At JRS CDCA, we are intentional in all we do. This extends to our curricula decisions. We recognize the importance of providing our scholars with a strong biblical foundation that has a lasting spiritual impact in their lives and of providing a high-quality academic experience that prepares them for college and the 21st Century workforce. We view life and all in it from a Biblical Worldview. Therefore, our staff is committed to integrating the Bible in all subjects. We start with truth - Christ, the Word of God.
We have chosen ABEKA as our primary curriculum source in the Child Development Center, and in the Academy, all academic subjects are taught from a Biblical viewpoint. In addition to referencing Scripture, teachers make authentic connections of God’s role in all aspects of life throughout the academic day in order to Biblically support and reinforce the academic subject(s) being taught. These curricula provide our scholars with a continuum of academic knowledge and skills while also teaching through the lens of a Christian world view.
Our Academy scholars receive a rigorous, high-quality academic experience that aligns with state and national standards. This allows us to ensure scholars are taught essential spiritual and academic skills and knowledge that become stronger and more complex as scholars matriculate each year. This allows us to ensure scholars are taught essential spiritual and academic skills and knowledge that become stronger and more complex as scholars matriculate each year. Below are more specifics on the JRS CDCA curricula.
Child Development Center Curriculum
We have chosen ABEKA as our primary curriculum source in the Child Development Center. The ABEKA curriculum provides our scholars with a solid foundation of the Bible and with a continuum of academic readiness skills. Additionally, we utilize the Purposeful Design curriculum along with ABEKA in our teaching of Phonics, Reading, and Numeracy. Furthermore, our teaching methodologies and age-appropriate experiences such as the use of the IXL program in Pre-K4, various early learning apps in Pre-K3 & 4, and weekly homework practice to solidify classroom learning and involve parents at all ages (Pre-K2 – Pre-K4) play an important part of the learning process.
Below are a few of the learning experiences in which our Pre-K2 – Pre-K4 scholars participate in order to master the skills they will need for future learning and for life.
Working with paints, clay, crayons, blocks, and other manipulatives
Learning phonics, number concepts, colors, shapes, etc.
Sharing, taking turns, solving problems, and communicating with others
Practicing appropriate social skills (manners).
Developing and expanding motor skills through inside and outside play
Listening to stories, poetry, dramatizations, films, and music
Using tablets and other technological advances
Exploring the world through the use of five senses
Practicing good health habits
Learning Bible stories, Bible songs and prayers.
****The vast majority of scholars who attend our Pre-K4 program are reading before they enter Kindergarten.***
The Academy curricula has been designed using God’s Word, national standards, and best practice in educational research. Specifically, subject matter is rooted in truth – The Holy Bible. Units are planned using Biblical Integration and the Understanding by Design process to ensure scholars reach deep understanding of subject matter, meet high expectations, and have rigorous goals. Additionally, daily lessons aim to connect all learning to the role God plays in their lives. We hold for ourselves and build in our scholars a Biblical worldview. The study of God’s Word and His principles are the foundation for all that is taught in the academic curriculum. Academy classes utilize the following academic curricula resources to teach from God’s perspective and to provide knowledge and skills mastery:
Purposeful Design by the Association of Christian Schools International
Wonders by McGrawHill
Saxon Math by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Time for Kids Magazine
Learning A-Z’s RAZ-PLUS
Before scholars can truly maximize the offerings found in any STEM program or any other popular course offerings, they must first learn the necessary skills of thinking critically and problem-solving. While educators have explored many fads and searched for “magic bullets” in order to produce these desired results, research continuously and consistently proves that developing strong literacy skills (reading, writing, observing, listening, and speaking) is the key. Through the teaching of literacy skills and through the use of them to learn and to demonstrate learning in all subject areas, scholars not only build a solid foundation in all subjects, but also, they develop strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Thus, they know how to learn. And since many of the future jobs our current scholars will compete for have not been created yet, knowing how to learn is essential skill they must possess. Therefore, while JRSCDCA scholars will have many opportunities to explore topics in the STEM areas, our primary goal is to ensure they are the best and the brightest in this ever-changing world.
Beginning in the 2018 school year, our primary STEM focus became the teaching and learning of Coding, the quickly growing tech literacy skill. In fact, Tim Cook, Apple CEO, recently stated that coding is the “language that everyone needs”. He stated that all schools should teach coding starting in the primary grades. He says, “It's not just for the computer scientists. It's for all of us." At JRSCDCA we see the value this holds for our scholars. Coding teaches all aspects of STEM in addition to critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Our scholars are introduced to coding in Kindergarten and fully begin hands-on learning and application of coding in 1st Grade.