Beyond a challenging academic experience, children are exposed to various specialty classes that expands their learning beyond books – all from a Christ-centered perspective.
It is our desire that students see art as a gift from God to be used for His glory. A well-rounded art program provides the student with the opportunity of getting to know Him. Each individual lesson broadens the child’s total art experience, as well as each new medium introduced. The variety in media used stimulates interest at any grade level. Each student is encouraged to express feelings and emotions in a manner which will glorify God. The expressions of art, as in any other area of life, must be done to the glory of God (Col. 3:17).
Art incorporates all different types of paint, sculptures, canvases, and more. In our art studio, students will engage with our SmartBoard to take virtual museum tours where they also learn more about Art History. Some of the student’s objectives in this class are to:
- Produce original art through the use of line, color, texture, shape, shading an space.
- Learn about the color wheel, how to blend colors and make shades of colors from primary colors.
- Learn watercolor and paint techniques.
- Develop art skills through creative activities.
Computing is so fundamental to understanding and participating in society that it is valuable for every student to learn as part of a modern education. Computer science is not just skill training, it can be life-changing in a society that is increasingly more dependent on computers and advancing technology. Computer science prepares all students to be active and informed contributors to our technological society whether they pursue careers in technology or not.
Our preschool computer lab engages children with different computer programs that reinforce concepts taught in their classroom. Topics such as: letters, colors, numbers, and more.
Our elementary computer lab teaches students computer vernacular as well as typing and coding skills. Some of the skills include: debugging a program, nested loops, relay programming, building a play lab game, and more.
The ability to communicate through language is a gift from God, reflecting the orderliness of His nature. Students learn Spanish as a second language, allowing them a unique opportunity to develop skills they can use to communicate God’s laws to others. The Spanish Program is designed to teach and reinforce skills in pronunciation, work formation, vocabulary, and grammar. Students will gain necessary skills needed to speak, understand, read, and write basic Spanish and to apply what they have learned in everyday situations.
Our preschool Spanish class meets in the student’s classroom and lessons incorporating letters, colors, numbers, shapes, and more are taught in a fun and engaging way through the use of puppets, Spanish books, projects, and more.
Our elementary Spanish class meets in our 2nd floor and follows a grade-specific curriculum that engages children with age-appropriate material as well as the use of our SmartBoard using gamification.
The Science Lab allows students the opportunity to experience the subject of Science and apply knowledge learned from the classroom. Students are able to use their senses to enjoy and appreciate God’s magnificent creation-nature, animals, the human body, forces of nature, bodies of water, insects, sea creatures, and space. Through experimentation and hands-on activities, students glean knowledge and develop a deeper appreciation for the subject of science and God’s world.
Our preschool children learn scientific concepts at their level. They will participate in activities such as classifying rocks and minerals, making fossils out of play-do, mixing safe chemicals, planting seeds, and much more. Some of the student’s objectives are: observing the properties of light, understanding of our weather, facts associated with plants and animals, basic comprehension of physics terms, and much more.
Our elementary children’s science lab becomes our Pelican Program ( marine biology) program starting in Kindergarten.
It is our desire that the students see music as a gift from God to be used for His glory. Scripture is full of references to singing and making music, beginning in Genesis (4:21) and continuing through Revelation (15:3). Man, as created in the image of God, is naturally a musical being. The natural response to the blessings of God in the life of a Christian is that of singing praise to His name (Ex. 15:1; I Chron. 16:9; Psa. 51:14, 149:5; Luke 32:17-19). Thus, it is important that the students learn music. Music, as any other area of life, must be done to the glory of God (Col. 3:17). Proper standards must be instilled on the basis of the Word of God (I Cor. 14:15; Col. 3:16)
In this high-energy class, once a week, children learn about early music theory ( tempo, beat, etc.), composers, the use of different instruments, rehearse for their music productions that take place in the Winter and Spring and much more. Some of the student’s objectives are to: instill in the child an appreciation of music as a gift of God to be used for His glory and to provide opportunities to praise God in song, acquaint the student with outstanding composers, enable the student to acquire knowledge of basic musical elements, learn about the characteristics of different musical style periods, knowledge of basic musical elements, and more.
The library is filled with a wealth of knowledge. It is through the medium of books students can learn about their world, by visiting places they have yet to travel to…develop an appreciation for people in other cultures, inventors, and historical figures that have made significant contributions to the shaping of world history and American history. Through the study of biographical characters, students are presented with the opportunity to visit people they have never or may never meet in person. The body of information contained in the library allows students the opportunity to pursue a large variety of personal interests in people, places, things, history, science, and hobbies. Library time incorporates different book series to encourage the love of reading in our students.
Our preschool children will engage with storytelling and song while learning about different authors and real-world thematic concepts. Our elementary children learn more about different writers, writing styles, literary genres and more. Students have the ability of checking out books to encourage them in reaching their AR (Accelerated Reader) goals.
Children are invited to attend our book fairs throughout the year, book author visits, and our “Reading under the Stars” night event.
Physical Education ( P.E.) / Recess
Physical Education is concerned with the physical development (basic motor development, physical fitness, and sport-skill development) of all students. Of greater importance than a child’s physical skills is the learning to excel in sportsmanship, leadership, social behavior, and care of body. These qualities reflect the character of God and enhance the child’s service for God.
Our preschool students go to recess, our playground, daily where gross motor development thrives through climbing, running, jumping, hopping, skipping and taking turns.
Our elementary students learn about sportsmanship, participate in different sports, and more. Some of the student’s grade-specific objectives are to: develop sensorimotor skills, practice manipulative skills, learn balance-control movements, develop overall physical fitness – flexibility, agility, endurance and coordination, learn body parts and movement directions, and more.