The All Nations Christian Academy Curriculum
Spiritual Growth/Character Development
Strong emphasis is placed on word recognition, vocabulary development, comprehension, word study skills, oral reading, and rich children’s literature with a variety of fiction and non-fiction selections. We use research-based, scientifically-tested curriculum which meet state standards and offer a well-balanced approach of phonics, comprehension, critical thinking, creative writing, spelling and grammar.
Our students begin learning cursive writing in second grade. Research suggests that printing letters and writing in cursive activate different parts of the brain. Learning cursive is good for children’s fine motor skills, and writing in longhand generally helps students retain more information and generate more ideas. Studies have also shown that kids who learn cursive rather than simply manuscript writing score better on reading and spelling tests, perhaps because the linked-up cursive forces writers to think of words as wholes instead of parts.
Our curriculum goal for mathematics is to prepare students for mastery of concepts. Concept development, computational skills, problem solving, and investigation are taught through a multi-sensory approach. All concepts are taught for “mastery.” Our students are prepared to meet or exceed standards on state mandated, and national assessments.
Spanish as a Second Language
Our students are taught a basic foundation of Spanish vocabulary and phonics through songs, role plays, poetry, visual displays and engaging interactive games.
History and Social Studies
Other achievable purposes of history in the elementary school are to develop knowledge of the American heritage, recognize and place in historical context important persons of the past, and introduce and gradually build understanding of time and chronology. Of course, these purposes should be addressed carefully in terms of the cognitive limitations of elementary school students.
Our elementary science program allow students to develop problem-solving skills that empower them to participate in an increasingly scientific and technological world. Our students are involved in first-hand exploration and investigation and inquiry/process skills are nurtured. Our curriculum fosters positive attitudes towards self and society, as well as science. A variety of presentation modes are used to accommodate different learning styles, and students are given opportunities to interact and share ideas with their peers. The scientific contributions of individuals from all ethnic origins are recognized and valued. Other subject areas are infused into science. Inquiry skills and positive attitudes are modeled by all the teachers.
Art and Music Programs
The art and music programs combine skill development with creative expression. A strong emphasis is placed on singing and playing rhythm instruments. The students are taught many Christian praise songs and selected other songs that directly co-relate to the curriculum.
In the spring, the students display their best art work in an Art Exhibition for the community. This is a joyful celebration of the children’s abilities, effort, and creativity.
A Christmas program and a spring show are held every year in December and April, respectively. Also a Year-End Celebration and Graduation is held at the end of the year. These events are mandatory for all students
We provide every child with fundamental skills in computer usage, including typing and internet searching, employing age-appropriate programs and websites for learning
Students enjoy fitness activities, informal sports, and recess and in the Academy’s own outdoor playground throughout the year (except in inclement weather). The Academy also has access to a nearly ball fields where the older children can take advantage of a greater space. All students engage in indoor/outdoor games that teach sportsmanship skills, coordination, and following directions.