6th Grade Curriculum
This course will entail Bible research skills, the books of Psalm, Proverbs, and a survey of the Minor Prophets. The emphasis is on the message God presented in each of these books and the various genres the writers used. Students are encouraged to relate the Bible to their own lives as they seek to strengthen or develop a relationship with Christ. Scripture memorization is specific to the course content.
Through this course, the students will develop an understanding and appreciation of God’s gift of language. In reading comprehension, the students will learn to recognize a variety of literary genres and identify the elements of a story. They will learn to read critically and to use a variety of strategies to decode and comprehend the written word. The students will learn to speak and write grammatically and to apply proper punctuation and capitalization rules in composition writing.
This course will present an integrated approach using algebra, geometry, measurement, proportional reasoning, statistics, probability, technology and problem solving. Students will be taught to see how God in His Sovereignty has created an incredible mathematical order to our world.
This general science course will focus on concept development in the areas of Life Science, Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Reasoning and Technology. Developmentally appropriate opportunities and experiences allow student to construct their own meaning of related concepts consistent with scientific and Biblical knowledge. Process skills such as observing, predicting, classifying, communicating, and inferring are developed.
This course will develop a knowledge of the heritage of the individual through the study of the rise and spread of the world civilizations. A geographical study of modern age global civilizations will include the following: China, Egypt, India, Mesopotamia, Mesoamerica, and South America. Instruction will develop an understanding of the relationships among nations and will cultivate a Christian worldview.
The sixth grade art curriculum relates the various art projects to different time periods and cultures. This includes paper mache guitars for the Genesis period, Egyptian lanyard weaving during the study of Egyptians, clay sculptures for the Greek culture, self-portraits for the Renaissance period, and Modern Art toy drawings. Special holiday projects are also completed.
Middle School Chorus
Students in Chorus will receive instruction and gain experience in choral singing. They will be required to memorize musical selections which will be performed at school concerts, the Fine Arts Festival, and several other concerts during the school day or after school hours. Part of the grade will be contingent on attendance and participation at all scheduled performances. Students will also study basic music theory concepts and be tested for understanding.
Middle School Band
In Band, instrumentalists apply the basic skills they have learned in the early years on their instrument to an ensemble environment. Techniques such as phrasing, intonation, interpretation, and critical listening are introduced and applied at an intermediate level. It is expected that students will continue with private music lessons so that technical facilities continue to mature in preparation for High School Band.
Introduction to Music
This is a required middle school course designed to expose our students to a variety of musical experiences. The students will sing and perform on instruments independently and in group settings. They will also learn to read and compose music. They will have the opportunity to listen to, analyze, and evaluate music and music performances. Music of different time periods, cultures, and places will also be introduced and analyzed.
The students will be required to apply their elementary computer instruction to projects based on their other instructional courses. The technology education instructor will work closely with the classroom teacher and librarian to develop a program specific to the needs of the students as they relate to individual courses. For example, the 8th grade students will be given specific instruction on primary sources on the internet prior to the History Day project.
This course will focus on instructing the students in healthy living and making good choices. The students will learn about their bodies and how the decisions they make affect their bodies physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
The Middle School sports and PE program will introduce students to a variety of sports and offer all students the chance to participate at a level that best meets their individual needs. Some students will participate competitively against other area schools; while others will be involved in an intramural program. We will strive to develop good sportsmanship and an appreciation and understanding of the rules of a variety of games and activities. Healthy lifestyle choices will be stressed.