The third and fourth grade class has Bible together. Through fourth grade, the elementary classes use the A Beka flashcard Bible stories series. These narratives teach Biblical content and Biblical principles. Students are challenged spiritually with appropriate applications from each Bible story. Units in this rotation include Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Jonah, Esther, Ezra and Nehemiah, and the Life of Paul. The school year begins with a unit from the Illustrated Wordless Book from CEF Press. Memory passages through the year include Isaiah 53, 1 Corinthians 13, Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 6:19-21, 24-34, John 20:30-31, and 1 Thessalonians 4:9-18. Bible class also includes learning new hymns each month. This curriculum is currently being taught during the 2009 – 2010 school year. Students also attend elementary chapel each week and enjoy special presentations at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter each year from the local CEF director. The students have opportunities to share the Scripture and hymns they have learned when they visit Balanced Care Nursing Home twice each year.
An emphasis on using comprehension strategies and reading independently continues in fourth grade using A Beka reading books. Reading instruction also includes vocabulary study and oral reading. Fourth graders complete a book report or book project each month on a book of their choosing. Examples include an oral report about a biography dressed as their character, making pop-up books, book wheels, and dioramas to illustrate their books. Two reading contests are held each year to challenge students to reach a goal for the month.
Using God’s Gift of Language A by A Beka, fourth grade students build on the third grade foundation. Units in the fourth grade language curriculum include sentences, capitalization, punctuation, dictionary skills, letters (friendly, post cards, thank-you notes, and business), an introduction to various types of writing and the writing process, and using the writing process to take notes and write a report about George Washington Carver. Grammar is studied in the second half of the year. Fourth graders are introduced to all eight parts of speech and learn to diagram subjects, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. They conclude with a unit learning to use troublesome words correctly. As part of the letters unit the fourth graders write a business to letter to a state requesting information for a report. At the end of the year they write a research paper on the state they have chosen.
Students review and practice traditional cursive writing letter formation using a variety of materials.
Students use Spelling Grade 4 by ACSI Purposeful Design Publications to expand their spelling abilities. The students participate in a variety of activities to increase their knowledge of letter-sound relationships, high-frequency words, and prefixes. The text contains interesting and varied word study activitiesand writing assignments. Several vocabulary words are added to each spelling lesson.