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From kindergarten on, our students benefit from a strong reading and spelling program combined with exciting literature, projects and activities. Also introduced is a challenging math program. In addition to the core courses of math, reading and language arts, we integrate science, social studies and Bible study into our core curriculum from the earliest elementary years.

As our students advance through the elementary grades, they benefit from challenging, age-appropriate curriculum that encourages independent thinking and personal growth. Strong reading and writing skills are regularly honed through incentive reading programs, book reports, essays, journals, and assignments in other subject areas. Bethany utilizes various programs, like Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math, to ensure that each student is being challenged at their respective level of ability. 

Hands-on science experiments, long-term projects, intramural competitions, and educational field trips all reinforce the elementary academic curriculum. Bethany teachers consistently strive to inject fun and relevancy into their teaching. 

Bethany utilizes a wide range of secular and Christian curriculum for its students' needs, including such well-known names as Harcourt-Brace, McGraw-Hill, Scott Foresman, SuperKids, Shurley English, and Glencoe. Curriculum resources for every subject are reviewed in 5-year cycles, with a different subject reviewed each year. This ensures a systematic acquisition of the most up-to-date curriculum available. Guidance for BCS benchmarks and standards is derived by an independent review process, comparisons with other private schools and Florida's Sunshine State standards.

 

Elementary Highlights

 
Kindergarten
  • Full-time aide in classroom
  • Full academic day
  • Varied creative and traditional learning experiences
  • Hands-on curriculum
  • Phonetic and whole-language reading program
  • Independent work along with small and large group settings
  • Print-rich environment
  • Interactive circle times
  • Educational visits from community friends
  • Curriculum related field trips (e.g., Flamingo Gardens)
  • Weekly Art, Library, Computer, PE, Music and Spanish classes
  • "The First Thanksgiving" play; parental and school-wide attendance
  • Super classroom parties for major holidays
  • Classroom Thanksgiving feast
  • Christmas and Spring musical performances
  • "100 Days" Celebration
  • Junior Field Day
  • End-of-the-Year celebration
First Grade
  • Full-time aide in classroom
  • Phonetic-based reading and spelling program
  • Manipulative math program
  • Hands-on science and social studies themes:
  1. "Under the Sea"
  2. "Spring Wonders," including chick hatching
  3. Famous People in American History presentations
  4. International Day, including craft making, food tasting, and guest speakers
  • Learning centers, including social studies, math, games and puzzles, art, computer, class library, and a book nook.
  • Specials classes include library, computer, PE, music, Spanish and art
  • Christmas and Spring musical performances
  • Holiday parties
  • "100 Days" celebration
  • Junior Field Day
Second Grade
  • Full-time aide in classroom
  • Weekly journals
  • Study of American heroes/inventors
  • Fall Festival/Thanksgiving feast
  • Scholastic Book Clubs
  • Flat Stanley Project
  • Space Studies
  • Each student publishes a "twisted fairy tale"
  • "Book Boxes" book report
  • Apple Day to celebrate Johnny Appleseed's birthday
  • Seed collections science chapter on plants
  • Spring field trip
  • Hands-on math manipulative used several times a week
  • Library, Computer, PE, Music, Art, and Spanish
  • Book character parade
  • "100 Days" celebration
 
Third Grade
  • Manuscript handwriting review and introduction to cursive
  • Multiplication and division
  • Math manipulatives used as hands-on tools to assist during lessons
  • Hands-on science experiments
  • Recycling/Environment unit
  • Human body unit
  • Weekly journal (using various types of writing)
  • Fall character parade in conjunction with biography book report
  • Novel studies on Stone Fox and Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Research report and country project for International Day
  • Bible units on creation, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses
  • Class cookbook with original recipes
  • Content songs for all subjects
  • Daily D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) time Monkey
  • Pumpkin, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter, and year-end parties
  • Enrichment: Computer, Library, P.E., Music, Choir, Art, and Spanish
  • Annual Field Day
  • Field trips pertaining to curriculum -- vary yearly
Fourth Grade
  • Applesauce Party to demonstrate physical and chemical changes of matter in conjunction with science unit
  • Make pottery in conjunction with social studies curriculum
  • Weekly spelling bee classroom competition
  • Participation in ACSI math olympics, spelling bee, speech meet, and writing competition
  • Each student completes a Florida state notebook in conjunction with social studies curriculum
  • Three-day field trip to St. Augustine and Kennedy Space Center, biannually
  • Monthly book reports assigned by teacher: fiction, mystery, biography, etc., to be completed with an assigned project
  • In-class science experiments performed in conjunction with science curriculum
  • Participation in making and illustrating class books
  • Multiplication/division math relays
  • Thematic classroom activities in conjunction with curriculum
  • Christmas Around the World cultural immersion
  • Read and discuss novels in class
  • "Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundae" activity, during which students use play money to buy and sell toppings to each other
  • Waffle breakfast while studying fractions
  • Accelerated math groups
Fifth Grade
  • Quarterly book reports assigned by teacher: personal choice, Newbery Award winner, biography, and fiction to be completed along with an assigned project
  • Fall Character Parade
  • Research projected completed via Internet research and other sources
  • Multilevel math groups
  • Multiplication/division relays
  • Essay writing (expository, narrative, persuasive, and informative integrated into curriculum)
  • Math manipulatives used as hands-on tools to assist during lessons
  • Hands-on science experiments in conjunction with curriculum
  • Four in-class novels integrated into the curriculum
  • Participation in writing and illustrating class books
  • Annual Field Day
  • Class skits performed during assembly
  • Participation in ACSI math olympics and spelling bee

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