Elementary

Curriculum Overview

Bible

The SCS elementary Bible curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade 3 is Purposeful Design. Students are given an overview of the Bible with an emphasis on God’s attributes, biblical characters, the early Church, and what it means to know Jesus Christ and live for Him. Grades 4-5 use the Answers in Genesis curriculum to study evidence for the Christian faith and continue to build a Biblical worldview.  Students at all levels regularly memorize Scripture and read classic literature about influential Christians from the past. The elementary Bible curriculum also addresses the Ten SCS Outcomes of character, relationships, convictions, worldview, intellect, communication, wisdom, servanthood, talents, and influence.

Reading

The Kindergarten through Grade 2 reading program emphasizes phonics skills, but also includes some literature based instruction as classroom teachers introduce books by different authors or with a different theme each month.  A Beka and Harcourt Reading curricula are used on the elementary level, along with the Fountas and Pinnell benchmarking assessment system which provides structure and tangible data in evaluating student reading ability and progress with the goal of guiding teachers to tailor instruction to demonstrated needs of their students.

Language Arts

The SCS elementary writing curriculum includes Bob Jones University Press materials for cohesive grammar instruction and as a springboard for writing skills. SCS students study spelling regularly. Penmanship (including cursive writing) is also taught.

Math

SCS uses the Bob Jones University Press Math curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade 5. Reasoning and problem-solving skills are emphasized along with learning how math reveals the nature and character of God and is relevant to everyday life. The traditional curriculum uses direct teacher instruction along with manipulatives to foster student involvement and understanding. Differentiated strategies are incorporated to meet the needs of diverse students and a worktext allows for regular practice of math skills.

Science

God, as the sovereign Lord and Creator of all matter, is our source for discovering the world around us, and the mysteries of the universe. Students from Kindergarten through Grade 5 will explore and investigate the world God has created through a biblical lens. Our program will provide students with the opportunity to acquire the life-long skills needed to explore, investigate, analyze, experiment, and draw conclusions about the topics they encounter in science. Hands-on approaches and regular labs motivate students to learn and encourage them to participate. Students practice problem solving skills, develop positive scientific knowledge strategies, learn established truths, discover new scientific content, and increase their science literacy as they see the glory and power of God revealed in new and exciting ways.

History

Our history curriculum in Kindergarten through Grade 5 is Bob Jones University Press, which is designed to study history chronologically with a Godly perspective. Among the many topics to which the students are introduced are geography, the United States government, and the growth of our country and its freedoms. 2 Peter 1:3 states, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” Through history, God has provided us with many opportunities to develop in young minds the understanding that our country was founded on godly principles, and that people of all races and diverse backgrounds have contributed and helped to shape America by God’s design. In turn, America has had profound influence on the peoples of the world. Through geography, students will gain understanding of maps and diagrams, and also will be able locate their country, continents, states oceans, rivers, and will understand the formation of communities. By studying government, students will learn the purpose of government and its branches, the purpose of presidential leadership, and the importance of the freedoms that God has provided us.

Weekly Specials

Art

Computer

Physical Education (twice per week)

Library

Music

Elementary Band (Grades 4-6)

Elementary Chorus (Grades 4-6)

Elementary Orchestra (Grades 4-6)