Curriculum Summaries

Elementary School 

Curriculum Summary

Myrtle Grove Christian School’s curriculum is designed to support the mission to “educate students by exposing them to biblical principles as a framework for all that is taught.” Our curriculum reflects high expectations for both academic and spiritual formation, along with a strong foundation of national and state standards. Teachers prepare lessons that encourage collaboration and opportunities to apply, transfer, and extend what they have learned. Our students are given experiential learning opportunities not only in the areas of math and science, but also involving their spiritual development. Our holistic program has a legacy of providing our students with a strong and secure foundation that enables them to meet the contemporary demands that await them in high school.

In building on our instructional legacy of providing a comprehensive foundation of learning, our school intentionally delivers instruction through the application and blending of best practices found within the Charlotte Mason, Experiential and Classical educational philosophies; with all selected best practices applied within the framework of a Christian worldview. 

MGCS Elementary School teachers are trained to integrate Biblical Principles across the curriculum. MGCS is structured to provide an engaging learning environment that fosters academic, spiritual, and social development. Using a mixture of Christian and secular materials the teachers plan lessons that challenge the students at their developmental level, making lessons meaningful and challenging. MGCS and their certified teachers are guided by a philosophy that blends methods and practices from Charlotte Mason, Classical Education, and Experiential Learning. This approach offers our students unique, meaningful learning experiences where they can apply the concepts and skills they have learned. Enrichment classes, and field trips provide additional opportunities for exploration and learning. Grade level mission projects allow students authentic opportunities to serve their community and grow in their faith and knowledge of Christ Jesus. As students progress through the MGCS curriculum they develop skills and master concepts that provide a foundation for a successful middle school experience

 

Kindergarten

INTEGRATED UNIT STUDY - 2 to 4 Per Year
Integrated Unit Studies involve a cross curricular approach that focuses on integral parts of the curriculum and are an expression of our blended educational philosophy. These unique and engaging learning opportunities allow students to apply and demonstrate their understanding through projects, presentations, and field experiences. Each grade level participates in several integrated unit studies throughout the year.

READING & LANGUAGE ARTS - TIME ALLOTMENT: 60-90 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God’s clearest and most complete revelation to mankind was communicated and recorded in human language. The proper use of language is necessary for attaining knowledge of God, his creation, his moral law, and his divine purposes. Likewise, living in relationship with other people requires effective use of language. Therefore, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential to God’s redemptive plan and our part in it.
Course Description and Goals
The kindergarten language arts and reading program places an emphasis on the enjoyment of communicating in our world in both written and expressive forms. The classroom environment is ‘literature-rich’ and leveled, take-home readers are sent from the first of the school year to build reading fluency. A focus on letter identification, letter sounds and correct letter formation is highlighted in the beginning of the school year utilizing both the Sing, Spell, Read and Write and Handwriting Without Tears programs. The oral retelling of stories naming characters, setting and events, further boosts reading achievement. McGraw-Hill/SRA Open Court program aids in the natural progression to the written word using techniques such as beginning, medial and final sound recognition as well as high frequency word recognition and the use of correct blends and digraphs. Students are encouraged to use invented spelling along with five special ‘word project’ groups which build on their phonemic awareness. Students progress into writing complete sentences with subjects, actions and descriptive words, expanding their oral and written vocabulary.

MATH - TIME ALLOTMENT: 60 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps. 19, Rom. 1:20). Math is a “language” through which that revelation is communicated and understood, and it reflects God’s infinite and unchanging nature. Through mastery of mathematics, we can solve problems in a variety of fields as we work to see his kingdom come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven.
Course Description and Goals
The math curriculum for kindergarten uses a variety of manipulatives and supplemental materials in conjunction with Purposeful Design Mathematics: Kindergarten to create a balanced curriculum. Students acquire a foundation of number concepts including writing and counting numbers to thirty-one, and ordinals first through tenth. Students use manipulatives and visual learning to facilitate their learning of concepts such as sorting and classifying, patterns, graphing, telling time, identifying coins, estimating, addition and subtraction. Geometry is introduced through the exploration and identification of geometric solids. Each concept is enhanced with the Math Start reading series. Myrtle Grove Christian School - 5 - Kindergarten Curriculum Overview

SOCIAL STUDIES - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 2-3 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
History is understood within God’s providential framework of creation, fall, and redemption. God brought into existence a good creation which fell into disrepair because of the sin of man. Since the fall, God has been working out a plan to redeem all of creation. That redemption was secured through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; continues to be worked out in the affairs of men; and will be brought to completion upon the return of Christ when all things are made good again. In the intervening period, God sovereignly works through history to bring about his good purposes, working even through the evil deeds of evil men.
Course Description and Goals
The kindergarten social studies program is intended to guide students to think intentionally about themselves, their family, their school, their community, their country and finally our great big world. Emphasis is placed on famous Americans and holidays. Pearson Learning Core Knowledge History and Geography Program: Level K introduces the students to the journeys of Christopher Columbus and the Pilgrims, the importance and historical significance of the Mount Rushmore Presidents, a glimpse into the lives of our early Native Americans and a trip around the world with a study of continents and maps.

SCIENCE - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 2-3 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps.19, Rom.1:20), and the study of science provides a deeper understanding of that revelation. Through science we see that an orderly and intelligent God created an ordered and intelligible universe. Our understanding of creation provides us with tools with which we can obey his commandment to subdue and have dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28).
Course Description and Goals
Students are encouraged to wonder and marvel at God’s creation with all of their five senses! Literature selections, personal experiences and hands-on activities make science real to each child. Our units cover topics about our five senses, seasons and weather, hibernating animals (bears, raccoons and bats), the polar regions and the animals who live there, pond life (including insects), soil, plants and seeds, and ocean life. Our Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) provides opportunities to explore these topics more deeply through field based labs and experiential learning.

BIBLE -  TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week
Course Description and Goals
Through our Bible course, the children will learn the specific events of the seven days of creation. They will gain insight into the effects of the choices they make on themselves and others, as well as on their relationships with God. They will see Jesus as the Son of God, and as our example in life. Using the Purposeful Design Bible: Kindergarten program they will understand that following Christ’s example will guide them to the right choices. Our goal is to lead children to apply Biblical truths to daily living. “I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.” Psalm 119:30

COMPUTER TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
In the developed world, technology is available for use in almost every area of life. The Christian student should learn to view technology as a tool that can be used to fulfill God’s purposes in any and every sphere. While it has many good uses, technology can also be used for evil, and students must learn to recognize that and take measures to guard against its improper or destructive use. In a similar way, the Christian must learn to remain the master of technology and not be mastered by it.
Course Description and Goals
In kindergarten through second grade, students learn age-appropriate computer skills, beginning with proper use of computer equipment, mouse manipulation, starting and closing programs, introducing letter location on the keyboard, and using a word processing program to add text and graphics to a document. Students are also introduced to a graphics program to complete simple drawing projects. As students progress through the course, they learn the names and functions of important components of a computer system, internet safety, begin learning home row keys and reaches for proper keyboarding. Word processing skills such as copy, cut and paste, and formatting documents are introduced, as well as basic spreadsheets and presentations. Programs such as Microsoft Office, Kidpix, Jumpstart, TypingPal Online as well as many other online sources are used to enhance the computer curriculum.

FINE ARTS TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
Human creativity is a reflection of the Creator’s image; therefore God is honored when we use our creative abilities. Fine arts can be used to express a full range of human thought and emotion and to awaken the same in the viewer. Since “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Ps. 24:1),” the Christian artist is encouraged to use any and all of God’s creation to reflect its beauty, truth and order. Any art, when done as unto the Lord, is an expression of worship. Among the fine arts, music is given an especially prominent place throughout the Bible and is used in a range of ways, including worshiping God, engaging in warfare, lifting the human spirit, and communicating with others.
ART Course Description and Goals
The kindergarten through fifth grade art program at Myrtle Grove Christian School focuses on building a foundation of artistic knowledge and skills to equip students as they develop and create artistic works of their own. Through the biblical framework of discovering the beauty that God has displayed in His creation, students learn the fundamentals of art in a variety of ways. Beginning in kindergarten, students are introduced to concepts such as lines, color recognition and familiarity with the color wheel, using the five senses, use of various forms of media to create art, and a basic understanding of an art history timeline. As students progress through elementary school, they will increase their understanding of artistic terminology, develop their sense of perspective and symmetry, gain knowledge of the principles of design, learn about art in other cultures, and express their feelings through creations of their own.
MUSIC Course Description and Goals
This course is designed to introduce children to a variety of musical styles. In order to achieve this goal they will be exposed to basic music theory, music history, listening skills and other tools to help them learn how to enjoy music throughout their lifetime. They will discover that music helps them grow in many areas, such as, enhanced memorization, math skills and communication just to name a few. As they begin to use these skills it will lead them to desire to study more specific areas of music and other arts. As they increase in their musical abilities from one grade level to the next, they will begin to see that God has created us with gifts, talents and interests that delight Him as we use them to glorify His name. They will also see that music brings joy to yourself and influences the soul.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION  - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
As with all of the natural world, the human body reveals both the goodness and the fallenness of God’s creation. Christian students should develop a sense of stewardship of the bodies that they have been given based on an understanding of their own physical potential as well as their own limitations. It is stressed that the body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and that the Lord expects us to honor His creation. He built the temple, but we are responsible to take care of it. We do this by developing good body control (safety) and staying physically active through fitness.Course Description and Goals Students will be introduced to/review a structured presentation of fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor activities; being able to model the indicated movements with visual and auditory cues from the instructor. They will learn object manipulation skills, including throwing (overhand and underhand), catching, kicking, and batting. Students will be assessed in four fitness areas (flexibility, upper body strength, muscular endurance, and aerobic endurance) in the fall and in the spring. The goal is for students to build fundamental skills of basic sports and develop habits of healthy physical activity.

First Grade 

INTEGRATED UNIT STUDY - 2 to 4 Per Year
Integrated Unit Studies involve a cross curricular approach that focuses on integral parts of the curriculum and are an expression of our blended educational philosophy. These unique and engaging learning opportunities allow students to apply and demonstrate their understanding through projects, presentations, and field experiences. Each grade level participates in several integrated unit studies throughout the year.

READING & LANGUAGE ARTS -  TIME ALLOTMENT: Reading, 2hrs / 5 days per week Grammar, 30mins / 4 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God’s clearest and most complete revelation to mankind was communicated and recorded in human language. The proper use of language is necessary for attaining knowledge of God, his creation, his moral law, and his divine purposes. Likewise, living in relationship with other people requires effective use of language. Therefore, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential to God’s redemptive plan and our part in it.
Course Description and Goals
In the first grade language arts program, reading and spelling instruction, is based on McGraw Hill/SRA, Open Court The students become independent readers and spellers equipped with spelling rules, and tools to help them decode, read and spell words. For reading practice and comprehension, first graders read in phonetic readers and anthologies both at school and at home. At school students read in varied groups during instructional time in order to build fluency. All students are given opportunities to write for different purposes in order to learn basic grammar and punctuation rules using the Shurley English program. Students practice jingles to learn the parts of speech and classify sentences to demonstrate mastery. At the end of the year, students are able to write sentences and a short paragraph using correct punctuation and capitalization.

MATH - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps. 19, Rom. 1:20). Math is a “language” through which that revelation is communicated and understood, and it reflects God’s infinite and unchanging nature. Through mastery of mathematics, we can solve problems in a variety of fields as we work to see his kingdom come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven.
Course Description and Goals 
Purposeful Design Mathematics: Grade 1 is the foundation of the first grade mathematics curriculum. Students use manipulative and visual learning to facilitate their learning of concepts such as rote counting, skip counting, addition and subtraction, geometry, patterns, time/money, place value, measurement, fractions, graphs and tables, and calendar activities. In each of these areas students learn and use problem solving strategies to enable them to be real-life problem solvers. 1st Grade 

SOCIAL STUDIES - TIME ALLOTMENT: 30 mins / 4 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
History is understood within God’s providential framework of creation, fall, and redemption. God brought into existence a good creation which fell into disrepair because of the sin of man. Since the fall, God has been working out a plan to redeem all of creation. That redemption was secured through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; continues to be worked out in the affairs of men; and will be brought to completion upon the return of Christ when all things are made good again. In the intervening period, God sovereignly works through history to bring about his good purposes, working even through the evil deeds of evil men.
Course Description and Goals
The focus of the first grade social studies curriculum is history and geography. The primary textbook is Pearson Learning Core Knowledge History and Geography Program. The first grade units include: Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Three World Religions (Judaism, Islam and Christianity), Mexico Today, Early Civilizations of the Americas, Early Explorers and Settlers of North America, From Colonies to Independence, and Exploring the West. An emphasis is placed on map skills in each of these units.

SCIENCE - TIME ALLOTMENT: 30 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps.19, Rom.1:20), and the study of science provides a deeper understanding of that revelation. Through science we see that an orderly and intelligent God created an ordered and intelligible universe. Our understanding of creation provides us with tools with which we can obey his commandment to subdue and have dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28).
Course Description and Goals
First grade science includes observation, classification, prediction and practical application. The science curriculum is an interdisciplinary program where science and reading are combined to bring about a comprehensive approach to science concepts. In addition to our reading text, we use National Geographic Young Explorer as a tool to enrich the science program. In the fall semester, students learn about animals and weather. In the spring semester, students increase their knowledge of plants and their habitats. Our Outdoor Learning Environment provides opportunities to explore these topics more deeply through field based labs and experiential learning.

BIBLE - TIME ALLOTMENT: 30 mins / 4 days per week
Course Description and Goals In the first grade Bible course, the students are introduced to stories and characters in the Old Testament such as Creation, Adam and Eve, original sin, Noah, the Tower of Babel, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Jacob, Moses, the Judges, Ruth and Solomon. Using Purposeful Design Bible: Grade 1 the students study lessons that teach about historical events written in the New Testament concerning the life of Jesus, focusing on His birth, early life, ministry and teachings on prayer and forgiveness. Salvation and grace are taught throughout the year and emphasized during the Easter season. Through weekly memory verses students learn to hide God’s Word in their hearts and apply the biblical principles to their daily lives.

COMPUTER - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy In the developed world, technology is available for use in almost every area of life. The Christian student should learn to view technology as a tool that can be used to fulfill God’s purposes in any and every sphere. While it has many good uses, technology can also be used for evil, and students must learn to recognize that and take measures to guard against its improper or destructive use. In a similar way, the Christian must learn to remain the master of technology and not be mastered by it.
Course Description and Goals
In kindergarten through second grade, students learn age-appropriate computer skills, beginning with proper use of computer equipment, mouse manipulation, starting and closing programs, introducing letter location on the keyboard, and using a word processing program to add text and graphics to a document. Students are also introduced to a graphics program to complete simple drawing projects. As students progress through the course, they learn the names and functions of important components of a computer system, internet safety, begin learning home row keys and reaches for proper keyboarding. Word processing skills such as copy, cut and paste, and formatting documents are introduced, as well as basic spreadsheets and presentations. Programs such as Microsoft Office, Kidpix, Jumpstart, TypingPal Online as well as many other online sources are used to enhance the computer curriculum.

FINE ARTS - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
Human creativity is a reflection of the Creator’s image; therefore God is honored when we use our creative abilities. Fine arts can be used to express a full range of human thought and emotion and to awaken the same in the viewer. Since “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Ps. 24:1),” the Christian artist is encouraged to use any and all of God’s creation to reflect its beauty, truth and order. Any art, when done as unto the Lord, is an expression of worship. Among the fine arts, music is given an especially prominent place throughout the Bible and is used in a range of ways, including worshiping God, engaging in warfare, lifting the human spirit, and communicating with others.
ART Course Description and Goals
The kindergarten through fifth grade art program at Myrtle Grove Christian School focuses on building a foundation of artistic knowledge and skills to equip students as they develop and create artistic works of their own. Through the biblical framework of discovering the beauty that God has displayed in His creation, students learn the fundamentals of art in a variety of ways. Beginning in kindergarten, students are introduced to concepts such as lines, color recognition and familiarity with the color wheel, using the five senses, use of various forms of media to create art, and a basic understanding of an art history timeline. As students progress through elementary school, they will increase their understanding of artistic terminology, develop their sense of perspective and symmetry, gain knowledge of the principles of design, learn about art in other cultures, and express their feelings through creations of their own.
MUSIC Course Description and Goals
This course is designed to introduce children to a variety of musical styles. In order to achieve this goal they will be exposed to basic music theory, music history, listening skills and other tools to help them learn how to enjoy music throughout their lifetime. They will discover that music helps them grow in many areas, such as, enhanced memorization, math skills and communication just to name a few. As they begin to use these skills it will lead them to desire to study more specific areas of music and other arts. As they increase in their musical abilities from one grade level to the next, they will begin to see that God has created us with gifts, talents and interests that delight Him as we use them to glorify His name. They will also see that music brings joy to yourself and influences the soul.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
As with all of the natural world, the human body reveals both the goodness and the fallenness of God’s creation. Christian students should develop a sense of stewardship of the bodies that they have been given based on an understanding of their own physical potential as well as their own limitations. It is stressed that the body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and that the Lord expects us to honor His creation. He built the temple, but we are responsible to take care of it. We do this by developing good body control (safety) and staying physically active through fitness.
Course Description and Goals
Students will be introduced to/review a structured presentation of fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor activities; being able to model the indicated movements with visual and auditory cues from the instructor. They will learn object manipulation skills, including throwing (overhand and underhand), catching, kicking, and batting. Students will be assessed in four fitness areas (flexibility, upper body strength, muscular endurance, and aerobic endurance) in the fall and in the spring. The goal is for students to build fundamental skills of basic sports and develop habits of healthy physical activity. 

Second Grade

INTEGRATED UNIT STUDY - 2 to 4 Per Year
Integrated Unit Studies involve a cross curricular approach that focuses on integral parts of the curriculum and are an expression of our blended educational philosophy. These unique and engaging learning opportunities allow students to apply and demonstrate their understanding through projects, presentations, and field experiences. Each grade level participates in several integrated unit studies throughout the year.

READING / LANGUAGE ARTS/ ORTON GILLINGHAM / SPELLING - TIME ALLOTMENT: 
90mins / 5 days per week   

Biblical Philosophy
God’s clearest and most complete revelation to mankind was communicated and recorded in human language. The proper use of language is necessary for attaining knowledge of God, his creation, his moral law, and his divine purposes. Likewise, living in a relationship with other people requires effective use of language. Therefore, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential to God’s redemptive plan and our part in it. Course Description and Goals
In the second grade reading curriculum, the core of reading instruction is Open Court Reading and supplemental leveled readers. The reading curriculum is differentiated through the use of such leveled readers to meet each student’s needs and current level of performance. Differentiation is also accomplished through the use of weekly reading stations in which students work on assigned skills in small groups. Each week students focus on a set of reading strategies and skills. Students explore a variety of genres of literature including fiction, fairy tale, fable, fantasy, biography, nonfiction, and expository text. The instructional intent is to engage students in the kinds of activities that will prepare them for reading, thinking, and problem-solving in real-world situations. The Grammar side of language arts is taught through Bob Jones English. Students  identify complete sentences, subjects and predicates, nouns, verbs, pronouns, adverbs, and adjectives. This curriculum teaches grammar through the use of jingles, question and answer flow and practice sentences using all principles of learning to maximize each student’s potential.Bob Jones is also used in second grade as the primary source of writing instruction. Students are taught skills of  grammar usage, and composition needed for clear written expression. Students learn the steps of the writing process as they learn how to write paragraphs, letters, research reports, and personal stories..In second grade spelling instruction comes from our Orton Gillingham program. Students are given spelling words  and practice in stations using spelling games and activities. Students learn spelling patterns such as digraphs, blends, and letter/sound combinations.

MATH - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps. 19, Rom. 1:20). Math is a “language” through which that revelation is communicated and understood, and it reflects God’s infinite and unchanging nature. Through mastery of mathematics, we can solve problems in a variety of fields as we work to see his kingdom come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven.
Course Description and Goals
Purposeful Design Mathematics: Grade 2 is the program used as the foundation for the second grade math. Each lesson is taught to meet all learning styles through use of hands on manipulatives. Each unit is supported with technology through Mini lessons, BrainPOP Jr. lessons, and math IXL  which students play games that connect with our current unit of study. In the fall students begin with reinforcement of basic addition, subtraction, patterns, and place value to 100. Students are then introduced to double digit addition and subtraction with regrouping. A large emphasis in second grade is also placed on memorizing basic addition and subtraction facts. In the spring students learn how to count and add money to a dollar. Students use higher order thinking skills to solve word problems. Students also learn place value to 1,000, fractions as part of a whole, and measurement. Students expand on telling time in first grade as they are taught to tell time to five-minute intervals. Before leaving for third grade students are also introduced to solving three-digit addition and subtraction problems and concepts of multiplication and division.

SOCIAL STUDIES - TIME ALLOTMENT: (Varies..alternate units with Science) approx. 3 hours per week
Biblical Philosophy
History is understood within God’s providential framework of creation, fall, and redemption. God brought into existence a good creation which fell into disrepair because of the sin of man. Since the fall, God has been working out a plan to redeem all of creation. That redemption was secured through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; continues to be worked out in the affairs of men; and will be brought to completion upon the return of Christ when all things are made good again. In the intervening period, God sovereignly works through history to bring about his good purposes, working even through the sinful deeds of evil men.
Course Description and Goals
The core social studies curriculum in second grade is taught through Pearson Learning Core Knowledge History and Geography Program. Students are taught history and geography in small groups through the use of leveled readers and supplemental materials. Additional units include study of Making the Constitution, Civil Rights Leaders, Immigration and Citizenship, and Geography. The social studies program in second grade is supplemented with a study of national monuments and symbols. Students also complete a biography project as an extension of their unit on Civil Rights Leaders. Each social studies unit is also supplemented with technology integration and STEM. 

SCIENCE - TIME ALLOTMENT:(Varies...alternate units with SS) approx 3 hours per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps.19, Rom.1:20), and the study of science provides a deeper understanding of that revelation. Through science we see that an orderly and intelligent God created an ordered and intelligible universe. Our understanding of creation provides us with tools with which we can obey his commandment to subdue and have dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28).
Course Description and Goals
The second grade science curriculum is taught from a Christian viewpoint through Christian Schools International Science: Grade 2. As students explore units of life and physical science, they gain knowledge of God as our creator. Students begin in the fall with Scientific Investigations. Students learn about teamwork and making observations. In the fall the second grade science curriculum also covers units of study including Investigating Bones and Muscles, Health and Safety, and Solids and Liquids. In the spring students learn about animal life cycles through a unit Turtles. Each unit is supplemented with technology integration and hands-on projects, including STEM.

BIBLE  - TIME ALLOTMENT: 30 mins / 4 days per week
Course Description and Goals
In second grade students are presented with Bible instruction through a curriculum called Purposeful Design Bible: Grade 2. Students are presented with the Bible as stories of God’s acts, promises, and character. It is our hope that as they are exposed to God’s Word they will come to an understanding of His great love for them, and accept His gift of salvation for their lives. In the fall students reinforce Bible stories learned in first grade beginning with stories of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Ruth, David, Elijah, and Jesus’ birth. Although these characters are reviewed from first grade, each is expanded upon and taken to a greater depth. In the spring students are introduced to new stories focusing on Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Daniel, Martha, Peter, and Paul. Students also spend a great deal of the spring learning about Jesus as a merciful, compassionate Savior. Through each Bible story in second grade students are taught life applicable lessons including traits of being humble, patient, thankful, unselfish, faithful, bold, diligent, loyal, obedient, and confident. Weekly Bible verse memorization is an important part of their learning and applying God’s Word.

COMPUTER -  TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
In the developed world, technology is available for use in almost every area of life. The Christian student should learn to view technology as a tool that can be used to fulfill God’s purposes in any and every sphere. While it has many good uses, technology can also be used for evil, and students must learn to recognize that and take measures to guard against its improper or destructive use. In a similar way, the Christian must learn to remain the master of technology and not be mastered by it. Exposing students to a biblical framework for all that is taught.
Course Description and Goals
In kindergarten through second grade, students learn age-appropriate computer skills, beginning with proper use of computer equipment, mouse manipulation, starting and closing programs, introducing letter location on the keyboard, and using a word processing program to add text and graphics to a document. Students are also introduced to a graphics program to complete simple drawing projects. As students progress through the course, they learn the names and functions of important components of a computer system, internet safety, begin learning home row keys and reaches for proper keyboarding. Word processing skills such as copy, cut and paste, and formatting documents are introduced, as well as basic spreadsheets and presentations. Programs such as Microsoft Office, Kidpix, Jumpstart, TypingPal Online as well as many other online sources are used to enhance the computer curriculum. 

FINE ARTS - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
Human creativity is a reflection of the Creator’s image; therefore God is honored when we use our creative abilities. Fine arts can be used to express a full range of human thought and emotion and to awaken the same in the viewer. Since “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Ps. 24:1),” the Christian artist is encouraged to use any and all of God’s creation to reflect its beauty, truth and order. Any art, when done as unto the Lord, is an expression of worship. Among the fine arts, music is given an especially prominent place throughout the Bible and is used in a range of ways, including worshiping God, engaging in warfare, lifting the human spirit, and communicating with others.
ART Course Description and Goals
The kindergarten through fifth grade art program at Myrtle Grove Christian School focuses on building a foundation of artistic knowledge and skills to equip students as they develop and create artistic works of their own. Through the biblical framework of discovering the beauty that God has displayed in His creation, students learn the fundamentals of art in a variety of ways. Beginning in kindergarten, students are introduced to concepts such as lines, color recognition and familiarity with the color wheel, using the five senses, use of various forms of media to create art, and a basic understanding of an art history timeline. As students progress through elementary school, they will increase their understanding of artistic terminology, develop their sense of perspective and symmetry, gain knowledge of the principles of design, learn about art in other cultures, and express their feelings through creations of their own.
MUSIC Course Description and Goals
This course is designed to introduce children to a variety of musical styles. In order to achieve this goal they will be exposed to basic music theory, music history, listening skills and other tools to help them learn how to enjoy music throughout their lifetime. They will discover that music helps them grow in many areas, such as, enhanced memorization, math skills and communication just to name a few. As they begin to use these skills it will lead them to desire to study more specific areas of music and other arts. As they increase in their musical abilities from one grade level to the next, they will begin to see that God has created us with gifts, talents and interests that delight Him as we use them to glorify His name. They will also see that music brings joy to yourself and influences the soul.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy As with all of the natural world, the human body reveals both the goodness and the fallenness of God’s creation. Christian students should develop a sense of stewardship of the bodies that they have been given based on an understanding of their own physical potential as well as their own limitations. It is stressed that the body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and that the Lord expects us to honor His creation. He built the temple, but we are responsible to take care of it. We do this by developing good body control (safety) and staying physically active through fitness.
Course Description and Goals
Students will be introduced to/review a structured presentation of fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor activities; being able to model the indicated movements with visual and auditory cues from the instructor. They will learn object manipulation skills, including throwing (overhand and underhand), catching, kicking, and batting. Students will be assessed in four fitness areas (flexibility, upper body strength, muscular endurance, and aerobic endurance) in the fall and in the spring. The goal is for students to build fundamental skills of basic sports and develop habits of healthy physical activity.

 

Third Grade

INTEGRATED UNIT STUDY - 2 to 4 Per Year
Integrated Unit Studies involve a cross curricular approach that focuses on integral parts of the curriculum and are an expression of our blended educational philosophy. These unique and engaging learning opportunities allow students to apply and demonstrate their understanding through projects, presentations, and field experiences. Each grade level participates in several integrated unit studies throughout the year.

READING & LANGUAGE ARTS -  TIME ALLOTMENT: Reading, 30mins / 5 days per week • Grammar, 40mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God’s clearest and most complete revelation to mankind was communicated and recorded in human language. The proper use of language is necessary for attaining knowledge of God, his creation, his moral law, and his divine purposes. Likewise, living in relationship with other people requires effective use of language. Therefore, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential to God’s redemptive plan and our part in it.
Course Description and Goals
In third grade, students are able to read, analyze, and understand different genres, as well as practice various strategies to increase comprehension. Reading skills include recalling facts and details, using context clues, and drawing inferences. To best facilitate learning, resources from McGraw-Hill/SRA Imagine It! Units such as Earth, Moon and Sun, Communities across Time, and Storytelling are corresponded with science and social studies units. Vocabulary words and spelling words are also coordinated to enrich learning and comprehension. Quarterly Book Talk projects are completed by the students to show growth and knowledge of chapter books read independently. Third grade Language Arts includes a variety of practical application practices that include labeling sentences with parts of speech through BJU Press The fall semester begins with a review of nouns and action verbs, while adding other parts of speech such as adjectives, adverbs, be verbs, and pronouns. The four types of sentences are reviewed routinely through skill checks and oral recitation. The spring semester introduces prepositions, objects of the preposition, prepositional and verb phrases, along with sentence order. Third graders are able to write five sentence paragraphs with a topic sentence, three supporting detail sentences, and a closing sentence. Throughout the year, students practice using dialogue with quotation marks, and learn to use references such as the dictionary and a thesaurus. In the spring, students are able to proofread their own writings and make corrections. 

MATH -  TIME ALLOTMENT: 60 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps. 19, Rom. 1:20). Math is a “language” through which that revelation is communicated and understood, and it reflects God’s infinite and unchanging nature. Through mastery of mathematics, we can solve problems in a variety of fields as we work to see his kingdom come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven.
Course Description and Goals
Third grade mathematics uses Purposeful Design Mathematics: Grade 3. Emphasis is placed on problem solving with all four operations, subtraction with regrouping across zeros, and memorization of multiplication facts through 12’s. The fall semester includes a review of place value concepts, addition and subtraction through ten thousands, geometry, customary and metric measurement, and graphing. The spring semester includes multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals through the tenths place. Students solve word problems daily, use manipulatives to explore concepts, and play games to reinforce ideas. Projects are included with our graphing, measurement, and multiplication units.

SOCIAL STUDIES - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
History is understood within God’s providential framework of creation, fall, and redemption. God brought into existence a good creation which fell into disrepair because of the sin of man. Since the fall, God has been working out a plan to redeem all of creation. That redemption was secured through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; continues to be worked out in the affairs of men; and will be brought to completion upon the return of Christ when all things are made good again. In the intervening period, God sovereignly works through history to bring about his good purposes, working even through the evil deeds of evil men.
Course Description and Goals
For third grade social studies we use Core Knowledge History and Geography Program. Fall semester topics of study include map skills & landforms, Ancient Rome, the Vikings, and the Earliest & Native Americans. Spring semester topics of study include the exploration of North America by Europeans, the founding of the 13 colonies, and the 50 states with an emphasis on memorizing all 50 states, capitals, and abbreviations. Throughout our studies, we compare how ancient people lived with how we live today, and we also search for biblical principles as carried out in History. Projects include making a Native American home and producing an informational booklet about a state. Geography and map skills are practiced daily using both United States and world maps.

SCIENCE - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week / 41/2 weeks per quarter
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps.19, Rom.1:20), and the study of science provides a deeper understanding of that revelation. Through science we see that an orderly and intelligent God created an ordered and intelligible universe. Our understanding of creation provides us with tools with which we can obey his commandment to subdue and have dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28).
Course Description and Goals
Purposeful Design’s Science Level 3 is our third grade textbook. God’s purpose for all of creation is our theme for the year. To engage and excite students in learning about our world, many hands-on activities and demonstrations are used in the classroom as well as participating in the “Round and Round We Go!” class at the Morehead Planetarium and either the simple machines program or electricity & magnetism program at the Cape Fear Museum. In the fall semester, we study the Earth’s landforms and how earthquakes, volcanoes, and other natural phenomena affect our planet. This ties in with our study of Pompeii in our social studies unit on Ancient Rome. We also explore the solar system and space, culminating in a field trip to the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill. In the spring semester we study plants, matter, motion and simple machines, electricity, and magnets. Projects vary but making a planet is an MGCS favorite. Throughout the year students also read information on their own about ecosystems, health & body systems, and rocks & soil. BIBLE TIME ALLOTMENT: 30 mins / 3 days per week Course Description and Goals Third grade uses Purposeful Design Bible: Grade Level 3 to teach children characteristics of Christ and how we can imitate Him in our daily lives. In the fall semester, the students are introduced to Jesus’ life, ministry, and teachings and then are encouraged to find ways to carry out the lessons learned. Jesus’ ministry fulfilled God’s plan and students are taught the importance of seeking God’s will for their lives, especially through prayer and study of the Bible. Weekly memory verses are an important part of our lessons as students learn to hide God’s Word in their hearts and make wise choices for Him. In the spring semester we focus on the miracles of Jesus and how they show His power, as well as the apostles and the early church, including Paul. The work of the Holy Spirit is manifested through God’s people on Earth and continues today when we heed the words of the Great Commission. Special lessons for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter are also included.

COMPUTER - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
In the developed world, technology is available for use in almost every area of life. The Christian student should learn to view technology as a tool that can be used to fulfill God’s purposes in any and every sphere. While it has many good uses, technology can also be used for evil, and students must learn to recognize that and take measures to guard against its improper or destructive use. In a similar way, the Christian must learn to remain the master of technology and not be mastered by it.
Course Description and Goals
Third through fifth grade computer skills are integrated and taught within the regular classroom to expand their technology skills. These skills include a basic overall understanding of word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, multimedia presentations, Internet safety, and computer hardware. In addition, students are given an individual plan for improving keyboarding skills that ensures the correct finger positions and increases their typing speed and accuracy. Students also create projects that connect to what is being taught in the classroom. The instructional goal is to prepare the students with basic application and keyboarding skills that will be necessary to complete assignments in middle school. Programs used to teach and enrich student learning are Microsoft Office, Typing Pal Online, Glogster, Woordle, Scholastic as well as other online sources.

FINE ARTS -  TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
Human creativity is a reflection of the Creator’s image; therefore God is honored when we use our creative abilities. Fine arts can be used to express a full range of human thought and emotion and to awaken the same in the viewer. Since “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Ps. 24:1),” the Christian artist is encouraged to use any and all of God’s creation to reflect its beauty, truth and order. Any art, when done as unto the Lord, is an expression of worship. Among the fine arts, music is given an especially prominent place throughout the Bible and is used in a range of ways, including worshiping God, engaging in warfare, lifting the human spirit, and communicating with others.
ART Course Description and Goals
The kindergarten through fifth grade art program at Myrtle Grove Christian School focuses on building a foundation of artistic knowledge and skills to equip students as they develop and create artistic works of their own. Through the biblical framework of discovering the beauty that God has displayed in His creation, students learn the fundamentals of art in a variety of ways. Beginning in kindergarten, students are introduced to concepts such as lines, color recognition and familiarity with the color wheel, using the five senses, use of various forms of media to create art, and a basic understanding of an art history timeline. As students progress through elementary school, they will increase their understanding of artistic terminology, develop their sense of perspective and symmetry, gain knowledge of the principles of design, learn about art in other cultures, and express their feelings through creations of their own.
MUSIC Course Description and Goals
This course is designed to introduce children to a variety of musical styles. In order to achieve this goal they will be exposed to basic music theory, music history, listening skills and other tools to help them learn how to enjoy music throughout their lifetime. They will discover that music helps them grow in many areas, such as, enhanced memorization, math skills and communication just to name a few. As they begin to use these skills it will lead them to desire to study more specific areas of music and other arts. As they increase in their musical abilities from one grade level to the next, they will begin to see that God has created us with gifts, talents and interests that delight Him as we use them to glorify His name. They will also see that music brings joy to yourself and influences the soul.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION  - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
As with all of the natural world, the human body reveals both the goodness and the fallenness of God’s creation. Christian students should develop a sense of stewardship of the bodies that they have been given based on an understanding of their own physical potential as well as their own limitations. It is stressed that the body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and that the Lord expects us to honor His creation. He built the temple, but we are responsible to take care of it. We do this by developing good body control (safety) and staying physically active through fitness.
Course Description and Goals
Students will be introduced to/review a structured presentation of fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor activities; being able to model the indicated movements with visual and auditory cues from the instructor. They will learn object manipulation skills, including throwing (overhand and underhand), catching, kicking, and batting. Students will be assessed in four fitness areas (flexibility, upper body strength, muscular endurance, and aerobic endurance) in the fall and in the spring. The goal is for students to build fundamental skills of basic sports and develop habits of healthy physical activity.

Fourth Grade

INTEGRATED UNIT STUDY - 2 to 4 Per Year
Integrated Unit Studies involve a cross curricular approach that focuses on integral parts of the curriculum and are an expression of our blended educational philosophy. These unique and engaging learning opportunities allow students to apply
and demonstrate their understanding through projects, presentations, and field experiences. Each grade level participates in several integrated unit studies throughout the year.

READING & LANGUAGE ARTS -  TIME ALLOTMENT: Reading, 60mins / 5 days per week • Grammar, 45mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God’s clearest and most complete revelation to mankind was communicated and recorded in human language. The proper use of language is necessary for attaining knowledge of God, his creation, his moral law, and his divine purposes. Likewise, living in relationship with other people requires effective use of language. Therefore, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential to God’s redemptive plan and our part in it.
Course Description and Goals
The McGraw-Hill/SRA Imagine It! curriculum along with a variety of novel studies are used to help fourth grade students develop their skills and a lifelong love of reading. This curriculum implements various comprehension strategies such as predicting, summarizing, recognizing main ideas and details, making connections, using context clues, comparing and contrasting, and making inferences to improve vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Students also engage in classroom discussions to increase their understanding of the text, as well as the Biblical worldview pertaining to that text, and how it relates to them and the world in which they live. Units include stories from different genres and various topics such as Risks and Consequences, Nature’s Delicate Balance, and A Changing America the first semester. The second semester topics include Science Fair, America on the Move, and Dollars and Sense. The major focus of fourth grade language is on grammar, spelling, and writing using the SRA spelling curriculum and Language by BJU Press. SRA is focused on teaching spelling patterns rather than memorizing word lists.. Students will use their knowledge of grammar and spelling to become proficient in writing. Fourth grade writing begins with an understanding of correct sentence structure, expands to paragraphs, and results in the enjoyment and satisfaction of well written compositions. Students will learn to write essays, reports, and letters that communicate effectively with the major focus being on expository essays in the first semester and narrative writing during the last semester.

MATH  - TIME ALLOTMENT: 60 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps. 19, Rom. 1:20). Math is a “language” through which that revelation is communicated and understood, and it reflects God’s infinite and unchanging nature. Through mastery of mathematics, we can solve problems in a variety of fields as we work to see his kingdom come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven.
Course Description and Goals
Fourth grade uses Purposeful Design Publications Mathematics  Grade 4 to develop. learners who are critical thinkers and problem solvers. Direct instruction, collaborative work, and technology are integrated into the lessons to maximize the learning style of each student. In the fall semester, students will extend their understanding of place value to the millions, organize, display and interpret data, give an accurate description of algebraic patterns, and refine their skills in rounding and estimation. The semester ends with multiplication by four digit numbers and long division. In the spring, students will identify and describe angles, rays, segments, and vertices. Students will recognize images of figures resulting from geometric transformations, such as reflection, translation, and rotation. Other highlights include fractional concepts, decimals, probability, and measurement in customary and metric systems.

SOCIAL STUDIES TIME ALLOTMENT: 30 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
History is understood within God’s providential framework of creation, fall, and redemption. God brought into existence a good creation which fell into disrepair because of the sin of man. Since the fall, God has been working out a plan to redeem all of creation. That redemption was secured through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; continues to be worked out in the affairs of men; and will be brought to completion upon the return of Christ when all things are made good again. In the intervening period, God sovereignly works through history to bring about his good purposes, working even through the evil deeds of evil men.
Course Description and Goals 
The fourth grade social studies curriculum uses Core Knowledge History and Geography Program to increase skills in geography, and mapping using technology in the classroom. Students develop a deeper understanding of historical information and its cause and effect relationships. Units include studies of the ancient civilizations of Islam, the African Kingdoms and the Dynasties of China. The social studies curriculum also focuses on cultivating a strong knowledge base of the American cultural heritage with units in the American Revolution, the United States Constitution, American Reformers, and the Early Presidents: Washington through Jackson. Through dramatic presentation, students have opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of history in their own voices, as we explore Europe in the Middle Ages.


SCIENCE - TIME ALLOTMENT: 30 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps.19, Rom.1:20), and the study of science provides a deeper understanding of that revelation. Through science we see that an orderly and intelligent God created an ordered and intelligible universe. Our understanding of creation provides us with tools with which we can obey his commandment to subdue and have dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28).
Course Description and Goals
Fourth grade science involves hands-on learning experiences from a biblical worldview using Purposeful Design Science Grade Level 4 program. The Life Science unit explores the diversity and interdependence of the balanced but fragile system of life. In the Physical Science unit, students observe and investigate the mysterious phenomenon of energy and the different forms of matter it affects. Students will discover the miracle of Earth and Space Science in a world of cycles, movement, and change that occurs in, on, and all around the earth. In the study of the human body, students will explore the wonders of how they were created. Students will also consider how the choices they make affect their personal well-being. Our field trip to Cape Fear Museum enhances learning and reinforces our units of study.

BIBLE  - TIME ALLOTMENT: 30 mins / 5 days per week
Course Description and Goals
Purposeful Design Bible: Grade 4 is the main resource for teaching fourth grade Bible. The main emphasis is on the basic doctrines of the Church. We begin the year with a study of how the Bible is truth, is inspired, and endures. Throughout the year, students are introduced to Bible study tools to aid them in the understanding of God’s Word. We also study the characteristics of God’s omnipresence, His omniscience, and His omnipotence. Students will learn that man was created in God’s image and enjoyed a perfect relationship with Him until The Fall, but also that God had a plan of redemption for us through salvation in Jesus Christ. The second semester students will understand that as they receive Christ, they are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be ambassadors for Him. Students will be encouraged to develop personal time with God including prayer and Bible study. The year ends with a study of eternity, Christ’s return, and the final judgment. 

COMPUTER - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
In the developed world, technology is available for use in almost every area of life. The Christian student should learn to view technology as a tool that can be used to fulfill God’s purposes in any and every sphere. While it has many good uses, technology can also be used for evil, and students must learn to recognize that and take measures to guard against its improper or destructive use. In a similar way, the Christian must learn to remain the master of technology and not be mastered by it. 
Course Description and Goals Students in the third through fifth grade computer class continue to expand their technology skills. These skills include a basic overall understanding of word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, multimedia presentations, Internet safety, and computer hardware. In addition, students are given an individual plan for improving keyboarding skills that ensures the correct finger positions and increases their typing speed and accuracy. Students also create projects that connect to what is being taught in the classroom. The instructional goal is to prepare the students with basic application and keyboarding skills that will be necessary to complete assignments in middle school. Programs used to teach and enrich student learning are Microsoft Office, Typing Pal Online, Glogster, Woordle, Scholastic as well as other online sources.

FINE ARTS TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
Human creativity is a reflection of the Creator’s image; therefore God is honored when we use our creative abilities. Fine arts can be used to express a full range of human thought and emotion and to awaken the same in the viewer. Since “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Ps. 24:1),” the Christian artist is encouraged to use any and all of God’s creation to reflect its beauty, truth and order. Any art, when done as unto the Lord, is an expression of worship. Among the fine arts, music is given an especially prominent place throughout the Bible and is used in a range of ways, including worshiping God, engaging in warfare, lifting the human spirit, and communicating with others.
ART Course Description and Goals
The kindergarten through fifth grade art program at Myrtle Grove Christian School focuses on building a foundation of artistic knowledge and skills to equip students as they develop and create artistic works of their own. Through the biblical framework of discovering the beauty that God has displayed in His creation, students learn the fundamentals of art in a variety of ways. Beginning in kindergarten, students are introduced to concepts such as lines, color recognition and familiarity with the color wheel, using the five senses, use of various forms of media to create art, and a basic understanding of an art history timeline. As students progress through elementary school, they will increase their understanding of artistic terminology, develop their sense of perspective and symmetry, gain knowledge of the principles of design, learn about art in other cultures, and express their feelings through creations of their own.
MUSIC Course Description and Goals
This course is designed to introduce children to a variety of musical styles. In order to achieve this goal they will be exposed to basic music theory, music history, listening skills and other tools to help them learn how to enjoy music throughout their lifetime. They will discover that music helps them grow in many areas, such as, enhanced memorization, math skills and communication just to name a few. As they begin to use these skills it will lead them to desire to study more specific areas of music and other arts. As they increase in their musical abilities from one grade level to the next, they will begin to see that God has created us with gifts, talents and interests that delight Him as we use them to glorify His name. They will also see that music brings joy to yourself and influences the soul.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
As with all of the natural world, the human body reveals both the goodness and the fallenness of God’s creation. Christian students should develop a sense of stewardship of the bodies that they have been given based on an understanding of their own physical potential as well as their own limitations. It is stressed that the body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and that the Lord expects us to honor His creation. He built the temple, but we are responsible to take care of it. We do this by developing good body control (safety) and staying physically active through fitness.
Course Description and Goals
Students will be introduced to/review a structured presentation of fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor activities; being able to model the indicated movements with visual and auditory cues from the instructor. They will learn object manipulation skills, including throwing (overhand and underhand), catching, kicking, and batting. Students will be assessed in four fitness areas (flexibility, upper body strength, muscular endurance, and aerobic endurance) in the fall and in the spring. The goal is for students to build fundamental skills of basic sports and develop habits of healthy physical activity.

 

Fifth Grade

INTEGRATED UNIT STUDY - 2 to 4 Per Year
Integrated Unit Studies involve a cross curricular approach that focuses on integral parts of the curriculum and are an expression of our blended educational philosophy. These unique and engaging learning opportunities allow students to apply and demonstrate their understanding through projects, presentations, and field experiences. Each grade level participates in several integrated unit studies throughout the year.

READING & LANGUAGE ARTS  - TIME ALLOTMENT: Reading, 60mins / 5 days per week • Grammar, 75mins / 2 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God’s clearest and most complete revelation to mankind was communicated and recorded in human language. The proper use of language is necessary for attaining knowledge of God, his creation, his moral law, and his divine purposes. Likewise, living in relationship with other people requires effective use of language. Therefore, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential to God’s redemptive plan and our part in it.
Course Description and Goals
Fifth grade students study various genres of literature using McGraw-Hill/SRA’s Imagine It! Curriculum and various novel studies. The units covered are Heritage, Energy at Work, Making a Nation, My Book of Poetry, Going West, and Call of Duty. While exploring these subjects, students will practice concepts such as comprehension, visualizing, summarizing, clarifying, asking questions, predicting, sequencing, making inferences, drawing conclusions, comparing and contrasting, main idea, supporting details, author’s purpose and author’s point of view, classifying, categorizing, vocabulary, and character studies. In addition to reading instruction, students participate in discussions pertaining to the biblical worldview concepts portrayed in every piece of literature they study. Fifth grade language arts uses Language by BJU Press and encompasses parts of speech, punctuation and capitalization rules, sentence kinds, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, analogies, subject and predicate, prepositions, and possessive nouns and pronouns. The students also write three- to five-paragraph essays including a Civil War research paper at the end of the year which ties in with a corresponding social studies unit. Spelling covers plurals, prefixes, suffixes, roots, topical words, spelling rules, and vocabulary that ties in with the literature students are reading. For those that need an extra challenge there is a bonus list consisting of seventh grade words. Various resources are used including SRA Spelling, teacher websites, and teacher created lists from novel studies.

MATH TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps. 19, Rom. 1:20). Math is a “language” through which that revelation is communicated and understood, and it reflects God’s infinite and unchanging nature. Through mastery of mathematics, we can solve problems in a variety of fields as we work to see his kingdom come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven.
Course Description and Goals
The fifth grade math curriculum focuses heavily on concepts and operations dealing with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Students learn that we live in an intelligently designed and ordered world, created by God. The text is Mathematics Grade 5 by Purposeful Design Publications. Students begin the year identifying whole number place value to billions, and investigate decimal place value to thousandths. Students add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit whole numbers and decimals. Later in the fall, students convert improper fractions and mixed numbers, and create equivalent and simplest form fractions. The addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions begin after the holidays. Coordinate geometry, elapsed time, and mathematical properties are also explored. Problem solving and data interpretation is embedded throughout each unit.

SOCIAL STUDIES TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 4 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
History is understood within God’s providential framework of creation, fall, and redemption. God brought into existence a good creation which fell into disrepair because of the sin of man. Since the fall, God has been working out a plan to redeem all of creation. That redemption was secured through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; continues to be worked out in the affairs of men; and will be brought to completion upon the return of Christ when all things are made good again. In the intervening period, God sovereignly works through history to bring about his good purposes, working even through the sinful deeds of evil men.
Course Description and Goals
The fifth grade social studies curriculum begins with a map study of the geography and regions of the United States. The text is Core Knowledge History and Geography Program. Students learn the state abbreviations and capitals, and locate all fifty states on a map. A study of the Renaissance, the Reformation, and early exploration leads to an understanding of the beginning of the story of America and the foundations of our faith. Students learn of westward expansion and the rising conflict over slavery. The second semester focuses exclusively on the Civil War. Students participate in a local Civil War field trip, making visits to Ft. Anderson, Southport, and Ft. Fisher to learn of the important role the Cape Fear region played in the war. Students complete a research project under the supervision of the language arts teacher. Finally, the year ends with an overnight field trip to Carteret County to learn more of North Carolina’s coastal area and its importance in the Civil War.

SCIENCE - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 3 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps.19, Rom.1:20), and the study of science provides a deeper understanding of that revelation. Through science we see that an orderly and intelligent God created an ordered and intelligible universe. Our understanding of creation provides us with tools with which we can obey his commandment to subdue and have dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28).
Course Description and Goals
The fifth grade science curriculum begins with a study of life-sustaining cycles in nature. Decomposition, photosynthesis, the carbon/oxygen cycle, and the nitrogen cycle cycle are studied through the lens of God’s orderly creation. The text is Science Grade Level 5 by Purposeful Design Publications. Students learn about the function and structure of cells in humans, animals, and plants. A measurement study follows, with students converting units within the customary system and the metric system. Atoms and molecules, mixtures and solutions, physical and chemical bonds, and the periodic table of the elements are explored. Students conduct various experiments both at school and at home. The movements of the earth and moon follow, and seasons and tides are studied. The year ends with a study of the physical and emotional changes that occur in pre-adolescents.

BIBLE TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 4 days per week
Course Description and Goals
In fifth grade we use Purposeful Design Bible: Grade 5 as our curriculum which takes the students on a journey through the Old Testament. We begin with discussions regarding how we know the Word of God is true, followed by the study of Cain and Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Joshua. We then study the fulfilment of God’s promises to Abraham through the Israelite’s move into the Land of Canaan. We see the rise of Judges to help rule the new nation of Israel and end with King Saul and King David. The focus for the year is, not only about how the Bible is real, true, and applies to our lives today but also about the results and consequences of sin intertwined with God’s merciful forgiveness which is demonstrated throughout Old Testament history. We also end the year leading a lower school chapel where the students get to use their talents and gifts for God’s glory.

COMPUTER TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
In the developed world, technology is available for use in almost every area of life. The Christian student should learn to view technology as a tool that can be used to fulfill God’s purposes in any and every sphere. While it has many good uses, technology can also be used for evil, and students must learn to recognize that and take measures to guard against its improper or destructive use. In a similar way, the Christian must learn to remain the master of technology and not be mastered by it.
Course Description and Goals
Students in the third through fifth grade computer class continue to expand their technology skills. These skills include a basic overall understanding of word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, multimedia presentations, Internet safety, and computer hardware. In addition, students are given an individual plan for improving keyboarding skills that ensures the correct finger positions and increases their typing speed and accuracy. Students also create projects that connect to what is being taught in the classroom. The instructional goal is to prepare the students with basic application and keyboarding skills that will be necessary to complete assignments in middle school. Programs used to teach and enrich student learning are Microsoft Office, Typing Pal Online, Glogster, Woordle, Scholastic as well as other online sources.

FINE ARTS TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
Human creativity is a reflection of the Creator’s image; therefore God is honored when we use our creative abilities. Fine arts can be used to express a full range of human thought and emotion and to awaken the same in the viewer. Since “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Ps. 24:1),” the Christian artist is encouraged to use any and all of God’s creation to reflect its beauty, truth and order. Any art, when done as unto the Lord, is an expression of worship. Among the fine arts, music is given an especially prominent place throughout the Bible and is used in a range of ways, including worshiping God, engaging in warfare, lifting the human spirit, and communicating with others.
ART Course Description and Goals
The kindergarten through fifth grade art program at Myrtle Grove Christian School focuses on building a foundation of artistic knowledge and skills to equip students as they develop and create artistic works of their own. Through the biblical framework of discovering the beauty that God has displayed in His creation, students learn the fundamentals of art in a variety of ways. Beginning in kindergarten, students are introduced to concepts such as lines, color recognition and familiarity with the color wheel, using the five senses, use of various forms of media to create art, and a basic understanding of an art history timeline. As students progress through elementary school, they will increase their understanding of artistic terminology, develop their sense of perspective and symmetry, gain knowledge of the principles of design, learn about art in other cultures, and express their feelings through creations of their own.
MUSIC Course Description and Goals
This course is designed to introduce children to a variety of musical styles. In order to achieve this goal they will be exposed to basic music theory, music history, listening skills and other tools to help them learn how to enjoy music throughout their lifetime. They will discover that music helps them grow in many areas, such as, enhanced memorization, math skills and communication just to name a few. As they begin to use these skills it will lead them to desire to study more specific areas of music and other arts. As they increase in their musical abilities from one grade level to the next, they will begin to see that God has created us with gifts, talents and interests that delight Him as we use them to glorify His name. They will also see that music brings joy to yourself and influences the soul.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION -  TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 1 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
As with all of the natural world, the human body reveals both the goodness and the fallenness of God’s creation. Christian students should develop a sense of stewardship of the bodies that they have been given based on an understanding of their own physical potential as well as their own limitations. It is stressed that the body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and that the Lord expects us to honor His creation. He built the temple, but we are responsible to take care of it. We do this by developing good body control (safety) and staying physically active through fitness.
Course Description and Goals
Students will be introduced to/review a structured presentation of fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor activities; being able to model the indicated movements with visual and auditory cues from the instructor. They will learn object manipulation skills, including throwing (overhand and underhand), catching, kicking, and batting. Students will be assessed in four fitness areas (flexibility, upper body strength, muscular endurance, and aerobic endurance) in the fall and in the spring. The goal is for students to build fundamental skills of basic sports and develop habits of healthy physical activity

 

Middle School

CURRICULUM SUMMARY

Myrtle Grove Christian School’s curriculum is designed to support the mission to “educate students by exposing them to biblical principles as a framework for all that is taught.” Our curriculum reflects high expectations for both academic and spiritual formation, along with a strong foundation of national and state standards. Teachers prepare lessons that encourage collaboration and opportunities to apply, transfer, and extend what they have learned. Our students are given experiential learning opportunities not only in the areas of math and science, but also involving their spiritual development. Our holistic program has a legacy of providing our students with a strong and secure foundation that enables them to meet the contemporary demands that await them in high school.

In building on our instructional legacy of providing a comprehensive foundation of learning, our school intentionally delivers instruction through the application and blending of best practices found within the Charlotte Mason, Experiential and Classical educational philosophies; with all selected best practices applied within the framework of a Christian worldview. 

As students transition to middle school, the foundation established in primary grades assures that students are prepared for the challenges that await them. Challenging core courses provide an environment for students to collaborate, reason, apply skills and concepts while learning in engaging and relevant settings. For example, using onsite resources like our Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) provide hands-on opportunities to apply the concepts learned in the classroom. Students are also given opportunities to individualize, extend, and enrich their understanding through the wide variety of electives. A few examples of electives include Watercraft Building Projects, ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle), Science Olympiad, Drama, or Praise Band. In addition, Upper School students develop spiritual and leadership skills through leading multi-grade level community groups. Students put their faith into action as they develop service projects that benefit local businesses and missions. These groups also foster a school-wide community with a unified focus of serving Christ in our world. As the students progress through the middle school, they develop their academic, spiritual, and social skills that prepare them for a successful high school experience.

Sixth Grade

INTEGRATED UNIT STUDY - 2 to 4 Per Year
Integrated Unit Studies involve a cross curricular approach that focuses on integral parts of the curriculum and are an expression of our blended educational philosophy. These unique and engaging learning opportunities allow students to apply and demonstrate their understanding through projects, presentations, and field experiences. Each grade level participates in several integrated unit studies throughout the year.

READING & LANGUAGE ARTS TIME ALLOTMENT: 90 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God’s clearest and most complete revelation to mankind was communicated and recorded in human language. The proper use of language is necessary for attaining knowledge of God, his creation, his moral law, and his divine purposes. Likewise, living in relationship with other people requires effective use of language. Therefore, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential to God’s redemptive plan and our part in it.
Course Description and Goals
Reading will concentrate on improving the students’ reading comprehension and writing ability. Students will use the Mosdos anthology Pearl to evaluate a variety of poems and stories dealing with life situations in order to learn about main ideas in paragraphs and stories, story plot, character development, dialogue, author’s viewpoint, symbolism, and figurative language. Story content will be compared to biblical and moral truths. They will read and report on Christian biographies and novels. As a class they will study classic works such as The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe,The Bronze Bow, and Adam of the Road. Their writing will include descriptive writing, personal narratives, short stories, and book reports. Students will increase their word recognition, pronunciation, spelling, and word usage through the weekly spelling lessons. In grammar, students will study the eight parts of speech with additional grammar and punctuation lessons using Glencoe's Writer’s Choice. As a way to practice their writing skills, organization, and grammar, students write daily journal entries.

MATH - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps. 19, Rom. 1:20). Math is a “language” through which that revelation is communicated and understood, and it reflects God’s infinite and unchanging nature. Through mastery of mathematics, we can solve problems in a variety of fields as we work to see his kingdom come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven.
Course Description and Goals
Sixth grade math utilizes Pearson Mathematics I as a tool to focus on the mastery of basic computational skills that were introduced in the elementary years. Students are introduced to mathematical operations with decimals, fractions, and integers. Ratios, proportions, percent, basic geometry, probability and statistics are also introduced along with an emphasis on problem solving in all concept areas. Students are prepared for the pre-algebraic concepts that will be introduced in the seventh grade. Students are grouped according to skill level as needed. At the end of the year, the Orleans Hanna Algebra Prognosis test is administered to all students.  Those scores, along with other assessment scores, are used to ensure students are placed in an appropriate level of challenge for the seventh grade.  

 

SOCIAL STUDIES TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
History is understood within God’s providential framework of creation, fall, and redemption. God brought into existence a good creation which fell into disrepair because of the sin of man. Since the fall, God has been working out a plan to redeem all of creation. That redemption was secured through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; continues to be worked out in the affairs of men; and will be brought to completion upon the return of Christ when all things are made good again. In the intervening period, God sovereignly works through history to bring about his good purposes, working even through the evil deeds of evil men.

Course Description and Goals
In this course, students will examine and evaluate the cultures of the Ancient World using Pearson’s My World History. This study will begin with early civilizations and conclude just before the Renaissance. The students will learn the geography of early Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as the customs of the people who lived there. During this period of history, man’s advances that have made a great impact on our world today. As the students study the rise and fall of these great peoples and nations, they will be reminded that only the Kingdom of God lasts forever. As Scripture says in Deuteronomy 4:35, “You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides Him there is no other.” Students will be challenged, encouraged, and evaluated on the skills of map drawing, critical thinking, cause and effect assessment, biblical integration, and/or application. Students will learn personal responsibility through the completion of short term project assignments. These assignments will include research, interpretation of materials, and the interpretation of ideas in written, illustrated, and oral forms. Students will develop social skills through group assignments and class discussion opportunities. They will practice organizational skills by taking notes, making cards, and completing outlines.

SCIENCE - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 day per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps.19, Rom.1:20), and the study of science provides a deeper understanding of that revelation. Through science we see that an orderly and intelligent God created an ordered and intelligible universe. Our understanding of creation provides us with tools with which we can obey his commandment to subdue and have dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28).
Course Description and Goals
This course focuses on four major areas: scientific method, ecology, astronomy, and electricity and magnetism using Prentice Hall Science Explorer modules. First semester will focus on the study of the scientific method and ecology. Topics include the methods scientists use to study populations, levels of ecological organization, biomes, biodiversity, stewardship of resources, and our coastal waters. Second semester will focus on the study of space, electricity, and magnetism. Topics include our sun, the solar system, stars, space exploration, magnification, simple circuits, and saltwater and their ecosystems. Emphasis is placed on the skills of inquiry, interpreting data, and connecting science with the Christian faith. Problem solving and field experiences are incorporated to connect the classroom with the world outside of our classrooms. Students will also practice and develop scientific inquiry through hands-on activities and lab-based learning. Students attend STEM classes biweekly and activities include squid dissection, bottle rocket launches and simulating the water cycle. Some methods of instruction include lecture, experimentation, cooperative learning, guest speakers, and outdoor education. The year ends with a field trip to Kure Beach to study classification and identification of marine organisms.

BIBLE - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week
Course Description and Goals
The Sixth grade Bible course will employ Positive Action for Christ’s The Life of Christ. It is the study of the four gospels in the New Testament. The students will learn that the gospels were written by four men (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) who were guided by God to write about the promised Messiah, God’s Son, from his birth to ascension. The goal is for students to learn, understand, and appreciate that Jesus is alive today, loves everyone, and wants to be our Savior.

PHYSICAL -  EDUCATION TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 2 days per week (alternating semesters)
Biblical Philosophy
As with all of the natural world, the human body reveals both the goodness and the fallenness of God’s creation. Christian students should develop a sense of stewardship of the bodies that they have been given based on an understanding of their own physical potential as well as their own limitations. It is stressed that the body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and that the Lord expects us to honor His creation. He built the temple, but we are responsible to take care of it. We do this by developing good body control (safety) and staying physically active through fitness.
Course Description and Goals
Students will be introduced to/review a structured presentation of fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor activities; being able to model the indicated movements with visual and auditory cues from the instructor. They will learn object manipulation skills, including throwing (overhand and underhand), catching, kicking, and batting. Students will be assessed in four fitness areas (flexibility, upper body strength, muscular endurance, and aerobic endurance) in the fall and in the spring. The goal is for students to build fundamental skills of basic sports and develop habits of healthy physical activity.

COMPUTER - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 2 days per week / 1 semester
Biblical Philosophy
In the developed world, technology is available for use in almost every area of life. The Christian student should learn to view technology as a tool that can be used to fulfill God’s purposes in any and every sphere. While it has many good uses, technology can also be used for evil, and students must learn to recognize that and take measures to guard against its improper or destructive use. In a similar way, the Christian must learn to remain the master of technology and not be mastered by it.
Course Description and Goals
In Middle School Computer, students use and practice a wide variety of technology skills. These skills include Internet safety and reliability and Microsoft Office programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. Our internet safety course includes social media, privacy settings, passwords, malware, spyware, and other safety precautions. Project-based learning incorporates technological skills and gives opportunities for practice. These projects build upon each other in order to produce a final means of assessment for each office program. In addition, students are required to continue to practice and improve their keyboarding skills. The instructional goal is to prepare students for high school and beyond to use technology to find, analyze and evaluate information and to present it with clarity and quality. Resources used to teach and enrich student learning include Microsoft Office, TypingPal Online, Windows movie maker, freetypingtest.com as well as other online resources.

Seventh Grade

INTEGRATED UNIT STUDY - 2 to 4 Per Year
Integrated Unit Studies involve a cross curricular approach that focuses on integral parts of the curriculum and are an expression of our blended educational philosophy. These unique and engaging learning opportunities allow students to apply and demonstrate their understanding through projects, presentations, and field experiences. Each grade level participates in several integrated unit studies throughout the year.

READING & LANGUAGE ARTS  - TIME ALLOTMENT: 90mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy God’s clearest and most complete revelation to mankind was communicated and recorded in human language. The proper use of language is necessary for attaining knowledge of God, his creation, his moral law, and his divine purposes. Likewise, living in relationship with other people requires effective use of language. Therefore, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential to God’s redemptive plan and our part in it.
Course Description and Goals
This course will offer a variety of genres and authors taught from a biblical perspective to build the students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of their choices in life. Students will study a variety of poems, short stories, essays, and plays from Mosdos Literature Jade, Of People, and Explorations in Literature. They will also read The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Hiding Place. Concentration is on vocabulary, comprehension, note taking, and literary terms and devices. Using Glencoe’s Writer’s Choice, students review punctuation, grammar, and the eight parts of speech with a concentration on conjunctions, adverbs, and prepositions. They study various sentence structures and practice these in writing narratives, creative writing, persuasive essays, and literary criticism essays. Students will also study vocabulary using Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop.

MATH - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed his existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps. 19, Rom. 1:20). Math is a “language” through which that revelation is communicated and understood, and it reflects God’s infinite and unchanging nature. Through mastery of mathematics, we can solve problems in a variety of fields as we work to see his kingdom come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven.
Course Description and Goals
The Pearson Mathematics Course 2 text is used in seventh grade math as a source to provide students with basic pre-algebraic skills. Students learn computational skills with integers, translating word phrases into algebraic expressions, and solving one-step and multi-step equations. Properties and number theory are taught along with such concepts as prime and composite numbers, prime factorization, factors, multiples, exponents, and square roots. Additionally, students learn to solve proportions, graph linear equations, basic geometry involving area, volume and Pythagorean theorem. Students who master the concepts in this course are prepared to enter Algebra I as eighth graders. The Orleans Hanna Algebra Prognosis test is administered to all students. Those scores, along with other assessment scores, are used to place students in an appropriately challenging curriculum for the eighth grade.  

SOCIAL STUDIES - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
History is understood within God’s providential framework of creation, fall, and redemption. God brought into existence a good creation which fell into disrepair because of the sin of man. Since the fall, God has been working out a plan to redeem all of creation. That redemption was secured through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; continues to be worked out in the affairs of men; and will be brought to completion upon the return of Christ when all things are made good again. In the intervening period, God sovereignly works through history to bring about his good purposes, working even through the evil deeds of evil men.
Course Description and Goals
Students will continue their study of Western Civilization using Pearson’s My World History  investigating the impact of the Renaissance and Reformation on Western Europe. They will develop an understanding of the history, culture, and geographic settings of the peoples of Western Europe from the Middle Ages through World War II. They will learn how man’s development intellectually can stimulate growth either towards the Creator or towards His creation. Students will study the development of revolution and the determining factors in Europe from the 1700’s through the twentieth century. Throughout the year, the class will also examine current events that parallel historic settings.

SCIENCE -  TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed His existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps.19, Rom.1:20), and the study of science provides a deeper understanding of that revelation. Through science we see that an orderly and intelligent God created an ordered and intelligible universe. Our understanding of creation provides us with tools with which we can obey his commandment to subdue and have dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28).
Course Description and Goals
Using Pearson’s Science Explorer modules, the seventh grade  focuses on three basic areas, atmosphere and weather, earth, and water. At the beginning of the year, students will study concepts related to weather and climate. Topics include layers of the atmosphere, heat transfer, air masses and fronts, storms, and climate regions. Next, students will learn about plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals and rocks. Topics include origins of the earth and its age, causes and effects of volcanoes and earthquakes, properties of minerals, and the classification of rocks. Lastly, students will delve into the study of water and its importance to life. Topics include properties of water, wetland environments, freshwater resources and the chemistry of water. Emphasis is placed on inquiry skills, interpreting data, understanding relationships in the living world, and making connections between science and the Christian faith exposing students to a biblical framework for all that is taught.  Every other week students participate in STEM lab which is a hands-on opportunity to reinforce and extend knowledge learned in the classroom.  Some examples of STEM labs experienced by seventh graders include: performing water quality tests on water from our own creek, the intracoastal waterway nearby and the Cape Fear River, digging through muddy leaves in our creek to find different kinds of macroinvertebrates and connect the finding of certain species to water pollution level, dissecting crayfish which is a type of decapod found in creeks and other waterways, and testing minerals to determine their identity.  In the fall, students take a trip to Raven’s Rock Park to perform water quality testing there as well as a macroinvertebrate study.  In the spring, students investigate the Cape Fear River and perform water quality testing at the dock and far up the river.  These two events are then compared to seasonal water quality studies and macroinvertebrate studies done in our own creek.

BIBLE - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week (alternating semester)
Course Description and Goals
This seventh grade Bible course guides the student through (1) a theology of the Trinity and tripartite nature of man, (2) through the Old Testament books of Judges and Ruth, (3) through an evangelistic study of key verses in Romans and (4) through a brief visit of last things. Students discover how their spirit, soul and body functions together and gives them a glimpse of being made in the image of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Judges provides students with a look at various leadership principles as well as God’s unfailing love and mercy towards Israel’s. Ruth inculcates students into some Jewish custom and culture, while at the same time, has them come face to face with Jesus as their kinsmen redeemer. While learning to share their testimonies, Romans gives them a practical way to share their faith. Finally, an overview of last things helps the students to gain assurance of their salvation and confidence in God’s sovereignty concerning future events.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 2 days per week (alternating semesters)
Biblical Philosophy As with all of the natural world, the human body reveals both the goodness and the fallenness of God’s creation. Christian students should develop a sense of stewardship of the bodies that they have been given based on an understanding of their own physical potential as well as their own limitations. It is stressed that the body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and that the Lord expects us to honor His creation. He built the temple, but we are responsible to take care of it. We do this by developing good body control (safety) and staying physically active through fitness.
Course Description and Goals
Students will be introduced to/review a structured presentation of fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor activities; being able to model the indicated movements with visual and auditory cues from the instructor. They will learn object manipulation skills, including throwing (overhand and underhand), catching, kicking, and batting. Students will be assessed in four fitness areas (flexibility, upper body strength, muscular endurance, and aerobic endurance) in the fall and in the spring. The goal is for students to build fundamental skills of basic sports and develop habits of healthy physical activity.

Eighth Grade

INTEGRATED UNIT STUDY - 2 to 4 Per Year
Integrated Unit Studies involve a cross curricular approach that focuses on integral parts of the curriculum and are an expression of our blended educational philosophy. These unique and engaging learning opportunities allow students to apply and demonstrate their understanding through projects, presentations, and field experiences. Each grade level participates in several integrated unit studies throughout the year.

READING & LANGUAGE ARTS - TIME ALLOTMENT: 90mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God’s clearest and most complete revelation to mankind was communicated and recorded in human language. The proper use of language is necessary for attaining knowledge of God, his creation, his moral law, and his divine purposes. Likewise, living in relationship with other people requires effective use of language. Therefore, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential to God’s redemptive plan and our part in it.
Course Description and Goals
The course will focus on improving students’ reading skills and interest, writing skills, grammar usage, and spelling abilities. Students will read, discuss, and analyze literature from a variety of authors, concentrating on the early American era through Post-WWII. Students will apply literary terms to the literature as well as begin to analyze literary devices and how the author uses them. Students will apply composition writing methods and grammar rules to the generating of essays and other papers. Students will also think creatively to generate original works in compositions and poetry. The reading portion of eighth grade language arts is used to help students improve reading comprehension, note-taking skills, and understand plot, characterization, themes, and literary devices. Students will read various stories, plays, and poems from Excursions in Literature, Of Places Literature, and Mosdos Literature Gold. They will also read the following novels: The Witch of Blackbird Pond, A Christmas Carol, Johnny Tremain, Across Five Aprils, The Devil’s Arithmetic and North to Freedom. Using Glencoe’s Writer’s Choice in grammar lessons, students review the eight parts of speech, learn correct grammar, and improve punctuation skills. They have a concentration on verbal and complex sentences in their writing. Papers include comparative and creative writing, persuasive papers, narratives, and literary criticism essays. Students also develop their working vocabulary by using Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop.

MATH TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed His existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps. 19, Rom. 1:20). Math is a “language” through which that revelation is communicated and understood, and it reflects God’s infinite and unchanging nature. Through mastery of mathematics, we can solve problems in a variety of fields as we work to see his kingdom come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven.
PRE-ALGEBRA Course Description and Goals
This course will provide students with further preparation for Algebra I. The Pearson Mathematics Course 3 textbook helps provide students with   a review of basic math skills and incorporates them in algebraic equations. Emphasis is placed on problem solving strategies and techniques along with estimation and mental math. Students master operations with integers while learning to translate word phrases in algebraic expressions. Also, an emphasis is placed on solving multi-step equations with all real numbers. Students learn to graph linear equations and are introduced to operations with polynomials. Upon completion of this course, students are prepared for Algebra I as ninth graders.
ALGEBRA I Course Description and Goals
Using the Holt McDougal Algebra 1 textbook, students learn to perform operations with real numbers, simplify algebraic expressions, solve equations and inequalities with one variable, factor polynomials, simplify rational expressions, graph linear equations and inequalities, graph systems of equations and inequalities, simplify radicals, and solve as well as graph quadratic functions. The goal of this course is to prepare students for the North Carolina End of Course test in Algebra I, which is given at the end of May, as well as provide a solid foundation for high school Geometry and Algebra II.
GEOMETRY I Course Description and Goals
While using Holt McDougal Geometry as a text, students will explore the following topics: the foundations of geometry: geometric reasoning; parallel and perpendicular lines; triangle congruence; properties and attributes of triangles, polygons, and quadrilaterals; similarity; right triangles and trigonometry; developing and applying geometric formulas such as perimeter, circumference and area; spatial reasoning where three-dimensional figures, surface area, and volume will be considered’ circles; and transformations. Connections between algebra and geometry will be integrated throughout the course as well as quarterly projects that challenge students to apply their learning. By the end of the course, students will have a firm foundation in both algebra and geometry and will be prepared for the next level of math in high school. 

SOCIAL STUDIES -TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
History is understood within God’s providential framework of creation, fall, and redemption. God brought into existence a good creation which fell into disrepair because of the sin of man. Since the fall, God has been working out a plan to redeem all of creation. That redemption was secured through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; continues to be worked out in the affairs of men; and will be brought to completion upon the return of Christ when all things are made good again. In the intervening period, God sovereignly works through history to bring about his good purposes, working even through the evil deeds of evil men.
Course Description and Goals
Using Pearson’s American History students will develop a working knowledge of the United States from its conception through Reconstruction. Our country’s history, though short in terms of most world powers, is one of turbulence. The early years that led to the freedoms that we enjoy today are vital to a student’s understanding of our current affairs as well as our history. Through a deliberate examination of the events that began our country, the students will develop a picture of their own heritage. Students will be challenged to go beyond the folklore of our founding fathers and investigate the character of those who fought for our liberty. Students will explore the foundations of our government and the documents that seek to preserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They will also examine the dark times in our history when we were at war with each other. They will evaluate cause and effect, and debate old issues with the privilege of modern perspective. As a result of this, students will see that failures can lead to success when lessons are learned and character is built. Romans 8:28 says, “…in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.” Students will map the routes of early explorers and mark the settlement of the first Europeans to arrive in the New World. They will examine the ways of life in the original thirteen colonies and their adaptation to the land. Students will discuss the effects of the settlers on the Native American population and the success and failure of attempts at relations between the two. Students will debate the acts of Parliament that cause economic upheaval in the colonies and the subsequent Revolution. Students will sift through historic documents for an understanding of our present government, developing critical thinking skills. Students will practice organizational skills through charts, notes, and outlines. 

SCIENCE - TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 5 days per week
Biblical Philosophy
God has revealed His existence, glory, and divine attributes through creation (Ps.19, Rom.1:20), and the study of science provides a deeper understanding of that revelation. Through science we see that an orderly and intelligent God created an ordered and intelligible universe. Our understanding of creation provides us with tools with which we can obey his commandment to subdue and have dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28).
Course Description and Goals
Using Pearson’s Science Explorer modules this course focuses on two basic areas: life science and physical science. During the first half of the year, students will study concepts related to life science. Topics include: systems of the human body, cells and their organelles, cell division, chromosomes, DNA, RNA, traits, Punnett squares, and probability. During the second half of the year, students will study concepts related to physical science. Topics include: motion, forces, density, work, power, simple machines, energy, matter, states of matter, atoms, and elements. Emphasis is placed on inquiry skills, interpreting data, understanding relationships in the living world, and making connections between science and the Christian faith.  Myrtle Grove Christian School has partnered with UNCW’s Center for Marine Science scheduling three visits per school year to perform investigations.  The first visit focuses on concluding a three year water study at MGCS by going on a boat trip to the open ocean.  Students review water testing and soil sampling at three different sites (by the dock, in the intracoastal, and on the ocean). Students will trawl and then sort and classify different species of fish.  During the second visit, students differentiate between renewable and non-renewable energy sources and create a biofuel from vegetable oil.  During the last visit, students perform a detailed experiment comparing the effects of increasing acidity to water that is not buffered (fresh water) and water that is buffered (salt water).  Also, throughout the school year, students participate every other week in STEM lab which is designed to provide hands-on experiences for concepts learned in the classroom.  Included among STEM activities are the following: engineering a robotic arm using pneumatic pumps, dissecting a dogfish shark with a special focus on the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive and nervous systems, separating strawberry DNA to observe its texture and quantity, operating a light microscope looking for different phases of mitosis, and designing a machine with ten moving parts and six simple machines that can move an object for over a minute.

BIBLE TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 2 days per week (alternating semesters)
Course Description and Goals
The Eighth Grade Bible course includes four units, and is designed to prepare our students for high school. In the first semester, the book of Nehemiah is studied to show students how to be a Godly leader, followed by a Biblical worldview component. The second semester starts off with the first eight chapters of Romans to give the students the foundations of the Christian faith, and they end with a life application unit focused on personal growth in Christ. This course aims to leave students with a lifelong faith that stands when tested and also challenges students to make their faith their own as they move on to high school.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION TIME ALLOTMENT: 45 mins / 2 days per week (alternating semesters)
Biblical Philosophy
As with all of the natural world, the human body reveals both the goodness and the fallenness of God’s creation. Christian students should develop a sense of stewardship of the bodies that they have been given based on an understanding of their own physical potential as well as their own limitations. It is stressed that the body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and that the Lord expects us to honor His creation. He built the temple, but we are responsible to take care of it. We do this by developing good body control (safety) and staying physically active through fitness.
Course Description and Goals
Students will be introduced to/review a structured presentation of fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor activities; being able to model the indicated movements with visual and auditory cues from the instructor. They will learn object manipulation skills, including throwing (overhand and underhand), catching, kicking, and batting. Students will be assessed in four fitness areas (flexibility, upper body strength, muscular endurance, and aerobic endurance) in the fall and in the spring. The goal is for students to build fundamental skills of basic sports and develop habits of healthy physical activity.

SPANISH 45 mins / 2 -3 days per week
Middle School Spanish grows increasingly rigorous as students move towards their final year at MGCS, Using a middle school designed text and resources, students will develop skills in vocabulary and grammar as they begin to converse more regularly in Spanish. Students will begin to read in Spanish, beginning with scripture passages committed to memory, poetry, and other short literary works. Students will also continue to develop in their understanding of Spanish history, culture, geography,and food. As classes move towards eighth grade, students seek to meet requirements making them proficient in a Spanish I credit on the high school level.

 

ELECTIVES

Below are a sampling of electives that have been available in previous years.


Art
Our sixth through eighth grade art program focuses on broadening students’ knowledge of artistic terminology, techniques, critical thinking skills, and art history. Using a variety of media, they will create individual art pieces that demonstrate an understanding of proportion, symmetry, perspective, value, and shading techniques.

Chorus
Chorus provides students with an opportunity to learn proper vocal techniques (i.e., posture, breathing, tone production, balance, etc.) as well as musical terms and symbols. Students will participate in a number of performance opportunities throughout the year, including chapels and seasonal concerts.

Computer
Students use and practice a wide variety of technology skills. These skills include internet safety and reliability and Microsoft Office programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. In addition, students are required to continue to practice and improve their keyboarding skills. Resources used to teach and enrich student learning include Microsoft Office, TypingPal Online, Windows Movie Maker, freetypingtest.com as well as other online resources. One semester of Computer is required for sixth grade students.

Drama
Drama class is intended to familiarize students who have little to no acting experience with the basic skills of theatre arts. Through the exploration of character development and representation, the progression of story, the concept of scene, stage blocking, and props, students will participate in various activities that may include puppetry, plays, pantomime, improvisation, reader’s theatre, storytelling, and impromptu, and/or informative speeches. Through these activities, they will learn physical and vocal presentation skills and develop basic knowledge of theatre arts and public speaking.

Gardening
In Gardening class, students will work together to design, plant, tend, and harvest a garden. They will learn principles of decomposition, harvest, cultivation, propagation, and the life-giving properties of soil, water, and sunlight. 

Great Books & Great Film
Students will delve into both books and film as they read, watch, and respond to the great writers and filmmakers of our history. This course is intended for passionate readers. We will reflect on what it means to be a godly woman through reading novels such as Charlotte Bront—Ď’s Jane Eyre, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and viewing excerpts from the film adaptations. Students also have the opportunity to improve upon their research and public speaking skills as they choose one great woman whom they believe to embody the characteristics of a godly woman to research and present.

Mathematics Lab
Mathematics lab is designed to help students achieve the highest degree of success possible in their assigned math class. The course is intended for students who want the benefit of extra instruction and practice in math. Emphasis will be placed on reinforcing some of the basic skills necessary for success, including numeric concepts, arithmetic operations, fractions and decimals, and problem solving. In some cases, this time may be used for targeted tutorial assistance with the Student Support Team or by other special arrangements. Students who have been recommended for on-level math and/or students for whom math does not come easily are encouraged to sign up for math lab.

Outdoor Leadership
The Outdoor Leadership class will use experiential/adventure education exercises, such as challenge course elements or activities, to teach group dynamics, teamwork strategies, leadership assimilation, communication, and other valuable traits. Topics will include team challenge elements, conflict management, orienteering, outdoor cooking, and nature identification.

Reading Lab
Reading comprehension is an increasingly essential skill for learning at the middle and high school levels and beyond. Reading Lab is designed to help students develop and strengthen this skill and, consequently, to raise their level of achievement in a range of subjects. Emphasis will be placed on building vocabulary, employing effective reading strategies, and developing the task persistence to work through difficult texts. In some cases, this time may be used for targeted tutorial assistance with the Student Support

Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV)
In this class, students will be introduced to the field of marine technology and engineering through the construction of a remotely operated vehicle. This underwater robotics class will begin with establishing foundational science concepts such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, buoyancy, and properties of air and water. Students will work in ROV teams to design and build a fully functional underwater vehicle that will be used to complete numerous underwater tasks. After perfecting their design, these teams will put their ROV’s to the test at a Regional ROV Competition. Tools used in this class include: basic hand tools (e.g., screwdriver, wire cutters, etc.) and soldering irons. Note: ROV supplies will be recycled for future classes and not taken home by students at the end of the course. 

Photography
In this class, students will learn the basics of Digital Photography. They will learn things like how to achieve good composition and perspective in their photographs. Students will learn about the different genres in photography. They will have the opportunity to use their cameras and practice what they have learned in class almost everyday for at least half of the class period! They will also have the opportunity to contribute to the school’s yearbook.

Man Of God
In addition to the required readings and discussion, this class will offer an opportunity for the student to participate in a functional fitness exercise class once a week. We believe that fitness should be functional (i.e. learning how to move your body efficiently in space and time) and that it should be fun! Some workouts may be challenging, but every workout will be scalable to the student’s ability level. We include these workouts to show that the life of a man of God is holistic. Every aspect of our life, including our fitness, is a gift from God and should be used to glorify Him. The majority of the workouts will be bodyweight movements (e.g. pushups, squats, burpees, sit-ups, etc.). The students will occasionally use equipment such as medicine balls and light weight dumbbells. 

Watercraft Building Projects
Students in this class have built 12-foot skiffs and Stand Up Paddle Boards from marine plywood using the stitch-and-glue boat building method. Working collaboratively from printed plans, the class will make all related measurements, learn building techniques, and solve a variety of problems to construct a watercraft that is ready to use. NOTE: Students will use basic hand tools (e.g., hammer, screwdriver, etc.) and may also use light power tools such as power drivers or orbital sanders. Students will NOT use power saws or other power cutting tools. All panels will be cut by the teachers.

Rhythm and Drumming
Students are introduced to the world of music through the lens of creating, practicing, and performing rhythm-based musical works. Concepts including steady beat, rhythmic rudiments, composition, collaboration, and performance are taught as students enjoy making music with unique drumming equipment including buckets, pails, cups, sporting equipment, school supplies, and more. Performances take place at MGCS events throughout the school year as well as community venues when possible.

Creative Writing/ Creative Communication 
Students will write poetry and short stories.  In this class students are introduced to familiar and famous poems as well as short stories. Students will try their hand at writing poetry and illustrate them. They will also write a short story with illustrations to produce their own book! Our God is a creative communicator using poetry and stories to teach truth. The purpose of this class is to practice using their gifts and talents in writing and drawing to honor the One who writes their story.

Body, Mind and Spirit 
Students will develop team sports while learning about good sportsmanship and teamwork. Students will investigate what makes a strong team athletically as well as spiritually as they learn to support one another in reaching group goals. Students will commit to spending time with the Lord at least twice a week in a guided Quiet Time.”Love your Lord with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself.” Deuteronomy: 6:5

Science Olympiad
Students will focus on team-building, investigation, and engineering practices to broaden their knowledge, skill, and love for science while preparing for regional and state competitions. This year students will choose events that  will investigate many fields of science including: anatomy, crime science,birds,  fossils, circuits, matter, waves, diseases, astronomy, , and water quality. Students can also choose to  build boomilevers, bottle rockets, gliders, and mousetrap vehicles all in preparation to compete at the regional tournament at UNC Wilmington.

Worship Band 
This class is designed for students who LOVE to play music and worship God. Worship Band is for students who feel led to use their voices and instruments in a praise and worship setting. This is an opportunity to use your musical gifts to honor God and learn how to lead others in worship. In order to take this class, students must:

  • Prepare a 2 or 3 minute video playing or singing and email it to the instructor. It will be used to assess skill level.
  • Students need some proficiency on their instruments because class time will be used as rehearsal. We will not be learning the mechanics of the instruments. 
  • Students will lead worship in chapel at different times throughout the year.