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Curriculum

Elementary Curriculum

The SPCS Elementary Curriculum emphasizes teachings from the Bible, the inspired Word of God. Our Bible curriculum develops Christ-centered beliefs. Students have memory verses and attend weekly Chapel that is based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. All academic subjects are taught from a Christian perspective. Teachers are devoted Christians with a college degree and current Indiana teaching license.

Reading is reinforced via a phonetic approach through 3rd grade utilizing portions of Orton-Gillingham Phonics Curriculum and other phonics-based instruction. The traditional reading curriculum is integrated with a literature program. At times, the elementary students are grouped into small combinations of grade levels for hands-on activities. Classroom projects are incorporated with literature themes which give children opportunities to utilize innovative materials. Teachers plan ways to integrate the literature shared in this program with other subject matter.

Sustained Silent reading occurs in each classroom. Teachers also read aloud each day. The Accelerated Reader Program offers a host of good books on each child’s reading level and fun incentives.

Elementary classes receive weekly instruction in Art, Music, Computers, Library, and P.E. Specifically trained staff members provide these classes for our students in addition to regular activities. A nine week grade, plus an Interim Report is given in each area, and will relate to participation and cooperation.

Computers and Interactive “Smart” Boards are available in all classrooms. They provide a significant component to keep us current with technological curriculum. The Portable Computer lab houses twenty-three new Dell Laptop computers. Grade 3-5 have one to one Chromebooks for student use.

Textbooks used throughout the Elementary

BIBLE –The Bible, Westminster Shorter Catechism

READING, LANGUAGE, AND LITERATURE – SRA, Orton Gillingham Phonics, Scott Foresman, McGraw Hill

MATH – Pearson Envision (Grades 2-5)

ENGLISH – Houghton Mifflin

WRITING – Handwriting without Tears, Zaner Bloser and Scott Foresman (D’Nealian)

SPELLING – *Teachers do their own lists

SOCIAL STUDIES – McGraw Hill

SCIENCE –McGraw Hill Science: A Closer Look

Preschool Christian Curriculum

“Mission Statement and Goals” is the basis for our Christian preschool curriculum. Staff members hired to work at SPCS are Christians who model Christian values for our children. Each teacher is a Christian with a college degree or equivalent experience. SPCS is fortunate to have specialist teachers in Music and Library who assist in the preschool program.

All classes participate in daily prayers and a prayer before eating snacks or a meal. Christian stories and events are taught throughout age levels and Bible instruction is based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism questions. Every concept is based on the Bible and on Jesus Christ’s teachings. Our music, art, and library programs reinforce these Christian concepts.

An annual Christmas Pageant is performed by the four year old classes through pre-kindergarten, celebrating the birth of Jesus. In the spring, the three year old classes perform a spring program.

teachers’ responsibilities are to create a caring community of learners, teach to enhance development and learning, construct appropriate curriculum, assess a child’s learning and development, and establish reciprocal relationships with families. In addition, the SPCS teachers integrate Christian beliefs throughout their daily interaction with the children. They keep abreast of new learning strategies and techniques. They remain involved in professional development by attending in-house staff meetings, reading educational journals, and participating in conferences. We combine four major components in our preschool educational equation to help support active learners: children, teachers, parents, and administration.

of our teaching comes from a Christian perspective. Prayers (class and individual student/ teacher), stories, values and attitudes are taught from a Biblical base. Our educational goal is to provide an atmosphere, which will ensure success and provide a challenge for each student. In order to do this, we gear our plans to the skill level of individual children and assist each child in developing to his/her fullest potential.

developmental learning tasks are the basis of our curriculum throughout the preschool grades. Each child is encouraged to progress at his/her own pace. At the same time, we teach individual responsibilities so children can determine that learning is fun. A language-based reading readiness curriculum begins in our two’s program. In the 3’s, 4’s and pre-k classes we emphasize a thorough knowledge of letter sounds and phonetic sequence as well as relationships in math readiness.

We strive to develop a positive self-concept, a sense of security, a feeling of independence, acceptable social skills, and an ability to meet problem-solving situations in an atmosphere of caring without pressure. We provide appropriate space and equipment, challenging hands-on materials, guidance, freedom, and CHRISTIAN LOVE as we enhance development in five areas: emotional, intellectual, physical, social, and SPIRITUAL.