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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN

Bible: Creation, sin and repentance, how God speaks to man through His Word, Bible examples of obedient, kind, and thankful men, examples of giving in the Bible, examples of working in the Bible, Bible examples of trusting God, the birth and life of Christ, His death, burial and resurrection, prayer, Bible examples of courage and witnessing.  

Bible memory: 25-35 verses


Math (Pre-K): Recognizing numbers 0-20, number families, counting by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s to 100, shape recognition,  telling time by the hour, measuring objects up to 12 inches, sequencing numbers 1-20, heavy and light,  more and fewer, spatial relationships

Math (Kindergarten): Counting 1-100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s.  Number families (teens, tens, twenties, etc.). Telling time by the hour, half-hour, and quarter-hour.  Matching  times on digital to analog clocks.  Addition to 10, subtraction, finding missing addends, measuring objects by inches.  Shape review.  Finding the number before, after, and in-between.  Writing numbers as the teacher reads them aloud (20-100).


History: School procedures and rules, kindness, self-awareness, the 5 senses, family and pets, community helpers (including a trip to a fire station) , transportation, children’s literature, the library (including a trip to the public library), autumn changes and harvest (including a trip to pick pumpkins), native Americans and Pilgrims (including a Thanksgiving Feast with  the 2nd grade class). Science:  sound, light, magnets, gravity, measurement, outer space.  Christmas traditions and symbols. Winter changes and weather, cold-climate animals, animal homes.   American  symbols, presidents, patriotic songs and American folksongs, the U.S. mail system, cowboys, clowns. Dinosaurs, farm animals, zoo animals (including a trip to the zoo). Spring: earth changes and animals,  chick hatching, making butter and baking bread, gardening and plant growth, insects, camping, the beach (including a trip to an aquarium),  picnics and outdoor summer activities


Pre-Reading and Phonics (Pre-K): Uppercase and lowercase letters A-Z recognition,  letter-sounds including short vowels, name recognition and writing first name, color-word recognition, sequencing story pictures, writing experience charts,  writing and looking at pictures left-to-right, reading one-syllable words with short-vowels 

Phonics and Reading (Kindergarten): Alphabet recognition review, letter sounds a-z, short vowels, long vowels with silent ‘e’ at the end of the word.  Word families:  words ending in ‘ck’, ‘nd’,  ‘ff’, ‘st’, ‘mp’, etc.  Words beginning with ‘st’, ‘sp’, ‘gr’ ‘sh’, ‘ch’, ‘fl’, ‘pl’, etc.    Words ending in ‘ing’.  Blends: er/ ir/ ur, ar and or.  Sight/service word recognition: 45 words.  32 Readers


Spelling (Kindergarten): Weekly spelling tests will begin in January:  words taken from the word-families and service words learned each week


Handwriting (Pre-K): Tracing  uppercase and lowercase letters a-z, writing names, tracing numbers 0-20, using proper strokes

Handwriting (Kindergarten): Pre-cursive: Writing names (with lowercase letters except for the first letter of the name).  Writing letters and words using proper strokes and size of letters.  


Physical Education: Large motor skills: running, hopping on one foot, jumping, skipping, walking on a balance beam, tossing and bouncing a ball, bowling (with a soft inflatable ball and pins), calisthenics,  following rules in playing games, relay races

FIRST GRADE

Bible: This class covers a chronological and thematic study of the Bible (Old and New Testaments) in ten units- God Creates His World; God Keeps His Promise; God Protects His People; Christmas: God Sends His Son; God Guides His People; God Rules over His People; Easter; God Offers His Son; God Strengthens His People; God Speaks with His People and a Thanksgiving unit.  Other concepts include introducing students to using the table of contents of a Bible to locate a verse and Bible memory verses.  Character traits used in application stories show students their need of Christ as Savior and ways to apply biblical principles to personal life situations. 

A field trip is taken to a local nursing home for Christmas caroling. 

Textbook: Bible Truths for Christian Schools by BJU Press and King James Bible    


English: This class covers capitalization of the first word in a sentence, proper names, days of the week, and months of the year; correct punctuation at the ends of sentences; recognition of complete sentences; words using suffixes, prefixes, syllables, compound words, rhyming words, opposite words, same meaning words, and contractions; alphabetizing of words; writing complete sentences and short stories; and creative writing. 

Projects include writing a book.

Textbook: Phonics and English Worktext by BJU Press as well as other curriculum helps are incorporated. 


Math: Arithmetic covers number recognition, counting, and writing 1-1,000; greatest and least; counting and writing by tens, fives, twos, and threes; number sequences; ordinal numbers; addition facts through 13 and three-digit addition with carrying; subtraction facts through 13 and two-digit subtraction; story problems; numbers before and after by ones, twos, tens, and hundreds; between numbers; counting and combining coins; telling time to the nearest five minutes; recognizing odd and even numbers; English and some metric measures; place value in ones, tens, and hundreds; unit fractions; reading a thermometer; using a ruler; multiple combinations; concept of multiplication; calendars; reading pictographs and bar graphs; developing listening skills; and Roman numerals.  

Math labs are also incorporated.

Textbook: Arithmetic 1 by A Beka Books 


History: Heritage Studies covers The New World; At Home in Early America (pre-1000 to 1682).  

Geography covers beginning globe and map skills; compass rose; map symbols; keys; tracing routes; transportation; and simple mapmaking. 

History covers the Vikings; Columbus and the New World; Indians; Plymouth Plantation and other first settlements.

Culture covers God’s laws and man’s laws; schools then and now; trading with the Indians; religion: one true God; needs and wants; families; and family trees. 

Field trips include Historic Speedwell, Parsippany Police Station, and Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. 

Morris Museum School Loan Program is used.  

Projects include Historical Thanksgiving Program, Making a Town, and History Fair. 

Textbook: Heritage Studies for Christian Schools and Heritage Studies Notebook   


Science: Earth Science covers the Earth.  This includes the air: temperature, movement, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and clouds; and the weather: temperature, movement of air, four forms of precipitation, weatherman, thermometer, recording weather observations.  Earth Science also covers Space.  This includes the sun, moon, and stars: parts of the sun, path of the sun, shape of the moon, and constellations.

First Grade Life Science covers Living Things.  This includes roots, stems, and leaves: parts for growing, grouping, and eating; flowers, fruits, and seeds: making new plants, flower groups, fruit and seeds, parts for eating; animals: tame animals, livestock, wild animals in the woods and in zoos. Life Science also covers the Human Body.  This includes the senses: seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, hearing; and teeth: parts of teeth, two sets of teeth, shapes, jobs and care of teeth.  

Physical Science covers Motion.  This includes pushes and pulls (forces): gravity, magnetic force, mechanical force, and friction.  Physical Science also covers Energy.  This includes heat: melting and freezing, vaporizing and condensing, temperature changes; sound; vibration; travels in all directions and through gas, liquid, and solid; and how sound is used. Physical Science also covers Matter.  This includes that matter: takes up space, can be weighed, exists in solid form, and in liquid and gas forms. 

Projects include science experiments and displays, butterfly hatching, vegetable snack and soup day, moon journal and Science Fair.  

Field trips are Covanta Energy Company and Frelinghuysen Arboretum.  

Morris Museum School Loan Program is incorporated.

Textbook: Science for Christian Schools and Science Notebook by BJU Press 


Phonics: This class covers a review of vowels, consonants, blends, one- and two- vowel words, consonant blends; recognition and use of all phonics special sounds in reading; spelling rules: doubling consonants, dropping silent e, changing y to i; and oral reading.  

Textbook: Letters and Sounds by A Beka Books and Phonics and English Worktext by BJU Press.  A Handbook  for Reading is also used.  


Reading: Word recognition covers review and allocation of phonics concepts presented in First Grade Phonics and English: short vowels, single consonants, consonant blends, long vowels, r-influenced vowels, special vowels, soft and hard c and g, silent consonants, open/closed syllables; word families; context cues; service words; compound words; words with suffixes; antonyms; synonyms; contractions; syllable division.  

Comprehension covers literal, interpretive, critical, appreciative levels; biblical truth; interpreting pictures; setting; character traits; making inferences; drawing conclusions; main idea; predicting outcomes; sequence events; true/false statements; classify; compare and contrast; comparatives/superlatives; following directions; size/spatial/time relationships; cause and effect; punctuation; sentence sense.

Vocabulary covers meaning from context; synonyms; contractions; action words; describing words; naming words; compound words; analogies; riddles; prefixes; suffixes; Bible words.

Literature covers reading a variety of genres: realistic fiction, folktales, fables, historical fiction, Bible accounts, missionary stories, drama, informational articles; fanciful elements; rhyme; similes.

Study Skills covers book parts; alphabetizing; color key; maps; diagrams; skimming; scanning; days of the week; glossary skills; locating information; calendar.

Silent Reading covers reading for specific information; and reading for author’s message.

Oral Reading covers communicating messages of the author; communicating meaning; communicating mood; portraying emotion; responding to punctuation; portraying  characters. 

On Yonder Mountain and Sarah Noble are the novels used. Outside reading programs supplement the reading curriculum. 

Textbook: Reading 1 A-F and Reading Workbook 1 by BJU Press and Reading Lab by Science Research Associates Division of Macmillen/Mcgraw Hill School Publishing Company


Spelling: This class covers a weekly phonics based word list; a weekly test with phonics and reinforcement activities.  Concepts taught include adding a suffix: -ed to a word ending in a consonant, -es to a word ending in “ss”, -ing to a word ending in a consonant, -ed to a word ending in an “e”, -er and –ed to a word ending in a consonant, -ing to a word ending in an e, and -ies to a word ending in y.  

Dictionary skills include alphabetical order; recognizing syllables, and word forms.  

Other concepts include structural analysis and word meaning. 

Textbook: Spelling 1 and Poetry by A Beka Books


Handwriting: This class covers pre-cursive letter formation for A-Z; using correct pencil hold, paper position, posture, and spacing; being consistent in slant and letter alignment; and placing words on a line and lines on a page correctly.

Program based on BJU Press Handwriting.


Health: This class covers eating good foods; exercising; rest; posture; and care of body, clothes and home.  Other concepts include safety at home and away from home; safety on streets, playgrounds, and water; and manners at home, school, church, and in public. 

Textbook: Health and Safety by A Beka Books

SECOND GRADE

Bible: This class covers a chronological and thematic study of the Old and New Testaments, adding a doctrinal emphasis in ten units: God Is My King; The Best Way; A Humble Heart; Christmas; Serving God; God Gives Courage; A Forgiving Heart; Easter; Jesus the Messiah; and A Generous Heart.  

Bible study skills are introduced such as using the table of contents of a Bible, understanding parts of a verse, interpreting meaning, and using a Bible glossary.  Character traits used in application stories show students their need of Christ as Savior and ways to apply biblical principles to personal life situations.

Activities include weekly chapel time; memorization of over 50 Bible verses, 10 plagues, 10 commandments, 12 apostles, 10 hymns; participation in the Christmas and spring programs; and Christmas caroling at a local nursing home.

Textbook: BIBLE TRUTHS 2; A Question of Yams; Pelts and Promises by BJU Press


English: This class covers the parts of speech (noun, verb, pronoun, adjective), sentence structure (sentences, fragments, subject and action parts, types of sentences), and mechanics such as capitalization and punctuation.  Other topics covered are: the writing process--used to teach different types of compositions such as personal and make-believe stories, instructions, poetry, book reports, and descriptions; clear and effective writing; study and reference skills; listening and speaking skills.

A research report for either history or science fair is required.

Textbook: ENGLISH 2 by BJU Press


Math: This class covers number recognition, counting and writing.  It also covers counting and writing to hundred thousands, threes to 99, fours to 100, and ordinal numbers.  In the area of addition the students learn addition facts through 18, column addition, and four digit addition with carrying.  In the area of subtraction the students learn subtraction facts through 18, column subtraction, and four digit subtraction with borrowing.  Other concepts covered are: multiplication and division facts 0-5; story problems; multiple combinations; estimation; rounding; numbers before and after by ones, twos, threes, fours, fives and tens; counting and combining coins and bills; telling time to the nearest minute; English and some metric measures; drawing and measuring lines to one-half inch; developing listening skills; calendars; place value to thousands; unit fractions; making change; reading a thermometer, reading graphs; and Roman numerals.

Textbook: ARITHMETIC 2 by A Beka Books


History: This class is focused on working together in the American colonies (1607-1776).  Some topics include: maps and keys, compass rose, simple map making, pictures graphs, historical maps, city maps, kings and queens, colonial life, founding of Jamestown, War for Independence, Constitutional Convention, communities old and new, farming, community life, and shop keeping.

Participation is required in whole class reading time and the bi-annual history fair.  Individual research paper and project is required in addition to class project.  Other projects include family geneology, town report, and shoe making.  

Field trips may include Parsippany police station, Fosterfields Farm, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and/or Historic Speedwell.  

The class also participates in Parsippany’s fire safety trailer and fire truck tour, in a Thanksgiving Feast and takes an annual trip to the Sandy Hook Lighthouse.  

We will also participate in the Museum Loan Department at the Morris Museum which will allow students the opportunity to examine real historical artifacts and observe tangible objects with which to reinforce lessons.

Textbook: HERITAGE STUDIES 2 by BJU Press


Science: This class covers many topics which include: history of the earth, theories about the earth, fossils, shape of the earth, gravity, volcanoes, earthquakes, ocean shorelines, how the earth moves, plants, living and nonliving organisms, habitats, bones, muscles, forces, light and shadows, and measuring lengths.

Participation is required in whole class reading time and the bi-annual science fair.  Individual research paper and project is required in addition to class project.  Other projects include a science notebook which will contain activities, labs, and demonstrations with the purpose to present God as the creator of all things.  

Field trips may include Morris County Arboretum.  The class also takes an annual trip to the Sandy Hook seashore.  

We will also participate in the Museum Loan Department at the Morris Museum which will allow students to see scientific specimens close-up which will reinforce lessons.

Textbook: SCIENCE 2 by BJU Press


Phonics: This class covers a teaching of the principles needed for basic reading skills: vowel and consonant sounds, consonant blends, clue words, digraphs, and diphthongs, counting syllables; syllable division: base words/prefixes/suffixes, VC/CV pattern, compound words, consonant+le; and accent in compound words.

Textbook: LETTERS & SOUNDS 2; HANDBOOK FOR READING by A Beka Books


Reading: This class covers reading comprehension in the literal, interpretive, critical, and appreciative levels.  Other reading comprehension concepts include: classifying, sequencing, cause and effect, following directions, relevant information, drawing conclusions, and predicting outcomes.  The students learn vocabulary words through their meaning in context.  In the area of literature, the students learn setting, plot, point of view, metaphor, simile, fanciful elements, and other elements of literature.  Other concepts include: study skills, silent reading, oral reading, and composition.

Students participate in a monthly reading program and in the Six Flags Read to Succeed.

Textbook: READING 2A-If Skies Be Blue; READING 2B-When the Sun Rides High; READING 2 Workbook; The Treasure of Pelican Cove by BJU Press; All Kinds of Animals by A Beka Books


Spelling: This class involves the use of phonetic based word lists with vocabulary words introduced second semester.  It also covers suffixes, compound words, and dictionary skills.  Weekly spelling words are incorporated into sentence writing and storytelling.  Poetry is introduced and memorized. 

In the spring, students have the opportunity to participate in the AACS Spelling Bee.

Textbook: SPELLING & POETRY 2 by A Beka Books


Handwriting: This class involves maintaining pre-cursive alphabet and mastering cursive alphabet.  Some topics include: maintaining good handwriting skills--good posture, paper positioning, pencil hold, correct letter formation, slant, alignment, rhythm, spacing, neatness; applying use in subject content areas--Bible, math, English skills, science, history; copying good cursive models that include Scripture, poetry, hymns, pledges, recipes, thank-you notes, invitations, and friendly letters.

Textbook: HANDWRITING 2 by BJU Press

THIRD GRADE

Bible: This class integrates doctrine into a chronological and thematic study of the Bible;  including sin and salvation, purity, why Jesus came, eschatology, and Christian friends.  

Students are required to learn 36 verses or passages by memory from the Bible that apply to each unit.  These are memorized from the King James Version of the Bible.

Textbook: Bible Truths 3 by BJU Press


English: This class covers units on grammar and writing skills.  The students learn about sentences, parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation and usage.  

Some of the writing units include writing a persuasive essay, writing a narrative in the form of a friendly letter, writing a book report, and reference skills.  Each writing unit includes a project that students must do.

Textbook: English 3 by BJU Press  


Math: Arithmetic begins by reviewing many second grade concepts including addition, subtraction, measures, telling time, using a ruler, and terminology for the four processes.  Then, it builds new concepts including multiplication, division, word problems, converting measures and solving measurement equations, fractions, money problems, geometric shapes, finding the unknown number in an equation, and averaging numbers.  

Some supplementary materials include, rulers, charts, flash cards, books, and objects. 

Textbook: Arithmetic 3 by A Beka Books


History: This class begins with the U.S. as a new country and the process of forming a Constitution.  It continues with the American frontier, westward expansion, the American Civil War and slavery, and transportation.  It also includes the French Revolution, geography, facts about states and regions, folktales, legends, and fables, songs of war and peace, and celebrations.

Field trips often include a trip to the “Freedom Train” during the underground railroad section.  

Textbook: Heritage Studies 3 by BJU Press


Science: This class  is divided into five units.  Unit 1 discusses cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals. Unit 2 discusses plants and ecosystems.  Unit 3 discusses matter, sound, and energy in motion.  Unit 4 discusses soil, rocks, minerals, weather, and the solar system.  Unit 5 discusses cells, tissues, organ, and skin.  Also included in this book is Bible integration, notebook pages, exploration lessons, and experiments.  

Field trips include visiting the Liberty Science Center.

Textbook: Science 3 by BJU Press


Reading: This class includes reading stories, poems, dramas, and informative literature.  The teacher also teaches phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, simile, alliteration, and silent and oral reading skills.  The worktext is used to assess how well the student knows the concepts taught or how well he comprehended the story read.  

Textbook: Reading 3A and Reading 3B by BJU Press


Spelling: This class includes weekly word lists for the student to learn to spell, and vocabulary words and meanings that they must learn. Also included are eight poems that are committed to memory.  This material is  supplemented with activities that reinforce the words, oral spelling of the words, and worksheets.  Students also write in a journal each week to reinforce writing skills and spelling skills.  

Textbook: Spelling 3 by A Beka Books


Handwriting: This class begins with teaching the cursive alphabet and then teaching the students how to join these letters and master good handwriting skills.

Textbook: Handwriting 3 by BJU Press

FOURTH GRADE

Bible: This class emphasizes memorizing Scripture, memorizing the order of the books of the Bible, studying the life of Christ, learning about the role of the Holy Spirit, applying Scripture to live a godly life, and studying the life of Paul.


English: This class covers sentence structure, nouns, verbs, nonfiction materials, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, personal narrative, friendly letter, compare/contrast essay, book review, tall tale, research paper, Haiku, and acrostic poem.


Math: This class covers addition, missing numbers in equations, place value, subtraction, story problems, reading clocks, perimeter, multiplication, fractions, decimals, percents, area, polygons, metric system, graphs, and volume.


History: This class teaches map skills: hemispheres, equator, latitude/longitude, prime meridian, International Date Line, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circles, natural resources, climates, regions, exploration of the South Pole, immigration, the fifty states (states, capitals, history, landmarks), inventions, American Industrial Revolution, communication: pony express, newspapers, telegraph, Spanish-American War, branches of American government, citizenship, economics: supply and demand, languages, adjustment of immigrants in America, communication and transportation, evangelism and missionary work, and New Jersey history.


Science: This class covers natural resources, water and oceans, moon, insects and spiders, plants, ecosystems, animal defenses, eyes, digestive system, nutrition, simple machines, electricity, magnetism, and light.


Reading: This class covers syllables, cause and effect, classification, sequence events, fact/opinion, main idea, relevant/irrelevant information, synonyms, antonyms, analogies, character growth and change, point of view, foreshadowing, moral, personification, rhymes, skimming, scanning, and paraphrasing.

Students are taught silent reading for information, for entertainment, for understanding, for spiritual growth, for the author’s message; and for biblical truth.

Students practice oral reading to communicate author’s message; communicate mood and motive; convey emotion; portray character; convey meaning of Scripture; voice inflection; and volume and pacing.


Spelling: This class consists of weekly word lists with challenging words and vocabulary, reinforcement activities, and six poems committed to memory.


Handwriting: This class works on maintaining cursive alphabet: uppercase and lowercase; maintaining good handwriting skills using ink pens; applying use in subject content areas—Bible, math, English skills, science, Heritage Studies; copying good cursive models that include descriptive paragraphs, outlines, journals, book reports, hymns, Scripture, timelines, titles, and labels


Health: This class covers bones, muscles, exercise, respiration, teeth, skin and hair, and proper hygiene.

FIFTH GRADE

Bible: This class is a survey of the Old Testament.  Students will go through most of the books of the Old Testament and learn and discuss the major people, situations, and doctrines of the books.  

The students will have Bible verses to memorize each week.  They are usually 2 – 3 verses long and build to cover an entire passage. An example is Ephesians 6:11-18.  

The students will also be learning many hymns and choruses throughout the year.


English: This class covers parts of speech, sentence structure, sentence mechanics, usage of homophones, pronouns, subject/verb agreement. 

Writing skills from previous years are reviewed and expanded on.  

There are writing projects, study and reference skill, and oral and speaking skills.


Math: This class covers numeration, review of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, powers and roots, fractions, decimals, mixed numbers and decimals, percents, estimation, units of measurement (US Customary and Metric), temperature, time, unit coversion (US Customary and Metric), scale factors, elementary geometry (lines, angles, polygons, area, volume, perimeter), integers, and elementary algebra. 


History: This class covers the history of the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries.  Areas of study are: early travel methods (car and plane), WW1, the states of the US (there is a state report for this section), the 20’s decade, the Great Depression, the rise of dictators in pre-WW2, WW2, the Cold War, and into the 21st century including the World Trade Center bombing.


Science: This is a general science class  It’s goal is to complete the Earth Science concepts learned throughout Elementary school. The last two chapters cover Health.  This also is a completion of Health learned throughout Elementary school. Topics covered are Minerals, Rocks, Fossils, Dinosaurs, Matter and Energy, Weather, Sound, Light, and Interaction in the Ecosystem. The Health areas covered  are the Respiratory System and the Circulatory System. 

The students are also introduced to the Science Laboratory.  The  students complete three labs per chapter. The labs are designed not only to reinforce scientific concepts but begin to integrate Math, and writing skills into science. Students are tested on terms, concepts and lab procedures.   

Textbook: 5th Science, Third Edition by BJU Press


Reading: This class covers word recognition, comprehension of stories and poetry, vocabulary, different literary styles, use of study skills, silent and oral reading, and composition. 

There are book reports assigned throughout the year.


Spelling: This class covers a weekly phonics based word list; a weekly test with vocabulary words from the word list.  This spelling is based on generalizations, morphophonemic pairs, suffixes and prefixes, comprehension activities, and use of spelling words in context.


Handwriting: This class covers maintaining cursive alphabet, upper and lower case words, capital letter usage, and application in content areas.