Kindergarten - Grade 5
As children discover more about their identity in Christ, they grow intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Highly qualified teachers challenge and engage students in a cooperative environment, providing children with a strong foundation for middle and high school. Core subjects are complemented by Chinese, music, computer, art, physical education and enriched by learning experiences in the community.
Language Arts at the elementary level consists of reading, grammar, phonics & morphology, writing, handwriting, and vocabulary development. These program components are met through the use of Daily 5 and CAFÉ, Reading A to Z, Orton-Gillingham (OG) sequence/materials, Easy Grammar, handwriting sheets, and The Write Tools program (narrative, informative, and persuasive). Daily 5 is a reading structure helping students develop daily reading habits, writing, and working to promote literacy independence. CAFÉ reading strategies develop Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary. Children in kindergarten to fifth grade practice writing genres and strategies, using The Write Tools program. Students have informal writing opportunities (journaling, reflections, and S.O.A.P. verses). Students practice oral communication skills through formal/informal presentations. Oral presentations allow students the opportunity to demonstrate fluency and growing vocabulary. Skills are built upon each year to prepare students for middle school.
The Saxon mathematics program at the elementary level includes familiarity with numbers, patterns and shapes, arithmetic operations, fractions and decimals, working with units of time and money, measurement, basic geometric properties and transformations, simple statistics, exponents, and ratio and proportions. Students are learning through various methods, including manipulatives, hands-on activities, drills on facts, problem solving, journals, and whiteboards.
Elementary science mainly focuses on the physical, earth and life sciences. Concepts are taught from a biblical world view with hands-on activities. Students can research and experiment in both the outside and laboratory settings. In the upper elementary level, students write detailed lab reports and receive periodical subscriptions to stay up-to-date with technology and solutions.
The social studies program for elementary students reflects a Christ-centered curriculum that begins with the student’s family unit and his/her community, with emphasis on the people who work in the community and for our government. The program then expands to cover the student’s state and country, studying America’s historic landmarks and notable leaders, as the young student learns how God shapes and provides for our nation. The elementary program also includes studies of world geography and culture. In fourth grade, a focused study of Hawaiian history and culture is undertaken, highlighted by a three-day educational trip to the Big Island of Hawaii.