Our Preschool program promotes a hands-on, interactive learning approach. The program consists of Pathways for Preschool, a flexible program for three year olds and Footsteps for Fours and K5 Beginnings which are interspersed with music, science, language, history, and handwriting. Songs, charts, and activities are just a few of the elements used for your preschool students' future academic success.
Because knowing the Bible is essential to having a biblical worldview, Bible study tools, maps, timelines, and charts are presented in Grades 1–6 Bible Truths to help elementary-age students develop a Bible-reading habit and learn to study the Bible on their own. The Bible lessons span from Creation to the new heaven and new earth.
Secondary Bible Truths covers all of Scripture. Students are taught events, doctrines, and principles and are given a selection of verses to memorize. Bible study tools, including maps and timelines, are still used to help students learn to study the Bible on their own. Every lesson endeavors to apply Scripture to daily life and in turn deepens students knowledge of and love for the Word of God. The Bible Modulars, additional secondary Bible materials, can be used to supplement your Bible program.
Our Heritage Studies textbooks use a chronological narrative approach to acquaint elementary-level students with historical people, places, and events. Activities—discussion questions, timelines, maps, and online searches—that build on the previous grade are also employed to aid your students' comprehension and retention of the materials.
Secondary-level Heritage Studies builds on the foundation laid in elementary and expands students’ understanding of world and U.S. history, geography, government, and economics. This information is presented using a narrative approach instead of teaching by memorization to ensure students academic success.
In elementary English, phonics, reading, writing, and spelling are consistent and connected—woven together to provide students with a solid language-arts foundation. Students cover one part of speech at a time with systematic review and ample practice, helping them develop writing skills and guiding them through the writing process as they write reports, stories, descriptions, poems, letters, and essays. Spelling uses a word-search approach as students learn about spelling patterns and rules. In Handwriting, students use the PreCursive and cursive methods to master good penmanship.
Secondary English builds on the foundation formed in elementary grades by applying those skills to higher-level writing. New grammar skills are added and ample writing opportunities are provided so that students can apply new skills to real-life writing—letters, essays, reports, speeches, and digital content. Vocabulary, also for Grades 7–12, partners with Writing & Grammar to include exercises in which students must use new words in context—cementing the meaning, spelling, and correct use of words.
Elementary Math ensures success by systematically reviewing previously learned concepts as well as building new skills. Manipulatives are used in Grades 1–6 by both teacher and student. Using manipulatives promotes interactive learning that engages all students in the learning process. Lessons are designed to help students learn how to apply their math skills to real-life needs, such as cooking, carpentry, finance, and medicine.
The Secondary Math program helps students develop reasoning and problem-solving skills as they use graphing calculators, spreadsheets, programming projects, and online keyword searches to explore math. The key to success in math is comprehension of the material, and our math courses aid students in connecting each new lesson to previously learned concepts.
Because phonics forms the groundwork for reading, our Reading program builds on the phonics foundation from K5 Beginnings and Phonics & English 1 in Reading 1. Students study letter-sound associations and syllable patterns with an emphasis on word families. To ensure comprehension and to develop higher-order thinking skills, reading selections incorporate questions on four levels—literal, interpretive, critical, and appreciative.
Literature, for secondary students, goes beyond learning facts and literary terms to studying literary elements and interpretation. Included literary selections are from different cultures, genres, and time periods, the primary goal being to help students understand their fellow man. Students evaluate each selection with questions, analysis, and activities; questions engage four levels of thinking skills: literal, interpretative, critical, and appreciative.
Elementary Science encourages hands-on, interactive learning. Enriching lessons incorporate demonstrations, activities, and group discussions and introduce science-process skills through hands-on activities and projects. Each science textbook points to the wisdom of God and His designing hand.
The focus of Secondary Science is science as a powerful tool for living out God’s first commandment to man: have dominion over the earth. Students are taught to evaluate the findings of modern science, to interpret them through God’s Word, and to think critically about modern scientific issues, such as cancer and pollution. Throughout our science curriculum, students will see the interdisciplinary relation to history, math, and literature.