Welcome to St. James Lutheran School

St. James Lutheran School - Sumter, SC

Curriculum and Assessments

Curriculum

St. James Lutheran School uses the A Beka curriculum (published by A Beka Book of Pensacola, Florida) and the S.C. State Standards.  Children learn through active involvement with the curriculum.   The children learn about Christianity through Bible stories, Bible verses, Christian songs and finger plays, role-playing, drama, and prayer. Lessons and music themes are consistent throughout the curriculum; strategies used are age-appropriate for each class.  First, Second, Third & Fourth Graders have a Bible textbook for classroom use.

 

Class Size:

Our allowable 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio is well within the state mandated requirements.  Our classroom ratios are normally lower than 12:1. 

 

Learning Objectives:

South Carolina Curriculum Standards will be taught in academic areas.   Our curriculum covers and goes beyond the following objectives:

 

Age 3:

Recognition of name, sound, and picture for short vowels and consonants; formation of vowels and consonants in upper and lower case; language development and listening skills that include color words, shapes, animals, transportation, countries, community helpers, health, safety, manners, and science; simple counting (0-30) and number concepts (0-15); Bible lessons such as the creation, Noah, Samuel, Daniel, Jesus’ boyhood, Zacchaeus, and the Good Samaritan, to include integration of art, music, drama, and  creative movement

 

Age 4: 

Formation of letters, blends, words, and numerals; writing first name; poems and finger plays committed to memory; language development and listening skills that include color words, shapes, animals, transportation, countries, community helpers, health, safety, manners, and science; numerical order; greater than and less than; addition facts through 10; Bible lessons, to include memory verses and hymns/choruses, to include integration of art, music, drama, and creative movement

 

Kindergarten, Age 5:  

Phonics and reading:  recognition of name, sound, and picture of long and short vowels and consonants; sounding of blends, one- and two-vowel words and words with special sounds; learning high-usage sight words; beginning phonics rules; reading of sentences and stories; handwriting of letters, words, and sentences; recognition of sentences by capital letters and end marks; poetry memorization

Composition:  composing simple sentences and short

Science:  plants, animals, health, earth, and space (weather and seasons)

Math:  number recognition, counting, and writing 0-100, number concepts 0-100, number order, counting patterns (tens, fives, twos, and ones), number words and ordinal number words, coin identification and values, using a calendar, days of the week, addition facts through 10, one-step story problems, beginning subtraction; graphs

Social studies:  community helpers, children of the world, America:  map skills, famous Americans, and places

Bible lessons:   to include memory verses and hymns/choruses, to include integration of art, music, drama, and creative movement

P.E., art, and music:  Age-appropriate skills in each area to enhance learning, to foster interests and talents, and to develop the whole child

 

Grade 1: 

Phonics and reading:  review of vowels, consonants, blends, one- and two-vowel words, consonant blends; recognition and use of all phonics special sounds in reading; spelling rules (doubling consonants, dropping silent e changing y to i); oral reading; handwriting of words, sentences, and stories; weekly phonics-based word lists; tests with phonics; memorization of poetry; presentations in class; rules of capitalization, punctuation; recognition of complete sentences; words using suffixes, prefixes, syllables; compound words; opposite words; same meaning words; contractions; alphabetizing of words

Composition:  writing complete sentences, short stories, poetry, and other creative writing

Science:  health and human biology, energy, animals, insects, plants, seasons

Math:  number recognition; counting and writing 1-1,000; greatest and least; counting and writing by tens, fives, twos, and threes; number sequences; ordinal numbers; addition facts through 13 and 3-digit addition with carrying; subtraction facts through 13 and two-digit subtraction; story problems; numbers before and after by ones, twos, tens; between numbers; counting and combining coins; telling time to nearest 5 minutes; odd and even; English and metric measurements; place value; unit fractions; using a thermometer and ruler; concept of multiplication; calendars; pictographs and bar graphs; listening skills; Roman numerals

Social studies:  our country (flag, freedoms, symbols, great people, growth, travel, etc.); our world (Mexico, Peru, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, England, the Netherlands, Norway, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Egypt, India, China, Australia, Guam, American Samoa)

Bible lessons:  (similar to those for K3), to include memory verses and hymns/choruses, to include integration of art, music, drama, and creative movement; learning to read the Bible with a classroom textbook

P.E., art, and music:  Age-appropriate skills in each area to enhance learning, to foster interests and talents, and to develop the whole child

 

Grades 2, 3 & 4:

The primary years of education establish the foundation of knowledge needed to achieve throughout life. It is in these formative years that the love of learning born within each child is either nourished or lost. Given the right tools and the proper guidance, primary aged children continue to feel successful and their desire to learn grows.

SJLS is committed to providing the right tools, a comfortable environment, and the proper guidance for all students.

It is our belief that all SJLS students should…

·     Feel safe, opening the door for making choices and sharing ideas without the fear of rejection

·     Be respected, knowing that their thoughts and opinions will be valued by their peers and adults

·     Lead as well as follow, working as a team to fill all roles and see the value in each

·     Develop friendships, treating one another as they wish to be treated

·     Learn through service, providing support for community organizations and people in need

·     Build a base of knowledge, learning core concepts that will serve as the scaffolding for later learning

·     Strive for greater knowledge…applying and building upon core concepts

·     Achieve, exceeding all expectations

Using quality resources and materials, SJLS faculty facilitates the learning process and ensures all students achieve.

Our core curriculum is guided by our educational standards. Goals and objectives for our program align with the state standards of South Carolina and are enhanced by standards of other effective state and private programs throughout the country.

Throughout the day, children make self-directed and guided choices, participate in small groups and projects, join in meeting times with the whole group, and reflect upon and document their own learning experience. Our curriculum includes daily experiences in: 

 

·     Mathematics

·     Language/Literacy

·     Science

·     Social Studies

         ·     Technology

·     Foreign Language

·     Physical Development

·     Visual Art  

         ·     Music

In addition to the core curriculum experiences, SJLS students participate in a rotation of community service projects throughout the year. Students will have the opportunity to learn about organizations that provide services to the community, ways to support such organizations, and how they can make a difference in the lives of other. These experiences provide authentic means for cross-curricular study as students plan, carry out, and assess the outcome of each project.

 

Homework

Your child will have homework on a regular basis.  Homework reinforces the concepts being taught at school, develops personal responsibility, and prepares your child for higher grade levels in which homework is a daily expectation. I Cans will have homework once per week; Happy Hearts, twice a week; Do-Bees, three times a week; Promises, Believers and Guardians, Monday through Thursday.  Please work with your child(ren) to help him/her develop the responsible habit of doing homework consistently and thoroughly and bringing it to school the day after being assigned.

Memorizing the weekly Bible verse is an expected part of the curriculum for ages 4 and up.  Children recite the Bible verse independently each Friday.  When your child receives a progress report, chapel participation and Bible verse memorization are evaluated. 

Sometimes the temptation is strong for parents to complete a portion of the child’s homework.  Although we understand the rationale behind this motivation, this practice actually delays the child’s learning.  Allow your child to make mistakes.  Mistakes alert the teacher to the skills she needs to reinforce.

From time to time, your child’s teacher may assign a special classroom project that is an extension of a concept being studied.  Projects are considered homework; they are not optional.

 

 

Assessment

 

Students are assessed continuously as teachers monitor their progress through the year.  Formal assessments help us communicate with parents how their child is progressing and help us identify areas for teachers and parents to provide assistance to meet each child’s special needs.  Preschoolers will be assessed mid-year and at the end of the year.  Beginning with kindergarten, all students will be assessed quarterly.  First, second and third grades will also receive interim reports.