Elementary Education

 

K4: 

Subject   Curriculum
Bible   A Beka
Phonics   A Beka
Number Skills   A Beka
Art   A Beka
Readiness Skills   A Beka
Writing   A Beka

 

K4 develops many social skills for students, as well as fine motor skills. Students will be learning letters and sounds and how to write the letters. They learn, write, and count numbers up to 20. The goal by the end of K4 is for all students to be reading. The curriculum also contains readers for the teacher to use during reading groups. K4 also has Spanish class once a week. Each day begins with Bible; and through-out the year, the students will memorize Bible verses.

 


 

K5:

Subject   Curriculum
Bible   A Beka
Reading   A Beka
Phonics   A Beka
Math   BJU Press
Science   A Beka
Social Studies   A Beka

 

Students will review their letter sounds and begin to learn blends the 1st half of the year. At the start of the second half, students begin reading at the most basic level, starting with words, moving on to groups of words, and then progressing to sentences. The goal at the end of K5 is for students to be able to fluently read small sentences. Students also participate in Spanish, P.E., and library once a week.

 


 

First Grade:

Subject   Curriculum
Bible   Building on the Rock/Summit Ministries
Language Arts   A Beka
Penmanship   A Beka
Math   BJU Press
Science   BJU Press
Social Studies   BJU Press

 

 

Students will memorize character traits and bible verses each week. The Language Arts curriculum includes phonics, grammar, spelling and reading. The reading curriculum covers ten (10) reading books. Cursive handwriting is introduced in penmanship. In addition to the subjects shown above, a first grade student will participate in Physical Education, Spanish, Music, and Art.

 


 

Second Grade:

Subject   Curriculum
Bible   Building on the Rock/Summit Ministries
Language Arts   A Beka
Penmanship   A Beka
Math   BJU Press
Science   BJU Press
Social Studies   BJU Press

 

In Second Grade students are taught God's Word through Bible memorization. In Language Arts they finish reviewing phonics sounds and concentrate on creative writing. In math, students learn to borrow when subtracting and start learning their multiplication tables. Also, a big project they participate in is the "Live Museum" where they get the opportunity to portray a character of great faith.

 


 

Third Grade:

Subject   Curriculum
Bible   Building on the Rock/Summit Ministries
Language Arts   A Beka
Penmanship   A Beka
Math   BJU Press
Science   BJU Press
Social Studies   BJU Press

 

Third grade at Cornerstone Christian School focuses on personal student growth through academics. Students are challenged in the area of mathematics and social studies, specifically. The groundwork for long division and multiplication is laid, as well as studies in pre-geometry and pre-algebra. Students also take part in a CCS tradition: Live Museum, in which they research a historical figure, then dress as that person and give a speech about them. In addition to the Live Museum, third-graders memorize the entire chapter of Hebrews 11 throughout the course of the year, and recite it for the school in May. These two events are excellent venues of learning to speak in public.

Students receive a well-rounded education in all subjects, and are prepared to enter fourth grade at Cornerstone Christian School.

 


 

Fourth Grade:

Subject   Curriculum
Bible   Building on the Rock/Summit Ministries
Language Arts   A Beka
Penmanship   A Beka
Math   BJU Press
Science   BJU Press
Social Studies   BJU Press

 

In fourth grade, we begin by studying Native Americans, Texas History, and the Scientific Method. Each student will write a report on a Texas tribe, and we memorize a poem by Longfellow about "Hiawatha's Childhood." At the end of our study, we present a short skit using the poem. Each student will bring a food that his tribe would have eaten, and we enjoy a "feast."

 

To aid in our study of Texas History, we take a field trip to Austin. There we visit the Capitol building and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. It is a fun and educational day--we leave CCS at 5:00 A.M. and return about 9:00 P.M.

 

We learn the Scientific Method so we can present our Science Explorations for our first Cornerstone Christian School Science Fair. We all enjoy learning about our chosen explorations. We are also learning geometry, grammar, and penmanship in fourth grade. It is a fun and exciting year!

 


 

Fifth Grade:

Subject   Curriculum
Bible   Building on the Rock/Summit Ministries
Language Arts   A Beka
Penmanship   A Beka
Math   BJU Press
Science   BJU Press
Social Studies   BJU Press

 

 

Fifth Grade is full of excitement in learning! Bible covers the entire Old Testament, while camping out at the Tabernacle for a while and gleaning wisdom from King Solomon. Mathematics solidifies the basic parts of number sense, including an understanding of place value; practice of estimation; practice of multiplication and division; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions; identifying decimal usage and computation; recognizing geometrical shapes & measurement; analyze problem solving data, ratios, proportions, percents. Language Arts involves and builds the foundation of the 8 parts of speech; examines the writing process, including creative writing and book reports; relating word roots from Latin and Greek to our language; constructing sentence diagrams; recognizing complements; practicing proper word usage; and evaluating and inspecting elaborate literature to broaden reading comprehension. History consists of a narrative of American History from the development of the automobile in the late 1800's through the inauguration of President Obama in 2009. Topics are presented from a biblical perspective and include the invention and influence of the automobile and airplane, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam War, struggles over civil rights, the war on terror, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, and immigration decisions. Science shows how humans use God's creation and design through the study of earth science, space, life science, physical science, study of the human body. Students will learn about minerals and rocks, fossils, matter and heat, sound and light, weather, biomes, ecosystems, and the respiratory and circulatory systems. We're always learning and growing in fifth grade, preparing for the transition to middle school!