The upper elementary department is always a reminder that "kids grow up." By now, students are noticeably older and more mature than in their previous years as students. While stronger friendship bonds are formed among students themselves, teachers play an important role in helping them develop mentally, socially, emotionally, and, most importantly, spiritually.
In addition to the regularly scheduled classes, elementary students have the opportunity to participate in chapel, music, daily recess, and specialty classes such as Spanish, computer, sign language, art, and drama.
PBA uses the nationally recognized A Beka curriculum throughout the elementary grades.
By highlighting several characters and topics in the Old and New Testaments and requiring the classes to memorize Scripture, Bible time is helpful in teaching students to love the Lord Jesus Jesus Christ and beneficial in ingraining in the students the importance of a personal relationship with Him. The curriculum is specifically designed to give examples of how Christians should and should not live and to teach Bible doctrine on a level equal with the students' ability.
The study of grammar is valuable in helping students to express themselves clearly and creatively. It enables them to think logically and develops analytic ability. When students see the orderly structure of language, it reminds them of God's orderly plan for the world and for individual lives. By sixth grade, students master subjects, predicates, and complements, recognize and use all eight parts of speech, and expand their writing processes.
Well-selected literature helps students grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually by demonstrating discernment, aesthetic values, and character. Good literature points students to Christ. Students meet characters in their reading who successfully conquer by doing what is right. They also realize the inevitable results of wrongdoing. Students are graded in oral reading because it helps them develop poise and efficient delivery, increases vocabulary, and strives to make each student a confident reader. Reading comprehension also insures that each student thoroughly understands the selected literature.
Arithmetic is essential to basic learning and key to solving difficult equations in future years. The A Beka curriculum uses student-friendly themes and concepts that simplify problems and encourage participation. Arithmetic promotes structure and order and also trains the mind, increasing the child's capacity to understand concepts and logically reason through mathematical ideas. The students' minds are stretched and broadened through excellent math activities offered daily.
Encouraging students to build on the foundation previously laid for neat penmanship, writing class reinforces lessons taught and strengthens the students' writing ability. Penmanship offers students an enjoyable way to improve their writing ability, creative writing, and dictionary skills. Penmanship habits formed during these years will greatly influence the student's handwriting skills throughout life.
This course guides students toward better spelling, a richer vocabulary, and enjoyment of good poetry. The spelling curriculum utilizes both oral and written exercises to review the words each week. The spelling and vocabulary words given each week are a great source of knowledge for future years. Poetry is also an important part of the day, giving the students an easy reprieve from academic lessons. Children respond naturally to poetry, enjoying the visual imagery and easy rhyme.
Science presents the universe as the direct creation of God and refutes man-made ideas. Elementary students enjoy studying science and seeing the plan of God as it is revealed in His orderly creation. A solid foundation in science is soundly based on the Word of God, and students are fascinated by the presentation of things they can see, observe, and understand in the world around them. Activities are included throughout texts to support the learning of basic science and the development of thinking skills. In sixth grade, Choosing Good Health is an added course of study, encouraging good eating habits and physical fitness to properly care for the body, the most marvelous creation of God.
Fourth grade history gives students the record of God's plan for mankind. Texts show consequences of sin for men and empires and extol those who are good examples of godly living. Fifth grade history provides students with extensive knowledge concerning Old World empires. This fascinating study of the Eastern Hemisphere by geographical regions gives students insight into the animals, people, lands, and cultures, and is a good introduction to worldwide missions and missionary heroes. In sixth grade, the study of the Western Hemisphere is equally fascinating, presenting the history and geography of the New World from a Christian perspective, encouraging students to learn more about the people and places of their own land and neighboring countries.
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|Mrs. Amanda Hale||Mrs. Becky Cook||Mrs. Marsha Self|
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