Lower School – Curriculum
In the Elementary School, we emphasize a firm academic foundation with good study habits and personal responsibility. Central Christian School believes parental involvement is a major key to a child’s educational success and welcomes parental input and involvement.
To address students’ academic needs, each student’s standardized test scores from the previous year are evaluated. Teachers disaggregate data to find the child’s weakest areas and develop a learning plan specific for that child. The class as a whole is evaluated in the same way, and any gaps or weak areas are addressed with a purposeful plan.
Christian content in the K-4 curriculum reflects Biblical truths and fosters Christian growth.
A Beka and Bob Jones curriculum are used to address all academic subjects.
In Bible, students learn about creation, Old and New Testaments, and the resurrection.
Reading includes one and two vowel words, sight words, sentences, and short stories.
Phonics addresses short and long vowel sounds, consonant sounds, and blending letter sounds.
Students learn math concepts of 1-20, greater than/less than, before and after, basic addition, and counting to 100.
In science/health, students learn about the seasons, the weather, animal and plant life, and good health habits.
Writing teaches pre-cursive letters A-Z (upper and lower case) and numbers 1-20.
In history, students enjoy the Biblical study of the founding of America, presidents, and holidays.
K-4 students receive weekly instruction in art, Spanish, music, Media Center, and Physical Education by individual certified instructors.
Athletics available for K-4 students include soccer and cheerleading.
Positive Action for Christ, A Beka and Bob Jones curriculum are used to address kindergarten subjects.
In Bible students study many Old Testament stories, the life of Christ, and Paul’s missionary journeys.
Phonics/reading addresses letter names and sounds, vowel rules, and special phonics rules needed to be a successful reader.
In math hands-on activities teach geometry, classifying and comparing, numbers 0-100, measurement, skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s, addition to 10, calendar, money, fractions, and subtraction to 10.
Handwriting addresses the proper formation of the letters while improving the flow and speed of handwriting. Practice includes all lower case letters as well as the high frequency capital letters.
In Science students learn about animals, insects, plants, and seasons.
Social Studies teach the symbols, freedoms, and travel of the United States, and the continents, countries, and Christmas traditions of our World.
K-5 students receive weekly instruction in art, Spanish, music, Media Center and Physical Education by individual certified instructors.
Athletics available for K-5 students include soccer and cheerleading.
First Grade Curriculum
Bible is taught using Positive Action for Christ. Emphasis is placed on enjoying God’s gifts of the world, special promises, worship, a Savior, children, friends, and blessings. Students memorize one to two verses each week.
Phonics/Spelling uses A Beka and Bob Jones to teach the use of phonics sounds to decode words. Weekly spelling lists group words by phonics rules.
Language is taught with A Beka and Bob Jones curriculum. Students learn to write complete sentences with correct punctuation, write paragraphs and stories, contractions, compound words, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, capitalization, alphabetizing, prefixes and suffixes, and rhyming words.
In Writing students learn to write letters of the alphabet in cursive and write phonics rules.
Reading includes daily silent and oral reading using phonics sounds, memorization of sight words, vocabulary, comprehension skills, listening skills, and figurative language (alliteration, personification, figures of speech, etc.).
Math is taught using Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Students learn addition and subtraction facts and strategies, counting by ones, fives and tens, telling time, measurement, shapes, graphs and charts, and word problems.
Science uses Purposeful Design curriculum that teaches about animals, physical science, the human body, earth science, and space.
In history students learn about community helpers, exploration and early settlement of North America, Native Americans, patriotic holidays, economics, citizenship, reading maps, timelines, continents, and oceans.
Students receive weekly instruction in art, Spanish, music, Media Center and physical education by individual certified instructors.
Athletics available for first grade students include soccer, basketball, and cheerleading.
Second Grade Curriculum
Bible is taught daily with Positive Action for Christ Bible curriculum.
Math is taught using Math 2 by Bob Jones. Students build their knowledge in number sense, place value, addition and subtraction with regrouping, money, time, geometry, measurement, data collection and interpretation, and basic fractions. In addition to daily lessons, students complete basic fact drills to build fluency of their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.
Reading is taught using novel sets in a variety of genres. These books are used to encourage critical thinking, reading comprehension, enhanced vocabulary, and fluency.
Spelling and phonics instruction is taught using A Beka spelling books and workbooks to review the phonics rules and how to apply them when spelling and reading. Instruction is enhanced with The Orton-Gillingham method. It incorporates multi-sensory phonics and many spelling activities.
English classes use Writing and Grammar by Bob Jones Press. Students study the structure of a sentence, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. The workbook also provides guidance on how to write for various purposes including personal narratives, instructions, persuasive essays, poetry, friendly letters, book reports, fiction, descriptions, and research reports. The chapters alternate between grammar and writing in order to encourage the students to put their grammar skills into immediate practical use.
Science is taught using Science 2 by Bob Jones. Students learn to enjoy God’s world as they learn about the human body, animals, plants, matter, energy, earth, space, and conservation from a Biblical view. Health and safety is taught throughout the textbook.
The history text is Heritage Studies by Bob Jones. Students learn what life would have been like during the early days of our country. The lives of those who made contributions to our American heritage are also studied. These include the Pilgrims, American Indians, early colonists, pioneers, cowboys, and immigrants. Geography is incorporated throughout the textbook.
Students participate in a variety of special classes taught by individual certified instructors which include Computer, Art, Spanish, Music, Physical Education, and Media Center.
Athletics available for second grade students include flag football, run club, soccer, basketball, and cheerleading.
Third Grade Curriculum
Bible is taught daily using the Positive Action for Christ curriculum. The workbook, “Growing with God”, highlights the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, and Daniel.
Math is taught using “Math 3” by Bob Jones University Press. Third grade students build theirknowledge in number sense, place value, addition and subtraction with regrouping, representing and interpreting data, understanding and applying multiplication and division, understanding and comparing fractions, geometry, and measurement.
Reading is taught using Bob Jones University Press “Once upon an Open Book” and “Not So Very Long Ago” series. Reading 3 emphasizes reading comprehension to develop eager and confident readers. The reading books are filled with engaging, illustrated character-building stories that reinforce biblical truth. The curriculum also aims to develop critical thinking skills.
Spelling and phonics instruction is through the use of A Beka spelling and poetry resource.
The English curriculum is Writing and Grammar by Bob Jones Press. Students study the structure of sentences, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. The workbook also provides guidance on how to write for various purposes including personal narratives, instructions, persuasive essays, poetry, friendly letters, book reports, fiction, descriptions, and research reports.
The science curriculum is Science 3 by Bob Jones University Press. It includes the study of the types of animals, matter, energy, and sound, the earth, the solar system, and our own skin, are just some of the topics students will study.
The history curriculum is Heritage Studies 3 by Bob Jones University Press. Students discover the different facets of American civics, culture, economics, geography, and history. Heritage Studies 3: Sweet Land of Liberty examines the events from the Constitutional Convention through the Civil War and Westward Expansion.
Students participate in a variety of special classes taught by individual certified instructors which include: computer, art, Spanish, music, physical education, and Media Center.
Athletics available for third grade students include soccer, basketball, cheerleading, flag football, and run club.
Fourth Grade Curriculum
Bible is taught with a positive action emphasis using Positive Action Bible curriculum. Students study the Life of Christ in the Gospels, a study of the Holy Spirit, how Christian character develops, and the life of Paul from Acts.
In mathematics, Go Math! by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is used to teach place value, multiplication, division, factors and multiples, fractions, decimals, geometry, measurement, and algebra.
English uses Bob Jones curriculum to teach writing, research, grammar, vocabulary, and cause/effect.
In reading, students use a variety of genres to learn paraphrasing, compare/contrast, point of view, inference, similarities/differences, story elements, and figurative language.
In Science A Beka curriculum is used to teach students about our solar system, stars and their patterns, weather, energy, ecosystems, plants, geology, and oceanography from a Christian perspective.
History also uses the Christian perspective of A Beka to teach the discovery and exploration of America, colonization, our constitution, economic principles, and world geography.
Weekly spelling words consist of sight words, phonetic sounds, and academic vocabulary.
Fourth grade students participate in a variety of specials classes taught by individual certified instructors which include computer, art, Spanish, music, physical education, and Media Center.
Athletics available for fourth grade students include soccer, basketball, and cheerleading.
Fifth Grade Curriculum
Bible is taught with a positive action emphasis using Positive Action Bible curriculum. Students conduct New Testament studies with personal applications.
In mathematics, Saxon Math is used to teach geometry, algebra, mental math, and problem solving with numerical reasoning and mathematical strategies.
Language Arts focuses on note taking and outlining skills, summarizing, writing skills, grammar/conventions, and research techniques.
History and Science use A Beka curriculum to teach students from a Christian perspective. Some topics include geography, map skills, founding and development of America, the earth, the universe, space, matter, and chemistry.
Sixth grade students use a variety of genres to learn critical reading and comprehension skills.
Sixth grade students participate in a variety of specials classes taught by individual certified instructors which include computer, art, Spanish, music, physical education, and Media Center.
Athletics available for sixth grade students include soccer, basketball, and cheerleading.
Sixth Grade Curriculum
Elementary students attend art once a week. Students participate in activities which include integration of technology, art history, and application of studied techniques. These concepts are to help students stay connected throughout the school year and summer.
Students learn basic drawing techniques including shadowing, perspective, and the importance of negative/ positive space. Students also learn color theory using acrylic and water color paints. Students receive introduction to basic hand building techniques in clay.
Students exercise and are actively engaged in physical activities that encourage physical development. Emphasis is on developing long-term habits that lead to a healthy and fit adult lifestyle.
With a focus on music literacy, K4-K5 students learn how to express themselves musically. Students are introduced to a variety of songs and dances taught with an emphasis on history and culture. Students also learn fundamentals of music notation and discover their own beautiful voice as they play and sing stimulating music games. Performance opportunities include the school-wide Christmas program and Kindergarten graduation.
1st – 3rd Grade Music
More fundamentals of notation are introduced in 1st through 3rd grades, giving students an opportunity to explore nuances of percussion as well as other families of instruments. Students are taught methods of memorizing parts, establishing cognitive development and problem solving skills. Performance opportunities include the school-wide Christmas program and Spring Concert.
4th Grade Music
In the 4th grade, students hone in on their aural skills and are trained to develop relative pitch. Fun and interesting vocal pieces with separate parts are rehearsed and performed at the school-wide Christmas program. After the holiday season, 4th graders learn how to play the recorder through the award-winning “Recorder Karate” program. Several exciting pieces are rehearsed and performed at the Spring Concert. Students are then primed and ready to participate in the CCS Band program starting in 5th grade.
The Band program at Central brings to life the soundtrack of each student’s daily routine. Maintaining a balance between traditional and contemporary repertoire, students are encouraged to and excel at studying multiple instruments to fulfill the needs of a variety of performance pieces. All Band members perform at the school-wide Christmas Program, Music Recital, Spring Concert, and Senior Graduation ceremony.
With a focus on woodwinds, brass, and percussion, students 5th grade and up enjoy making the acquaintance of an instrument that quickly becomes a means of daily expression. Practices of good tone and technique are established early in the year as students mature their understanding of the language of music.
Elementary students enjoy chapel every week. Lessons are relevant and students enjoy music through praise and worship. This non-denominational service is led by the Fifth Grade Class who leads the worship with the assistance of a teacher or administrator. Parents are invited to attend the chapel service each Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.
Our elementary students participate in community service during the school year. Whether it is singing at a nursing home or raking leaves for a widow, our CCS kids make a difference.
Our elementary students have several opportunities throughout the year to display their God-given talents in front of parents and classmates. These special programs range from Christmas productions to music recitals. Plan on attending these events now. It will bless you more than words can express.
Extra Curricular Activities
Our elementary students have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities which include C-Team sports in basketball, cheerleading, and soccer. Plans are underway to expand these opportunities for students to enjoy.