Pre-K: Where Bright Futures Begin, Houghton Mifflin, c. 2006
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.
The language program focuses on letter recognition, comprehension, oral language and vocabulary, developing a love for reading using phonics instruction. Letters and names are written daily, with an introduction to letter sounds and beginning sounds.
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.
Pre-K students classify, sort and collect data, solve problems, and create and identify patterns. Concepts of time, space and measurement are also introduced. Daily instruction in counting, adding groups and graphing teach students how our lives are ordered.
Science is essentially the study of God’s creation and his natural and physical laws through observation and experimentation. Scientific findings do not conflict with Scripture, though scientific hypotheses and theories often do, as a result of man’s lack of understanding and sinful nature. Our classes afford students the opportunity to evaluate current data and theories in the light of Scripture.
Science learning focuses on animals everywhere, the five senses, seasons, and how things grow and change.
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.
Topics such as my community, my family, in the city, in the country, and construction zones are studied in social studies.
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.
The Pre-K curriculum takes students on an adventure through the entire Bible. The study of the Old Testament focuses on meeting individuals that shared God’s love and how God provided for them. During the study of the New Testament students learn about Jesus’ life on earth and how Christians show care for others.
Curriculum is varied.
Music Makers, Young Musicians, LifeWay, Children’s Music Series- updated yearly
The Music Effect 1 & 2, Alfred, 2005
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. K4 students enjoy music class 30 min./week.
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),
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 K4 attend weekly (twice weekly for 5-day students) Physical Education classes with a certified PE instructor working with National Standards.