CCA Lower School distinctives

 

  • Gospel centered environment

    • Living and learning in light of God’s truth

    • Classroom expectations that recognize Christ’s fulfillment of God’s righteous law and the gift of grace that results

 

  • Small class sizes

    • Individualized attention and teaching

    • Stronger classroom relationships

    • Calmer and more flexible learning environment

 

  • Authentic, contextual learning

    • No high-stakes testing

    • Learning progresses naturally with the students rather than at an arbitrarily mandated pace

    • Developmentally appropriate teaching practices recognize the variable and natural development of students’ cognitive abilities

Grade Level Curriculum Overview

 

Lower School classrooms will be

  • gospel-centered

  • rich with examples of high-quality writing, music and art

  • experiential

  • hands on and outdoors whenever possible

  • focused on independent and critical thinking

 

Pre-School (3s)

Our youngest learners spend most of their time learning about God and his Word, how to be kind friends, and how to care for themselves and their things. Almost all of these things happen through the natural course of a day playing! Teachers also make time to introduce letters, numbers, shapes, colors, animals, important community servants, etc. as well through developmentally appropriate teaching practices. 

Pre-Kindergarten

Language Arts

Role-playing, creative dramatics, fingerplays, rhyme, and literature characterize the language arts experiences in our prekindergarten classrooms. The literacy curriculum instills basic phonics, phonemic awareness and pre-reading skills. Students focus heavily on enjoying book experiences, recognizing letters and beginning phonemic awareness.

 

Mathematics

Organic experiences with math occur frequently as students count objects, sort by size, shape and color, consider comparisons by weight, height and size, observe patterns, etc. Teachers capitalize on these opportunities often, but do take time to formally introduce them. They also lead lessons on the calendar, time, the concept of addition, measurement and shapes.

 

Kindergarten

Language Arts

Students learn to read, comprehend, and respond using reading materials that are designed to match each individual’s reading level. Students learn how to print upper and lowercase letters and demonstrate command of conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. Writing focuses on personal narratives, informational text, and opinion pieces. Students learn how to blend phonetic sounds and read with a focus on increasing reading comprehension.

Mathematics

The primary focal areas in Kindergarten are understanding counting and cardinality, understanding addition as joining and subtraction as separating, and comparing objects by measurable attributes.

Science

Our youngest learners will cover units on Earth & Space, physical science life science through hands on experiences and an interactive notebook that they create themselves to record their learning. 

Social Studies

Students tour the globe through books, cuisine, language and culture exposure for each continent. Each student will complete a world passport that details wildlife, flags and capitals. 

 

1st Grade

Language Arts

Students learn to read, comprehend, and respond using reading materials that are designed to match each individual’s reading level. Students also learn to write clear, coherent, and focused sentences using proper grammar, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and penmanship. Writing focuses on personal narratives, informational text, and opinion pieces

Mathematics

The primary focal areas in Grade 1 are understanding and applying place value, solving problems involving addition and subtraction, and composing and decomposing two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional solids.

Social Studies

Students experience biblical and ancient history.

 

2nd Grade

Language Arts

Students study phonics, spelling, prefixes, root words, suffixes, parts of speech, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and writing paragraphs with main idea and supporting details. Students will be challenged by reading materials that are designed to match each individual’s reading level. Writing focuses on personal narratives, informational text, and opinion pieces

 

Mathematics

The primary focal areas in Grade 2 are making comparisons within the base-10 place value system, solving problems with addition and subtraction within 1,000, and building foundations for multiplication.

Science

Students will take part in units centered on the following: Plant life, solar system, habitats, earth systems, and properties of matter.

Social Studies

Students tour the United States by learning about the historical roots of the nation as well as of each state. 

 

3rd Grade

Language Arts

Teachers integrate reading, spelling, and vocabulary on a consistent basis in all subjects through challenging literature and non-fiction selections. Students learn sentence structure, grammar, parts of speech, punctuation, and research skills as well as spelling rules. Students begin to learn cursive writing while often practicing solid print writing. Students focus heavily on beginning to communicate fully developed thoughts in extended writing.

Mathematics

The primary focal areas in Grade 3 are place value, operations of whole numbers, and understanding fractional units. These focal areas are supported throughout the mathematical strands of number and operations, algebraic reasoning, geometry and measurement, and data analysis. In Grades 3-5, the number set is limited to positive rational numbers. In number and operations, students will focus on applying place value, comparing and ordering whole numbers, connecting multiplication and division, and understanding and representing fractions as numbers and equivalent fractions. In algebraic reasoning, students will use multiple representations of problem situations, determine missing values in number sentences, and represent real-world relationships using number pairs in a table and verbal descriptions. In geometry and measurement, students will identify and classify two-dimensional figures according to common attributes, decompose composite figures formed by rectangles to determine area, determine the perimeter of polygons, solve problems involving time, and measure liquid volume (capacity) or weight. In data analysis, students will represent and interpret data.

Science

Students experience science as a field of problem solving rather than fact memorization. Inquiry-based lessons backed by the NGSS provide multi-modal background information that equips students to solve their own scientific questions on a new topic. Over the course of a unit, students will receive more background information, refine their hypothesis and understanding, and finish with a capstone project to demonstrate their final findings. Student units include: Electric and Magnetic Forces, Objects and Motion, Weather and Climate and Life Cycles.

Social Studies

Texas history is covered primarily through the reading of source documents, historical literature and simulations with a focus on immigration, the battle for independence and the joining of the Union.

Students experience financial literacy through a classroom economy that involves job application, rental contracts, the opportunity to invest, small business creation, and insurance.

 

 

4th Grade

Language Arts

Teachers integrate reading, spelling, and vocabulary on a consistent basis in all subjects through challenging literature and non-fiction selections. Students learn sentence structure, grammar, parts of speech, punctuation, and research skills as well as spelling rules. Students continue to write in cursive as well as print. Students focus heavily on confidently and effectively communicating fully developed thoughts in many forms of extended writing.

Mathematics

The primary focal areas in Grade 4 are use of operations, fractions, and decimals and describing and analyzing geometry and measurement. These focal areas are supported throughout the mathematical strands of number and operations, algebraic reasoning, geometry and measurement, and data analysis. In Grades 3-5, the number set is limited to positive rational numbers. In number and operations, students will apply place value and represent points on a number line that correspond to a given fraction or terminating decimal. In algebraic reasoning, students will represent and solve multi-step problems involving the four operations with whole numbers with expressions and equations and generate and analyze patterns. In geometry and measurement, students will classify two-dimensional figures, measure angles, and convert units of measure. In data analysis, students will represent and interpret data.

Science

Students experience science as a field of problem solving rather than fact memorization. Inquiry-based lessons backed by the NGSS provide multi-modal background information that equips students to solve their own scientific questions on a new topic. Over the course of a unit, students will receive more background information, refine their hypothesis and understanding, and finish with a capstone project to demonstrate their final findings. Student units include: Sense Receptors, Energy Transfer and Electrical Currents, and Wave motion, length, sound and amplification.  

Social Studies

American government is studied primarily through reading of source documents and historical literature as well as by simulation. Topics introduced include civil rights, the Constitution, the branches of government and the voting process.

Students experience financial literacy and free market concepts through a classroom economy that involves job application, rental contracts, the opportunity to invest, small business creation, and insurance.

Physical Address:

1410 Glenhaven Dr.

Cleburne, TX 76033

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2017
Cleburne, TX 76033
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