1st - 6th Grades
Wasatch Christian School offers a first/second, third/fourth, and fifth/sixth grade combo class from 8:30-3:30 pm daily. In addition, child-care is available from 6am to 6pm.
Combo classrooms, allow children to be taught at their own ability level. We assess our students continually throughout the year to determine what reading, spelling, writing and math level they need to be taught at to meet their highest potential. Individual, appropriate curriculum is then tailored to fit the needs and goals of each student. Our students receive extra one on one attention and are driven to excel in their studies.
Every student in our classroom is in a safe, caring, bully free environment. We also, not only teach our students from a curriculum that is beyond state core standards, but most importantly about the love of the Lord and the Bible. Our class also functions as a close knit family due to our small class sizes. In our classrooms, children feel confident and successful. Our goal for every student is to teach and guide them to reach their fullest potential as we aim to make a difference in their lives.
We also use a variety of curriculum in our program. We have chosen curriculum for each subject based on which programs we have seen the greatest student achievement and success from.
We have chosen to use Core Knowledge curriculum, which includes a detailed outline of recommended content knowledge and skills to be taught in language arts, mathematics, history and science. It’s important to begin building strong foundations of knowledge in the early years. In these early years, especially the preschool and elementary grades, schools can do the most to help children lay the groundwork for language development and future success. The Core Knowledge sequence complements the general skills and objectives typically found in state and local curriculum guides, but goes beyond that to reach an excelled curriculum. The Core Knowledge approach is to specify, in a clear grade-by-grade sequence, what students need to know by teaching in a way that is sequenced and specific.
Core Knowledge Language Arts program is an interdisciplinary approach to reading that provides rich, meaningful, and sustained engagement with informational texts organized in a coherent sequence. As well as learning skills in reading and writing, students read a variety of works from many cultures, including poetry, folk tales, myths, and longer works such as classic novels and plays along with a variety of nonfiction topics.
Core Knowledge History is a comprehensive program in world and American history and geography, which integrates topics in civics and the arts where students learn stories of major events and figures from prehistory to modern times. It builds an understanding of the relations between place and culture and between people and their environment.
Core Knowledge Science builds knowledge cumulatively and coherently while addressing core ideas in life, physical, and earth/space sciences, as well as engineering design. It also focuses on developing scientific practices that give students’ firsthand experience in scientific inquiry, engineering, and technology in order to connect scientific learning to concepts across various disciplines, such as mathematics and literacy.
For Spelling, we use Words Their Way, which is a word study approach divided into five stages of spelling and orthographic development. Each stage builds upon the previous stage. Children are assessed and placed into the level of spelling that is right for them.
As for our math curriculum, we have chosen to use Saxon Math because this program provides a learning structure proven to advance students steadily to higher levels of understanding. Saxon Math scaffolds instruction of each concept and continues to review information introduced earlier. This allows students the time and practice to retain math concepts to the level of mastery. Students build skills and confidence through daily opportunities to review, direct instruction and through hands on learning. Engaging manipulatives are used to help students develop understanding. Daily discussion and practice help students build an understanding of basic skills, mathematical concepts, and problem-solving strategies. Frequent, cumulative assessments are also given to ensure students stay on track and can continue to progress to advance to their highest level of learning.
As for Bible, we will use Bible Truths. For our 1st-3rd grade classroom, we will teach students to know the Bible through a thematic, chronological study of the Old and New Testaments. We will guide them to trust God and to apply God's principles in their everyday lives. We will do this through stories, songs and hands on activities.
In our 4th-6th grade classroom, we will use Biblical Truths and Learning From the Life of Christ, where our students will be inspired by the example of Christ's own life experiences and the way He dealt with both friends and enemies. In addition, many other valuable lessons will be drawn from Christ's sermons, miracles, and parables. Historical, cultural, and geographical background information to Christ's life will also be taught.