Instruction in the primary grades places a strong emphasis on math, science, reading, writing, and technology. To these basic skills are added Bible, geography, history, penmanship, art, and physical education. The following curriculum provide the framework for instruction
Academic Environment of Primary Program
Student centered environment with highly qualified teaching staff.
Student/teacher ratio of 16:1
Multi-age cooperative group instruction
Technology integrated into all curricular disciplines
Individualized educational plans are developed for each student with the individual needs and learning goals.
Curriculum: The goal of the Lions’ Academy program is to promote higher order learning in young children as they transition from intuition and concrete operations to abstractions and symbol processing. This is accomplished through a math, science and technology rich curriculum designed to address the different backgrounds, learning styles and developmental needs of the children participating in the program.
The programs and curriculum are modeled after Brain Learning theory as interpreted and applied by Howard Gardner, and incorporates the Illinois Learning Standards and National Benchmarks for math and science.
Bible - ACSI Elementary Bible Study Series: Solid Christian principles and Life Application are taught through engaging Bible stories, characters and thematic units.
Science – Macmillan/McGraw-Hill's dynamic science program, Science: A Closer Look, offers students exciting and accessible standards-based lessons. Engaging activities promote curiosity and foster the development of science inquiry skills. Through a consistent and structured learning cycle, students confidently build upon their experiences to develop a lifelong understanding of science concepts.
Social Studies, History, and Geography - A Beka curriculum and Everyday Story Path offer two interactive, hands-on curriculum that focus on all aspects of history, geography, and anthropology.
Technology - Utilizing our computer lab, students are taught the basics of computer applications for every day use as well as research methods for scientific and mathematical exploration.
Mathematics – Singapore Math® programs offer a balance between drill and creative problem solving. Customers who have used other programs think that the Singapore approach moves along to more abstract math concepts in a more rational way and, depending on the student’s pace, more quickly. Other positive feedback indicates that the Singapore approach encourages greater problem solving skills and creative thinking.
Language Arts, Spelling, Reading – The A Beka curriculum provides an in-depth study of phonics and written language, integrating grammar, creative writing, and reading comprehension. Students learn to write clearly and concisely and to build creative writing skill in a carefully planned sequence. This integrated curriculum and progressive reading series helps to develop strong language skills.
Electives – Music and Suzuki violin.
The daily routine is designed to build character, ethics, and fosters development of strong Christian values.
Each morning begins with devotion, praise and worship