Bible - Students in Kindergarten will begin learning about the Bible from the beginning of the Old Testament, studying about different people throughout the Bible leading up to Jesus’ birth. Stories about several Old Testament characters will help capture students’ interest and will connect to prior knowledge for some students. Students will also learn about Jesus from birth to resurrection and aspects of the early church. This study teaches children about God through Bible stories highlighting doctrines, biblical principles, and character traits. The Positive Action Bible curriculum is an exciting course of study to help students grow spiritually.
Reading - Kindergarten students will follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Reading. Students will develop a love for Reading by hearing weekly read-alouds that are geared toward kindergarten-aged students. These books will be a mixture of Big Books and Trade books to help keep students engaged. Captivating stories from the Scott Foresman curriculum help students with certain targeted reading skills, such as identifying characters, setting, comparing and contrasting events or characters within the stories. Students will also focus on identifying the main idea and plot, and understanding cause and effects within a story, as well as exploring the vocabulary words from each story. Students will begin the process of becoming an independent reader by participating and engaging in Daily Small Reading Groups to help with comprehension, fluency, and accuracy of their Reading skills.
Phonics - Kindergarten students will follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for English Language Arts. By using the Abeka Curriculum, students will learn all 26 letter names of the alphabet and their sounds, or phonemes, that are associated with them. Students will learn how to print uppercase and lowercase letters and will understand print concepts. They will then take their knowledge of the letter sounds and begin to recognize initial, medial vowel, and final sounds in consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC, words. Next, students will begin to identify short vowel sounds and long vowel sounds, as well as blends and digraphs. They will also be able to recognize common Dolch high-frequency words by sight. Students will be able to recognize syllables, rhyming words, and opposites as well. By the end of Kindergarten, students will be able to read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.
Writing/Grammar - Kindergarten students will follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for the English Language Arts with Writing as well. By using the Abeka Curriculum, students will learn how to print upper and lower case letters and understand other concepts of print. Some of these concepts will include the ability to capitalize the first word in a sentence, capitalize dates and names of people, and recognize different punctuation marks that are needed to end a sentence. Students will be able to read their own stories and simple sentences. Students will begin exposure to Grammar with the introduction of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Students will be able to use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose short stories based on their opinions, or life experiences. They will also be able to use different tools and resources to be able to publish their work either as a group or individually.
Math - Kindergarten students will follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Mathematics. By using HMH Into Math, students will be able to fluently count to 100 by ones and tens. Students will explore one-to-one correspondence by only saying one number name to one object. They will also be able to fluently count objects up to 20 and write numerals to 20 as well. Students in Kindergarten will be able to compare numbers using greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group. Students will learn addition and subtraction and will fluently be able to perform these operations by the end of their school year. Kindergarten students will explore measurement and place value to the tens place and ones place. They will explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes and will be able to name them and compare them by their attributes by the end of their Kindergarten year.
Social Studies and Science - Social Studies and Science will be integrated within our Scott Foresman Reading Curriculum. We will also use Scholastic News as another resource to teach students about current events within our World.
Bible - CCS follows the Positive Action Bible Curriculum for First Grade. During first grade, significant focus is placed upon the miracles of Jesus as well as Christian character traits. Students will also memorize weekly Bible verses and complete activities during each week. Prayer is incorporated throughout each day.
First Grade follows the NC Standard Course of Study in all core subjects.
In English Language Arts, students learn phonics, grammar, reading and language conventions through using Scott Foresman curriculum and other resources such as A to Z reading, Abeka, and leveled books. Through the year, students will learn decoding skills, self-monitoring, making predictions and retelling. Students will also write in complete sentences, use correct capital letters and punctuation, and write a story with a beginning, middle and end. Technology is used as a resource in programs such as Epic and Scholastic News.
In Math, students learn different methods of addition and subtraction, data representation in graphing, place value, shapes (3D and 2D), measurement, time, and coin values through Houghton Mifflin, Into Math Curriculum. Students will learn through use of hands-on learning and math stations, as well as activities in interactive notebook and use of technology.
The subjects of Social Studies and Science are combined with stories in our Scott Foresman Reading curriculum, as well as Scholastic. We also use Bob Jones Science as a resource, as well as other supplements.
Bible - Students in Second Grade will explore the life of Moses through the book of Exodus. The students will learn how God kept His promises to the Israelites and their leaders throughout their captivity in Egypt and beyond. Each week, students will reflect on their own walk with Jesus using life application stories and character trait activities. Students are expected to learn scripture through memory verses to help build their knowledge of the Word.
Reading - In Second Grade, students will work weekly on sharpening up their vocabulary skills, along with comprehension through various stories, novels, passages, and poems. They will focus on reading skills such as cause/effect, main idea, compare/contrast and generalization, just to name a few. Students will primarily use Scott Foresman for an instructional resource and AR books appropriate to their independent levels.
Writing/Grammar - In Second Grade, students will learn the rules of the English language in order to write proficiently. We will explore various parts of speech, sentence structure, and mechanics while practicing essential reference skills. Students will learn the writing process for six different types of writing assignments, including friendly letters, instructions, opinion paragraphs, and more.
Math - In Second Grade, students will follow the NC Standard Course of Study. We use the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Into Math curriculum to cover place value, money, time, addition and subtraction with and without regrouping, graphing, measurement, and number patterns, and how to use tools and resources to effectively solve math problems.
Science - Your child will be engaged as they learn about science in Second Grade. We use the BJU books and resources which provide age-appropriate scientific information about concepts such as matter and motion, earth and space, and living things. In our exploration into second grade science, your child will be encouraged to think critically and approach science from a Biblical worldview.
Bible - In Third Grade, the Growing with God workbook outlines the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, and Daniel and teaches third-graders about the rewards of living for God. By the end of Third Grade, students will have developed a strong character as they see how God worked in the lives of these men as they faced opposition, but remained faithful to God.
Reading - In Third Grade, the Reading Street textbook by Scott Foreman is used to engage students in various types of literature. Students will demonstrate proficiency in text comprehension utilizing texts that increase in complexity throughout the school year. Students should also acquire the habits of reading closely and independently for sustained periods of time. By the end of Third Grade, students will have knowledge and understanding of a variety of literature types, including fiction, non-fiction, fables, and poetry. Reading will incorporate concepts such as the main idea, metaphors, analogies, context clues to learn new vocabulary, making inferences, asking questions, summarizing, and comparing and contrasting information from different texts.
Math - In Third Grade, the HMH, Into Math textbook is used. This curriculum includes whole-group, small-group, and partner work that encourages collaboration and mathematical discourse. By the end of Third Grade, students will have gained knowledge and understanding of multiplication and dividing numbers, fractions, rounding to the nearest 10 or 100, various units of measurement (standard and metric), and telling time.
English/Language Arts/Writing - In Third Grade, students will learn how to offer and support opinions/ arguments, demonstrate understanding of a topic under study, and convey real and/or imagined experiences. Students learn that a key purpose of writing is to communicate clearly and coherently. The NC ELA Writing Standards are used to guide instruction of the complete writing process. Emphasis will be on the use of accurate language skills and understanding of parts of speech. Thinking maps are also used to organize ideas, revise and edit. Cursive writing is also a part of the 3rd grade writing curriculum.
Science - By the end of Third Grade, students will have gained the knowledge and understanding of Earth-Space Science, including the Solar System (Earth and space), weather and climate, soil, rocks, minerals, and fossils; Life Science including cells, tissues, organs, and systems, plants, cold blooded animals, warm blooded animals, and ecosystems; and Physical Science, including matter and sound, forces and motion, and electricity and magnetism. Science is taught from a Biblical worldview.
Social Studies - In Third Grade, our Heritage Studies 3 textbook includes an age-appropriate study of civics and government and evaluates historical events in United States history from the Constitutional Convention through the Civil War, all from a Christian worldview. This study highlights the role of significant Christians in American history and their viewpoints on historical events.
Bible - Students in Fourth Grade will explore the life of Jesus through the New Testament. Starting with His birth through His crucifixion, students will learn about His time on earth. Students will learn the miracles Jesus performed and how compassionate He was to others, including his disciples. Each week, students will reflect on their own walk with Jesus through a section called “Building Your Life Castle.” Students are expected to learn scripture through memory verses to help build their knowledge of the Word.
Reading - In Fourth Grade, students will work weekly on sharpening up their vocabulary skills along with comprehension through various stories, novels, passages and poems. They will focus on reading skills such as cause/effect, main idea, compare/contrast and generalization, just to name a few. Students will primarily use Scott Foresman for an instructional resource and AR books appropriate to their independent levels.
Writing/Grammar - In Fourth Grade, students will learn the rules of the English language in order to write proficiently. Students will explore nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and many other parts of speech. Students will write narrative stories, expository pieces and compare/contrast essays. Forming good paragraphs with a main idea and details will be pertinent to their writing. Students will also edit writing to practice finding common mistakes.
Math - In Fourth Grade, students follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. They will use Scott Foresman textbooks and workbooks. Students will use the mathematical skills they learned in Third Grade and apply them in Fourth Grade. Students will learn the four operations with whole numbers including multiplying 4-digit by 2-digit multiplication and dividing 4 digits by 1-digit numbers. They will understand place value to the hundred million, as well as understand decimal notation. They will build a greater understanding of fractions and recognize concepts of angles. They will apply their knowledge of perimeter and area as well as classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
Science - Students will be engaged as they learn about science in Fourth Grade. They will use the BJU books and resources, which provide age-appropriate scientific information about concepts such as the characteristics of living things, insects and spiders, forces and machines, electricity, and magnetism, as well as nutrition. In the exploration into Fourth Grade science, students will be encouraged to think critically and approach science from a Biblical worldview.
Social Studies - Students will use the book, Living in Our World, North Carolina-published by NC State University, to explore North Carolina history, geography, civics, and government. During this grade, students will study North Carolina American Indian groups indigenous to North Carolina before European contact, the impact of colonization, and key historical events that happened including the American Revolution and the Civil War.
Bible - Students study the Old Testament in Fifth Grade. It offers countless examples of God’s power and love. The histories, laws, psalms, and prophecies all reflect a Creator both righteous and merciful. Students learn about the Israelite kingdom, their leaders, and their struggles and accomplishments. Target truths, devotions, character traits, memorizing scripture, and prayer all build knowledge that students can use in their daily lives. Textbook: Possessing the Land, Positive Action Bible Curriculum.
Reading - Students in Fifth Grade will work on improving their vocabulary skills and comprehension. Students will read weekly passages that include excerpts from novels, short stories, and poems while focusing on reading skills such as main idea and details, cause and effect, sequencing, and inferencing. Weekly spelling lists are integrated into the Scott Foresman reading curriculum. Students will primarily use Scott Foresman as an instructional resource and AR books appropriate to their independent levels. Students will also complete a novel study each nine weeks. Textbook: Scott Foresman Reading Street 5.
Writing/Grammar - Students in Fifth Grade will develop the correct use of English grammar in written and oral communication. Students will learn correct sentence and paragraph structure, parts of speech, and study and reference skills. Journals will be used for reading responses, creative writing, and pre-writing topics. Students will use the writing process to plan, write, edit, and revise persuasive and expository essays. Textbook: English 5 Writing and Grammar BJU.
Math - In Fifth Grade, students will develop place-value concepts for whole numbers through billions and for decimals through thousandths. Computation skills involve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems of whole numbers and decimals, addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers with like and unlike denominators, multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers, and division of fractions. Students will use these skills and reasoning to solve word problems. Additional skills taught in Fifth Grade are order of operations, graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, classifying two-dimensional figures, converting like measurement units, line plots, and volume. Textbook: Scott Foresman, Addison Wesley.
Science - Science in Fifth Grade includes units on ecosystems, the circulatory system, weather, and matter. Students work in small groups and conduct simple investigations and experiments. They collect, analyze, and make predictions from data collected. They create reasonable explanations of results of an investigation or experiment. Textbook: Science 5, BJU.
Social Studies - Social Studies in Fifth Grade includes the study of Native Americans, Colonization of America, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. Students will understand the role of prominent figures in shaping United States history as well as the contribution of diverse groups in the building of our nation. Students will analyze the chronology of key events in the United States and understand the development, structure, and function of government in The United States. Textbook: Heritage Studies 5, BJU.