Elementary School Information
Forest Lake Christian Elementary School integrates Christian principles into every aspect of the curriculum. Students gain a solid foundation of learning skills along with strong moral values and positive character qualities. The curriculum, credentialed teachers, and caring environment provide an excellent atmosphere where children are able to reach their greatest potential.
Parents are viewed as partners in the educational process. Frequent communication, as well as parent-teacher conferences each semester, foster opportunities to collaborate. Parents are encouraged be involved in their children’s education by volunteering in the classroom and engaging in school activities.
Opportunities such as the Association of Christian School’s Spelling Bee, Speech Meet, and Math Olympics as well as our Christmas program, Grandparents Day, piano lessons, and Falconville enrich the experience for children and their families. The scenic campus with large grass playing fields, gym and playgrounds offers a safe place for children to play and interact with their peers. Teamwork, positive interactions, healthy friendships and fun are encouraged as students learn and grow in a peaceful, safe environment.
The elementary curriculum is multifaceted to cover not only core subjects but also enrichment programs and activities. Grade level bench marks have been developed and implemented that exceed state standards. Forest Lake Christian School has chosen not to adopt the Common Core Standards, but our curriculum is evaluated in light of these standards to ensure that students are well prepared with critical thinking skills. The curriculum is designed to develop the whole student academically, socially and physically.
Bible – Daily Bible classes with discussions are conducted from a non-denominational viewpoint. The relevance of the Bible to the students’ daily lives is constantly demonstrated. Students grow their roots deep in Christ and are taught the moral precepts of the Bible not only in class, but also throughout the day in every endeavor.
English, Grammar and Reading – It is essential that all students are equipped with reading skills therefore a phonetic approach to reading is emphasized in the lower elementary grades. In grades TK through third, our students are learning to read. In grades 4th and above, our students read to learn. Becoming a fluent and skillful reader requires extensive engagement with the English language, including understanding the sounds and symbols that make up language, hearing and talking about stories and events, and connecting words with ideas to express in writing and speaking. Reading materials that are designed to be character building, have literary value, and are patriotic in nature are selected for all grade levels. Weekly library time allows students to check out and enjoy a variety of wholesome literature. Elements of English grammar and usage for spoken and written language are also emphasized in the curriculum. Speaking and writing in complete sentences, singular and plural subjects and verbs, punctuation, and parts of speech are mastered.
Spelling and Writing – Spelling is taught in a sequential phonetic program and vocabulary is included in weekly review and quizzes. Oral as well as written spelling is introduced in the early grades. Composition and writing is introduced in the early grades and each student had the opportunity to organize thoughts and present them in written form. Cursive writing is taught in the third grade. Beginning in the third and fourth grades, students learn to diagram the entire sentence structure for both simple and complex sentences. The fifth and sixth grade curriculum instructs students in essay writing and the various components of a successful essay.
History and Geography– Our rich American heritage and the history of the ages from a Judeo-Christian perspective is emphasized. Patriotism and appreciation for the Christian foundations of the United States is developed throughout the grade levels. A study of missions and an appreciation of various cultures throughout the world is encouraged. Projects such as the California missions and study of a particular country are highlighted in various grade levels. Geography is also emphasized and in third grade students learn the names of the states and capitals of the united States. Students also learn the names and cultural backgrounds of countries throughout the world. Map reading and geography skills are learned at each grade level.
Computers – A dedicated computer lab and technology curriculum is part of the elementary school program. Classes have scheduled computer time with instruction appropriate to the grade level. Students in first through 4th grade learn general computer skills. Students in fifth and sixth grade focus on using the computer as a word processor as part of their writing program.
Mathematics – Benchmarks for each grade level include conceptual understanding of key ideas and memorization of mathematical functions to give students the knowledge and skills to be prepared for mathematics at each grade level, in college, in career, and for life. Learning math content, using math to solve problems, and demonstrating abstract ideas through the use of manipulatives allows students to develop habits that foster memory and understanding of mathematical concepts.
Physical Education – Daily instruction from a physical education teacher is included in the curriculum. The program begins with organized exercise, coordination, and playground
activities for the lower grades. Exercising, body coordination skills, and instruction in the rules and skills for a variety of sports is introduced in the upper grade levels.
Science – The curriculum teaches science from a Biblical creationist viewpoint. Understanding the scientific method and hands-on science experiences are emphasized throughout the curriculum. Projects, labs, and special events such as a nighttime astronomy lesson add variety engage students in the learning process.
The Exceptionality Program is designed to assist students who may be behind or struggling with learning challenges to succeed in school. Specialists assess and individually tutor students to give them tools and strategies to be successful in the classroom. The goal of this program is to enable students to achieve academically and gain confidence. There are additional fees for students who are enrolled in this program.