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Curriculum

1st - 3rd Grade

Social Studies 

Heritage Studies by BJU Press

Heritage Studies provides students with the opportunity to learn about historical events and be introduced to world cultures from a Biblical worldview.  Children will develop social studies skills and a foundational understanding of geography, economics, history, government, civics, and culture.  We hope that they will become lifelong learners who value freedom, equality, and individual responsibility. 

Math

Bridges in Mathematics

Your child’s classroom will use Bridges in Mathematics second edition, a comprehensive curriculum for grades K–5. Bridges is a rigorous program designed to address the new math standards in a way that’s enjoyable and accessible to all learners. The curriculum focuses on developing in students a deep understanding of math concepts, proficiency with key skills, and the ability to solve new and complex problems. Learning activities tap into the intelligence and strengths all students have by presenting mathematically powerful material alive with language, pictures, and movement.

Spelling

Spelling Connections, Zaner Bloser

Spelling Connections takes a broader view of spelling as it relates to overall literacy improvement and success. Every week begins with an opportunity for students to embark on a word study journey! Rather than give the whole class the same words to memorize for the week, Spelling Connections offers three levels of word lists (Emerging, On Level, Challenge). Lists are assigned based on pretest performance, administered in print or online. Students work with On Level words in the print Student Edition but get additional Challenge and Emerging support online and through practice exercises.

Handwriting

A Reason for Handwriting

A Reason for Handwriting provides a fun, meaningful approach to developing effective handwriting skills. Kindergarten children will learn how letters are part of words. Each lesson includes guidelines for writing the letter, as well as an illustration and accompanying word that includes that lesson's letter.   

 

In first and second grade the focus shifts to proper sizing and spacing of letters with daily writing practice.  In third grade, cursive writing is introduced. When all letters have been taught, these are followed by lessons that review both upper and lower-case cursive letters and provide opportunities to practice individual words and sentences during the rest of the year. Correct alignment, slant, size, shape and spacing are emphasized.   

 

In all grades, we introduce the element of Scripture.  After the introductory review lessons are complete each week, students begin a schedule of lessons that include daily writing practice of selected words in the "Scripture of the week," providing children with additional practice to recite/write their weekly Bible Memory Verse.

Bible

Purposeful Designs Publications

A strong Bible program requires that students not only acquire skills and knowledge but also grow in faith and demonstrate that faith by their behavior. For this reason, each Purposeful Design lesson has a unique set of expected student outcomes in the areas of knowledge, skills, and life application – and each outcome area is strengthened by studying the lesson. Because growth in faith is an individual matter, students will come to apply Scripture over the course of time as they grow in their relationship with God.

 

There will be weekly scripture memorization. Each grade has a special theme for that year.  They are listed below:

Kindergarten: Familiar Bible lessons presented from both the Old Testament and New Testament, emphasizing God's care.

1st Grade: Familiar Bible characters and events that illustrate God’s gifts, such as family, leaders, helpers, His Word, His Son, and His Church.

2nd Grade: Bible heroes with a focus on character traits.

3rd Grade: The life of Christ and the early Church

Physical Education

P.E. builds a foundation for healthy activity. Students develop confidence and skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking while moving through physical games and challenges. We strive to create a nurturing environment of positive values and attitudes that students can apply both inside and outside the classroom.

Art

Art is another exciting way for students to express themselves. We have an art teacher is ready expose our students to a variety of materials to develop their fine motor skills while learning about great artists and emulating their unique techniques. Art lessons are a time of creativity, self-expression and joy!

Music

Music is a joyful form of self-expression.  At Ridge Christian Academy, students come together to sing worship songs daily in Assembly. We also have a music teacher on staff to provide weekly in-class experiences in music, rhythm, and age-appropriate instruments, ensuring every child receives the exceptional developmental benefits of regular musical instruction.

Science

Science has never been more exciting!  At Ridge Christian Academy, we have a dedicated STEM instructor who will encourage children to ask questions and apply the scientific method to experiment, investigate, make observations, and draw conclusions about the world God has created.

Project Lead the Way

Students, at an early age, have a remarkable capacity to learn and a natural curiosity to make sense of the world around them. Their innate drive to observe, explore, and discover makes the elementary grades a critical time to engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

 

PLTW taps into elementary students’ exploratory nature and turns their curiosity into confidence. Through PLTW's activity-, project-, problem-based (APB) instructional approach - which supports the three dimensions of science learning - students become creative, collaborative problem solvers ready to take on any challenge.

Reading

We are in the process of selecting the most robust and accessible reading curriculum for our students at Ridge Christian Academy. Stay tuned!