Hope Christian School

Elementary Curriculum and Course Descriptions

A combination of A Beka, Bob Jones, and ACSI curricula are used for Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Kindergarten
The Kindergarten program is a complete educational program that teaches children how to read phonetically. The curriculum includes many small readers, workbooks and phonics cards. The child will learn the letters of the alphabet and will learn to read (450-word vocabulary). Acomplete range of subjects is covered, including cursive writing, Bible, art, poetry, music, science and numbers. The children learn to count from 1 to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s. The mornings are structured to cover academics and the afternoons are used for enrichment. Please note: Kindergarten students are required to take a “rest time” after lunch for approximately 45 minutes.

1st Grade
Reading: Christian Reading Series and other readers. Phonics: drill and word analysis skills. Writing: Spelling,writing sentences and penmanship. Arithmetic: emphasis on addition, subtraction, introduction to simple tables of multiplication, money values, story problems and simple fractions. History, science, Bible instruction, poetry memorization, music, art and P.E. are also included.

2nd Grade
Reading: multiple books. Phonics: drill and word analysis skills. Writing: vocabulary building and penmanship. Arithmetic: addition, subtraction, introduction tomultiplication, division and Roman numerals. History, science, Bible instruction, poetry memorization, music, art and P.E. are also included.
 
3rd Grade
Reading: a variety of readers, including Pilgrim’s Progress. English: grammar, punctuation, penmanship, spelling,vocabulary, and poetry. Arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, combinations, story problems, etc. History: a look at America. Science: natural and physicalscience. Bible instruction, music, art and P.E. are also included.
 
4th Grade
Reading: character-building patriotic stories, vocabulary andspeed-reading. Spelling and vocabulary: 30 words per week with 10 definitions. Penmanship: daily work on correct letter formation and writing. English: grammar and usage, composition.  History: general survey of American history, plus an intense study of New Mexico. Science: survey of earth science, weather, plants, insects, water, etc. Arithmetic: drill in speed and accuracy in the four arithmetic processes, multiplication facts through 12, multiplying by two-digit numbers, dividing by two-digit numbers, working fractions, measures — a traditional approach. Poetry memorization, music, Bible instruction, art and P.E. are also included.
 
5th Grade
Reading: Character-building patriotic stories, speed-readingand book reports. Spelling and vocabulary: 35 words with 10 definitions per week. English: grammar and usage, creative writing, library research project. History and geography: a study of ancient civilization up to the present in the Eastern Hemisphere, map work included. Science: survey of weather, energy, plants, animals, geology, conservation. Arithmetic: drill in speed and accuracy in the four arithmetic processes, decimals, fractions, word problems — a traditional approach. Bible instruction, poetry memorization, music, art and P.E. are also included.