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Elementary Curriculum

Pre-K/Bridge

Christian Education

Children at Southminster School learn about the world God created and how God provides for them through His creation. They participate in chapel services where Bible stories teach about God and Jesus. They worship God together with their classmates, expressing thanks for God’s love and care. Children take comfort in learning that they can talk to God whenever they want and wherever they are. They are encouraged to use their God-given talents and gifts to the best of their ability.

Pre-K and bridge students learn that the church building is a special place to go and talk to God and learn about His word. In classroom lessons they hear Bible stories and participate in finger plays and songs which help teach scripture and Biblical truths. They talk about being kind, helpful, and cooperative at school and at home as an expression of their love of God. Beginning with the Bridge class, students memorize weekly Bible verses and retell Bible stories. They discover how Biblical people served God and how they can serve Him today. They begin to understand how God and Jesus influence their lives and decisions.

Pre-K

LANGUAGE ARTS

Pre-Reading

Use picture clues to connect pictures to print

Build phonemic awareness through rhyming activities

Recognize upper and lower case letters and produce related sounds

Be introduced to blending of letter sounds

Recognize concepts of print (left-to-right progression, punctuation)

Become familiar with elements of a story

Pre-Writing

Use correct pencil grip

Use correct beginning strokes

Write letters and name using correct strokes and line positioning

Recognize that writing is thoughts on paper

Use writing to express ideas (drawing, scribbling, creating letters and letter-like approximations)

Listening/Speaking

Demonstrate courteous listening behavior

Expand vocabulary and prior knowledge

Retell stories, repeat directions, and describe events in sequential order

Experiment with language sounds and words

Ask questions and understand the answers

Participate in group discussions and in creative dramatic activities

MATH

Develop awareness of numbers and their uses

Count orally 1-50

Use sorting, matching and counting to compare groups of objects

Recognize calendar concepts

Use attributes to classify objects

Identify, reproduce, complete, and extend patterns

Measure using non-standard units

Compare objects by size and weight

Graph with real objects

Identify 2-dimensional shapes (circle, triangle, rectangle, square, rhombus, oval)

Recognize math vocabulary, such as whole/half, equal/not equal, positional words

SCIENCE

Use five senses to examine the environment and natural objects

Investigate similarities, differences, and patterns in natural objects

Identify appropriate clothing and activities for weather

Discuss vocabulary commonly used in science

Gather information by collecting, classifying, measuring, and sequencing

Explore cause and effect relationships

Participate in recording scientific data

Bridge

LANGUAGE ARTS

Pre-Reading

Use picture clues to connect pictures to print

Build phonemic awareness through rhyming activities

Recognize upper and lower case letters and produce related sounds

Be introduced to blending of letter sounds

Recognize concepts of print (left-to-right progression, punctuation)

Listen and discuss elements of a story

Pre-Writing

Use correct pencil grip

Use correct beginning strokes

Write letters and name using correct strokes and line positioning

Recognize that writing is thoughts on paper

Use writing to express ideas (drawing, scribbling, creating letters and letter-like approximations)

Listening/Speaking

Demonstrate courteous listening behavior

Expand vocabulary and prior knowledge

Retell stories, repeat directions, and describe events in sequential order

Experiment with language sounds and words

Ask questions and understand the answers

Participate in group discussions and in creative dramatic activities

MATH

Recognize numbers 1-100

Count orally 1-100

Write numbers 0-10

Skip count orally by 2s, 5s, and 10s

Identify, describe, and create patterns

Recognize calendar concepts, such as days of the week, months of the year

Identify 2-dimensional shapes (circle, triangle, rectangle, square, rhombus, oval, parallelogram)

Identify 3-dimensional shapes (sphere, cone, cylinder, pyramid)

Identify attributes of shapes and solids

Compare, contrast, and re-create shapes and solids

Measure using non-standard units

Recognize temperatures as hot or cold

Recognize positional words such as between, below, above, under, over

Use models to demonstrate and apply addition concepts

Use models to demonstrate and apply subtraction concepts

Apply addition and subtraction in problem solving situations

Create and interpret graphs

Identify coins and their values

SCIENCE

Use five senses to examine the environment and natural objects

Discuss different types of weather and predict daily weather

Discuss concepts of nutrition, rest, exercise, and personal hygiene

Participate in investigations (make predictions, perform experiments, record data, discuss results)

Discuss vocabulary commonly used in science

Explore cause and effect relationships

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