Lower School Curriculum

 


K3 and K4 Curriculum

Bible (A Beka)

Students learn stories from the Old and New Testaments, memorize Scripture, and sing songs to reinforce biblical concepts.

 

Phonics and Math (A Beka)

ABC-123

This text introduces number concepts and the formation of numbers 1-20. Children enjoy counting and coloring familiar objects for each number and forming the numbers. Phonics-based reading readiness pages are full of carefully sequenced activities in recognition, sound, and formation of vowels (long and short), consonants, consonant-vowel blends, and one-syllable words of one or two vowels.

 

Writing (A Beka)

Students will be tracing and practicing letter formation on the colorful pages. Pages have activities that help with recognition, sound, and formation of vowels, consonants, blends, and one and two vowel words.

 

*K3 will include more introductory lessons and will not be as in-depth as K4.

**K3 and K4 will also include lessons on social studies and science concepts, through study of communities and animals. Poetry and songs are included weekly as well.

 

Kindergarten Curriculum

Phonics Reading Program (A Beka)

Students are taught to read based on the sound of each letter. Phonics Steps:

                              Learn the short vowels sounds.

                              Learn the consonant sounds.

                              Blend sounds together.

                              Read one and two vowel words.

                              Learn long vowels.

                              Learn to read special sounds.

                              Books Used: Letters and Sounds K, Writing with Phonics K, and

                              A Beka Basic Phonics Readers Set

 

Writing

(A Beka) Students will write letters, blends, words, and sentences. This writing book is correlated with the basic phonics rules to help children learn and review phonics as they practice correct writing formation.

 

Math

(Purposeful Design)

This text emphasizes the basics in counting and number recognition up to 100.

It highlights simple addition and subtraction with sums up to 10. Students learn the value of money, telling time and number words.

 

Science

(BJU Press)

Students learn about God’s plan for our world: seeds, animals, health,

weather, seasons and ocean life.

 

Social Studies

(BJU Press)

Students learn about communities, traditions, and the history of our great nation.

 

Bible

Bible Truths (BJU Press)

Students learn Bible verses and stories from God’s Word.

 

1st Grade Curriculum

Language Arts

Language 1 (A Beka)

This text contains exercises to develop and reinforce skills and concepts, which include thinking, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Students will also learn to write in complete sentences, use capitalization and punctuation, identify prefixes and suffixes, and alphabetize words.

 

Letters and Sounds 1 (A Beka)

This text provides daily seatwork to reinforce the phonics concepts that are vital to the mastery of reading skills.

 

Spelling and Poetry 1 (A Beka)

This book includes a comprehensive skill-building system that uses a teach/practice/teach approach to learning spelling words. Students also learn eight poems in this text.

 

Writing with Phonics 1 (A Beka)

This series begins with single letters and progresses to blends, special sounds and words. This text focuses on skills as well as handwriting.

 

Reading (A Beka)

These wonderfully illustrated, colorful worktext-readers include stories, phonics review, and comprehension exercises that will reinforce phonics, while building fluency skills. Each student will have several different books throughout the year.

 

Arithmetic

Arithmetic 1 (A Beka)

This text emphasizes number concepts, computation skills, accuracy and speed. Some topics included; counting, money, place value, graphs, time, addition and subtraction facts.

 

Science

Science Level 1(Purposeful Design)

The text (workbook) helps the students to have a better understanding of the world God created. Through age appropriate scientific inquiry, students will learn about animals, the human body, the earth and space.

 

Bible

Bible Truths 1 (Purposeful Design)

The text focuses on the foundational teachings from the Bible about the nature and character of God, the qualities of His people, and His church. Students are given an overview of the Bible, beginning with creation and continuing through the early church.

 

Social Studies

My America and My World (A Beka)

The text introduces famous American patriots, our basic freedoms and how our country was founded. It emphasizes good citizenship and helps develop reading skills. 

 

*We also supplement throughout the year with books, videos, writing assignments, and craft activities, that focus on holidays and other significant events.

 

2nd Grade Curriculum

Bible 

Title Bible Level 2 (Purposeful Design)

This Bible series focuses on the foundational teachings from the Bible about the nature and character of God, the qualities of His people, and His church. 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. The 2nd grade Bible curriculum specifically focuses on character traits of various people in the Bible with application to each student’s life.

 

Science

Science Level 2 (Purposeful Design)

Purposeful Design Science is an inquiry-based, hands-on approach to science instruction that will give your students numerous opportunities to discover principles and truths of God’s creation. Lessons are designed to engage the student in age- and grade-appropriate investigation.

 

Language Arts

Cursive Writing with Phonics 2 (Abeka)

This text includes review of letter formation for three-space writing and then proceeds to one-space cursive writing. Second semester students keep a journal, learn to make daily entries, and complete several creative writings for the journal.

 

Phonics 2 (A Beka)
Letters and Sounds 2 provides daily seatwork to reinforce the phonics concepts vital to the mastery of reading skills.


 

Spelling and Poetry 2 (A Beka)
This text includes thirty-two carefully selected phonetic-based word lists with vocabulary words added in each list for second semester. It also offers several exercises for each list to enhance teaching. Seven illustrated poems for memorization are included, as well.

 

Language 2 (A Beka)
The language workbook guides second graders through a colorful write-in text. Concepts learned in first grade are reinforced as students go on to master the following areas: recognizing and correctly punctuating three kinds of sentences; working with compound words, rhyming words, antonyms, synonyms, contractions, and singular possessive words; forming plurals; and using words correctly. By the end of the year, students’ reading comprehension skills will be sharpened, and they will write more clearly, correctly, and concisely.

 

Reading (A Beka)
These wonderfully illustrated, colorful worktext-readers include stories, phonics review, and comprehension exercises that will reinforce phonics, while building fluency skills. Each student will have several different books throughout the year.

 

Arithmetic
Arithmetic 2 (A Beka)
Concepts taught or reviewed in Arithmetic 2 include counting, place value, addition and subtraction, money, time, graphs, simple geometry, multiplication and division, and Roman numerals. Story problems are used to provide practice in using skills and facts learned and are based on concrete situations. New material is built on prior learning and encourages students to think through new concepts.

 

Social Studies 

Our America (A Beka)

Second graders step back into history and learn what life would have been like in our country’s early days. They learn the history of our flag and of patriotic songs and holidays and study the lives of groups that made valuable contributions to our American heritage: the Pilgrims, American Indians, early colonists, pioneers, cowboys, and immigrants. Geography is interwoven; review questions and activities throughout help to test comprehension.

 

3rd Grade Curriculum

Bible
Christ and His Church (Purposeful Design)

This Bible series focuses on the foundational teachings of the Bible regarding the nature and character of God, the qualities of His people, and His church. 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.

 

Science

Science Level Three (Purposeful Design)

This text helps third graders gain a deeper appreciation of God’s creation. Through age-appropriate scientific inquiry, students will: acquire new information, gain proficiency in research, work collaboratively with other students, think critically, use scientific tools, do measurements, solve problems, and evaluate results.

 

Arithmetic

Arithmetic 3 (A Beka)

This text offers extensive practice and instruction in the following:  multiplication and division; story problems up to four steps; Roman numerals; averaging numbers; standard measures; equations; and adding, subtracting, and reducing fractions. Several review problems are provided as well as supplementary problems to be used in a variety of ways to meet individual needs.

 

Reading

(Architecture of Reading)

“When a student fails to think while he is reading, he is not truly reading.” (Kevin Washburn, Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain, January 21, 2010)

In the early grades, we strive to emphasize skills such as phonemic awareness and fluency in reading, in order to build a strong foundation for our students. We accomplish this by using the A Beka reading curriculum for K4-2nd grades.

After building a firm foundation, the need for true comprehension and knowledge of vocabulary increases.  At LLCA, our desire is to teach students to read with understanding, see the author’s view point/message, and thus apply knowledge to God’s word.

To aid in the process, Mrs. Ginger Ward has compiled inventive reading processes that will help develop skills which promote thinking while reading.

In grades third through fifth, our in-house reading program, Architecture for Reading (AOR), builds on the foundation laid by ABeka.  AOR provides quality, authentic literature that stimulates student interest and incorporates rich vocabulary. Skills are taught in a manner that helps students organize thoughts and deepen comprehension.    


Our Architecture of Reading (AOR) curriculum includes the following books:

Charlotte’s Web                                                                                   Because of Winn Dixie

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane                                        Number the Stars

Bud, Not Buddy                                                                                    The Chronicles of Narnia

 

 

Language Arts

Language 3 (A Beka)

Students will benefit from solid skills instruction that will develop their ability to think and to express their thoughts correctly in both spoken and written English. Capitalization, punctuation, correct sentences, proper word usage, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and recognizing nouns and verbs are emphasized. Dictionary skills, journal entries, and creative writing skills are also developed.

 

Spelling & Poetry 3 (A Beka)

This text contains 34 weekly spelling lists, related activities, a glossary of vocabulary words, and selected poetry. Each list contains content words which include terms from academic areas, words from everyday life, or words that are used frequently. Eight poems for memorization and appreciation are included.

 

Cursive Writing Skillbook 3 (A Beka)

This text offers a variety of fascinating penmanship exercises to give third graders continued instruction in and practice of penmanship skills. It includes a thorough review of letter formation with emphasis on correct slant, spacing, and proportion. Activities include phonics review, dictionary skills, and creative writing. An exciting feature is the Nature Study. Students use the Animal Dictionary in the back of the book to answer questions and write brief reports about selected animals.

 

Social Studies

Our American Heritage (A Beka)

The biographical format of this chronologically arranged introduction to American History makes it easier for children to remember important dates and events, and gives them the right kinds of heroes and valuable models of good character.

 

Our American Heritage Map Skills Book

Students learn to recognize the 7 continents, 4 oceans, all 50 states, mountains, lakes, and rivers of the United States. Students also learn the use of a map key, compass rose, grid, and distance scale.

 

4th Grade Curriculum

Bible

Bible Truths (Purposeful Design)

This text offers specific engagement of students, in age- and grade-appropriate ways, with the Scriptures. It provides daily opportunities for students to apply to their lives the Bible truths being studied and puts emphasis on the development of Christlike character qualities in the lives of the students.

 

Arithmetic 

Arithmetic 4 (A Beka)

The four basic processes are taught and reviewed, as well as multiplying and dividing by two-digit numbers, estimation, square measures, writing decimals as fractions, and simple geometry. A major emphasis is working with proper and improper fractions—adding, subtracting, multiplying, and finding the least common denominator.

 

Language Arts

 

Spelling

Spelling Vocabulary & Poetry 4 (A Beka)

Students learn meanings and spellings of challenging words as well as memorize many classic poems such as, "Hiawatha’s Childhood” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

 

Language

Language 4 (A Beka)

God’s Gift of Language A emphasizes usage and the writing process. Traditional grammar training continues as students learn to recognize all eight parts of speech; identify simple and compound subjects and verbs; diagram subjects, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs; and learn simple rules for correct word usage and subject/verb agreement.

 

Penmanship I

Penmanship Mastery I provides daily practice for penmanship excellence. Correct formation, spacing, letter size, slant, and overall neatness are emphasized. Students will enjoy the variety of activities. Weekly tests are located in the back of the book.

 

Reading

(Architecture of Reading)

“When a student fails to think while he is reading, he is not truly reading.” (Kevin Washburn, Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain, January 21, 2010)

In the early grades, we strive to emphasize skills such as phonemic awareness and fluency in reading, in order to build a strong foundation for our students. We accomplish this by using the A Beka reading curriculum for K4-2nd grades.

After building a firm foundation, the need for true comprehension and knowledge of vocabulary increases.  At LLCA, our desire is to teach students to read with understanding, see the author’s view point/message, and thus apply knowledge to God’s word.

To aid in the process, Mrs. Ginger Ward has compiled inventive reading processes that will help develop skills which promote thinking while reading.

In grades third through fifth, our in-house reading program, Architecture for Reading (AOR), builds on the foundation laid by ABeka.  AOR provides quality, authentic literature that stimulates student interest and incorporates rich vocabulary. Skills are taught in a manner that helps students organize thoughts and deepen comprehension.    


Our Architecture of Reading (AOR) curriculum includes the following books:

Charlotte’s Web                                                                                   Because of Winn Dixie

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane                                        Number the Stars

Bud, Not Buddy                                                                                    The Chronicles of Narnia

 

Science

Systems: Science Level Four (Purposeful Design)

Purposeful Design plus the Science Notebook

Purposeful Design Science is an inquiry-based, hands-on approach to science instruction that will give your students numerous opportunities to discover principles and truths of God’s creation. Lessons are designed to engage the student in age- and grade-appropriate investigation.

 

History

History of Our United States in Christian Perspective (A Beka)

The History of Our United States Geography/Maps and Reviews, and My State Notebook

This high-interest, inspiring, narrative approach to American history brings to life famous people; major events; changes in ways of travel, communication, and thinking; and the principles that made America great. The outstanding visual features make the student’s first formal study of United States history positive and enjoyable.

 

5th Grade Curriculum

Bible 

Bible Truths Level 4 (Purposeful Design)

It begins with creation and chronologically walks students through the major characters and events of the Old Testament.  Students are challenged to apply the truths learned to their daily lives.

 

Math 

Arithmetic 5 (ABeka)

Students learn sequence of whole number operations, measurements, fraction operations, geometry, decimal operations, and percent and ratio.  There are also excellent problem-solving opportunities.  This is supplemented with material aimed at developing critical thinking skills.

 

History 

Old World History and Geography  (A Beka)

The students learn all about the continents and countries of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere (Asia, Africa, Europe, and Austrailia).  This curriculum provides a comprehensive overview of this area of the world and its importance throughout history from a Christian perspective.

 

Science 

Science Level 4: Changes (Purposeful Design)

Purposeful Design Science is an inquiry-based, hands-on approach to science instruction that will give your students numerous opportunities to discover principles and truths of God’s creation.  Lessons are designed to engage the student in age- and grade-appropriate investigation.

 

Language Arts

 

Language

God's Gift of Language B (A Beka)

God’s Gift of Language B reviews and teaches new grammar concepts: complements, prepositional phrases, and more. It emphasizes skills in outlining, note-taking, and preparing a bibliography.  Furthermore, this book teaches students how to write topic sentences, paragraphs, and more.

 

Penmanship II

This text gives daily instruction in correct formation, spacing, letter size, slant, proportion, and overall neatness while working on creative writing skills. Tests for each week are located in the back of the book.

 

Spelling 

Spelling, Vocabulary, and Poetry 5 (A Beka)

Students learn meanings and spellings of challenging words as well as memorize many classic poems such as, "The Village Blacksmith" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

 

Reading

(Architecture of Reading)

“When a student fails to think while he is reading, he is not truly reading.” (Kevin Washburn, Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain, January 21, 2010)

In the early grades, we strive to emphasize skills such as phonemic awareness and fluency in reading, in order to build a strong foundation for our students. We accomplish this by using the A Beka reading curriculum for K4-2nd grades.

After building a firm foundation, the need for true comprehension and knowledge of vocabulary increases.  At LLCA, our desire is to teach students to read with understanding, see the author’s view point/message, and thus apply knowledge to God’s word.

To aid in the process, Mrs. Ginger Ward has compiled inventive reading processes that will help develop skills which promote thinking while reading.

In grades third through fifth, our in-house reading program, Architecture for Reading (AOR), builds on the foundation laid by ABeka.  AOR provides quality, authentic literature that stimulates student interest and incorporates rich vocabulary. Skills are taught in a manner that helps students organize thoughts and deepen comprehension.    


Our Architecture of Reading (AOR) curriculum includes the following books:

Charlotte’s Web                                                                                   Because of Winn Dixie

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane                                        Number the Stars

Bud, Not Buddy                                                                                    The Chronicles of Narnia