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The disciplines instilled in our youth are designed to first and foremost embrace a love for and desire to follow Jesus Christ. As students of the Word of God, our primary focus is to help our families see the world through the lenses of "Creation, The Fall, and Redemption". The Elementary Department consists of two divisions: lower, 1st - 3rd grades and upper, 4th - 6th grades.

Each school day begins with prayer, the pledges to the American and Christian flags, and the Bible; followed by a Bible lesson. The rigorous Bob Jones curriculum includes Bible, phonics, reading, handwriting, social studies, language, spelling, mathematics, and science using a Biblical worldview.

Our teachers provide a structured learning environment in which student's learn about God's world from a Biblical perspective. They are taught to use their understanding of God's perspective to be a blessing to Him, themselves, and others.

Our goal for our Elementary students is that they become independent learners and researchers well equipped for the challenges of Middle School. The following provides the core of our elementary academic programs.

BIBLE

Stories from God's Word provide an oppotunity for our students to study and understand Bible verses, develop biblical thinking, and formulate Biblical philosophies. It also teaches students how to read maps, utilize logic, and make paper crafts to extend understanding of God's Word. Students learn about God's people from Creation to Revelation. 

READING/PHONICS

The goal of our elementary reading program is to build upon the skills already developed in preschool. Our reading textbooks contain developmentally appropriate selections from a variety of genres with a progression of difficulty. Feature pages are included before and after selections to highlight literary skills, comprehension questions, and vocabulary.

LANGUAGE STUDIES

Our language program places emphasis on traditional grammar as well as practice with vital reference skills and step-by-step use of the Writing Process for several writing assignments, such as personal narrative, tall tale, persuasive essay, and more. The student worktext provides guided practice, independent practice, chapter reviews, and cumulative reviews.

MATHEMATICS

Math uses manipulatives to build on the mathematical foundations of addition, subtractions, multiplication, division, place value, and many others; and to develop the student's understanding of these concepts. Students are able to read and interpret a variety of charts and graphs. The have a greater understanding of geometry, fractions, decimals, and measurements. The practical use of the problem solving plan is to emphasize as well as the memorization of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.

SCIENCE

Our science program provides age appropriate scientific information through test, diagrams, and charts, as well as captioned photographs, illustrations, and special interest boxes. Each section ends with Quick Check questions to assess students understanding of the concepts taught.

HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY

Our history and geography books are a colorful, age appropriate presentation of social studies that integrates government, culture, economics, and geography from a Christian worldview. Every chapter in our textbooks include stunning art, maps, timelines, graphs, photos, and quick check questions. Some chapters have an extended activity and biographies to enhance learning.

HEALTH

Our students learn the study of their bodies and how we are to care for it. This class explores proper health, safety, and manners at the primary level. It teaches them about the circulatory system, nutrition and physical fitness, digestive system, and our inner spiritual makeup.

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENTS

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Our health and physical education classes help students develop a desire to live a healthy life. Instruction focuses on building their manipulative and motor skills while teaching rules, strategies, and game play of a variety of sports. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of staying healthy.

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

We desire for our students to appreciate and develop the ability to express the God given talent through music and the performing arts. Beginning in preschool music is added to the curriculum through songs, poems, and movement. In elementary, our students learn to identify music symbols and their meanings, the families of the orchestra, and the members of each family, vocabulary such as forte (loud) and piano (soft) are added to their vocabulary, and note values. Visual, tactile, and auditory materials further their understanding of musical instruments and their sounds.

Productions throughout the year allow for our students to develop confidence in public speaking, stage presence, and teamwork all while showcasing their knowledge of stage management, musical selections, and acting.

SPANISH

Spanish is one of the foreign languages taught to our elementary students. The students are taught an expansive amount of vocabulary and communication skills. In addition to spanish, students learn songs, poems, and vocabulary in sign language.

COMPUTERS

Our elementary program provides a solid foundation to technology and computer skills. Students learn about computer hardware/software, terminology, and basic computer tasks on a Windows desktop. They are taught the importance of troubleshooting and proper shutdown procedures.
 
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