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Faith teaches its curriculum using the scriptural principle to “Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).  Faith Evangelical Lutheran School, by the grace of God, serves as a ministry of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church.  It exists for nurturing each student’s soul in God’s Word, instructing them in man’s accumulated knowledge in the light of that same Word, and reaching out to the community with God’s saving word.

Faith does not subscribe to one single publisher’s theory, trend in education, or a particular educational ideal.  Rather, our curriculum incorporates a blend of nationally recognized publishers, sound educational approaches, a variety of teaching theories, and a differentiated style of instruction. We strive to help each child reach his potential by extending the learning opportunity of the struggling student and challenging the intellect of the gifted child.  Our goal is have each child fully prepared for high school and positioned to excel in higher education.

Religion

Religion is the first subject taught every day to set the tone and reflect the overarching importance in the curriculum of Faith.  The major component is the Christ-Light series which presents the Old and New Testament stories of God’s plan of Salvation.  Each lesson has a key truth that is meaningfully discussed and applied to the children’s lives.  The curriculum grounds the children in God’s gracious promises and equips them to make wise, moral, choices throughout life.  Parents are encouraged to become involved through sheets sent home after each lesson.  Beginning in the fifth grade the students are taught the major doctrines of the Bible through the question and answer method employed in Luther’s Small Catechism.  Children are required to memorize Bible passages, the Chief Parts of Luther’s Small Catechism including the Ten Commandments, and Christian songs and hymns. The purpose of this memory work is to impress God’s Word on the children’s hearts and minds so that they can use this Word for comfort and strength to fight off temptation.  Every Wednesday morning parents are invited to join the students for a brief chapel service.  Monthly, each class participates in Sunday morning worship through song.

Language Arts

A clear understanding of the English language is imperative for success in school, for successful employment, and for reading and understanding God’s Word.  Faith’s language arts curriculum integrates reading, phonics, writing, spelling, grammar, and oral expression in a sequential and developmental order.  We use the Houghton Mifflin reading and Language series and the Write Source Writing series as basic texts.

Reading – Students develop a love of reading through phonetic based instruction that incorporates thematic units of high quality literature, poetry, short stories, and plays.  The curriculum emphasizes listening, vocabulary development, comprehension, and critical thinking.  Leveled readers are used to help each child develop at his or her own rate.  Each classroom has a library as well as weekly access to the school library.

Writing – Students are taught to be proficient writers in a step-by-step composition process that includes sentences, variety of paragraphs, and different styles of reports and papers.  Grammar is taught sequentially as well as stressed in all writing lessons.  Students are encouraged to free expression through creative writing exercises.

Spelling – The spelling component of the curriculum develops the phonetic sound and spelling connection in language.  Word families are taught to carry out these objectives.  Differentiation is made for struggling and above average spellers.

Oral Expression – Students develop public speaking skills through a variety of experiences such as show-and-tell, oral reports, class presentations, speeches, and forensic competitions.

Mathematics

Next to religion and reading, math holds the most prominent place in our curriculum.  The Scott Foresman/Addison Wesley series provides students with the opportunity to become strong in computation, problem solving strategies, and data interpretation.  Algebra and geometry skills are taught throughout the curriculum.  Daily review provides the children the opportunity to master the skills.  Beginning in sixth grade students who demonstrate high aptitude can be advanced into an accelerated math program which ends with Algebra I in eighth grade.

Science

The science curriculum at Faith leads children to understand that God’s earth was made as a home for man to be taken care of for the benefit of mankind and to God’s glory.  By means of the Houghton Mifflin Science curriculum, hands on experimentation, group projects, and technology aided presentations, students discover amazing truths about the physical, earth, and life sciences.  They are taught to observe, compare, predict, and hypothesize.  Science fairs are held biannually to help children understand the scientific method and do independent investigation into areas of interest.

Technology

The development and use of modern technology continues to change annually and influence our lives in new ways.  Our school is working to incorporate the use of technology in our curriculum in a number of ways.  Keyboarding is taught to children beginning in second grade. The keyboarding goal is to get every child typing 20 words per minute by fifth grade and 30 words per minute by eighth grade.  We teach the children how to use the tool bar, create tables, create spreadsheets, and make power point presentations.  Each class is scheduled to use the computer lab regularly to teach these basic skills. In addition, every classroom is equipped with three to five computers connected to the network.  The teachers are encouraged to give power point presentations and add video clips in them.  Finally, the use of the smart board is an everyday occurrence in classrooms where they have been added.

Social Studies

The social studies curriculum aims to help the children understand that we live in an interdependent world.  Instruction and educational experiences are structured to help students develop skills in critical thinking, decision making, understanding cause and effect relationships, and distinguishing between fact and opinion.  The skills are developed through a study of history, geography, civics, current events, and economics of the United States and the world.  Our goal is to give our students the tools to be active citizens in God’s world. This will enable them to “Go and make disciples of all nations,” (Matthew 28:18-20).  The Harcourt Social Studies series is the main series in the elementary grades and Prentice Hall in the junior high grades.  Social studies fairs are held biannually to allow students explore areas of interest.

Music

Faith’s music program integrates music theory, voice development, and music appreciation.  The basic elements of notation, rhythm, and music terminology prepare the children to read music and play musical instruments.  Beginning in first grade, students are able to receive piano instruction at Faith or string lessons through the Shoreland Lutheran High School instructors.  Beginning in fifth grade, students are eligible to begin band instruction through SLHS.  The children have opportunities to use their music in worship services, recitals, and concerts.

Art

The art curriculum at Faith explores the concepts of line, shape, form, color, pattern, design, and composition.  The children also learn about well known artists, their unique styles, and classical works.  Art fairs allow children to receive recognition for their favorite “masterpieces.”

Physical Education and Health

The goals of Faith’s physical education program is to teach large and small motor skills, team sport’s rules, skills to play team games, physical fitness and cardiovascular development, teamwork, and sportsmanship.  Expectations are the all children will participate, respect their peers and teachers, and take proper care of equipment and their bodies.  Between science and physical education health care skills are taught such as proper hygiene, cardiovascular care, proper nutrition, and things to avoid which may damage the temples of God that is their bodies.

Homework

In order to help children achieve to their highest potential, children need to practice what they have been taught and to investigate new concepts through further practice and research.  The amount and frequency of homework often varies based on a student’s ability, time management, and pace of work. Generally speaking, the amount of homework should be no more than 10 minutes per grade in school.

 

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