New Testament stories are covered. The students learn memory verses and songs. Each month they are responsible for the special in chapel. This is a place where they can use their talents for the Lord and bless other people. The students sing, play instruments, share poems, sing songs and recite Bible verses that they have learned. Service to others in the community is stressed all year long.
The Reading curriculum is a collection of short stories. Each story teaches character qualities and what one should do when they face a problem. There are workbook pages that go along with the text book, which are done together. Little Read and Think stories are done to improve comprehension. Three major book reports are done throughout the year. Each student shares what they have learned through a shadow box or dressing up. Daily quiet individual reading time is stressed. A weekly trip to our library is part of the reading program.
Language Arts: The eight parts of speech are studied through workbook pages. Weekly spelling units are completed-20 words per unit. Penmanship is taught and cursive writing is reviewed. Creative writing is allowed to happen through writing program, which leads them to enter Fine Arts. Poetry is memorized weekly.
The Math curriculum is demanding. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers start the year. Then fractions are introduced. Weekly tests are given. Concepts are tied to previous experiences, building stone upon stone. Field trips teach proper handling of money. Mountain Math is used to review all concepts weekly.
Science curriculum covers insects, plants, birds, matter, energy, geology, oceanography and astronomy. A major study is done in identifying different birds.
The History curriculum covers American history from the years of exploration to present day. Important documents and lists are memorized, like the names of all of the presidents-in order. Each quarter we present a program of the material that we have learned to the Super Sixties, thus reaching out into the community. During 3rd quarter each students is responsible to complete a Maryland State Notebook. It is a ten-week project. It is a lot of work, but the students enjoy the research part and the presentation of their work.
In the fall, 4th grade goes to Annapolis and visits the State House and the Naval Academy. It is the kick off event for the Maryland State Notebook which is done 3rd quarter. In December, the fourth and fifth grades go caroling around the county. It has been a wonderful day of blessing others-older people who can’t get out. In the spring they go see Maryland, My Maryland a play about Maryland history. The last field trip is to Gettysburg, after we have studied the Civil War. The students always love this trip, the best is saved for the last trip.
The goal of 4th grade is to do our best to please the Lord and to learn the things we need to know to go on to be successful students.
Fifth grade Bible uses Bob Jones as the main source of curriculum. Each week the students memorize verses that go along with each lesson. They learn catechisms that teach the students Bible doctrines. We learn about God’s judgment and grace, how to build godly character and foundations for living. We also learn about preachers and missionaries like Billy Sunday and Mary Slessor. The students enjoy dressing up and becoming the characters we discuss from the Bible.
Spelling & Vocabulary:
The class uses ABeka as our main source for material in spelling and vocabulary. Every other week the students have 20 words to focus on to learn to spell. They have 12 of the same words to learn the definitions. Every other week they are then tested on the vocabulary words. They have two pages each week to work on in the spelling book. Some of the extra words come from the science and history topics they are studying. We play a game called “Sparkle” each week, a game the kids love to play!
Curriculum: A Beka
Units: verbs, nouns, sentences & sentence parts, pronouns, modifiers, using modifiers well, prepositions, conjunctions & interjections, punctuation, quotations and capitals, the writing process: book reports, letters, paragraphs, and outlines, using the encyclopedia to write reports, library research report, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms, using the dictionary and thesaurus, complements: direct/indirect objects and predicate nominative
Projects: Helen Keller and Library research report
Using the A Beka curriculum, “God’s Gift of Language”, the fifth grade begins the unit reviewing subjects and predicates. We then move in to the eight parts of speech. We have songs that help us remember verbs and prepositions. As we build, we move on to diagramming sentences. We learn to write compositions, stories, thank you letters, and culminate with a research paper to highlight our hard work. We have a wax museum to share what we have learned as we dress up and become the person that we studied. We do three book reports and the research paper over the year. Each students stand in front of the class to share their findings. They learn how to stand, articulate, and make their stories exciting using the tone of their voice. They have poems to memorize each month that go along with the seasons. Some of them we get to share in chapel on Monday mornings.
Using curriculum designed by Bob Jones Press, each day, a new topic is introduced. The book begins as a review of what they know and moves in to what they are not familiar with. The book covers fractions, decimals, story problems, percentages, money, times, multiplying three digits by three digits, rounding numbers, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, as well as working on graphs and more.
Curriculum: Bob Jones University
Units & Goals: Discerning purposes for reading, identify solutions to problems, identify cause and effect relationships, sequencing events, interpreting responses of characters, detecting changes in characters, inferring the motives of characters, defining vocabulary words using sentence context clues, recalling facts and details, drawing conclusions, identifying purposes for reading and writing, identifying character traits, discerning the emotions of character
Projects: two book reports, folktale and fable story, fiction story, fact and opinion paragraphs, poetry and using alliteration, realistic fiction story, using dialogue in a story, legend, creative writing (using words to paint a picture), autobiography, student biography, book reviews.
The fifth grade studied the “Pages in My Head” curriculum from Bob Jones. There are stories each day. Sometimes, they read aloud as a group, read in silence, or sometimes with a partner. There are different units and different types of stories as well as skills to interest the young reader. We use this to motivate them when it is their turn to write. They study how to determine who their audience is, the write, who they are writing to, where did he or she get their ideas to write the story and where the story takes place. We are able to compare and contrast stories. They read and act out the plays and can even relate to some!
Curriculum: A Beka
Units: Nature, mammals, light, earth, sea, engines, sky, weather, vertebrates
Projects: mammal report, bird report
We use the A Beka curriculum for science. We begin the year investigating nature. The kids bring in a lot of insects and anything they can find to add to their “creature center.” Next, they explore mammals and learn about their habitats, learn what they eat and their characteristics. Each student works on a poster of an animal to present to the class. We also discuss light, study Treasures of the earth, and The Living Sea. With each, we have activities with flashlights, we crack open geodes, and we have a “pet” fish to observe in the classroom. We study energy, the sky, weather and vertebrates. We do experiments with eggs and air pressure, diffusion, static electricity and balloons! We go into a room to observe constellations and see how many stars can be counted. We utilize many centers in our study of science. We go on a field trip to Charlotte’s Quest in the fall to see the stuffed mammals and are given a lesson on what animals we would find in our location. We also visit Charlotte’s Quest in the spring to do a pond study.
Curriculum: A Beka
Units: Asia – The Fertile Crescent, The Ancient Middle East, The Middle East today, Countries of Central and Southern Asia, Countries of the Far East, Africa – Egypt, Africa Long Ago, Africa in Modern Times, Europe – Ancient Greece, Rome, England, Other Countries of Western Europe, Other Countries of Eastern Europe, and studies of Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica
Projects: Free country vs. communist country (group project), Current events oral reports
The fifth grade uses A Beka to study Old World History and Geography from a Christian Perspective. We learn about Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Greece, Rome, Western Europe and Australia. With each unit we study maps, countries, capitals, deserts, and mountains and gain an understanding of the culture, dress, traditions, and how their governments were established. We study missionaries that went into remote places and the sacrifice and love that they have for the people. We learn about many documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. We compare our set up of government to the ones we study.
Curriculum: A Beka
Units: Circulatory, food & nutrition, digestive system, physical fitness, God’s creation (You)
Projects: food and activity journals
“Enjoying Good Health” from the A Beka curriculum gives the students an overview of the body and how it works. It starts with the circulatory system and they learn to identify parts of the heart. The class uses models of the heart, body, and eye to better understand the way each works. The class discusses the importance of eating healthy and nutrition. Students keep a chart for a week which lists the things we eat and identify how we could make better decisions. The classes studies the digestive system and how God designed everything to work together for our health. They learn how about our muscles and the skeletal system and how they help us bend and move. We end the unit learning how to have a good relationship with friends and others and dicsuss our attitudes and how we can be our best.