Pre-Kindergarten (Age 4 by Sept. 1) is taught using a balanced literacy approach where language-rich literature is used to foster the development of reading and writing. With a hands-on use of phonemic awareness, phonics, word study, and writing that is blended in with authentic reading and oral language activities. Bible is taught within this same framework, along with science and social studies. Math is incorporated as well with numeral recognition, patterns, and counting, all within a Biblical world view. The pre-kindergarten classroom is a learner-centered environment that is teacher directed and applies a multi-sensory approach, while learning through play to develop independent thinkers to serve others though Christian leadership.
KINDERGARTEN - FIFTH GRADE
A balanced literacy program is used in all grades to instill the development of independent, fluent readers, writers, and communicators. The reading and writing workshops incorporate Read Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Modeled/Shared Writing, Interactive Writing, and Independent Writing. Incorporated with phonemic awareness, phonics, word study, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. WCS uses the Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Writing, and Units of Study for Reading along with Scientific Spelling for word study/ rules. Teachers identify instructional needs through on-going assessments to create the appropriate differentiated instruction required to create intentional teaching that engages children in authentic activities in reading, writing, and oral language.
A workshop approach is used in math to blend the concepts taught with the Pearson Envision Math curriculum. Hands-on math activities that connect concepts and develop fundamental skills in small guided groups allow for learner centered opportunities as well as providing children with teacher led reinforcement in differentiated instructional groups.
A meaningful, hands-on, inquiry based science curriculum STEMscopes is used to teach the concepts of science. To develop 21st century technology skills needed for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for future STEM careers. The science standards are not only met but are taught cross curricular incorporating writing throughout the lessons. STEMscopes provides a foundation in science that establishes critical thinking experiences for students as they learn and discover about all God’s creations.
A study in community, state/U. S/ World history, and geography come together in collaboration with the reading and writing workshops. Students participate in learning experiences and projects intentionally designed to create leaders that will take part in a life of service to become productive citizens.
Students are equipped with Chromebooks and the use of a Clevertouch in our Computer / Makerspace Labs for student exploration and skill development. Students work in the MakerSpace classroom to develop their skills with the use of Google classroom lessons, Lego Education Robotics, and class presentations that incorporate all Technology TEKS.
Exercise, health, and nutrition is taught in a fun engaging setting where students learn all about the human body and create healthy habits for a lifetime.
The elements of music are taught through a variety of music and movement activities that instill a love of musical gifts and musical literacy. Students learn how to praise God through voice and sound in order to share with others.
Art elements and history are brought to life with relevant and hands on artistic lessons and experiences where students develop their talents to imagine, design, and create individual works.