In 2006, LCA Elementary switched to the Bob Jones Curriculum for Christian schools (BJU Press) which has been a comprehensive, Biblically-based education program for over 30 years. These Christ-centered materials, all with an underlying and thoroughly Christian worldview, are clearly written and easy to use, and teach children more than just facts. Bob Jones Curriculum products have proven to produce students who know what they are reading, are able to make good judgments about what they read, and are able to act appropriately on what they have come to understand. BJU textbooks concentrate on teaching critical thinking skills that lead to true comprehension so that students will know how to think – not just for the test, but for life.
With Bob Jones Curriculum, the lessons are active, have engaging texts that are colorful and interesting, and applications that are real-life and convincing. Material in the textbooks is flexible enough to meet teacher schedules, everyone’s personalities, and each child’s individual learning style.
The elementary Bible curriculum is from Christian Schools International. CSI’s Bible curriculum will help students discover the wonders and truths of God’s Word. This collection includes study books, maps, Bibles, and software. These resources will help students grow in their knowledge of God’s Word and will help them apply biblical truths in their lives.
Each week elementary students at LCA enjoy the following special classes:
Kindergarten through 5th graders have physical education classes weekly for one hour.
LCA offers a full range of computer technology educational opportunities for students from Kindergarten through high school. We have two full computer labs with thirty-one student workstations each, one for elementary students and the other for middle school and high school students. Our computers run the latest productivity software in the form of Microsoft Office 2003 Professional. Younger students are introduced to computers at a very basic level. Guided internet safety and awareness training is conducted at all age levels. Keyboarding skills are developed from as early as the third grade, along with internet research skills and other related abilities. High school students receive in-depth training in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, database management, and web page design. Seniors take Concurrent Enrollment courses for both high school credit and college credit through Weber State University.
LCA ON-LINE PHILOSOPHY
On-line access to the Internet offers a tremendous opportunity for students to broaden their intellectual horizons, and significant risks as well. We believe that if we abide by certain guidelines governing on-line behavior, the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks. It is the responsibility of the school to provide a secure and functioning on-line environment where learning can take place. It is the responsibility of the student to behave in a mature and ethical way when using the school’s on-line resources, and to abide by the established guidelines outlined in the On-Line Code of Conduct. It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to provide such guidance and oversight for their students in evaluating activities and information retrieved on-line. Access is a privilege, not a right, and entails responsibility. Parental permission is required. Individual users will comply with school standards and will honor the Code of Conduct they have signed. School administrators may review files and/or communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that on-line communications and/or records of usage will always be private. Students using the Internet will be held to the following Code of Conduct.
Elementary computer classes are taught by Mrs. Cheryl Sligar.
Our objective for elementary Spanish is to teach basic vocabulary and conversation, and most importantly that learning a foreign language is FUN! Through hands-on activities, classroom games and role-plays, the students are taught simple Spanish vocabulary and grammar, Spanish language, and Hispanic culture. Kindergarten and first grade classes are taught weekly by Mrs. Natalie Six (“Senora Seis”) and 2nd – 5th graders a taught by Sra Adinia Chavez.
The kindergarten course is a weekly class that teaches basic classroom vocabulary, including the alphabet, counting 1-10, colors, animals, weather and food. Students take an annual trip to “Mexico” (Chili’s – see photos below) for Cinco de Mayo.
The 1st grade course is a weekly class that expands vocabulary learned in Kindergarten. Numbers are taught 1-20. Simple role play activities are introduced, and vocabulary games are taught.
The 2nd grade course is a weekly class that largely focuses on Spanish vocabulary. The students make a “diccionario” and enter words taught in class. The students are exposed to a 200-word vocabulary in 2nd grade.
The 3rd grade course is taught twice weekly and focuses on conversational Spanish.
The students learn dialogs and present them to the class. Videotapes of the dialogs will be available for the students to purchase at the end of the school year. Counting up to 100 and beyond is taught through “counting bees” and class competitions.
Vocabulary is reinforced through class games, dialogs and simple composition. Basic hispanic culture is discussed.
4th and 5th Grade
Classes are taught twice weekly. Emphasis is on vocabulary and simple verbs while conversational skills are stressed.
The students learn basics of music history, music theory, and are introduced to a variety of genres of music. They present a Christmas musical each year.