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.
The Kindergarten Language Arts program combines a comprehensive presentation of beginning phonics with sight words. Instruction includes children’s literature along with critical thinking skills. Students progress from alphabet recognition to a beginning mastery of reading.
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting, c. 2003
Handwriting lessons teach printing of all letters (uppercase and lowercase) and numerals. In the second semester children begin writing and illustrating their own sentences. Creativity is encouraged as well as writing with correct grammar (capital letters and periods).
Singapore Math: Essential Math, SingaporeMath.com Inc, c. 2007.
Everyday Math: Kindergarten, SRA/McGraw Hill, c. 2004.
Hands-on activities fromEveryday Math: Kindergarten
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.
The Kindergarten mathematics course introduces students to ongoing daily routines, calendars, numeration, shapes, patterns, sets, measurement, money, time, addition, subtraction, data and chance. Students are then led to use the knowledge and understanding acquired in computation, logic and problem solving.
Purposeful Design Science – Level One, ACSI/Purposeful Design Publications, 2003.
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 is hands-on with an emphasis on observing God’s world. Instruction includes experiments, activities and field trips which reinforce the topics covered.
Science units include:
- Life Science: Fish, Birds, Farm Animals, Hearing & Taste
- Earth Science: Weather, Seasons, Recycling/Caring for God’s World, Trees, Flowers
- Health Science: Eating Healthy, Safety
- Physical Science: Movement, Magnets, Push and Pull
Social Studies – Kindergarten workbook, A Beka Book, c. 1995
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.
Social Studies combines history and geography at the Kindergarten level. Map skills are emphasized. Units of study include: Community Helpers, America – Our Great Country, and Children of the World (study of other countries of the world). Service to others in our community and in the world is encouraged.
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 curriculum is a survey of the Bible in chronological order including attributes of God, His remarkable works on behalf of His chosen people, Jesus’ ministry and the early church. Weekly instruction includes Bible memory verses, activities, crafts and drama.
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 K5 attend weekly (twice weekly for 5-day students) Physical Education classes with a certified PE instructor working with National Standards.