Academics

Academic Overview

At Lighthouse Christian School, we're proud to offer your son or daughter quality Christian education. Please read below for your student's specific class curriculum, supplies needed for school, & special electives offered to them throughout the year. Also, check out the Honor Roll list to check for your son or daughter.

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Our Preschool program is designed to nurture young learners as they make connections across many disciplines.  Early literacy, math, social studies, science, social-emotional development, creative arts, physical 
movement, health, and technology are integrated throughout our program.  Learning centers are set up to be educational and fun theme-based opportunities.  Kids learn through purposeful play, which is integral to how young children learn best.  Our educators are knowledgeable of developmentally appropriate activities to engage the youngest learners to love learning.  A child who loves learning becomes a life learner!  Our goals for children who participate in our program are to train up students to glorify God academically, physically, spiritually, and to walk in His truth.  

A Day in the Life of Preschool
Small manipulative play:  Upon arrival, children have a choice of hands-on materials to explore with a small group feel supervised by our team of teachers. 
Morning gathering:  Children select a job of the day; the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer and morning announcements take place. 
Circle time:  An interactive approach to learning the calendar, weather, shapes, character traits, and the Bible verse of the week are all introduced through student participation, movement, songs, and stories.
Morning snack:  Snack time allows students to socialize and curb their appetites until lunch time.  A restroom break is scheduled at this time.    Students pack a morning snack and a water bottle.  
Morning centers:  Children will travel in small groups to engage in focused activities covering a variety of opportunities to practice both fine and gross motor skills, phonemic awareness, math, science, art, technology, writing, and discovery.   
Lunch, recess, bathroom break, and nap time
Afternoon Snack:  An afternoon snack is provided before afternoon rotations take place. 
Bible time:  Kids gather on the carpet to hear the Word of God shared in a kid-friendly, easy to grasp way, using our Positive Action curriculum, which is full of activities, crafts, and role playing.  
Afternoon Rotations:   Discovery activities are set up for kids to explore with their hands, exploring a wide gamut of opportunities to prepare children to read and write and excel academically, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.   

Prayer and dismissal at 3:00pm


Overview of K through 5th  

*Our elementary school focuses on the individual child, the “whole child”, developing critical thinking and providing a solid academic base and study skills that will be beneficial for a lifetime. Our small class size allows teachers to engage and teach each child in a nurturing environment.  Cooperative learning strategies increase learning, promote class building and team building within each class.

*Kindergarten through Fifth Grade classrooms provide environments that guide and support students, allowing them freedom to nurture independent thinking and action. Students learn basic facts and concepts and are encouraged and empowered to think and express themselves in traditional and imaginative ways. Academics are presented through a wide array of rich experiences that engage students in the learning process.

*In addition to Bible class, teachers offer students a traditional, and in most cases, accelerated program in reading and language arts, mathematics, science, history, spelling, and handwriting. These subjects reflect the academic atmosphere of the school and provide the foundation for the demanding scholastic program of the Middle School.  Art, music, computer technology, Spanish, and physical education round out the Elementary educational program.

*A strong focus on writing and public speaking starts early. Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students practice how to catch a reader’s attention, how to develop a point, how to create the language of poetry and how to keep a writer’s notebook. By writing and practicing public speaking, our students build necessary skills of clear communication that are honed throughout the years at LCS. 

Homework is required at all levels, as is the completion of a Summer Reading Assignment.


Curriculum

    
 BIBLE

Preschool through Grade 4 uses the Positive Outcome Bible Curriculum.               Curriculum includes weekly memory verse, character building, Bible lessons and written activities.  Themes include: K-Learning About God  1st-Enjoying God’s Gifts     2nd-Finding God’s Promises     3rd -Growing with God    4th-Building Life Castles     5th- Possessing the Land

   
 READING

Lighthouse Christian School teachers have created a program designed to enable students to learn to read with understanding and to take an interest in and have an appreciation of reading for both information and enjoyment.The program combines phonological awareness, phonics and linguistics in an approach which gives students an early start in reading.  Our balanced literacy program includes skills in vocabulary, listening, speaking, language arts, comprehension, and writing.  Students have opportunities to learn, develop and strengthen these skills.  Materials used in the reading program include ABeka and Bob Jones textbooks, selected novels, supplementary readers, and a variety of audio-visuals. Genres include various types of traditional and contemporary selections such as fables, fantasies, biographies, and classic-type stories. The materials and theliterature combine to create a total program designed to enable students to learn to read with understanding and to take an interest in and have an appreciation of reading.Our kindergarten program develops strong phonological awareness and stresses the sounds of letters of the alphabet with words which incorporate the individual sounds studied. A variety of centers and small group activities provide opportunities for students to use word families and sight words. By the end of the kindergarten year, students are able to decode simple words and sentences.Grade 1 students are steeped in phonics and linguistics and practice reading several times a day through a variety of methods including guided reading, partner reading, reading rings, choral reading, and independent reading to develop accuracy and practice fluency. Continuous practice in phonics/linguistics, is evident throughout Grades 1 and 2. Because most of the phonics skills are taught by the end of Grade 2, more emphasis is placed on comprehension and vocabulary and less on word attack skills in Grade 3 through 5.  Teachers in grades 3 through 5 incorporate novel studies into their reading curriculum. 

  
  LANGUAGE ARTS

LCS students are involved in the Language Arts program.  As students progress through the grades, they become adept in writing good sentences (simple to complex), paragraphs of varying lengths, reports requiring research, and various types of letters. Poetry, sentence structure and parts of speech are all studied in detail. Proper handwriting and neatness are emphasized at all levels. Students begin cursive writing in grade 2.Students in grades 2-5 learn the skills necessary to construct a five paragraph essay.

   
 SPELLING

We use the Purposeful Design Spelling curriculum schoolwide.  The curriculum includes pattern words, high-frequency words, word study, using words in writing assignments.  Students are tested weekly.

    
 MATH

At Lighthouse Christian School we use the Purposeful Design Mathematics curriculum, designed by ACSI.  Through lots of hands-on activities the curriculum focuses on helping students understand the foundational math principles such as numeracy, number sense, sets, and patterns.  Using this understanding, students in all grades become problem solvers in practical concepts such as money, time, fractions, decimals, measurement, graphing, place value, and basic operations.  Each grade builds on skills from previous years.

    
SOCIAL STUDIES  HISTORY

Kindergarten studies community helpers.  First Graders learn map skills, including the continents, study Native Americans and Colonial America.  Grade 2 through Grade 4 hold an annual History Fair.  The students participate in the project.  Each student is given a specific American symbol, American person, or American place.  Students meet deadlines for each part of the project which includes research, reports, project boards, costume, presentations to each class, and finally, display all parts of their project for the school community.Grade 4 studies Delaware history.Grade 5 studies in America History.


First and Second Graders use Bob Jones University Science curriculum.   Grades 3 and 4 use Foss/Delta Science Kits.  In a combined experimental/textual approach, students are given an opportunity to undertake concrete experiences in search of answers to scientific problems. As a result of these experiences, students learn to observe, interpret, and classify. Elementary Science includes life science, physical science, and earth science with topics including weather, solar system, human body and health, animals, plants, ecosystems, structures of life, rocks and minerals, general physics, and chemical tests, 
Middle School Overview
  • Overview of Middle School, 
    Grades 6-8th

    Our Middle School Program is designed to offer each individual child with educational experiences which develop critical thinking, academic scaffolding, and study skills to develop life-long learners. Our small class sizes allows teachers to create opportunities for students to work in engaging and nurturing environments. Learning is increased through individual attention and cooperative strategies.

    We focus on developing character through gradual release of responsibilities.
    We model a passion for knowledge and inquiry to encourage each child to explore, take risks and investigate the world. Our values are Biblically based and align with God’s Word.



    Curriculum


    Bible



    Middle School students study God’s Word through the Roots of Faith Curriculum. Students begin a chronological journey from Genesis to Revelation over a three year study. Sixth and Seventh Grade students focus on reading, understanding and fostering real life connections to the Old Testament. Our eight grade students study the New Testament including the life of our Savior and the promise of His return. Lessons emphasize the history and timeline of God’s unfolding and perfect plan for salvation.


    History



    Our History curriculum offers a comprehensive foundation with content ranging from ancient civilizations to current world events. The sixth grade studies the History of how past societies have attempted to live in a fallen world and how God has interacted with His creation. Seventh Grade History focuses on the expansion of society and how Christianity has impacted cultures around the world. This includes an analysis of other religions. Eight Graders engage in studies of American History. This includes politics, science, economics, society, religion and the arts. Students find historical examples of God’s providence throughout our nation’s timeline.


    Language Arts



    Students in sixth through eighth grade apply their knowledge of grammar and composition to write a variety of genres including, poetry, narrative, expository and persuasive text. We offer several opportunities each year for students to submit their writing to various competitions including, Patriots Pen, Fire Prevention and ACSI Creative Writing Festival. Students build comprehension skills through novel studies. Students are taught to analyze, evaluate and form opinions based on Biblical principles. We read a wide range of literature including fiction, nonfiction, biographies and classics.


    Science




    Our Science curriculum is based on the Biblical truth utilizing the Purposeful Design Series (Life, Earth and Space, and Physical Science). Hands-on learning activities excite students to want to know more, and help to shape a biblical worldview in the mind and heart of each student. Critical thinking skills are developed through scientific inquiry and investigation. The language and processes of science are also learned by the students through an in-depth study into these three specific areas of science.


    Math
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    Our Math curriculum is designed to help students develop life-long foundational skill that will provide a platform for further studies as well as practical everyday application. Sixth graders focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and integers. They also study geometrical properties, probability and statistics. Seventh grade studies focus on equations and inequalities, plane and solid geometry, coordinate systems, ratio, proportions, customary and metric measurement. Eight graders work through algebraic expressions, integers, properties of positive and negative exponents, and geometric relationships. 


    Art

    The LCS art curriculum is designed to help students learn important concepts such as color theory, line, shape, and form through hands on methods using their creativity with open ended projects so all students can excel. 



    Music 

    ~ We learn special songs for Grandparents Day, Veteran's Day Celebration, Christmas and Easter. Middle School also learns a song to sing at Delmarva Christian School's Christian Rally.


    ~ In addition each grade learns specific music skills.


    Kindergarden 

    ~  Learns rhythms and patterns using Body Music.

    1st Grade

    ~ Begins learning the names of the lines and spaces on the Treble Clef, the names of the notes and the numbers of beats for each note (whole, 1/2, 1/4, whole rest, 1/2 rest, 1/4 rest).

    2nd Grade

    ~  Reviews 1st grade material, adds the names of the lines and spaces in the Bass Clef and adds the 1/8 note.

    3rd Grade

    ~  Reviews music notations and starts learning to play the recorder in the Treble Clef.

    4th Grade

    ~  Begins reading music in the Bass Clef and starts learning to play Boomwhackers.

    5th Grade

    ~  Reviews notes in both the Treble and Bass clef. They also begin bucket drumming.

    Middle School

    ~  Has music the 2nd and 3rd quarter of the year. They begin learning to sing in 3-4 part harmony.