Reading

Mini-lessons on reading skills are taught throughout the year with achievement assessed using a variety of in-class activities.

Students are placed in literature circles depending on which novel they choose to read. Groups meet once a week where students discuss the novel by sharing their assigned reading responses. It is preferred this novel is a different title than that being read at home.

A reading log is used to record any reading done at home. One or two book reports are assigned per quarter.

Writing

In Writers Workshop, students receive guidance, mini-lessons and inspiration, but also freedom to follow their own writing interests. A poetry unit is covered, as are two big projects including a country report  and  Science Fair report.

Language

Because students have a wide range of ability in grammar, they are allowed to tackle grammar units at their own pace. All students are required to pass basic units on sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, nouns, pronouns, verbs, modifiers, conjunctions, and prepositions. Once finished, they may pursue more advanced concepts for enrichment.

Spelling/Vocabulary

Students conduct an in-depth word study of 5 words with Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes each week. They are tested on the spelling and meaning of these words weekly.

Math

The math grade is based on weekly quizzes only. Students use their in-class practice and homework to learn concepts. Students should always keep  graded class work and homework to help them study for quizzes. Quiz retakes are allowed from time to time. Good study skills will help students succeed on quizzes, so retakes should be uncommon.

Religion

Students start each day writing in a prayer journal and meditating on God’s Word. They are given time to pursue Scripture reading of their choice and choose verses they want to memorize. They share reflections from their reading and are taught to locate resources to answer their own questions. The textbook covers stories of the Old Testament. Students are graded on their participation, in-class activities and on quizzes.

Science

Earth Science studies include: plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks and minerals, weathering and soil formation, erosion and deposition, geologic history, planets, moons, stars, galaxies, space exploration, the atmosphere, weather factors, weather patterns, climate change, and Earth’s waters. Students will perform a variety of in-class activities, projects and tests. Detailed instructions will be given for each unit.

Social Studies

Ancient History is studied including: government, distribution of wealth, class and rank, wars, religion, sustainability of natural resources, religion, technology, architecture,  literature, music, food and art in ancient civilizations. Students perform a variety of in-class activities, projects and tests.