4th Grade Academics
The goals of the art curriculum seek to introduce students to the world arts through intellectual, decisional, and creative learning.
The intellectual level centers around the understanding and identifying of the elements of art. The art elements range from the definition of texture, line, shape, and space to the understanding of color, pattern, and value.
The decisional level reaches into each student to discover his or her feelings and emotions. It confronts the student with making choices in active response to God's world and man's actions.
Creativity describes each student's individual response to the media and concepts. Self-expression and originality identify an active learner.
These goals, in general, apply to all levels of learning. However, the elements of art, art media, and subject matter or concepts are broken down by grade level readiness.
As with all learning, a basic knowledge of the past and an appreciation for those who have gone before us adds a new dimension to our studies, which connect us together and demonstrate the fact that we are creative beings.
Elements Of Art
1st & 2nd Grades: kinds of lines: straight, curved, zig-zagged, etc.
3rd—5th Grades: line rhythm, contour, expression
6th—8th Grades: line movement, direction, shape, value
1st & 2nd Grades: primary colors, mixing colors
3rd—5th Grades: secondary colors
6th—8th Grades: Grades: hue, intensity, local color
1st & 2nd Grades: geometric, organic
3rd—5th Grades: 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional
6th—8th Grades: positive, negative
1st & 2nd Grades: kinds of texture: rough, smooth, etc.
3rd—5th Grades: actual texture vs. invented texture
6th—8th Grades: expression with texture
1st & 2nd Grades: filling up the entire space / paper
3rd—5th Grades: foreground, middle, background
6th—8th Grades: one and two-point perspectives
1st & 2nd Grades: light to dark light
3rd—5th Grades: medium to dark
6th—8th Grades: shading, shadows
1st & 2nd Grades: identifying patterns in everyday objects
3rd—5th Grades: repeating lines and shapes; creating patterns
6th—8th Grades: creating patterns
Drawing: chalk, pencil, crayon, markers, ink, charcoal
Construction: paper, metal, wire, plaster
1st Grade: A—Z, an Artist Alphabet.
Each week a new artist is introduced, using a teaching poster, prints, and books.
2nd—8th grades lesson plans are built around the following artists:
2nd Grade: Picasso & Cezanne
3rd Grade: O'Keefe & Warhol
4th Grade: daVinci & Ringgold
5th Grade: Van Gogh & Escher
6th Grade: Dali & Stella
7th Grade: Close & Katz
8th Grade: Oldenburg & Matisse
- To help students understand that their purpose in life is to know, love, and serve God as revealed in the Bible.
- To assist students in recognizing Christ as the focal point of the Bible — the Old Testament pointing to His coming and the New Testament revealing Him and pointing to His second coming.
- To aid students to accept the Bible as the special revelation of God; that the Bible reveals Jesus as the only Savior and shows us the way to live.
- To guide students in the memorization of selected scripture verses and passages.
- To strengthen the desire of a student to form the proper response to the teaching of God's Word in all of his studies and activities.
- To help students become independent in the study of the Bible, so that they may learn how to find and assimilate the facts and truths in a Bible passage.
- To help students appreciate God's love in sending a Savior and revealing Himself in the Bible.
- To provide opportunity for worship, instruction, and praise in occasional chapel services.
- To encourage the attitude of respect for God, people, and property.
Because of its literary value, and because of its widespread use in the students' churches, the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible will be used for memory work. All students, Kindergarten through 8th grade, are required to memorize particular passages. Note: the memorization of some passages are begun in one grade and completed in a later grade.
Students are introduced to word-processing and keyboarding on various programs that teach programming skills, academic skills, and computer fun.
Roseland's computer lab is equipped with updated Macintosh® computers.
Kindergarten: Lessons are taught in the kindergarten classroom. Educational software that introduces letters, numbers, shapes, and symbols. Simple word processing programs that teach keyboard and mouse skills, how to type numbers, words and simple sentences. With assistance, students also learn how to print their work.
1st & 2nd Grades: Develop keyboard and mouse skills. Introduces drills and practices that reinforce math and reading skills. Students begin their once a week computer class in the Macintosh Computer Lab.
3rd & 4th Grades: Computer Care and Procedures. Basic Computer Terminology. Begin using the computer as a tool to complete various homework assignments.
5th & 6th Grades: Basic Keyboarding Skills, Using "Touch Typing." Opportunity to use small amounts of free class time to work in otehr academic areas, i.e. math facts, reading practice, or art / drawing programs.
7th & 8th Grades: Completion of Touch Typing Lessons, Increase of Speed and Accuracy, Creating, Opening, Editing, Saving and Printing Documents in Writing Workshops (8th). Work is included in an annual class anthology of student writings (8th).
The general objectives of the Health curriculum are as follows:
- Help students deal with basic life issues from a consistent, Christian perspective.
- Teach a Biblical account of who we are and why we are here.
- Teach the student about proper personal and dietary health and encourage them to make good choices in these areas.
- Teach students about personal safety, helping them to handle emergencies and to take precautions to avoid injury and harm.
- Teach the Christian view of a person's responsibility to care for himself or herself, in honor of God.
- Body Systems
- Disease Prevention
- Emotional & Mental Health
- Substance Use & Abuse
- Physical Fitness
- Death & Dying
- Language: The goal of the language program is to provide the student, whose ability is from God, with skills for effective communication, allowing him or her to aquire self-confidence and creativity in listening to, organizing and expressing ideas in all areas of life. The program provides the student with experience in written expression. It also helps relate the oral to written expression. The "Read, Listen, Talk, Remember, Write" Method is used. It is a linguistic basis for language study with the use of clear direct samples of written English using the normal word order of conversational English.
- Spelling: In the spelling program, the student will develop the ability to spell with confidence, appreciating the importance of correct spelling for effective written communication.
- Penmanship: In grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade, writing skills are developed progressing from printing to cursive writing.
- Writing: The ability to communicate ideas effectively is a prerequisite for success in today's world. The ability to express one's self-fluency intelligibly in writing is a skill that must be learned early in the formal education process and can only be acquired through practice. Proper foundations and procedures are paramount to the young student's handwriting habits. Writing as a means of self-expression is an individual characteristic of any child. Each student has his own capabilities and limitations, and should be allowed to progress at his own rate of speed, discover his own errors, and work for self-improvement to his own satisfaction.
- Daily Oral Language: This program provides proofreading and correcting of sentences on a daily basis to grades 1-6. The students are given 5-10 minutes daily to correct sentences. It reviews and reinforces basic skills in the areas of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and usage. The program gives students repeated opportunities to develop and to practice oral language and proofreading skills.
The goals of the music curriculum aim to instill students with an appreciation of music as a gift from God to be used for His honor and glory. This is accomplished by reaching the following objectives:
- Teach the correct use of the singing voice so that the student will be able to sing on correct pitch and with pleasing quality.
- Develop, within the student, an appreciation for good music.
- Teach the fundamentals of music, necessary for performance and appreciation.
- Develop the ability of the student to read music fluently.
- Teach the student to listen to music intelligently and discriminatingly.
- Stimulate creativity through participation in musical activities.
- Foster a love for the chorales, psalms, and worthy hymns.
- Strengthen the rhythmic sense of the student and develop litheness and grace through rhythmic activities.
Kindergarten: Singing, Tone Quality, Rote Songs, Rhythm, Songs / Rhythm Band, Records, Listening, Familiar Melodies, Recorders, Descriptive / Story-Telling Music.
1st Grade: Singing, Tone Quality, Rote Songs, Rhythm, Songs / Rhythm Band, Records, Listening, Familiar Melodies, Recorders, Descriptive / Story-Telling Music.
2nd Grade: Singing, Tone Quality, Rote Songs, Music Reading Readiness, Rhythm, Records, Activities, Recorders, Listening, Themes, Orchestra Instruments.
3rd Grade: Singing, Rote-Note Songs, Rhythm, Whole Notes, Half-Notes, Quarter Notes, Quarter Rests, Recorders, Listening Skills, Orchestra Instruments, Creative Instrument Activities.
4th Grade: Singing, Note Songs, Names of Lines and Spaces on the Staff, Records, Composers and their Music, Sacred Music, Rhythm, Creative Activities, Counting and Clapping Notes and Rests.
5th Grade: Singing, Note Songs, Names of Lines and Spaces on the Staff, Rhythm, Records, Activities, Listening, Symphony Orchestra and Band, Composers and their Music, Sacred Music.
6th Grade: Singing, Note Songs, Rule for finding Do, Names of the Major Key Signatures, Two-Part Singing, Rhythm, Records, Creative Activities, Listening Skills, Ensemble Singing.
7th & 8th Grade: Singing, Tone Quality, Interpretation, Note Songs, Rote Songs, Musical Symbols, Part-Singing, Listening Skills, Prelude, Sonata, Concerto, Symphony, Creative Activities, Bottle Band, Music Quiz, Music Notebooks.
Physical education is for every person. It is a planned program of personal movement and experiences that both develop the body and foster intellectual growth. It is the use of motor activities and related experiences to develop the whole person: mentally, physically, morally, spiritually and socially, so that the student might be useful in both mind and body to his or her calling and to the world.
- Develop individual skills and techniques in the areas of motor fitness (strength, endurance, flexibility) and motor ability (coordination, movement, power, agility, balance).
- Develop team skills: how to be an effective leader, how to get along with fellow teamates, how to work together for a common good, how to function as one cog in a machine.
- Relay Teams
- Dodge Ball
- Floor Hockey
- Scooter Board Games
- Presidential Fitness Challenge
Social Studies is the study of human aspirations, frustrations, accomplishments, and failures, which have remained remarkably constant throughout history. This class is designed to give students a better understanding of these human actions.
Social Studies according to Christian World and Life View: Social Studies is part of the broad spectrum of education, focusing on Man and his relationship with God, his fellow man, to himself, and to the physical world in which he lives. Through these studies, we hope to understand the Biblical implications for these relationships, both individually and as a community of Christians, committed to a Christ-recognizing and Christ-exalting philosophy of life. Christian education must delineate between a secularistic, humanistic point-of-view over one in keeping with the Biblical teachings.
Some of these Biblical teachings are:
- Centrality of social studies is found in the fulfillment of God's redemptive plan.
- The unique characteristic of humanity, that man is created in God's image.
- Man's depravity has stymied his creativity.
- Other related subjects: social relations, psychological relations, literature, music
- Develop a meaningful understanding of human relationships as they now are, how they are becoming, and how, in the Christian perspective, they should be.
- Demonstrate the basic workings of any group or society by analytically studying its many aspects—political, economic, georgraphical, religious, social, etc.
- Help students understand why and how sin infects all of man's individual as well as collective behavior and that evil will remain a disruptive force in history until the day of judgement.
- Help students recognize Jesus Christ as the personal Savior of the world and that apart from Him all social and cultural activity is vain.
- Help students understand that in the realm of human relationships, which is the major concern of the social studies program, Christian commitment means that a) positively, one should do all possible to enable others to develop their God-given talents and abilities as well as to provide wholesome opportunities for them to do so, and b) negatively, one should never take advantage of another, despite one's ability to do so, be it socially, economically, intellectually, racially, politically, emotionally, physically, or in any other way.
The overall objectives of the Spanish curriculum are to develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The program stresses communication and inductive learning. The various methodologies used consider different learning and teaching styles. Therefore, an eclectic approach is used, bringing together the best aspects of many teaching methodologies.
Students will gain an understanding of how the Spanish language is structured, how to express their own needs, and how to talk about the world around them.
By developing and refining their skills of observation, students also acquire a basic understanding and appreciation of the diversity of cultures in the Spanish-speaking world. These objectives apply to all levels of learning, though different approaches are used for each grade level.
3's, 4's & Kindergarten: Greetings and Farewells, Listening and Repeating, Singing, Action Games and Rhymes, Following Commands, Primary Colors, Numbers 0-10, Seasonal Vocabulary, Class-Related Vocabulary.
1st Grade: Greetings and Farewells, Following Directions, Identifying Self and Others by Name, Expressing Agreement and Disagreement, Describing and Asking "How Many," Identifying Classroom Objects, Expressing Possession Using "To Have," Describing and Function of Objects, Talking about Location and Position, Describing Objects by Color, Identifying Parts of the Body, Days of the Week, Singing Playing Games, Rhymes, Cultural Dances.
2nd Grade: Listening and Vocabulary, Greetings, Identifying oneself by Sex and Name, Singing, Pronunciation, Following Commands, Playing Games, Arts and Crafts, Cultural Activities, Identifying Countries, Objects and Animals, Asking and Answering Questions, Distinguishing Between Opposite Characteristics, Comparing and Describing Objects by Size, Describing Physical Characteristics, Numbers 0-12, Expressing Quantity, Time, Age, Auditory Discrimination, Free Oral Expression.
7th & 8th Grade: