1st & 2nd Grades

First Grade

Language Arts and Math are the primary focus of the first grade curriculum. The goal is to provide a solid educational foundation in the basics.

Religion
Bible stories are used to teach about God’s love and salvation and lessons are applied to the lives of the students. Bible verses highlighting the lessons’ themes are used for memory work

Reading/Language/Phonics
Houghton Mifflin Reading is used as the basis for a program that focuses on the skills of phonics, high frequency words, comprehension, writing, and language. Students develop a love for reading with a sequential program that brings them success and a selection of stories that are fun to read. A variety of other reading materials are used for reading fluency practice.

Mathematics
The Houghton Mifflin Mathematics program for first grade includes the concepts of addition, subtraction, graphing, number patterns, money, geometry, fractions, measurement, time, and calendar. Problem solving and reasoning skills are key components throughout the series.

English
Units cover the parts and types of sentences, capitalization and punctuation, nouns, pronouns, verbs, and adjectives. Writing units include stories, personal narratives, descriptions, and instructions.

Spelling
Spelling units consist of reinforcing letter-sound relationships, phonics and spelling connections, vocabulary practice, writing prompts, proofreading, and high frequency words.

Science
Hands-on activities and a Christian perspective are key aspects of the Science curriculum. Units of study include living things, weather and seasons, magnets, and Earth’s land and water.

Social Studies
Areas of study include families, communities, our country, and geography and map skills. Discovery pockets and centers are hands-on activities that help students in their learning.

Other areas of the curriculum include Handwriting, Art, Music, P.E., and Computers.

 

Second Grade

Second grade continues to focus on Language Arts and Math in order to strengthen skills necessary for being successful in all subject areas. They also learn to be more independent in their work.

Religion
Bible stories are used to teach about God’s love and salvation and lessons are applied to the lives of the students. Bible verses highlighting the lessons’ themes are used for memory work.

Reading/Language/Phonics
Houghton Mifflin Reading emphasizes phonics, high frequency words, comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and language skills. This program strives to increase confidence and independence in the students as lifelong readers through interesting and informative selections. A variety of other reading materials are used for reading fluency practice.

Mathematics
The Houghton Mifflin Mathematics program for second grade includes the concepts of addition, subtraction, numbers and patterns, graphing, money, geometry, fractions, multiplication, division, measurement, time, and calendar. Problem solving and reasoning skills are key components throughout the series.

English
Areas of study include the parts and types of sentences, capitalization and punctuation, pronouns, verbs, and adjectives. Writing units include personal narratives, stories, descriptions, instructions, and opinions.

Spelling
Spelling units include spelling strategies, phonics, vocabulary activities, dictionary lessons, and proofreading.

Science
Units of study include interactions of living things, light and color, Earth through time, and phases of matter. Hands-on activities and a Christian perspective are key aspects of the Science curriculum.

Social Studies
Areas of study focus on map skills and geography, community government and services, and our country’s history, symbols, and traditions. Students experience a variety of ways to gather and retain information by using centers, mini-books, and discovery projects.

Other areas of the curriculum include Handwriting, Art, Music, P.E., and Computers.