Elementary Curriculum Overview
Every student in Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School, the Evergreen Program, and Rockford Christian School, receives instruction in Bible, Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education and Foreign Language learning.
First graders study The Bible as God’s Story, learning about God through stories from the Old and New Testaments and memorizing key verses. They learn literacy skills to read, write, speak, and listen, using an integrated literacy series that gives them the ability to notice, think about and work with the individual sounds in spoken words, learn the relationship between the sounds of spoken language and the letters of the alphabet that represent those sounds in written language. They develop reading comprehension, writing skills and develop reading practices. They can count, write and order numbers, add and subtract, measure, tell time, count money, work with shapes, data charts and probability. They learn about their community: school, family and neighborhoods as well as other communities, and study science topics about plants and animals, magnets and rocks, health and nutrition.
Second graders study The Bible as the Story of Jesus, learning about His life and redemptive work from the New Testament and memory work. They use literacy skills to read, write, speak, and listen, using an integrated literacy that gives them the skills in word recognitions, reading fluency, comprehension of narrative and informational text, developing writing traits and using writing tools, spelling, handwriting, as well as listening and speaking skills. They understand place value, add and subtract whole numbers, understand multiplication and division, work with fractions, geometric ideas, measurements, and understand pictographs. They continue to learn about their community and communities around the world, and study science topics about plants and animals, the surface of the earth, health and water cycles, sound and matter.
Third graders study God’s promise as taught in the Old Testament and key memory verses. They use literacy skills to read, write, speak, and listen, using an integrated literacy that gives them the skills in word recognitions, reading fluency, comprehension of narrative and informational text, developing writing traits and using writing tools, spelling, handwriting, as well as listening and speaking skills. They understand and solve problems with number operations that include place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions and use of data measurement, geometry and use of data charts. They learn about Grand Rapids and use geography and map skills. They study science topics that include animal classification and life cycles, bones and muscles, friction, motions and machines, pollutions and recycling.
Fourth graders study the books of the Bible, God’s work with the people of Israel and Judah, and learn key memory verses. They use literacy skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing, developing and the tools of good writing, spelling and word study. Fourth graders read a variety of literature to improve reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and their understanding of narrative and informational texts. They understand and solve problems using multiplications, division, fractions, decimals, geometry, measurement, data interpretation, and probability. They study Michigan and use the five skills of a geographer and learn about ecosystems, health topics, changes in matter, electricity and magnetism, astronomy and earth surface.