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Language and Spelling

The language and spelling curriculum will enable the student to demonstrate the following skills and abilities:

  • Read, understand and communicate God's Word through the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Read, comprehend, evaluate, and use written materials
  • Listen, envision, and respond critically and analytically
  • Write standard English in a grammatical, well-organized and coherent manner for a variety of purposes
  • Use spoken language effectively in formal and informal situations to communicate ideas and information and to ask and answer questions
  • Understand how and why language functions and evolves

Spelling is a specialized language art taught separately and in relation to reading and other subjects.

  • Students in grades 1‐8 receive intentional spelling instruction to learn how to spell given words and to apply spelling rules to new words.
  • Students are also taught spelling to help develop vocabulary, reading capabilities, proofreading skills, and knowledge of words as they are found in various disciplines and sources of information.

Reading is taught to enable students to read, comprehend, discuss, and use the Bible and other written materials. Reading also engages students to apply higher thinking skills, develop companion writing skills, and understand and appreciate a variety of literary genres.

  • Preschool and Pre‐kindergarten children begin learning letters and letter sounds and how written symbols represent verbal and written language.
  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 students are trained in Intensive Phonics, a step‐by‐step phonetic method that teaches the names, sounds, and formation of consonants and vowels.
  • Reading is introduced as a curricular area in Kindergarten. Big books, read‐along stories, nursery rhymes, songs and finger plays, and worksheets reinforce the skills taught in Intensive Phonics. Alphabet activities and sight words are also taught and supplement the phonics skills that build the reading foundation.
  • Grades 1‐5 continue the development of capable readers. The students learn reading skills, expand their vocabulary, and develop comprehension. Chapter books are introduced within these grades, as well.
  • The emphasis in Grades 6‐8 is on literature. Literature textbooks and novels provide a good mix of genres, cultures, eras, themes, and ideas for students to explore, discuss, and comprehend.
  • Language skills cannot be separated from reading, and age‐appropriate verbal and writing skills are developed at all grade levels.
  • The Accelerated Reader independent reading program is introduced in Grade 1, and student participation is required of students through Grade 8.