God’s Gift of Language B, A-Beka, Third edition, c 2009.
At this level we review verbs and subjects but quickly move on to newer grammar concepts such as modifiers, complements, prepositional phrases, and sentence diagramming. By the end of the year we utilize skills in outlining, note-taking, and preparing a bibliography for a major research paper.
Harcourt Trophies, Harcourt, c. 2007
Reading selections are grouped by theme such as “Team Work” or “American Adventure.” Great emphasis is placed on reading comprehension and learning new vocabulary words, which are taken from the text. Twice during the year, we put away our reading textbook and read two novels entitled Captive Treasure Treasure (Bob Jones University Press) and Number the Stars (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Writing skills are advanced through a series of progressively complex writing prompts. These weekly prompts are rewritten and fine tuned throughout the week culminating in a quiz grade. In addition, each student reads a different genre of book each month and completes a writing project about the book. These monthly projects are very creative in nature, spanning from making a board book for their second grade reading buddy to creating a poster promoting the book to a reading club.
Weekly spelling lists are taken from students own misspelled words found in writing prompts.
Singapore Math: Primary Mathematics Standards, Edition 4B and 5A, Marshall Cavendish Education, c.
By placing us in time and space, God has limited us to the finite and measurable and set Himself apart. We see order in every area. The language and skills of mathematics build our understanding of this order, its patterns, precision and constancy.
Singapore Math offers a broad background in mathematics, offering multiple experiences which are designed to equip students with a strong foundation in mathematics. Topics are covered in depth and taught to mastery. Emphasis is placed on mathematical thinking by requiring immediate application of new skills to problem solving promoting an understanding of the way mathematical processes work.
Changes: Science Level Five, ACSI, c.2008
The Purposeful Design Science curriculum has at its foundation the truth contained in God’s Word. It seeks to train students to understand and embrace this truth as it is reflected in God’s design of His creation. Student lessons are structured so that there is a balance between textual discovery and hands-on activities to engage students in discovery, exploration and investigation of God’s purposely designed world.
Social Studies The United States: Civil War to Present,, Harcourt, c.2012
Studying history helps students see how the present and the past are connected. Some things change over time and some things stay the same. As students learn to recognize these important links, they will begin to think more like a historian.
This year we begin our study with the move westward on the Oregon Trail and end with the world wars. Learning about the events that occurred during this time period will help us understand and interpret current events.
Character traits such as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, compassion and patriotism are highlighted in the leader’s biographies of our past.
Social studies skills such as charts and map/key reading, interpreting important American documents and how to use an almanac are all utilized during the year.
Walking with God and His People, Christian School International, third edition c. 2010
The grade 5 curriculum spans the Old and New Testaments, examining God’s covenant promises, from the exile through Jesus’ early life and ministry. As students learn about the various leaders God raised up for His people, they will see His loving care and preparation for His people unfold through the fulfillment of Jesus’ ministry. Throughout this curriculum students will think of ways that God is preparing them for work in His kingdom.
Curriculum is varied.
Music Makers, Young Musicians, LifeWay, Children’s Music Series- updated yearly
The Music Effect 1 & 2, Alfred, 2005
The purpose of the Music curriculum is first to glorify our Lord. Students are exposed to music as worship in singing, listening, responding, moving and playing instruments. Our goals include learning to enjoy all musical forms, to become listeners and performers, to develop self- discipline, to encourage participation and develop socially, to acquaint with other cultures and historical periods, and to build community within the Body of Christ.
(Adapted from Heather Greenwood, “Why include Music in the Christian School Curriculum?” Nurture (Australia), Autumn, 1981)
Weekly elementary music classes build musical concepts and opportunities for musical expression through the years. All elements of music are introduced and developed at grade appropriate levels. Students in grades 3-5 also meet for choir once a week, culminating in a spring musical.
The Elementary Grade Art Curriculum is designed to provide students opportunity for artistic expression in a wide variety of media – paint, craypas, clay, papier-mâché, markers, watercolor, origami and construction paper, colored pencil, assemblage materials, and yarn – creating 2-D and 3-D pieces of art. Eye training exercises and focus on growth in art vocabulary, concepts, and skills complete the program. Grades K through 5 meet for 50 minutes once a week, and K-4 meets for 25 minutes.
Students in Grade Five attend Physical Education classes twice weekly with a certified PE instructor working with National Standards.