Students focus on the faithfulness of God and how He always keeps His promises. Each week a Bible Story and Biblical truths are shared. Our study begins in Genesis with the Creation and covers key stories and passages in both the Old and New Testaments. Church Holy Days such as the Advent and Lenten seasons are discussed and celebrated. Activities and additional media help children comprehend and apply Biblical truths. Character development is taught through the teaching of The Fruit of the Spirit with a different fruit emphasized each month.
Teachers help students build foundational reading skills with a strong focus on phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, always keeping the goal of developing a love of reading in mind. Students work in small groups to ensure their individual needs are met, often using their reading experiences as a starting point.
Students read a variety of literature and use instruction in phonics to support reading skills. Students write often, work on spelling, grammar, and mechanics in the natural context of literature and language. In social studies, they are introduced to the concept of citizenship and democracy, pioneers and inventors, geography and world cultures.
Students begin to read more complex chapter books and have the ability to “read to learn” comfortably. They begin cursive handwriting and creative writing with dialogue. In social studies, students concentrate on civics, economics, geography, and history and how they relate to our community. They learn the United States’ state capitals by region, do a unit on the history of DeLand, and complete a small business project.
Students expand their knowledge about the world around them and other cultures with a theme-based curriculum. They are encouraged to stretch their reading skills by trying many different genres and interests. Writing is integrated into their day and often relates to the reading they have done.
Students have four academic subjects daily and several special areas throughout the week. A key focus is on organizational skills. In language arts, students often tie novels into their history studies in U.S. geography and early American history through the Civil War, and classes immerse themselves into the westward expansion and the Oregon Trail. This unit culminates with students building their own miniature Conestoga wagon.