Kindergarten is one of the most exciting and unique educational experiences a child will have as a student. In Kindergarten, while academics are a major area of focus, there is also an emphasis on physical, social, and emotional development. Students also experience a well-rounded education with the inclusion of a scripture-based Bible curriculum, art, science, and social studies.
Kindergarten has several major areas of focus. These learning areas include physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development as well as Bible, language, literacy, and mathmatics.
Some of the skills that are focused on in Kindergarten include:
- Attention and Following Directions
- Social Skills
- Fine Motor Skills
- Gross Motor Skills
- Reading Readiness
- Letter Recognition and Sound
- Beginning Sounds
- Number Recognition
- Number Sense
- Counting by Ones, Fives, and Tens
- Time Concepts
Our first grade class with Ms. Alberta, starts the day giving God glory by doing the Bible pledge, praying the Lord’s Prayer, singing praise songs, and reciting memory verses. Prayer is a critical part of every day and along with working their way through the Old Testament throughout the year.
In math, students will rapidly expand upon the previous knowledge they gained in Kindergarten with addition and subtration. They learn to count to 1000, name 2D and 3D geometric shapes, memorize addition and subtraction facts, solve word problems, measure, basic money math, telling time, and so much more!
Our overall goal in reading is to establish a love for reading and build a strong foundation of sight words, building fluency, developing writing and introduction of grammer in the primary years of learning. They will use a variety of reading resources while keeping the basic focus on the Harcourt Reading Series.
Throughout the year, students will have a monthly unit project that encourages them to expand upon their knowledge of the subject, create and present this knowledge to their classmates and teacher. The successful accomplishment of transferring knowledge to practice is priceless and leads to students being goal oriented and enthusiastic for learning and presenting.
For over 17 years, Mrs Philipp has loved teaching second grade at Jubilee. This is the class where students being to blossom in reading through the Harcourt Reading Curriculum and Accelerated Reading. By November, the class will begin reading chapter books. It is amazing to see how word building increases a students ability to spell!
Students will follow the Envision Math Curriculum and will continue to greatly build and enhance their math skills.
Second grade has so many wonderful unit studies and experiences! Here are just a few of the highlights:
- During the Bird Unit they will dissect owl pellets and visit Bird Park and the National Aviary to observe and identify birds.
- They will learn all about the solar system, create their own models and visit the Carnegie Science Center
- Students love growing their own tadpoles and witnessing the beautiful metamorphosis into frogs during the Reptiles and Amphibians unit!
By the end of second grade students will learn all of these things and SO MUCH MORE! They will see God’s word woven through everything they do and understand His love for us in all things!
Third grade is a year of great academic, social, and spiritual growth. Students are actively engaged in God-centered learning experiences that meets their individual needs, talents, and abilities. Throughout the year, we are working to encourage and foster INDEPENDENCE and RESPONSIBILITY.
Mrs Struna’s class uses the Scripture verse, Colossians 3:23- “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” to guide them each day.
The science or social studies-based integrated unit topics provide countless opportunities for the students to be immersed in learning and witness how God as the center of it all! Here is a brief glimpse into our monthly unit activities:
To begin the year, the class will be learning the names of the BONES and MUSCLES in our body, and will discover how God’s perfect design helps us move!! Next, they will develop important map skills, and then SAIL into learning about the adventures of OLD-WORLD EXPLORERS and the importance of their discoveries!! Students will learn all about the SCIENTIFIC PROCESS, write a Lab Report, build models, and do LOTS of HANDS-ON experiments in our LIGHT and COLOR and SIMPLE MACHINES units. During the OCEAN unit, they will have lots of fun learning about God’s AMAZING Ocean and all the INCREDIBLE creatures in it! Churning their own butter, making plans to build a log cabin, and experiencing what life was like for the early pioneers will give them a great understanding of this important time period in our country’s history. To end the year, the class will do lots of hands-on activities to discover the properties of rocks and minerals, and even explore a real cave!! They will research a famous natural wonder and create a Power Point Presentation to share the information they learned.
Third grade will be learning lots of important skills in Language Arts and Math. In Writing Workshop, they move through the steps of the Writing Process as they write personal narratives, persuasive, descriptive, and informational pieces. Cinquains, haiku, acrostic, and bio poems are just some of the types of poetry they will read and write! Each month, the class will read a novel or chapter book that relates to the monthly unit. Some favorites are…Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pedro’s Journal, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and Little House on the Prairie. They’ll have fun learning place value to the hundred-thousands place, multiplication, division, fractions, geometry, and other math concepts! The third grade math curriculum has a strong emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking. All of our academic topics are integrated with our monthly unit topics!! We have daily DEVOTION time in addition to an in-depth study of the books of the Bible with the What’s in the Bible curriculum.
At JCS, we strive to provide opportunities for project based learning that bring the subject matter to life and our 4th grade class will continue to see this in action!
In October and November, there are endless hands on experiments as we learn about chemistry and physics. During advent time, the students construct mangers and craft small gifts to share the love of Christ with family and friends. In May, groups work together to build an ecosystem they researched. There are so many exciting subjects and experiences waiting for our 4th grade class!
5th & 6th Grade
At Jubilee, 5th and 6th grade are uniquely combined so that the student has the same teacher for two years: helping foster a strong academic environment where students can grow and be challenged where they are at and nurtured for their future. Students will rotate between two years of thematic units focusing on historical and scientific topics, take place in a school science fair, present two wax museum monologues, and as a 6th grade deliver a graduation speech.
These two years are aimed to help cultivate a student’s love for learning and have an overarching theme of the pursuit of justice (Year 1 units) by studying the Civil War, Industrial Revolution and Immigration, and Civil Rights. In year 2, students will focus on the theme of value through units on the Middle Ages, Great Depression and Economics, Colonial America, and Revolutionary War. The science units students will investigate includes- Respiratory System, Nervous System, electricity and magnetism, pond and river, disease and the body’s defense, and weather.
Students will focus on increasing their self-discipline and independence in their studies and increasing in their knowledge and understanding of what it means to be and call oneself a Christian.