Elementary Curriculum

One of the important distinctives of Wesleyan Christian Academy is the strong commitment to integrate the Person and the Word of God into each curricular area. The Christian teacher as the "living curriculum" is the key to accomplishing this end. The information below generally reflects the textbook adoptions of Wesleyan's elementary program. It should be noted, however, that the teacher has the liberty of using the resources and pedagogy that in his/her professional judgment best teach the discipline or skill. Through these exposures, we ultimately desire for students to gain strong literacy skills and grasp the relevance and importance of God in all areas of life and learning.

Bible

Bible is generally taught five days per week. In developing our own Bible Curriculum guide, we chose to provide a strong exposure in four specific areas: (1) Old Testament chronology; (2) foundational Christian doctrine; (3) general biblical geography; and (4) Christian character traits. In addition to the classroom exposure, our chapel services are held each Tuesday and Thursday. (Tues. for 1st Year Kindergarten-1st; Thur. for 2-4)

Creative Writing

In 2000-2001, elementary instruction began to focus upon developing students' creative writing skills. While there is some emphasis given to this process in kindergarten and first grade, second through fourth grade students receive the primary focus. With the aid of staff development and annual assessments, we are observing some strong improvements in our students' creative writing skills. In 2005-2006, a rubric was developed and approved for creative writing.

Language Arts

During the 1997-1998 school years, a comprehensive language arts curriculum guide was completed, which included reading, language, spelling, and penmanship. This curriculum guide was reviewed and revised during the 2006-2007 school year. During the 2005-2006 texbook review of the language arts block, kindergarten through second grade requested the implementation of the ABeka series, while the third and fourth grades chose to maintain an eclectic curriculum that they had adopted previously.

Reading - The kindergarten through second grades use the ABeka series which offers a strong phonetic approach to reading. Grades three and four implemented the 1993 D.C. Heath reading program in 1993-1994, and during the 1999-2000 year's textbook review, decided to maintain this series until its next scheduled review.

Language - In the 2000-2001 review of language textbooks, our first and second grade faculty chose to implement the ABeka series but augment it to meet the requirements of our scope and sequence. Third and fourth grade teachers chose to continue the use of the 1990 Houghton Mifflin English text that was first implemented in 1993.

Spelling - A textbook review of spelling was completed in 1996-1997. The faculty consensus led to the decision to implement an ABeka spelling in kindergarten through third grades and use teacher-created lists in fourth grade. During the 2003-2004 textbook review, the faculty chose to retain this approach, and fourth grade, too, uses the ABeka spelling program.

Penmanship - The ABeka series was implemented in our kindergarten through first grade program. Our second, third, and fourth grades use A Reason For Writing published by Concerned Communications. All penmanship in kindergarten through second grade is manuscript. Third graders are introduced to cursive, and students are generally expected to use cursive during the last two quarters of the third grade and in all of fourth grade. A 2003-2004 penmanship review retained this approach.

Math

The elementary faculty reviewed math during the 1994-1995 school year and implemented the following adoptions in the 1995-1996 school year: D.C. Heath (1996) math series in kindergarten and first grade and the ABeka (1994) math series in grades two through four. Additionally, a comprehensive math curriculum guide has been fully implemented. These same math textbooks were retained during a 2001-2002 textbook review. A curriculum guide revision was completed in 2005-2006.

Resource

Students who have a mild to moderate learning disability in areas of reading and/or math can qualify for this program. Services are provided during the day through a pullout program. Individual education plans are developed for each student served. There is a user's fee for this service.

We offer speech and language services at a substantially reduced fee to that offered in private practices outside Wesleyan. Mrs. Eanes, our speech pathologist, works with students having receptive or expressive language processing issues.

Science

A curriculum guide was developed in 1996-1997 and was thoroughly reviewed and revised in 2003-2004. The 2005 Harcourt Science was implemented in 2005-2006. Also, an extensive resource of Christian science textbooks was developed and made available for teacher use at each grade level. Each year our first through fourth grade students are encouraged to participate in our local science fair.

Social Studies

In 1997-1998, a comprehensive curriculum guide was implemented, and a review of social studies texts was completed. The faculty consensus was to adopt the Bob Jones Heritage Series in first through third grades and the North Carolina History text published by North Carolina State in fourth grade. These texts were implemented in 1998-1999. A 2005-2006 review of social studies texts has led to the joint adoption that includes the retention of the Bob Jones Heritage Series and the addition of the 2004 Harcourt Social Studies Series.

SPECIALS OFFERING

COMPUTER LAB

The elementary school's primary focus in the computer lab is reading and math. Since the addition of a lab dedicated to elementary students in 2006-2007, the exposures to the computer lab have increased substantially. Presently, First Year Kindergarten students enjoy the lab two days per week; second, third and fourth graders have lab one day per week. A computer curriculum guide was completed in 1998-1999 and revised in 2004-2005. Mrs. Lori Puckett is the manager of the lab.

MUSIC

First Year Kindergaden through fourth grade students have music two days per week under the very skilled Mrs. Flack. The GAMEPLAN series was implemented during the 2008-2009 school year for grades one through four. In January 2009, First Steps in Music was implemented for K1 and K2 classes. A music curriculum guide was completed in 1998-1999. A curriculum guide revision was completed in 2008-2009.

ART

An elementary art exposure is provided for kindergarten through fourth grade students. An art curriculum guide was completed in 1998-1999 and was reviewed and revised during the 2004-2005 school year. Kathryn Chaney is the instructor for art.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

A twice-per-week P.E. exposure is available to our kindergarten through fourth grade elementary students. This exposure includes instructional swimming units for students in first through fourth grades. The students have a minimum of 10 swimming classes per year. A curriculum guide was developed in 2004-2005. The students would be with one or more of the following PE staff members: Mrs. Bradford, Ms. Cook, Mr. Blakney, or Mr. Pavlack.

LATIN

Latin, which is often referred to as “the lost tool of learning,” at once substantially benefits our children in English and provides a meaningful foundation for learning any other Romance language, including the Spanish and French our students are offered in upper middle school and in high school. Noted below are a few of the more prominent benefits that our Latin program is already providing and will continue to provide in the future.

  • Research-based evidence suggests that Latin expands reading skills, vocabulary, and facility with language.
  • Latin provides understanding of how language works, with particular application to the structure of English.
  • Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes have the keys to unlock the meaning of countless English derivatives and cognates.
  • Latin exposes students more substantively to Western culture. For centuries in Western culture all young people who attended schools, or those who were privately educated, followed a liberal arts curriculum, with particular emphasis on the Latin language. Some of the greatest books ever written, to which translations cannot do sufficient justice, are in Latin.
  • Latin measurably improves both students’ foreign language aptitudes and native language phono-logical measures over those not taking Latin.

Elementary students in first through fourth grades have a two-day per week exposure to Latin with our Latin teacher, Alice Linsley. Each class currently takes Latin for thirty minutes twice a week. We are pleased that the Lord has enabled us to begin this Latin offering. We trust that He will continue to bless this exposure to the benefit of your children.

STEM

Our science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum was added to the list of elementary specials during the 2014-2015 school year. The STEM program creates a collaborative, project-based work environment where elementary students participate in hands-on learning exercises aimed at building their scientific curiosity and creating a strong foundation for our middle and high school sciences.

MEDIA CENTER

Elementary students have a once a week Media Center special scheduled with our media specialist, Mrs. Cassetta. This includes not only a time for choosing books each week, but good instruction related to becoming familiar with researching within the library and using computer aided searches.