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As your children grow physically we strive to challenge them spiritually and intellectually to discover and develop their God-given abilities. The Elementary School program at BCS features a strong language arts curriculum with both creative and analytical writing that increases in complexity each academic year. Our science and math programs place a heavy emphasis on analytical thinking and practical, hands-on applications of skills introduced.
Spanish is introduced in Kindergarten, and students who continue on through 8th grade usually place into Spanish 2 in high school. Elementary students enjoy art class, computer class, music and physical education. In 4th Grade, students are given the opportunity to participate in band. Our 5th graders begin participation school-wide and statewide speech and spelling competitions.
Most importantly, BCS intentionally integrates faith with learning in all the various disciplines of our Elementary school curriculum. Students are taught to view all of life and learning through the prism of God’s Word and to strive to glorify Him in all the various applications of their talents. As classroom bonds and educational challenges grow from year to year, our students are taught to respond appropriately as members of a loving Christian community and challenged to reflect the love of Christ to each other.
We believe your children are a special gift from God! We strive to be your partner in training them to be servants in His Kingdom. Our teachers will nurture and guide your children, providing many positive learning experiences during the school year.
Art | Elementary students have art class once per week. A variety of media are used to develop creativity and explore God’s world. One of our faith throughlines is “exploring and creating beauty” – the Art Room is one place they can do that! Students learn about different artists, their forms and styles of art, and the historical context of the artwork.
Bible | All students at BCS receive direct instruction in Bible teaching at every grade level. The curriculum, published by Christian Schools International, takes students through an in-depth study of the Old and New Testaments and focuses on the biblical storyline of creation, fall, and redemption. During the course of their nine year education at BCS, a student will go through the Bible many times. Bible verse memorization, devotional and/or praise and worship time and prayer are incorporated throughout the school day. Faith throughlines were developed to ensure our faith is evident in all areas of learning, not just in Bible class.
Mathematics | Students in Grades K-5 use Singapore Math. The Singapore Math method places a strong emphasis on problem solving, model drawing, clear explanations of math concepts, and teaching mathematical concepts starting with concrete examples and moving eventually to pictorial and abstract problems. It teaches fewer topics at a time, in greater depth, until they are mastered both technically and with a complete understanding of the foundational math skills.
Music and Band | Our general music program is designed to teach students to appreciate and read music, to expose them to different kinds of music, and to use their musical talents to praise God. In addition, students learn how to perform in front of others when they participate in our Christmas and Spring Concerts. Students in grades K-5 enjoy the class twice per week.
Beginning in fourth grade, students are able to take part in the band program. For an additional fee, a student receives individual lessons during the school day and becomes part of the Beginners Band (4th grade) or Intermediate Band (5th grade).
Penmanship | Penmanship instruction begins at the preschool level, with a developmental approach to writing individual letters. Formal penmanship classes begin in ﬁrst grade level and continue through third grade. Cursive is introduced in second grade, and refined in third grade.
Physical Education | Students have PE twice per week. This time is used to learn sports skills, coordination, aerobic exercise, ﬁtness, team play and sportsmanship. Students in grades 3-8 also participate in the Presidential Physical Fitness Program.
Reading | We strive to teach our students with a balanced literacy approach. Phonics and word study are important components of this approach as well as learning various strategies to aid comprehension. Within the framework of reader’s workshop, we focus on using chapter books, picture books and other texts that correspond to a student’s reading level to target instruction and guide student growth and learning.
Science | We acknowledge God as the Creator of the world. All of our science classes are taught from this perspective and serve as the foundation for discussions about a wide variety of topics (evolution, dinosaurs, etc.) that our students will encounter in our culture. We use FOSS (Full Option Science System) materials for our science investigations as a way to incorporate hands-on learning for students.
Social Studies | Our curriculum encompasses the study of people around us, and includes history, geography and government. Our teachers incorporate discussions about current events and how we can be effective citizens in the world God gave us. Scholastic News magazine helps teachers cover a variety of current events and topics.
Spanish | Students in grades K-5 have Spanish twice per week. The focus is on communication and is centered around various themes. Students become accustomed to basic Spanish greetings and conversations, numbers, colors, likes and dislikes, foods, animals, sports and recreational activities, and many other useful words and phrases. In addition, students learn and experience Spanish culture beginning in first grade and continuing throughout their BCS education. Students learn a variety of songs and games that originated in Spanish speaking countries.
Spelling | Elementary students use materials from the reading curriculum, high frequency words, and materials published by Zaner Bloser Company. Students in fifth grade also participate in a spelling competition that includes several other districts.
Technology | Elementary students receive instruction in using technology 1-2 times per week depending on the age level. They practice typing skills and learn how to use various programs as well as what it means to be a responsible digital citizen.
Writing & Grammar | Beginning in kindergarten, students participate in a writer’s workshop approach to writing, placing the skills learned directly into the context of writing. In addition, students work on Daily Language Reviews and Daily Grammar Practice to supplement their knowledge and use of grammar and mechanics.