Language is a gift from God and should glorify and serve Him. Our language arts program balances both reading skills and literature, creating life-long readers, confident researchers, and writers who can communicate clearly for a variety of purposes. The goal for all of our language arts curriculum is to develop effective communicators who are also wise decision makers, who can interpret what they read, and communicate their ideas effectively with others.
In early elementary, our approach (based on the science of reading) enables students to develop a strong foundation based on phonics. We use the CRSuccess program which includes a systematic, multi-sensory method for teaching reading and spelling using phonological (sound) and orthographic (symbol) processing for students of all abilities.
As students progress into upper elementary, the emphasis moves to developing strong comprehension and fluency by directly teaching reading strategies and providing ample opportunity to practice reading at the student’s instructional level. A mixture of independent reading and whole class novels allows students to practice skills, explore themes from a Christian worldview, and be exposed to high quality literature.
Spelling is based on understanding key phonetic patterns and generalizations that demystify the English language. In fourth and fifth grade, students focus on Latin and Greek roots as well as affixes that develop higher level spelling, decoding, and vocabulary understanding.
Writing instruction happens through meaningful projects that allow students to apply skills into purposeful tasks. Grammar and editing skills are embedded into writing projects as well as explored through mentor texts in the Patterns of Power program.