Elementary

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS K–6TH GRADE 

 

KINDERGARTEN

Answers Bible Curriculum (AiG) teachers young students the contents of the Bible in an apologetic and chronological way so that they know they can trust God's Word. This helps them grow in their faith and be enhanced in a biblical worldview. This is done through interactive teaching, songs, themed games, and crafts. 

Beginnings K5 provides thorough instruction for teaching phonics and reading skills. It follows an integrated approach that includes skills for listening and responding with oral and written composition. Complete science and history units are woven into the themes. The reading books for K5 give practice in reading skills and build comprehension and habits that further reading fluency. Songs, charts, and activities aid in teaching phonics and word meanings.

Math K5 uses manipulatives to develop a solid foundation of math concepts, such as number sense, time, money, fractions, addition, subtraction, and geometry.


FIRST GRADE

Answers Bible Curriculum (AiG) teachers young students the contents of the Bible in an apologetic and chronological way so that they know they can trust God's Word. This helps them grow in their faith and be enhanced in a biblical worldview. This is done through interactive teaching, songs, themed games, and crafts. 

Heritage Studies 1 introduces children to fundamental concepts related to geography, economics, and culture, within the context of American history from pre-Columbus days through the time of the pilgrims in 1682. 

Phonics and English 1 directs students in their continuing development of understanding word meanings and communicating effectively. Phonics and English 1 presents exciting theme lessons that combine phonics, reading, listening, comprehension, creative writing, and grammar. Twenty-seven “booklink” lessons are also included.

Reading 1 incorporates phonics, English skills, service words, and word families. 

Math 1 uses manipulatives and real-life experiences to teach place value, addition, subtraction, geometry, time, money, measurements, and fractions—all with engaging themes and characters. Writing equations, reading graphs, and other concepts are introduced as part of problem-solving skills.

Science 1 gives the students an understanding of the concepts of gravity, force, plants, states of matter, animals, teeth, sound, and weather.   Science 1 focuses on establishing a foundation of science facts and skills for further science learning. The engaging lessons introduce students to scientific facts and encourage active participation in order to promote understanding and instill a love of learning. Topics include senses, the weather, seasons, health and safety, animals, matter, sound, plants, and pushes and pulls.

Spelling 1 uses the recall-study-recall-study-recall learning method to teach word structure to first graders.  Spelling 1 focuses on application through studying generalizations (word families), and using spelling as a tool for communication. Enjoyable guided activities help students learn word structure and dictionary skills.

Handwriting 1 uses precursive Handwriting to teach age-appropriate writing skills.


SECOND GRADE

Bible Truths 2 A Servant's Heart encourages students to live the Bible as well as know the Bible through a chronological study of the Old and New Testaments. Lessons include Bible-study skills, character traits, and hymn histories. Dramatic segments present heroes of the faith, while application stories show students their need of Christ as Savior, and demonstrate ways to apply biblical principles to personal life situations.  The course integrates doctrine into a chronological and thematic study of the Old and New Testament. Themes include God is my King, obedience, humility, serving, forgiveness, giving, thankfulness, surrender, stewardship, courage, faith, faithfulness, zeal, priorities, loyalty, joy, and evangelism.

Heritage Studies 2 focuses on helping students develop a Christian perspective on United States history from Native Americans to the founding of the independent nation, including age-appropriate studies on civics, government, and geography. 

English 2 teaches nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns. Students participate in writing descriptions, instructions, personal stories, poetry, book reports, and short stories.

Reading 2 presents compelling stories that encourage growth in Christian character. Systematic phonics instruction and thoughtful discussion questions emphasize reading comprehension that aims to produce thoughtful, fluent readers who continue to read all their lives.

Math 2 engages student interest using age-appropriate, colorful themes and hands-on involvement for developing understanding and for enhancing mastery.  Each new concept is presented implementing a three-stage process starting at the concrete level (the students use manipulatives), moving to the semi-concrete level (the student watches the teacher demonstrate or uses pictures from the book), and finally progressing to the abstract level (the student solves problems using numerals, signs, and symbols). Math 2 provides a framework for critical thinking through instruction in problem solving. Problem solving is the process of confronting a problem and then using one’s knowledge, reasoning abilities, and experiences to solve the problem.

Science 2 introduces God’s creation while encouraging the student to think and learn like a scientist. Throughout the year, science process skills are incorporated into learning about various topics through hands-on activities and projects. Topics include living things and environments, fossils and dinosaurs, the earth and its resources, how the earth moves, light and shadows, how things move, forms of matter, and the systems of the body. Students are encouraged to participate by completing activities relating to each topic. Activities include growing healthy plants, making a model of the layers of the earth, and recycling newspapers to make paper.

Spelling 2 teaches spelling patterns and strategies while encouraging meaning-based word studies and practicing dictionary skills. This course helps students master spelling so that they can become better communicators for God.

*Handwriting 2 provides a fun, meaningful approach to developing handwriting skills.  A Reason for Handwriting focuses on regular, daily practice. Every weekly lesson is built around one carefully selected Scripture verse. Verses are chosen for not only proper letter combinations, but also inspirational content. And when children spend the week working on a specific verse, that Scripture becomes locked in their memories for a lifetime.


THIRD GRADE

Bible Truths 3 uses Following Christ and presents a chronological and thematic study of the Old and New Testaments that teaches students to live the Bible as well as know the Bible. Heroes like John Wesley and Augustine are presented in dramatic segments. The lessons stress higher-level thinking skills while encouraging Christlikeness in the lives of students. Application stories teach about choosing friends, being a Christian example, and trusting God.

Heritage Studies 3 covers from the discovery of the New World to the Civil War. The lessons guide students to understand the progression in historical events and the relationship between cause and effect while encouraging them to trust in God's plan for their lives.

English 3 teaches grammar and strengthens a student’s writing skills that last a lifetime. It also provides instruction in study skills, diagramming, reference, and listening and speaking skills.

Reading 3 uses Once Upon an Open Book and Not So Very Long Ago to present character-building stories that demonstrate biblical truth and timeless virtues. The course emphasizes reading comprehension skills through discussion questions and silent and oral reading.

Math 3 engages student interest using age-appropriate, colorful themes and hands-on involvement for developing understanding and for enhancing mastery.  Each new concept is presented implementing a three-stage process starting at the concrete level (the students use manipulatives), moving to the semi-concrete level (the student watches the teacher demonstrate or uses pictures from the book), and finally progressing to the abstract level (the student solves problems using numerals, signs, and symbols). Math 3 provides a framework for critical thinking through instruction in problem solving. Problem solving is the process of confronting a problem and then using one’s knowledge, reasoning abilities, and experiences to solve the problem.

Science 3 studies cold and warm-blooded animals, ecosystems, the solar system, energy, skin, minerals, and weather, presenting God as the sustainer and creator of a wonderful universe. Throughout the course, students clearly see the integration of science into their lives as their minds are drawn to the Creator God.

Spelling 3 applies more generalizations to word families and provides extensive practice in adding suffixes. Students expand dictionary skills through weekly practice. Weekly journal entries provide exercises in applied spelling and creative writing.

*Handwriting 3 provides a fun, meaningful approach to developing handwriting skills.  A Reason for Handwriting focuses on regular, daily practice. Every weekly lesson is built around one carefully selected Scripture verse. Verses are chosen for not only proper letter combinations, but also inspirational content. And when children spend the week working on a specific verse, that Scripture becomes locked in their memories for a lifetime!


FOURTH GRADE

Bible Truths 4 uses God and His People and encourages the habit of daily Bible reading and application of biblical knowledge to daily living. The course material stresses higher-level thinking skills while encouraging Christlikeness in students. Students follow Amy Carmichael through her missionary endeavors in India. Lessons also include Bible-study skills, hymn stories, and church history figures.

Heritage Studies 4 takes students through American history beginning with the Civil War and ending with World War II all from a Christian perspective to help students develop a biblical worldview. They will then explore 6 regions of the United State, learning about the geography, culture, climate, and economics of each.

English 4 fosters an appreciation of language as a gift of God through developing the correct use of English grammar in written and oral communication. Students use the writing process to write different types of compositions with the goal of encouraging clear and effective writing.

Reading 4 uses I Met You in a Story to emphasize higher-level thinking skills while teaching biblical principles and discernment for daily living. Lessons build research and literary skills needed for lifelong learning.

Math 4 provides an interactive inductive approach to build students’ understanding of multiplication, division, and decimals, fractions, geometry, and pre-algebra.

The course engages student interest using age-appropriate, colorful themes and hands-on involvement for developing understanding and for enhancing mastery.  Each new concept is presented implementing a three-stage process starting at the concrete level (the students use manipulatives), moving to the semi-concrete level (the student watches the teacher demonstrate or uses pictures from the book), and finally progressing to the abstract level (the student solves problems using numerals, signs, and symbols). Math 4 provides a framework for critical thinking through instruction in problem solving. Problem solving is the process of confronting a problem and then using one’s knowledge, reasoning abilities, and experiences to solve the problem.

Science 4 encourages Christian growth by teaching children how science can be used to show the love of Christ to others. The course contains fun activities to promote scientific literacy within the context of a biblical worldview. Through study of the earth, forces and energy, the moon and oceans, and the human body, students will develop an appreciation for God’s creation.

Spelling 4 includes instruction about spelling patterns and roles, as well as the use of words in context. Thirty-two weekly spelling lists introduce children to a variety of syllable patterns, suffixes, and prefixes to help students recognize spelling patterns and apply those skills to unknown words.

*Handwriting 4 provides a fun, meaningful approach to developing handwriting skills.  A Reason for Handwriting focuses on regular, daily practice. Every weekly lesson is built around one carefully selected Scripture verse. Verses are chosen for not only proper letter combinations, but also inspirational content. And when children spend the week working on a specific verse, that Scripture becomes locked in their memories for a lifetime!


FIFTH GRADE

Bible Truths 5 uses Living in God’s Love to present a chronological, thematic study of many Old and New Testament events. Students learn biblical truths by studying biblical accounts, memorizing Scripture with understanding, singing hymns, and employing Bible-study skills. Students use cross-references, a concordance, and a Bible dictionary.

Heritage Studies 5 covers American history completely, beginning with the birth of America and ending with President Obama, addressing current world issues along the way. The course provides a balanced overview of American history, geography, citizenship, economics, and culture, including special segments on the role of women in history. Students learn about the civic responsibilities of a Christian.

English 5 continues the grammatical study of sentences, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and reference skills. Students use the Writing Process to write compare-contrast essays, persuasive business letters, diamantes, and more.

Reading 5 strengthens a student’s reading, higher-level thinking skills, and critical-reasoning skills. Character-building stories teach biblical principles. The emphasis on vocabulary development and reading strategies enhance students’ independent reading.

Math 5 emphasizes the understanding of subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions through the use of manipulatives. Through engaging lessons, students will gain confidence as he or she develops reasoning and judgment skills through a variety of estimating and problem-solving activities.

Science 5 teaches students to think about science in light of the Creation Mandate. As they learn about minerals, fossils, matter, light, weather, ecosystems, and the human body, they will begin to appreciate the Creator as well as their own role in the world. The course material points out the necessity of looking at the world with a biblical perspective, identifying the unique way that God created man. Demonstrations and hands-on activities are a major part of the course.

Spelling 5 covers 640 words that children have encountered while reading and writing. The lists demonstrate both reliable spelling patterns and irregular words. Students learn word meanings, how to proofread effectively, and basic dictionary skills while engaging in meaningful writing exercises. Through guided questions and hands-on activities, students learn how to apply spelling to real-life experiences.

*Handwriting 5 provides a fun, meaningful approach to developing handwriting skills.  A Reason for Handwriting focuses on regular, daily practice. Every weekly lesson is built around one carefully selected Scripture verse. Verses are chosen for not only proper letter combinations, but also inspirational content. And when children spend the week working on a specific verse, that Scripture becomes locked in their memories for a lifetime!


SIXTH GRADE

Bible Truths uses Redemption–God’s Grand Design and teaches students about God and his plan to provide a Savior for fallen mankind. Students learn that God has always fulfilled his promises and will continue to do so in the future. The class emphasizes applying scriptural truth to everyday living. Throughout this course, students learn to use Bible-study tools such as cross-references, concordances, Bible dictionaries, and Bible commentaries.

Heritage Studies 6 gives a brief overview of approximately 5,000 years of ancient history, beginning with creation. Each chapter will highlight the five features that characterize a civilization: organized cities and government; social classes; job specialization; arts, sciences, and written languages; and religion. Major historical civilizations from around the world are considered in this course from a Biblical worldview.

English 6 continues to expand the study of grammar by emphasizing the correct use of the eight parts of speech and providing various writing projects to help students apply their knowledge to real-life skills.

Reading 6 The primary goals of Reading 6 are to produce students who read, think, and understand the message of the author and to direct their hearts and minds toward a biblical worldview. The Reading 6 material encourages students to apply the comprehension and listening skills learned to other academic areas.

Math 6 engages student interest using hands-on involvement for developing understanding and for enhancing mastery.  The goals of Math 6 are two-fold: for students to understand math so that they can become problem solvers, and for them to develop a Christian worldview. A variety of methods, ranging from concrete manipulatives to interactive questions to problem-solving skill development, are employed toward this goal. Math 6 provides a framework for critical thinking through instruction in problem solving so students will be well prepared for higher-level math.

Science 6 teaches students to gain an appreciation of God’s creation through their study of the earth, living organisms and classification, electricity, astronomy, heredity, and the nervous and immune systems. The course materials help students think scientifically from a biblical worldview and challenges them to be good stewards of God’s creation.

Spelling 6 equips students with spelling skills in order to produce accurate, God-honoring written communication. The course material is presented in an engaging way from a biblical worldview.

*Handwriting 6 provides a fun, meaningful approach to developing handwriting skills.  A Reason for Handwriting focuses on regular, daily practice. Every weekly lesson is built around one carefully selected Scripture verse. Verses are chosen for not only proper letter combinations, but also inspirational content. And when children spend the week working on a specific verse, that Scripture becomes locked in their memories for a lifetime!


*A Reason For Handwriting® is used for Handwriting in grades 2–6.  All other textbooks are provided by BJU Press, unless otherwise noted.