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BibleWalking with God and His People is a powerful Bible curriculum for Christian educators who want to help students know God’s word, believe His promise, and live in faith and obedience. Solid theology and educational best practices help teachers provide a structured Biblical base while ensuring a balanced approach to learning. Comprehensive in scope and sequence, Walking with God was written by teachers, for teachers to ensure every lesson is grade-appropriate, easy to teach, and engaging to students.

Language Arts – With leading-edge digital tools and results-driven instruction, Journeys is a K–6 reading program with rigorous instructional design. The unique close reading routine builds better readers while also providing intervention for struggling students. We also employ a reading specialist who works with all our K-5 readers to improve reading ability, comprehension and writing ability.

Math – JUMP Math is a numeracy program. It is dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. JUMP Math replaces the self-fulfilling myth that some people are born with mathematical ability while others do not have the ability to succeed with assumptions that all children can be led to think mathematically.

ST Math – Created by MIND Research Institute, ST Math is game-based instructional software for K-12 and is designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. Integrating with classroom instruction, ST Math incorporates the latest research in learning and the brain and promotes mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. The ST Math software games use interactive, graphically-rich animations that visually represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. Students K-5 have 2 labs a week, 45 min each and have 10 minutes of fluency homework a night.

 

Science – We are so excited to be bringing in a new science curriculum to MSCS for the next school year. Science standards nationwide are changing to The Next Generation Science Standards.  At MSCS we meet many of these standards with Project Lead the Way; however, the new curriculum will bring the rest of our science curriculum up to standard. This will provide our teachers with the tools necessary to ensure that we are preparing our students for success at the next level.  The new curriculum is called Interactive Science. It is inquiry and project based and offers a variety of approaches to every topic.  Students will have their own write-in version of the text so they can read, interact, and practice all in one book. They will also have access to the online curriculum that will allow them to dig deeper into the content as well as work cross curricular with connections to art and humanities.

Social Studies – TCI’s online Social Studies Alive! programs teach students about the world around them in ways that make them excited to learn every day. Activities like the Revolutionary War tug-of-war capture their imagination and help them long remember key content. With TCI’s elementary program, students don’t just learn social studies. They learn to love social studies.

PBLProject Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Essential elements include: Significant Content, 21st Century competencies, In-Depth Inquiry, Driving Question, Need to Know, Voice and Choice, Critique and Revision, and Public Audience.

PLTW – Through PLTW Launch, our program for kindergarten through fifth grade, students become problem solvers. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, learning that it is OK to take risks and make mistakes. As teachers and students learn and discover together, education becomes far more engaging. Students have four modules a year, covering Engineering, Biomedical Science and Computer Science.

Foreign Language – Students are taught exploratory Spanish in Kindergarten through 4th grade, with the choice of switching to German in 5th grade or continuing Spanish through 8th grade. Excelling at a foreign language at a young age usually means a child also has better musical skills, according to a study conducted by professors at the University of Turku, Finland. Young foreign language students have better attention skills than students who know only one language, according to researchers at the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab. Also, starting foreign language learning in elementary school increases a student’s level of language proficiency compared to waiting until middle or high school, according to a report from the Center for Applied Second Language Studies in 2010.

Music – A traditional music program which incorporates the following areas; singing, playing various instruments, rhythm and movement, music literacy (reading music and music theory), studies of various genres, periods and experiences, music appreciation, and integrated chapel preparation.

Technology Immersion – Students have access to SMARTBoards in every classroom, iPads, leading industry software for STEM subjects, and interactive curriculum in core subjects. 5th grade students also have a class set of laptops for more blended learning approach to prepare them for our digital middle school.

 


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