Grammar School

Grades 1 -6 are known as the “Grammar School” because this is the time that students are learning basic facts (grammar) and skills.

BCS recognizes that students at this age naturally display traits like:

  • Being excited about learning
  • Liking to explain, talk, and figure things out
  • Liking to organize and collect things
  • Enjoying chanting, singing, and moving around
  • Memorizing easily
  • Assimilating new information well

Based on the student’s natural aptitude for these things, BCS works “with the grain” of the child by using teaching methods such as:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Making maps, models, and displays
  • Integrating subjects together
  • Recitations, memorizations, and performances
  • Catechisms
  • Drilling and games

 

Curriculum

BCS utilizes a range of instructional material that has been vetted for excellence in fulfilling the mission of the school and to align with the observations about students this age outlined above .

Here are some highlights of our curriculum  (click the + sign for more information):

Bible and History

At the center of our entire curriculum is the Bible. The Bible unifies all knowledge and is the standard by which we judge all things. At BCS, we partner with parents in the spiritual formation of their children. In the Grammar School, emphasis is place on basic Biblical concepts and facts, and the forming of godly habits (virtue). In addition to our core Bible material, History is studied sequentially using the Veritas History Program so that students have studied all the major events, persons, and changes in Western Civilizations from the Egyptians to current American History.

Language Arts

We use the Spell to Write and Read (SWR) curriculum which provides for a multi-sensory approach to learning spelling, writing, and reading. This gives the student several neural avenues through hearing, moving, seeing, and doing. Students learn to build words with phonics and decode phonemes all while practicing writing letters in cursive to hone their fine motor skills.

English Grammar

Grammar is a lost art in our society. At BCS, students practice The Shurley Method of grammar which provides a series of rhymes, chants, and gestures to teach the students the different parts of speech and how they interact. This lays the groundwork for students to learn how to compose eloquent and whimsical speeches and essays (which ultimately enables them to become clear thinkers and communicators). This works perfectly in conjunction with our writing program utilizing auditory, visual, and movement modes of learning for multiple pathways to the brain for high retention and skill building.

Literature

One of the goals at Bloomfield Christian School is that books become a source of joy and passion for our students. We use the great books that have stood the test of time in forming generation after generation. By the opening of the book, the mind is expanded and stretched into worlds unknown so that we may better understand our own world. All of this is done under the light of The Book, God’s Holy Word.

Math

One of the pillars of a truly liberal arts education is mathematics. Therefore, BCS places a priority on the learning of mathematics concepts and the skills of problem solving. To this end, we utilize Singapore Math which teaches through a three-tiered approach: concrete-pictorial-abstract. Student begin with concrete manipulatives (physical objects) to touch and see how basic arithmetic operations work. They then move on to pictorial bar-models which helps them “see” the number theory behind the concrete objects. Finally, students begin solving math problems in the abstract using what they’ve learned. All of this aims at the mastery of math skills and knowledge.

Latin

The study of Latin is essential to classical, Christian education for a number of reasons. It the foundation of our own language (mastery of Latin vocabulary drastically increases the knowledge of English vocabulary, especially in sciences). It’s grammatical structure helps us think more clearly and understand the grammar of English. Some of the greatest works of Western literature were written in Latin and students are enabled to encounter these great works directly without the need of translators. In the Grammar School, student begin by learning basic vocabulary from K-3, and in grades 4-6 the study of formal grammar begins.

Science

BCS firmly believes that God is revealed through his creation. As such, science is approached as an encounter of the wonderful, beautiful world God has created for us to enjoy and know Him. Each grade works through a thematic unit ranging from the study of bugs and insects to the study of the stars and astronomy. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the basic observational skills through hands-on experimentation, the memory and classification of regional biology, and developing a love and wonder of God’s creation.

Physical Education

Play is an essential part of our development. We are embodied creatures and must learn to properly use and enjoy our bodies. Students are provided ample time to free play and structured training in the basic skills of bodily movement which can be developed for higher-level sports as they grow.

Fine and Performing Arts

The visual (fine) and performing arts are an essential component of classical, Christian education. We are made in the image of God, who is the Master Artist. As such, the creation of and enjoyment of beauty is indispensable to us fulfilling our human nature. Beginning in Kindergarten, music classes meet regularly to learn the basics of music theory, performance, and to cultivate a love for the rhythm of numbers. In addition, a strings orchestra program runs throughout the curriculum further developing musical skills and appreciation.

Students also begin working on artistic skills of painting, drawing, and sculpting by studying the masters and imitating them. Through this combination of analysis and practice students are enabled both to know the history of the development of art and acquire the skills of creating beautiful works of art.

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