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The Curriculum at Liberty Prep

Langauge Arts

At Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy, we believe that by taking the very best components from a variety of different curriculums we can create a strong Language Arts program that both strengthens and challenges student’s academic abilities in a positive way. In our kindergarten, first and second grade classes, students use a combination of the A Beka Phonics & Reading Program, the Spell to Write and Read Spelling Program, and the Handwriting without Tears Program. The A Beka program builds and strengthens a phonemic foundation that gives children the tools they need to successfully grow in their reading ability. As they are mastering the special sounds in the A Beka program, they are also introduced to and begin studying the 70 phonograms and 26 spelling rules found within the Spell to Write and Read curriculum. This spelling curriculum gives students a set of phonograms and spelling rules that will assist them in both their reading and spelling throughout their entire academic career and beyond. Student’s weekly spelling words come from the Spell to Write and Read program. The Handwriting without Tears curriculum is used to help student’s master neat penmanship and cursive handwriting. Students in kindergarten and first grade will master their printing skills, while students in second grade will be introduced to cursive handwriting as they continue to use their printing penmanship. Along with the A Beka, Spell to Write and Read, and Handwriting without Tears Programs, students in first and second grade also use the Shurley English Grammar Program to begin building a strong foundation in both grammar and writing. Second grade students continue to build and strengthen their writing by using the Just Write writing workbooks in conjunction with Shurley English.

 

Math

In kindergarten through fifth grade, students use the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt curriculum called GO Math. The GO Mathcurriculum is based on Common Core Standards. At Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy, our textbooks provide the framework for our curriculum but our teachers do not teach to the Common Core standards. All of our textbooks are used as a tool to help us meet the NAUMS (National Association of University Model Schools) standards that our school follows. The GO Math curriculum provides students with an abundance of strategies to solve math problems that they will see in both the classroom and real life situations. The curriculum provides hands-on activities, differentiated learning centers, online learning activities and much more. Each year, skills from previous years are strengthened as new skills build off of, and spiral from, concepts that students have been exposed to before.

 

Science

Kindergarten: At the kindergarten level, teacher developed thematic science units are used to cover the topics of weather, rocks and soil, and living and non-living things.  Each unit includes hands on learning in the form of experiments and projects. Music, movement, and Biblical principles are integrated into all units.

First Grade: Beginning in first grade, students begin to use the Apologia Science Curriculum. At the first grade level, students study the flying creatures that God created on the fifth day. First grade students use the Apologia textbook: Exploring Creation with Zoology 1, along with teacher developed units and resources.

Second Grade: At the second grade level, students study the swimming creatures that God created on the fifth day. Second grade students use the Apologia textbook: Exploring Creation with Zoology 2, along with teacher developed units and resources.

 

History

In kindergarten through sixth grade, students use the Core Knowledge History & Geography curriculum that is published by Pearson Publishers. This curriculum begins building a strong foundation in both world history and geography at the kindergarten level. As students’ progress through the elementary years, the Core Knowledge History & Geography curriculum builds and spirals with each consecutive year. Each year students are introduced to new topics, in addition to building on previous years’ studies in a deeper way. Along with the Core Knowledge History & Geography curriculum, teachers are provided with the Jesus Storybook Curriculum. This curriculum is provided to teachers in order to equip them with materials to successfully integrate bible history and truths into each unit of study.

Language Arts

At Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy, we believe that by taking the very best components from a variety of different curriculums we can create a strong Language Arts program that both strengthens and challenges student’s academic abilities in a positive way. In our third through fifth grade classes, students use a combination of the A Beka Phonics & Reading Program, the Shurley English Grammar Curriculum, the Wordly Wise Vocabulary Program and the Handwriting without Tears Program. At the third grade level, the A Beka Phonics & Reading Program continues to build on the phonemic foundation that students created in grades K-2. Students work through a variety of grade level readers to grow in both reading fluency and comprehension. In addition to the A Beka readers, students will also read several novels and chapter books to strengthen their reading and comprehension skills. As students move into fourth and fifth grade, they continue to use the A Beka Reading Program for practice in reading fluency and comprehension in addition to more challenging novel studies. Students in grades three through five continue to use the Shurley English Grammar Curriculum to build a strong foundation in grammatical concepts. Third grade students develop their writing skills through the use of the Shurley English writing concepts, as well as by working through the Just Write writing workbook. As students move into fourth and fifth grade, they will begin using the Institute for Excellence in Writing Program (IEW). This writing program is used in grades four through twelve and provides students with the tools needed to become confident writers.  In the third grade, students begin using the Wordly Wise Vocabulary ProgramWordly Wise is used in grades three through twelve. As students in grades three through five grow in their vocabulary, they continue to apply the spelling rules and phonograms that they learned in kindergarten through second grade. In addition to each of these fundamental language arts skills, third grade students continue to work on mastering their cursive handwriting by using the Handwriting without Tears Program.

Math

In kindergarten through fifth grade, students use the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt curriculum called GO Math. The GO Mathcurriculum is based on Common Core Standards. At Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy, our textbooks provide the framework for our curriculum but our teachers do not teach to the Common Core standards. All of our textbooks are used as a tool to help us meet the NAUMS (National Association of University Model Schools) standards that our school follows. The GO Math curriculum provides students with an abundance of strategies to solve math problems that they will see in both the classroom and real life situations. The curriculum provides hands-on activities, differentiated learning centers, online learning activities and much more. Each year, skills from previous years are strengthened as new skills build off of, and spiral from, concepts that students have been exposed to before.

Science

Third Grade: At the third grade level, students are introduced to the study of plants – their structure, propagation, classification and more. Third grade students use the Apologia textbook: Exploring Creation with Botany, along with teacher developed units and resources.

Fourth Grade: At the fourth grade level, students study the land animals that God created on the sixth day. Fourth grade students use the Apologia textbook: Exploring Creation with Zoology 3, along with teacher developed units and resources.

Fifth Grade: At the fifth grade level, students are introduced to the exciting world of outer space. Students will have all of their questions about planets, stars, and outer space answered in a biblically based, scientifically sound way.  Fifth grade students use the Apologia textbook: Exploring Creation with Astronomy, along with teacher developed units and resources.

History

In kindergarten through sixth grade, students use the Core Knowledge History & Geography curriculum that is published by Pearson Publishers. This curriculum begins building a strong foundation in both world history and geography at the kindergarten level. As the students progress through the elementary years, the Core Knowledge History & Geography curriculum builds and spirals with each consecutive year. Each year students are introduced to new topics, in addition to building on previous years’ studies in a deeper way. Along with the Core Knowledge History & Geography curriculum, teachers are provided with the Jesus Storybook Curriculum. This curriculum is provided to teachers in order to equip them with materials to successfully integrate bible history and truths into each unit of study.

Language Arts

At Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy, we believe that by taking the very best components from a variety of different curriculums we can create a strong Language Arts program that both strengthens and challenges student’s academic abilities in a positive way. In our sixth through eighth grade classes, students use a combination of the Mirrors & Windows Literature Program, the Winston Grammar Program, the Institute for Excellence in Writing Program (IEW), and the Wordly Wise Vocabulary Program. The Mirror & Windows Literature Program is used in conjunction with teacher developed novel studies. Students use this literature program to dig deeper into literature concepts as they participate in a variety of different novel studies and activities. Students’ reading comprehension and fluency is developed as they participate in an abundance of reading activities and connect what they are reading to literary concepts. The Winston Grammar Program is used in sixth through eighth grade to continue to build on the strong grammatical foundation that was created in first through fifth grade with the Shurley English Grammar Curriculum. This program gives students continued practice with grammar concepts and assists in developing the students writing abilities. The IEW program is used to assist in developing our middle school students into excellent writers. Students continue to use the Wordly Wise Vocabulary Program to develop a strong vocabulary to use in both oral and written expression.

Math

Sixth Grade: In sixth grade, students use the textbook: Math Course 1 that is published by McDougal Littell. Math Course 1 builds on the student’s understanding of numbers, their operations, and their algebraic representations. Students are also introduced to integers, functions and probability. Lessons include skill practice, problem solving and more complex multi-step problems.

Seventh Grade: Seventh grade students use the textbook: Math Course 2 that is published by McDougal Littell. Students in this course will master skills in the areas of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals. In addition, students will calculate perimeter, area, surface area, and volume as well as evaluate and create charts and graphs using mean, median, mode and range.

Eighth Grade: In eighth grade, students will begin preparing for Algebra by taking a Pre-Algebra course. In this course students will prepare for algebra and further math studies by using the basic principles of algebra to analyze and represent proportional and non-proportional relationships as well as use probability to describe data and make predictions. The textbook used for this course is: Pre-Algebra that is published by Holt McDougal Larson. This textbook is a Common Core textbook. At Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy, our textbooks provide the framework for our curriculum but our teachers do not teach to the Common Core standards. All of our textbooks are used as a tool to help us meet the NAUMS (National Association of University Model Schools) standards that our school follows.

Science

Sixth Grade: In sixth grade, students will study Life Science. This class uses the Life Science textbook that is published by Christian Schools International. Throughout this class, emphasis on the Bible is integrated into the following unit studies: Foundations of Life Science, Heredity and the Origin of Life, Concepts in Microbiology and Plant Biology, Concepts in Animal Kingdom, Nature of the Environment and Functions of the Human Body.

Seventh Grade: In seventh grade, students will study Earth Science. This course increases students’ scientific knowledge of God’s handiwork through the study of the physical universe.  This class uses the Earth Science textbook that is published by Christian Schools International. This textbook affirms the young Earth creationist view of the Earth’s history and disproves the evolutionary views pervading the scientific community and our culture.

Eighth Grade: In eighth grade, students will study Physical Science. Physical Science offers students an engaging and thorough introduction to the world of physics and chemistry. This class uses the Physical Science textbook that is published by Christian Schools International. This class provides the basic foundation necessary for the future study of biology, chemistry and physics.

History

Sixth Grade: In kindergarten through sixth grade, students use the Core Knowledge History & Geography curriculum that is published by Pearson PublishersThis curriculum begins building a strong foundation in both world history and geography at the kindergarten level. As the students progress through the elementary and early middle school years, the Core Knowledge History & Geography curriculum builds and spirals with each consecutive year. Each year students are introduced to new topics, in addition to building on previous years’ studies in a deeper way. Biblical truths and history is integrated into each unit of study in order to create a strong foundation in both World and Bible history.

Seventh Grade: Seventh grade students use the textbook published by Bob Jones University Press titled: World StudiesThis course is a survey of World History from the creation of the world to present-day events. Study is centered on important people, places, events, discoveries and ideas that have shaped our world into what it is today. Students will master skills in geography, historical thinking and utilizing primary sources.

Eighth Grade: Eighth grade students use the textbook published by Bob Jones University Press titled: American RepublicThis course offers a survey of United States History, from the experiences of the earliest people who came to our country all the way through to the events that are taking place in our country today. Study will be centered on important people, places, events, discoveries and ideas that have shaped our nation into what it is today. Students will master skills in geography, historical thinking and utilizing primary sources.

Language Arts

Ninth Grade: In ninth grade Language Arts, students are immersed in literature through teacher developed novel studies that focus on reading a variety of literary genres that strengthen both their reading ability and literary knowledge. Students use the Institute for Excellence in Writing curriculum to develop and strengthen their writing skills. Vocabulary and grammar are expanded through the use of the Wordly Wise vocabulary curriculum.

Tenth Grade: In tenth grade Language Arts, students are immersed in literature through teacher developed novel studies that focus on reading a variety of literary genres that strengthen both their reading ability and literary knowledge. Students use the Institute for Excellence in Writing curriculum to develop and strengthen their writing skills. Vocabulary and grammar are expanded through the use of the Wordly Wise vocabulary curriculum.

Eleventh Grade: In eleventh grade Language Arts, students focus on reading and studying a number of American Literature texts. The Mirrors and Windows American Literature textbook is used as a resource to ensure that students are covering the full spectrum of American Literature principles. Students continue to develop their vocabulary and grammar through the use of the Wordly Wise vocabulary curriculum. Eleventh grade Language Arts is an AP level course.

Twelfth Grade: In twelfth grade Language Arts, students focus on reading and studying a number of British Literature texts. The Mirrors and Windows British Literature textbook is used along with teacher selected novels and writings. Students continue to develop their vocabulary and grammar through the use of the Wordly Wise vocabulary curriculum. Twelfth grade Language Arts is an AP level course.

Math

Ninth Grade: In ninth grade, students take Algebra I. This course uses the textbook: Algebra I that is published by Holt McDougal Larson. Algebra I is organized around families of functions, with special emphasis on linear and quadratic functions. As students learn about each family of functions, they will learn to represent them in multiple ways; as verbal descriptions, equations, tables and graphs. They will also learn to model real-world situations using functions in order to solve problems arising from those situations.

Tenth Grade: In tenth grade, students use the Geometry textbook published by Holt McDougal Larson to study geometry concepts through lessons and activities that are designed to emphasize conceptual understanding, focus on critical thinking and to model mathematics for solving problems that they will encounter in everyday life.

Eleventh Grade: Eleventh grade students use the Algebra II textbook published by Holt McDougal LarsonEach Algebra II concept will be taught through lessons and activities that are designed to emphasize conceptual understanding, focus on critical thinking and reasoning and to model mathematics for solving problems that they will encounter in everyday life.

Twelfth Grade: In twelfth grade math, students learn how to take control of their finances and gain valuable skills for maintaining their finances as they move beyond the classroom and into the real world. Students will use the Foundations in Personal Finance curriculum that is written and developed by Dave Ramsey.

Science

Ninth Grade: Ninth grade students use the Biology textbook published by Bob Jones University Press to help them clearly see God’s power and glory in creation as they study cellular biology, genetics, taxonomy, microbiology, botany, zoology and human anatomy. Each topic is covered in such a way that students are pointed back to Scripture as the ultimate authority. Students are encouraged to develop a biblical perspective about scientific topics as well as learn how to defend their Christian beliefs within the world of science.

Tenth Grade: In tenth grade, students use the Chemistry textbook published by Pearson Publishers to dig into chemical concepts using practical issues and applications to illustrate the principles of chemistry. Students develop a strong foundation in chemistry and are able to point back to God and His amazing works throughout the course of the class.

Eleventh Grade: In eleventh grade, students use the Chemistry textbook published by Pearson Publishers to dig into chemical concepts using practical issues and applications to illustrate the principles of chemistry. Students develop a strong foundation in chemistry and are able to point back to God and His amazing works throughout the course of the class. *Following the 2014-2015 school year, eleventh grade students will use the Conceptual Physics textbook that is published by Pearson Publishers.

Twelfth Grade: In twelfth grade, students study the human body and begin to delve into the truth that we truly are examples of God’s finest handiwork. Students study the body as a whole as well the unique functions and purposes of individual body parts. They examine the structure and relationship between body parts and have the opportunity to work in a hands-on fashion to develop a clearer understanding of the marvelous workings of the human body. Students use a combination of teacher developed units along with the Anatomy & Physiology components of the Bob Jones University Press Chemistry textbook.

History

Ninth Grade: The Bob Jones University Press textbook titled Cultural Geography is used in ninth grade to give students a complete geography foundation for further history studies. Cultural Geography examines the principles of geography through a regional approach. Students will “travel” from continent to continent around the world studying the geography, cultures, land forms, climates, resources, economy, religions and government of each country.

Tenth Grade: In tenth grade, the Bob Jones University Press textbook titled World History is used World History recounts the story of mankind, from creation to the present. Students examine ancient civilizations through the Greeks to the Roman Empire. Students are challenged to discover the forces, issues, people and movements that have shaped our modern world. God’s providence and Bible integration are given prominence as the students are taught to view the world through a Christian lens.

Eleventh Grade: In the tenth grade, students will use the Bob Jones University Press textbook titled United States History. This textbook is presented in an engaging narrative style that seeks to bring United States history to life. United States History recounts the story of our nation’s history from its discovery and colonization up to the present day. Special attention is given to God’s providence and America’s Christian heritage.

Twelfth Grade: In twelfth grade, students spend the first semester of the year, exploring the ins and outs of American Government. The Bob Jones University Press textbook titled American Government is used to prepare students for responsible citizenship with an ongoing discussion of the principles and mechanics of a constitutional republic. During the second semester of the year, students focus on learning the key principles of economics. The Bob Jones University Press textbook titled Economics is used to introduce and explore key principles of economics, from household purchases to the stock market. Students also study important issues related to national economic systems and policies.

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