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High School Curriculum

Math Curriculum-
Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra 2/Trig, College Algebra, and Pre-Calculus- Pearson Publishing Statistics, Calculus 1, 2, 3- Cengage Publishing
Science Curriculum-
Biology, Chemistry- Bob Jones University Anatomy/Physiology- Apologia Science Physics, College Chem, College Physics, College Biology- Pearson
Bible Classes-
9-12 Bible- Zondervan Study Bible, and various Christian authors, I.E.- Tyndale, Zondervan, Baker Books
Spanish-
Spanish 1-4 Avancemos by Holt McDougal
Spanish 5 – Conversation additional resources
Social Studies-
World History/Geography, US History, Economics, and Government- Bob Jones University College US History- Inventing America by WW Norton Publishing
English-
Freshman- Various Novels such as Romeo and Juliet, Black Ships of Troy, and Jekyll and Hyde Sophomores- Various Novels such as The Hound’s of Baskerville, Persepolis, and Frankenstein Juniors- Various Novels such as MacBeth, Crucible, and Scarlett Letter Senior English- Various Novels such as Othello, Things Fall Apart, and Dawn College Composition- Various Critical Novels by Ignatius Press
Chapel-
The goal of Gilbert Christian High School’s chapel is to make the character, attributes, and plan of God known among the students. In Ephesians 3:16-19, the apostle Paul prays that believers would “be strengthened with power in the inner man,” that they may be “rooted and grounded in love,” that they may be able to “know the love of God which surpasses knowledge, in order to be filled up to all the fullness of God.” From an individual standpoint, chapel is used for personal sanctification; from a corporate standpoint, chapel is used to draw the school into unity as we seek the presence of the Lord while addressing relevant issues.
Small Groups-
Small groups are designed to foster close relationship between students and staff. Each student is assigned to a small group based on their gender and grade level. A faculty member will be the facilitator of these groups where students will engage in conversations and bible studies to better learn how to live out the Gospel in their lives. Groups will be able to pick the topic they feel would best serve their spiritual and maturing needs, but will also be engaged by the mentor in areas they see a need for growth. This group will meet weekly and throughout the year.

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High School Course Catalog

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Middle School Curriculum

Please check the course catalog  for detailed class descriptions.

  • Bible
  • Math
  • Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Study Skills

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Middle School Course Catalog

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Elementary Curriculum

  • Bible
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Computer
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Language Studies
  • Study Skills
  • Gifted Education – GEAR program (Greenfield Campus): a unique program designed to meet students right where they’re at–after all, that’s where God meets us, too! Whether your child is gifted, needing enrichment or remediation, or simply supported by accommodations in the classroom, our GEAR program and certified teachers will come alongside students, their teachers, and families to meet to their academic needs. Please inquire for details regarding eligibility and participation.

This applies to our half-day, 4 days per week pre-kindergarten class structure.

  • Morning Circle and Math-Based Calendar
  • Math with Manipulatives
  • Introduction to Phonics and Reading
  • Story and Literature Time
Kindergarten Literature List- A Picture For Harold’s Room, Archibald’s Opposites, Are You My Mother, Bath Time for Biscuit, Bears on Wheels, Big Pig & Little Pig, Biscuit, Biscuit’s New Trick, Biscuit Finds a Friend, Biscuit Wants To Play, Bob and Larry’s A, B, C’s, Brave Pig, Fox in Socks, Go, Dog Go, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Horton Hears A Who, How Many Veggies, In A People House, Inspector Hopper, Junior’s Colors, Little Chick’s Friend Duckling, Morris the Moose, Morris Goes to School, Noah’s Ark, Oliver, On the Moon, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Oscar Otter, Pa Grape’s Shapes, Polar Babies, Sam and, the Firefly, Stanley, Ten Apples Up on Top, The Best Nest, The Bike Lesson, The Cat in The Hat, The Ear Book, The Eye Book, The Tooth Book, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket, Time for Tom
    • Art
    • Music
    • Dynamic Physical Education
Elementary physical education lessons at Gilbert Christian Elementary School are carefully planned to help children develop a wide range of skills and seeks to honor God by expecting students to display proper conduct and sportsmanship as they practice Christian living through physical education activities.
Skills are taught in order, simple to complex, so that each child is successful. In Kindergarten through second grade, the emphasis is on fundamental movement for the individual child. Each child has equipment ranging from jump ropes and beanbags to playground balls and hula-hoops. Grades third through fifth begin developing individual and team sport skills along with lifetime activities.
It is our goal for students to exhibit a desire to strive for a high degree of health and fitness in order to vigorously serve God and others; to exhibit respect and sportsmanship of others, recognizing them as image bearers of God; and to exhibit an attitude of celebrative play, an outward evidence of a joyous relationship to God, in learning activities and sports.

Bible
Kindergarten students listen to Bible stories in the Old and New Testament in order to understand the full scope and sequence of God’s salvation story. In addition to the Bible, kindergarten grade teachers read from The Complete Illustrated Children’s BibleThe Child’s Story Bible and The Big Picture Story Biblebecause these books emphasizes Jesus and His gospel as central to God’s plan from the beginning to end. Students illustrate the Bible lessons and retell key details to the teacher. In addition, children are taught weekly Bible verses to correspond with each week’s lessons.The teacher and children pray together daily about individual, family, and Kingdom matters.
Language Arts
The Shurley English Method  is a comprehensive, interactive, and multisensory approach to language arts. Shurley English curriculum integrates grammar, writing, and literature in an active format that gets students excited about reading and writing. Emphasis is on learning the letters of the alphabet and their sounds. Students are introduced to the mechanics of writing, and proper uppercase letter and number formation. Emphasis is on providing rich literary experiences for the children. http://www.shurleyenglish.com
Reading
Our reading program is published by All About Reading. In level 1, GCS kindergarten students will learn exciting new concepts, including letter sounds, phonograms, consonant teams, blending, syllables, sight words, consonant blends, plurals, compound words, and much more. In level 2, students will learn three-letter blends, the jobs of Silent E, new phonograms, and methods for decoding multi syllable words – and continue to establish a firm foundation for a lifetime of learning. Every component of reading is taught: decoding (phonics and structural analysis), vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Learn more about our reading program here: link  Students also read at their level using Pathway Readers and enjoy pleasurable small group discussions about the uplifting stories these books contain.
Math
Singapore Math* is Gilbert Christian Schools’ mathematics program in kindergarten through grade six. Singapore’s mathematical methods first caught the world’s attention when results of a worldwide math test, Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS), were published in 1995. TIMSS data from 1995 and each round since have shown students in Singapore ranking well above students in other countries in both mathematics and science. The Singapore method of mathematics instruction gives students a deep understanding of mathematics by placing problem solving at the center of math learning and teaching concepts with a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences. The emphasis is on integrating concepts and skills so that students are able to apply their knowledge to unique situations.  For instance, young children experience difficulty understanding the one-to-one correspondence between numbers they are saying and the items they are counting. Singapore math addresses this by adding a pictorial component to bridge the gap between the concrete to the abstract. The Singapore Math approach helps students develop better number sense through strong emphasis on place value. Understanding place value is very important in order to move on to higher mathematical concepts including fractions and algebra.  Math in Focus is the curriculum Gilbert Christian Elementary School has chosen to deliver the Singapore math method of instruction. Math in Focus allows teachers to individualize instruction because it provides enrichment exercises, and more practice exercise with every lesson. *”Singapore Math” is not a trade name but a general term referring to math instruction designed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education. Every Day Counts Calendar Math, for grades K–1, provides a concise focus on key concepts and skills including place value, measurement, time, money, geometry, estimation, patterns, graphing and problem solving. The structure of the program emphasizes discussion and communication while promoting classroom routines. Students develop computational fluency with numbers while recognizing patterns to develop algebraic thinking.
History
Students learn about community workers: policemen, firefighters, and dairymen. Students learn about the significance of various national holidays such as Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and Martin Luther King Day.
Science
Emphasis is on experiencing science in an exciting hands-on format. A few of the topics covered are the five senses, cycles, and matter. Students also observe the life cycles of ladybugs and butterflies. The goal is for the hearts and minds of the students to be filled with wonder at the works of God.
Study Skills
Students learn independence  when arriving to school – hang up backpack, put out individual supplies. They learn independence in the classroom as they learn to able move quietly between activities and take responsibility for completing individual work.

Bible
Students listen to and read Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments in order to understand the full scope and sequence of God’s salvation story.  First grade teachers read from The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos.  It emphasizes Jesus and His gospel as central to God’s plan from the beginning to end of the Word. Students read from The American Bible Society’s Read and Learn Bible to facilitate the habit and ownership of personal Bible reading.  In addition, students write in Bible journals to solidify the understanding of the Bible stories read.  Bible memory is emphasized using Foundation Verses by Desiring God Ministries.  The vision of this collection is to lay a firm scriptural foundation of basic Biblical truth that will pave the way for faith response, and to establish the habit of hiding God’s Word in the heart.  The teacher and children pray together each day about individual, family, and Kingdom matters.
Language Arts
The Shurley English curriculum has assembled a unique combination of features and strategies to provide for student success in grammar, phonics, spelling skills, writing, and reading. These features are logically, sequentially, and systematically woven into the curriculum to provide a solid foundation for lifetime literacy. Students learn to love language and writing. http://www.shurleyenglish.com
Reading
Our reading program is published by All About Reading. In first grade most will begin the program in level 2, where students will learn three-letter blends, the jobs of Silent E, new phonograms, and methods for decoding multi syllable words. In level 3, students will build on previously learned concepts to establish a firm foundation for a lifetime of learning. Every component of reading is taught: decoding (phonics and structural analysis), vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Learn more about our reading program here:link   Students also read at their level using Pathway Readers and enjoy pleasurable small group discussions about the uplifting stories these books contain.
Math
Singapore Math* is the Gilbert Christian Schools’ mathematics program in kindergarten through grade six. Singapore’s mathematical methods first caught the world’s attention when results of a worldwide math test, Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS), were published in 1995. TIMSS data from 1995 and each round since have shown students in Singapore ranking well above students in other countries in both mathematics and science. The Singapore method of mathematics instruction gives students a deep understanding of mathematics by placing problem solving at the center of math learning and teaching concepts with a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences. The emphasis is on integrating concepts and skills so that students are able to apply their knowledge to unique situations.  For instance, young children experience difficulty understanding the one-to-one correspondence between numbers they are saying and the items they are counting. Singapore math addresses this by adding a pictorial component to bridge the gap between the concrete to the abstract. The Singapore Math approach helps students develop better number sense through strong emphasis on place value. Understanding place value is very important in order to move on to higher mathematical concepts including fractions and algebra.  Math in Focus is the curriculum Gilbert Christian Elementary School has chosen to deliver the Singapore math method of instruction. Math in Focus allows teachers to individualize instruction because it provides enrichment exercises, and more practice exercise with every lesson. The Singapore Math website is *”Singapore Math” is not a trade name but a general term referring to math instruction designed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education. Every Day Counts Calendar Math, for grades K–1, provides a concise focus on key concepts and skills including place value, measurement, time, money, geometry, estimation, patterns, graphing and problem solving. The structure of the program emphasizes discussion and communication while promoting classroom routines. Students develop computational fluency with numbers while recognizing patterns to develop algebraic thinking.
History
Students will be learning about their place in God’s great creation in both time and space.  We will explore maps and mapping as we learn about our solar system, earth, continents and oceans, country, state, city, and school.  Students learn about the significance of various national holidays and American symbols as well as the basic history that has shaped where we are now in HIS story.
Science
Purposeful Design is the Christian publisher of our elementary science curriculum. At Gilbert Christian Schools, students receive science instruction in a hands-on, highly interactive science lab format. Students attend “science lab” as one of their weekly specials.  Our curriculum engages students in investigating, observing, and thinking about the created world. It weaves the wonders of creation and a biblical worldview into weekly science instruction. Our science program has a continual theme that runs throughout the curriculum: God’s design throughout His creation. To learn more about elementary and 6th grade science go to: http://www.purposefuldesign.com/
Study Skills
First grade students continue to develop independence by taking responsibility for their own belongings, instructional materials, and homework. They continue to develop respect and responsibility as they transition between subjects and complete work diligently.

Bible

Students read major Old Testament Bible account starting in Genesis and ending in the book of Ruth.  The children read directly from the Bible and then engage in thoughtful, group discussions about the passage. Children also keep a Bible notebook, where they are taught to draw the major ideas of the covered passages for increased retention.  God’s plan of rescue and redemption for His people through the coming Savior is emphasized. At Christmas and Easter, New Testament passages about the life of Christ are taught as well. Bible memory is emphasized too using a systematic, theme-based program.

Language Arts

The Shurley English curriculum has assembled a unique combination of features and strategies to provide for student success in grammar, phonics, spelling skills, writing, and reading. These features are logically, sequentially, and systematically woven into the curriculum to provide a solid foundation for lifetime literacy. Students learn to love language and writing. http://www.shurleyenglish.com

Reading

The goal of our reading program is to produce students that read both fiction and nonfiction texts with understanding and clarity. Our multi-faceted program includes Shurley English, which teaches phonemic awareness, spelling, vocabulary, and writing skills that support reading fluency. Comprehension Toolkit is used to teach active reading strategies including text-to-self and text-to-text connections, text features and how to use them to increase comprehension, visualization, summarization, inference, and paraphrasing. Pathway Readers provide students with edifying readers to practice their decoding, comprehension, and fluency. Students are placed in flexible reading groups so that skills can be built systematically while still allowing for differences in growth. In addition, our group literature program, which includes both fiction and nonfiction texts, allows children to participate in rich literary discussions with their teacher that helps to foster a love of reading, a skill that will be foundational in each child’s future academic success.

Math

Singapore Math* is the Gilbert Christian Schools’ mathematics program in kindergarten through grade six. Singapore’s mathematical methods first caught the world’s attention when results of a worldwide math test, Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS), were published in 1995. TIMSS data from 1995 and each round since have shown students in Singapore ranking well above students in other countries in both mathematics and science. The Singapore method of mathematics instruction gives students a deep understanding of mathematics by placing problem solving at the center of math learning and teaching concepts with a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences. The emphasis is on integrating concepts and skills so that students are able to apply their knowledge to unique situations.  For instance, young children experience difficulty understanding the one-to-one correspondence between numbers they are saying and the items they are counting. Singapore math addresses this by adding a pictorial component to bridge the gap between the concrete to the abstract. The Singapore Math approach helps students develop better number sense through strong emphasis on place value. Understanding place value is very important in order to move on to higher mathematical concepts including fractions and algebra.  Math in Focus is the curriculum Gilbert Christian Elementary School has chosen to deliver the Singapore math method of instruction. Math in Focus allows teachers to individualize instruction because it provides enrichment exercises, and more practice exercise with every lesson. *”Singapore Math” is not a trade name but a general term referring to math instruction designed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

History

At the second level GCS incorporates a literature approach to American History. Beginning in the year 1000 with the Vikings and continuing through the early colonies and the beginning of our nation. Teachers read aloud award-winning authors such as the D’Aulaires, Alice Dalgliesh, Jean Fritz, Walter Edmonds, Clyde Robert Bulla and others! Daily social studies lesson plans incorporate biblical principles, geography, poetry, historical character studies and much more! This study of history also builds character, as the character traits of some of our early leaders are highlighted and studied along with the biblical view of godly character traits. Go to http://www.bfbooks.com for more on this curriculum and to see the literature books included with the study.

Science

Purposeful Design is the Christian publisher of our elementary science curriculum in second and third grade. At Gilbert Christian Schools, students receive science instruction beginning in kindergarten in a hands-on, highly interactive science lab format. In fact, during the elementary years, students attend “science lab” as one of their weekly specials! Our curriculum engages students in investigating, observing, and thinking about the created world. It weaves the wonders of creation and a biblical worldview into weekly science instruction. Our science program has a continual theme that runs throughout the curriculum: God’s design throughout His creation. To learn more about elementary and 6th grade science go to: link

Study Skills

Students in second grade begin to learn higher levels of accountability in their school work.  Writing down homework assignments in their planner with teacher guidance, securing parent initials, working at their desks independently, and meeting homework deadlines are some of the emphasized skills at this grade level.

Bible

Students read major Old Testament Bible accounts starting in 1 Samuel and ending in the book of Malachi.  The children read directly from the Bible and then engage in thoughtful, group discussions about the passage. Children also keep a Bible notebook, where they are taught to draw the major ideas of the covered passages for increased retention.  God’s plan of rescue and redemption for His people through the coming Savior is emphasized. At Christmas and Easter, New Testament passages about the life of Christ are taught as well. Bible memory is emphasized too using a systematic, theme-based program.

Language Arts

The Shurley English curriculum has assembled a unique combination of features and strategies to provide for student success in grammar, phonics, spelling skills, writing, and reading. These features are logically, sequentially, and systematically woven into the curriculum to provide a solid foundation for lifetime literacy. Students learn to love language and writing. http://www.shurleyenglish.com

Reading

The goal of our reading program is to produce students that read both fiction and non-fiction texts with understanding and clarity. Our multi-faceted program includes Shurley English, which teaches phonemic awareness, spelling, vocabulary, and writing skills that support reading fluency. Comprehension Toolkit is used to teach active reading strategies including text-to-self and text-to-text connections, text features and how to use them to increase comprehension, visualization, summarization, inference, and paraphrasing. Pathway Readers provide students with edifying readers to practice their decoding, comprehension, and fluency. Students are placed in flexible reading groups so that skills can be built systematically while still allowing for differences in growth. In addition, our group literature program, which includes both fiction and non-fiction texts, allows children to participate in rich literary discussions with their teacher that helps to foster a love of reading, a skill that will be foundational in each child’s future academic success.

Math

Singapore Math* is the Gilbert Christian Schools’ mathematics program in kindergarten through grade six. Singapore’s mathematical methods first caught the world’s attention when results of a worldwide math test, Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS), were published in 1995. TIMSS data from 1995 and each round since have shown students in Singapore ranking well above students in other countries in both mathematics and science. The Singapore method of mathematics instruction gives students a deep understanding of mathematics by placing problem solving at the center of math learning and teaching concepts with a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences. The emphasis is on integrating concepts and skills so that students are able to apply their knowledge to unique situations. The Singapore Math approach helps students develop better number sense through strong emphasis on place value. Understanding place value is very important in order to move on to higher mathematical concepts including fractions and algebra.  Math in Focus is the curriculum Gilbert Christian Elementary School has chosen to deliver the Singapore math method of instruction. Math in Focus allows teachers to individualize instruction because it provides enrichment exercises, and more practice exercise with every lesson. The Singapore Math website is link. *”Singapore Math” is not a trade name but a general term referring to math instruction designed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

History

At the third grade level GCS incorporates a literature approach to American History. Beginning shortly after the life of Benjamin Franklin going through the Civil War and the latter part of the 19th century including frontier exploration and expansion,  teachers read aloud award-winning authors such as the D’Aulaires, Alice Dalgliesh, Jean Fritz, Walter Edmonds, Clyde Robert Bulla and others! Daily social studies lesson plans incorporate biblical principles, geography, poetry, historical character studies and much more! This study of history also builds character, as the character traits of some of our early leaders are highlighted and studied along with the biblical view of godly character traits. Go to http://www.bfbooks.com for more on this curriculum and to see the literature books included with the study.

Science

Purposeful Design is the Christian publisher of our elementary science curriculum in second and third grade. At Gilbert Christian Schools, students receive science instruction beginning in kindergarten in a hands-on, highly interactive science lab format. In fact, during the elementary years, students attend “science lab” as one of their weekly specials! Our curriculum engages students in investigating, observing, and thinking about the created world. It weaves the wonders of creation and a biblical worldview into weekly science instruction. Our science program has a continual theme that runs throughout the curriculum: God’s design throughout His creation. To learn more about elementary and 6th grade science go to: link

Study Skills

Students in third grade begin to learn higher levels of accountability in their school work to prepare them for the independence required of them beginning in fourth grade.  Writing down homework assignments in their planner on their own, securing parent initials, working at their desks independently, and managing their time to  meet homework deadlines without being reminded are some of the emphasized skills at this grade level.

Bible

At Gilbert Christian Elementary School, Jesus is spoken of, and spoken to through prayer all day long. Lessons from scripture are naturally integrated into everything we teach and do; nevertheless, teachers do lead a daily Bible class. Also, children participate in a topical scripture memory program. In our Bible classes, the Bible itself is our primary text. Students are taught a step-by-step method of Bible study called inductive Bible study. Boys and girls at Gilbert Christian Elementary School learn to apply the skills of observation, interpretation, and application to the Scriptures. In addition, they learn to cross reference; discovering how scripture interprets scripture. Students in the 4th through 5th grade study the books of Esther, James, Jonah, 2 Timothy, & Revelation. Learning inductive Bible study skills gives students an opportunity to become lifetime students of God’s word. To guide students through God’s word, we utilize materials from Precepts International, written for students; but, the Bible is our primary text. To learn more go to: http://store.precept.org/c-30-for-childrenkids.aspx

Language Arts

The Shurley English curriculum has assembled a unique combination of features and strategies to provide for student success in grammar, phonics, spelling skills, writing, and reading. These features are logically, sequentially, and systematically woven into the curriculum to provide a solid foundation for lifetime literacy. Students learn to love language and writing. http://www.shurleyenglish.com

Reading

Continuing to build reading skills at the fourth and fifth grade is important. Literature Anthologies are organized thematically and around themes like Courage and Kindness. The children study short stories, poetry, drama, and nonfiction through Mosdos Press – Coral Edition, chosen as a curriculum since it builds intellectually challenging literature courses with positive moral values. Students will see the full range of literary works: short stories, poetry, nonfiction and fiction stories, plays, songs, drama selections, and even a complete novel. Selections start with vocabulary and in-depth background on the author of the selection; and, end with Quick Review, In-depth Thinking, and Drawing Conclusions questions; while the Creating and Writing section lists a few possibilities for more extensive writing related to the story. In addition, students utilize graphic organizers, vocabulary activities, and comprehension questions to build comprehension of the selections. Non-fiction literary skills are enhanced through a curriculum called Comprehension Toolkit in which students at ⅘ learn reading strategies through lessons, and articles related to content learned in history. We teach children to merge their thinking with strategies they will learn, understand, and remember. Students will learn to:

  • monitor their own comprehension
  • activate and connect to background knowledge
  • ask questions
  • infer meaning
  • determine importance
  • summarize and synthesize

This integration of multiple texts and strategies complements reading instruction, building students into analyzers of material.

Math

Singapore Math* is the Gilbert Christian Schools’ mathematics program in kindergarten through grade six. Singapore’s mathematical methods first caught the world’s attention when results of a worldwide math test, Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS), were published in 1995. TIMSS data from 1995 and each round since have shown students in Singapore ranking well above students in other countries in both mathematics and science. The Singapore method of mathematics instruction gives students a deep understanding of mathematics by placing problem solving at the center of math learning and teaching concepts with a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences. The emphasis is on integrating concepts and skills so that students are able to apply their knowledge to unique situations.  The Singapore Math approach helps students develop better number sense through strong emphasis on place value. Understanding place value is very important in order to move on to higher mathematical concepts including fractions and algebra.  Math in Focus is the curriculum Gilbert Christian Elementary School has chosen to deliver the Singapore math method of instruction. Math in Focus allows teachers to individualize instruction because it provides enrichment exercises, and more practice exercise with every lesson. *”Singapore Math” is not a trade name but a general term referring to math instruction designed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

History

American & Arizona History Our high-interest, inspiring, narrative approach to history brings to life famous people, major events, and the Christian principles that made America great. The outstanding visual features of the Abeka Press make the student’s first formal study of United States history positive, and enjoyable. In addition, Arizona history is folded into American history through a Splash Publications textbook as well as Arizona Weekly Studies, a newspaper based curriculum, bringing in different print form. This two year course of American and Arizona history is taught in chronological order, concurrently. Important geographical facts and historical documents that should be given special attention throughout the year are highlighted. It’s history from a Christian worldview. http://www.Abeka.com

Science

4th and 5th grade science lab and classroom work lay a  solid foundation of scientific inquiry, lab skills, observation, and engineering at the entry level. Students delve deeper into the areas of physics and chemistry with focus on energy and matter respectively. Christian connections are integrated into weekly lessons as students explore in greater depth the creativity, care, and connectedness that God designs in His creation. Classes are structured to include exploration and collaboration. An engineering unit draws students into an awareness of the engineering design process and problem-based learning. The texts, published by Christian publisher, New Leaf, are integrated into both the lab and regular classroom time so students interact with scientific concepts multiple times a week.  New Leaf Science Text

Study Skills

The world has evolved an interpersonal dynamic that can’t be ignored. The acts of listening, presenting ideas, resolving conflict, and fostering an open and honest environment all come down to knowing how to build and maintain relationships with people, something we are all called to do as Christians. It’s those relationships that allow people to participate fully in team projects, show appreciation for others, and enlist support for themselves and others. In the fourth and fifth grade, the following skills are developed within a Christian worldview:

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Clear communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Mentoring
  • Christ honoring attitude

All these skills have a significant impact on how a person interacts with others. The more loving and honoring that person’s attitude is, the better that person’s relationships will be. God gave us the plan: to love others as He loves us…fostering great team performance, and leading to students who contribute to the classroom.

Bible

At Gilbert Christian Elementary School, Jesus is spoken of, and spoken to through prayer all day long. Lessons from scripture are naturally integrated into everything we teach and do; nevertheless, teachers do lead a daily Bible class. Also, children participate in a topical scripture memory program. In our Bible classes, the Bible itself is our primary text. Students are taught a step-by-step method of Bible study called inductive Bible study. Boys and girls at Gilbert Christian Elementary School learn to apply the skills of observation, interpretation, and application to the Scriptures. In addition, they learn to cross reference; discovering how scripture interprets scripture. Students in the 4th through 5th grade study the books of Esther, James, Jonah, 2 Timothy, & Revelation. Learning inductive Bible study skills gives students an opportunity to become lifetime students of God’s word. To guide students through God’s word, we utilize materials from Precepts International, written for students; but, the Bible is our primary text. To learn more go to: http://store.precept.org/c-30-for-childrenkids.aspx

Language Arts

The Shurley English curriculum has assembled a unique combination of features and strategies to provide for student success in grammar, phonics, spelling skills, writing, and reading. These features are logically, sequentially, and systematically woven into the curriculum to provide a solid foundation for lifetime literacy. Students learn to love language and writing. http://www.shurleyenglish.com

Reading

Continuing to build reading skills at the fourth and fifth grade is important. Literature Anthologies are organized thematically and around themes like Courage and Kindness. The children study short stories, poetry, drama, and nonfiction through Mosdos Press – Coral Edition, chosen as a curriculum since it builds intellectually challenging literature courses with positive moral values. Students will see the full range of literary works: short stories, poetry, nonfiction and fiction stories, plays, songs, drama selections, and even a complete novel. Selections start with vocabulary and in-depth background on the author of the selection; and, end with Quick Review, In-depth Thinking, and Drawing Conclusions questions; while the Creating and Writing section lists a few possibilities for more extensive writing related to the story. In addition, students utilize graphic organizers, vocabulary activities, and comprehension questions to build comprehension of the selections. Non-fiction literary skills are enhanced through a curriculum called Comprehension Toolkit in which students at ⅘ learn reading strategies through lessons, and articles related to content learned in history. We teach children to merge their thinking with strategies they will learn, understand, and remember. Students will learn to:

  • monitor their own comprehension
  • activate and connect to background knowledge
  • ask questions
  • infer meaning
  • determine importance
  • summarize and synthesize

This integration of multiple texts and strategies complements reading instruction, building students into analyzers of material.

Math

Singapore Math* is the Gilbert Christian Schools’ mathematics program in kindergarten through grade six. Singapore’s mathematical methods first caught the world’s attention when results of a worldwide math test, Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS), were published in 1995. TIMSS data from 1995 and each round since have shown students in Singapore ranking well above students in other countries in both mathematics and science. The Singapore method of mathematics instruction gives students a deep understanding of mathematics by placing problem solving at the center of math learning and teaching concepts with a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences. The emphasis is on integrating concepts and skills so that students are able to apply their knowledge to unique situations.  The Singapore Math approach helps students develop better number sense through strong emphasis on place value. Understanding place value is very important in order to move on to higher mathematical concepts including fractions and algebra.  Math in Focus is the curriculum Gilbert Christian Elementary School has chosen to deliver the Singapore math method of instruction. Math in Focus allows teachers to individualize instruction because it provides enrichment exercises, and more practice exercise with every lesson. *”Singapore Math” is not a trade name but a general term referring to math instruction designed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

History

American & Arizona History Our high-interest, inspiring, narrative approach to history brings to life famous people, major events, and the Christian principles that made America great. The outstanding visual features of the Abeka Press make the student’s first formal study of United States history positive, and enjoyable. In addition, Arizona history is folded into American history through a Splash Publications textbook as well as Arizona Weekly Studies, a newspaper based curriculum, bringing in different print form. This two year course of American and Arizona history is taught in chronological order, concurrently. Important geographical facts and historical documents that should be given special attention throughout the year are highlighted. It’s history from a Christian worldview. http://www.Abeka.com

Science

4th and 5th grade science lab and classroom work lay a  solid foundation of scientific inquiry, lab skills, observation, and engineering at the entry level. Students delve deeper into the areas of physics and chemistry with focus on energy and matter respectively. Christian connections are integrated into weekly lessons as students explore in greater depth the creativity, care, and connectedness that God designs in His creation. Classes are structured to include exploration and collaboration. An engineering unit draws students into an awareness of the engineering design process and problem-based learning. The texts, published by Christian publisher, New Leaf, are integrated into both the lab and regular classroom time so students interact with scientific concepts multiple times a week.  New Leaf Science Text

Study Skills

The world has evolved an interpersonal dynamic that can’t be ignored. The acts of listening, presenting ideas, resolving conflict, and fostering an open and honest environment all come down to knowing how to build and maintain relationships with people, something we are all called to do as Christians. It’s those relationships that allow people to participate fully in team projects, show appreciation for others, and enlist support for themselves and others. In the fourth and fifth grade, the following skills are developed within a Christian worldview:

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Clear communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Mentoring
  • Christ honoring attitude

All these skills have a significant impact on how a person interacts with others. The more loving and honoring that person’s attitude is, the better that person’s relationships will be. God gave us the plan: to love others as He loves us…fostering great team performance, and leading to students who contribute to the classroom.