In Kindergarten we promote self-discovery and self-awareness. Students will foster independence along with gaining and using necessary skills for working in small groups as well as the class as a whole. Each student will learn how to function well as a group member, how to ask for help and be helpful, how to complete a task and put things away. Each student is encouraged and guided to move beyond his/her current level of understanding.
Our curriculum is designed to address all areas of development (social, emotional, physical, and intellectual) and to meet needs of diverse groups of learners. Children are active learners: touching, trying, moving, talking, writing, drawing, questioning. Throughout our day the children have opportunities to explore, investigate, and predict.
Our classroom is a safe, supportive and welcoming environment. It provides the children with a variety of opportunities to try out new ideas and be challenged with new experiences that engage budding readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians and artists.
First graders will be trained in Christ-like character traits helping them treat others in a respectful, loving way. Students will learn that God has uniquely gifted each one of them and that we are to use our gifts to glorify Him.
The primary goal of first grade is to develop skilled and enthusiastic readers and writers. Students learn to read fluently through a curriculum that has a strong foundation in phonics. Building these skills will allow students to read with more fluency and will guide them to use phonetics to sound out words, which will increase their confidence in their writing. First graders will use the Writer’s Workshop Model which exposes first grade students to the organization and thought required to create a story about a favorite topic. Students will learn to see themselves as authors as they create and complete works to read to classmates.
During this year of exploration and discovery, first graders also develop a mathematical number sense an understanding of God’s purposeful design in science and an appreciation of the culture in the world around them.
Second grade is known as a transitional year at the Rock Academy. The gradual increase of responsibility onto the students, as they begin to take ownership for their own learning and behavior, helps build individual self-confidence as well as classroom unity, and prepares them for upper elementary.
Second grade builds on the foundational literacy skills learned in first grade. In second grade, more emphasis is placed on oral reading fluency and expression, vocabulary development and strong comprehension and critical thinking skills. Public speaking skills are introduced in second grade also, with one formal presentation assignment each semester. Writing skills are developed through a variety of writing assignments and genres, each designed to teach students how to organize ideas and information ranging from single sentences and paragraphs, poems, and letters to eventually multiple paragraph essays and informational reports. Writing in second grade introduces the formal Writing Process. Finished products primarily focus on writing mechanics, spelling, grammar and conventions, and are often enhanced with creative art projects.
Second grade math begins with review of the basic concepts introduced in first grade. Addition and subtraction math fact memorization is emphasized in preparation for more advanced math skills in the upper grades. Students move from the concrete and symbolic levels to reasoning and problem solving in preparation for third grade math.
The classroom environment stresses humility and consideration of others, helpfulness, kindness and cooperation, reinforced by regular Bible study and memorization. Infused throughout the year, students regularly take part in discussions and activities centered on a Christian worldview such as character development, making healthy choices, relationship skills, patriotism and honor.
Students learn to be independent, organized, and responsible. They are encouraged to take ownership of their education through inquiry, discussion, and reflection. Reading skills are developed through small group, whole group, and independent reading. The goal of using multiple reading strategies is to achieve growth in the areas of fluency, comprehension, and oral reading. Writing skills are developed as students use graphic organizers to map ideas as they develop 3-5 paragraph stories. Third grade published works will model grade appropriate writing mechanics and conventions. In Math, Students will continue to grow in the area of computation and reasoning, with a strong focus on multiplication. Third grade students will produce the above skills in a classroom environment that cultivates respect, a love for each other, and a living and active relationship with God.
Students in the fourth grade gain greater independence and responsibility for their own learning. They learn this through developing their study skills, organizational skills, and self-editing. This is a year where there is a switch between “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” The concepts taught this year will include; finding evidence in non-fiction text to support responses, analyzing literature themes and meanings, and writing longer pieces with descriptive language. In Mathematics, the students focus on multi-step problems, and longer versions of what they have already learned (e.g. long division, 3 digit multiplication, addition and subtraction) and fractions. Students will use a variety of hands on projects to help them understand math concepts. Fourth grade History will cover U.S. history up to the western expansion and California history up to statehood. Science will include labs to help students explore the scientific method and concepts. All curriculum goals include helping the child to analyze, synthesize and apply their knowledge to real world situations.
5th grade is a year of intense focus on reading and writing and language arts. By the close of the fifth grade year the students should be able to:
- Handle a thesaurus and dictionary with confidence
- Use up to date and expanded vocabulary
- Apply the use of schema and connections while reading short stories, novels, and different genres
- Write five paragraph essays using the correct punctuation. The students will be able to include an accurate understanding to the steps of writing. They will be able to brainstorm for ideas, choose a topic, write a thesis statement, include three points and details to support the points, they will be able to edit and rewrite using typing skills or ink in their neatest handwriting.
- The students will be able to read with understanding, fluency, and enthusiasm.
- Students will be able to practice their public speaking skills by presenting work, findings, and reports in front of the class with confidence and poise
Fifth grade is a year of developing deeper skills in class and in everyday life in mathematics. By the end of fifth grade students should be able to:
- Be proficient and confident with the four math operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
- Be comfortable with exponents and order of operations
- Identify geometric shapes and use concepts to solve various problems
- Use measurement to solve problems and be able to relate real life to lengths and sizes
- Understand graphs, charts, and data
Sixth grade students continue to develop as independent learners and critical thinkers through inquiry, discussion, and reflection. Students are introduced to writing styles that vary according to purpose (i.e. persuasive essays, research reports, and memoirs) and are required to mimic writing styles. Students explore and discuss the parameters of different literary genres (Fantasy, science fiction, auto-biography, poetry)
Multi-Modal teaching strategies are used to teach pre-algebraic and geometric concepts to students in the sixth grade. Students will be able to effectively and efficiently solve grade appropriate mathematical problems with the help of certain theorems, formulas, and procedures. Connection to real life situations throughout the course is vital for full comprehension of target material.
Students will be uniquely challenged to take responsibility and ownership of their academic, social, and spiritual life in sixth grade. They will be encouraged to act as servant leaders and teach others to do the same.
Students in 3rd-6th grade are scheduled to attend class in the Computer Lab. The student will learn to identify the parts and the functions of the parts of personal computers. Following that knowledge, this course will cover the topics of developing hand-eye coordination by mouse usage and basic keyboard skills such as text production and use of the function keys. Students will be introduced to such varied topics as use of an internet browser, how to navigate such programs as Microsoft Windows and Office Suite applications and search engines to find information on the internet, and being able to copy, save, and print documents from various sources.
Homeroom teachers have set time aside for students in grades Jr.K-6, to attend class in the Library (Media Center). The Media Center at the Rock Academy exists to stimulate children’s interest and appreciation for reading and learning. We provide resources that enhance and contribute to individual knowledge, enlightenment, and enjoyment in the most efficient manner possible. We especially recognize our responsibility to serve as a place for children to discover the joy of reading, to gain confidence, to be excited to reach their AR goals and to learn the value of respecting all students at various reading levels.
The Library has a special mission to young children and their parents to encourage a love of reading and learning together as a family.
Students engage in many different forms of physical activity with the hope that they will grow healthier physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Equally important is the hope that students will develop both the passion and knowledge to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their lives, including regular exercise, balanced nutrition and healthy relationships with man and God. Students begin the year learning and mastering basic loco motor skills. Students then progress through numerous gross- and fine-motor skills during which they learn how to master their own bodies as well as effectively manipulate foreign objects. Lower elementary students progress through various games and activities that increase physical fitness while providing functional practice to utilize learned skills. Upper-elementary students are exposed to a wide variety of sport and fitness units aimed at providing a foundation of physical preparedness and mental confidence that will prepare them for athletics at the next level and, ultimately, healthier lifestyles down the road.
Students are introduced to Spanish language and Spanish Speaking Countries’ Culture. Students learn vocabulary that is relevant to their everyday tasks and activities. Students learn how to greet and respond to greetings, express likes and dislikes, make requests, follow commands, and begin to provide information in Spanish. Students learn the elements of language and the structure of Spanish in order to form sentences and conversations. Students are exposed to Spanish language in various ways; music, books enhanced by visual clues, games, authentic materials, photos, posters, calendars, signs, charts, videos and textbooks. Students can understand learned expressions, simple questions, and commands. Students also participate in art projects that enhance their understanding of the Spanish and Latin Culture.