The Southwest Christian School elementary curriculum builds on the core subjects of Bible, language arts, reading, mathematics, social studies and science to equip students to think critically, write effectively and solve problems successfully. Through enrichment classes, students gain a global perspective, use technology confidently and develop creativity and individual talents. As students progress through the elementary years, they develop responsibility, independence, self-directed learning and a servant’s heart for community service and ministry to others. Fifth and sixth grade students participate in a “middle school model” and rotate among core content specialists. High-achieving students are grouped together for mathematics and language arts in hopes that they will qualify for advanced academic placements as 7th graders.
The focus of Bible in the elementary school is centered on teaching students Biblical principles and truths and helping them to apply them to their daily lives. The curriculum includes Bible reading, scripture memorization, discussions, activities, and service projects. Biblical truth is woven throughout all subject areas and is the lens through which students are encouraged to view the world. Discussions include worldview and Biblical world.
The Reading and language arts curriculum in early elementary begins with phonemic awareness activities, phonics, sight words and vocabulary development. Students then begin using high quality, balanced literature, tools and strategies to grow into lifelong readers. The curriculum combines phonics, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, writing and handwriting instruction and allows for differentiation through hands-on experiences and the full use of today’s latest technology like Smart Board activities and digital student editions. Student assessment aligns with our yearly Terra Nova testing. The Accelerated Reader program will also be used to build confidence and competency using age-appropriate literature to enhance our reading curriculum.
Elementary mathematics instruction begins with a strong foundation based on concrete experiences using manipulatives and practicing new skills. Confidence and automaticity with math facts are critical as concepts become more complex. Students learn problem-solving strategies that help them apply mathematics to real-world situations. Online digital resources for re-teaching, extended practice and enrichment are provided for students who need additional support and/or challenge. All instruction and assessment align with national standards and the end of year Terra Nova assessments.
Students at each grade level are engaged in science through topical studies. The scientific process is taught, and resource books, videos, hands-on labs, Internet, and group projects enhance student understanding. Online digital resources for re-teaching, extended practice and enrichment are provided for students who need additional support and/or challenge. All instruction and assessment align with national standards and the end of year Terra Nova assessments. All students participate in weekly lab experiences either in our state-of-the-art science lab or in outdoor education at Old MacKirk’s Farm.
Early elementary students begin social studies with literature-based units about their neighborhoods and communities and how they work. As the students move through the grades, their focus widens as they analyze United States and world history and geography, compare cultures, and use map and globe skills. Students read, write, discuss and research societies. Maps, literature, Internet resources, periodicals, and field trips enhance the curriculum. Online digital resources for re-teaching, extended practice and enrichment are provided for students who need additional support and/or challenge. All instruction and assessment align with national standards and the end of year Terra Nova assessments.