How we teach Reading, Writing and Mathematics
Students are placed in a class averaging about 10 children. Students are provided frequent interactive time with a teacher on a one-to-one basis.
Each individual skill is broken down into the smallest possible component or “byte” of information. Skills are taught to mastery before the student moves on to the next “byte”. We directly teach the skill. We don’t assume our students will figure it out. We do not let any student miss something or become overwhelmed.
Each fact is taught incrementally, step by step. The structured environment provides students with the consistency they need, and teachers keep drilling concepts long after traditional schools would have moved on to other material. Teachers use the latest teaching techniques, but also use some old standards like drills to help students commit ideas to memory.
Taught to Mastery
We test students frequently and re-teach any skill not mastered.
Students are placed in Science and Social Studies groups based on their language placement. National Curriculum Standards in both Science and Social Studies are used to create the framework for the units studied each year. Our students work best with a multisensory approach to learning. Therefore, the program includes carefully selected hands-on experiences, with field trips, art projects, and teacher created programs, video presentations, guest speakers, games, and class work. Units are created by the classroom teacher. Our desire is that, through the study of history, geography, social studies, and science students will come to understand God’s truth. We want our children to see that from creation and all through history every story is HIS STORY.
Physical Education is more than just an opportunity for the students to play, although that is a part of it. Our goal is to provide a variety of activities that build physical skills, develop self-esteem and confidence, improve inter-personal relationships, and help students learn to function as a team.
Art class sparks the creative talents of many of our students. The instructor teaches the fundamentals of drawing, and provides students with materials in which they can produce a variety of art and craft projects throughout the year.
Music and Drama are two areas we often incorporate into the curriculum. Students dramatize the life of individuals in our Wax Museums and/or recite poetry pieces they have memorized at our Poet’s corner. Puppet shows, reader’s theater, choral readings, and skits are used as learning tools. We incorporate singing into chapel time and students can even learn their multiplication tables to music.
Field Trips offer hands on experiences with the facts being learned in the classroom, particularly in Social Studies and Science. Students have attended the Baltimore Symphony and local theater productions as exposure to the arts. These trips change every year to add variety to the learning experience. A few field trips a year are reserved just for fun. We encourage teachers to plan for at least one field trip a month.