International Christian Leadership Institute

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade at NCA is an exciting year of learning. We discover how God has purposefully designed our world and everything in it. We travel through time discovering our American history and New Hampshire history as well. Our adventures are not limited to science and social studies but continue in English, Reading, and Bible.

We learn through direct instruction, group activities, experiments, projects and internet activities. Exciting projects such as making a picture story book on the state of our choice, making maps, or investigating people in history are all part of our fourth grade learning.

Each year, fourth graders visit Strawberry Bank, New Hampshire’s State Capital, the NH Historical Museum, the New Hampshire Dome and sometimes a local play.

Our weekly specials are art, music, PE, computer, and reading with our reading buddies. Each day we have a morning snack, lunch and recess. We also enjoy fun events like ice cream parties each time the class reads 10,000 pages.

In addition to their educational growth, our fourth graders receive ample opportunities to grow spiritually, emotionally, and socially.

 

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Curriculum

Language Arts

Trophies, Harcourt, C. 2005

The Language Arts Department seeks to teach student to “Think as well as read…Yield not your minds to the passive impressions which others may make upon them. Hear what they have to say; but examine it, weigh it, and judge it for yourselves.” – Tryon Edwards, 1809-1894.

This all inclusive curriculum focuses on phonics and strategies for individual student’s learning needs and styles. In a continuation of the skill progressions from second grade, each subject area builds on the others, reinforcing student learning and providing real time practice in vocabulary, reading proficiency and comprehension.

God’s Gift of Language, third edition, A Beka Book, c.2007

This workbook teaches and reinforces the basic skills of punctuation, sentence structure, and editing. Students also practice parts of speech and for the writing process.

Mathematics

Primary Mathematics Standards Edition 4A & 4B, Singapore Math, Marshall Cavendish Education, c. 2008.

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.

Science

Changes: Science Level Four, 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.

History

The History of Our United States, A-Beka, c.1998

NCA is committed to discipling students in a Christian worldview perspective of history. History is that glass in which we see the motives, ideas and deeds of men and by which we discern truth from error, good from bad and beauty from distortion. These classes provide an important forum for students to consider God’s sovereignty over relationships, from the family unit to local communities to the development of nations and world civilizations.

This narrative approach to American history brings to life famous people, major events, scientific advances, changes in modes of travel, communication, and thinking and the principles that made America great using a faith based worldview. This book also focuses on the Biblical foundations of our nation and shows how God has influenced the beginnings of our country.

Other supplemental books include:
How Government Works, c 1995,
State of New Hampshire, by George Goulet.
An Early New England Seaport, c. 1986
Exploring our 50 States, c. 1993
Outline Maps – The United States, c. 1998
State the Facts, c. 2008
New Hampshire the Granite State by Margaret McCormack, c. 1999

Bible

Walking with God and His People, Christian Schools International, c. 2009

The Bible classes support our desire to disciple each student toward a Passion for God and Compassion for People. Relationship and knowledge of God are developed through study of Scripture and through personal and corporate times of worship. As students examine the Scriptures, they are prepared to make an informed commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and to live out that commitment in love, obedience, and service.

Students will cover the entire Bible in four years beginning in grade three and ending in grade 6. On the fourth grade level students study the epistle of Philippians, the beginnings of the written Word, Creation through Joshua and Judges through the prophets.

Music

Curriculum is varied.
Music Makers, Young Musicians, LifeWay, Children’s Music Series- updated yearly
The Music Effect 1 & 2, Alfred, 2005
Boomwhackers

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.

Art

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.

Physical Education

Students in Grade Four attend Physical Education classes twice weekly with a certified PE instructor working with National Standards.