Kindergarten

Math: BJU K5 Math

Math K5 uses an interactive approach with manipulatives to build a foundation of math concepts. Lessons on number, sense, addition and subtraction, time, money, and other skills are introduced.  

Phonics and Reading:  BJU Focus on Fives

BJU Focus on 5’s provides an engaging, activity-based program that helps students develop the skills they’ll need for first grade. Age-appropriate introductions to science, social studies, hand-writing, phonics, and reading are integrated into the curriculum. Interactive and engaging activities help young students build a foundation in phonemic awareness, reading strategies, listening, and speaking. Critical thinking and comprehension are developed through focused listening activities and shared reading times between students and their teachers/co-teachers.  Handwriting development is incorporated into the curriculum.

BJU Press phonics first teaches students to associate individual letters and sounds. Students then move to recognizing phonics patterns through word families. This two-part approach prepares students to engage more easily with the words they will encounter. This program also builds familiarity with high-frequency words, or service words, which do not follow normal phonics rules.

Bible: The ABC Bible Curriculum provides character education around Bible Verses in a memorable format for the youngest students.

1st Grade

Math: Singapore

The Primary Mathematics Standards series of elementary math textbooks and workbooks is part of a system of learning in which adult supervision and independent practice go hand in hand. The main feature of this series is the use of the concrete to pictorial to abstract approach. Students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully. This approach encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem solving, which helps develop the foundation students will need for more advanced mathematics.

Teachers also incorporate basic math skill development within their class.  

Reading and English Grammar:  BJU Phonics, Reading and English 1

Phonics and Reading 1 introduces young reader to a variety of colorfully illustrated fiction, poems, plays, articles, and Bible stories. This engaging program begins with teaching reading from a phonetic approach with a focus on mastering phonics skills. They will apply fundamental skills of phonics, decoding, phonemic awareness, word analysis, and word recognition skills.  Reading selections are developed to incorporate phonics, English skills, service words, and word families. New vocabulary words for each story are introduced in sample sentences to provide context clues. Critical thinking and comprehension skills are developed through discussion questions and teaching strategies. Both oral and silent reading habits are developed through enjoyable practice at home in both reading and listening.

Within literature and reading students will build comprehension skills that develop their abilities to make predictions, improve their understanding of content, sequence, or character and connect whatever they are reading with their own experience and knowledge. Mastering reading comprehension for any student is the foundation to all future academic success and is one of the most valuable and lasting skills a student will develop. Not only will students be exposed to literature through BJU Reading 1, but each class will explore several individual books throughout the year. 

English Grammar and Writing: BJU English 1 provides students with daily opportunities to learn English conventions, early sentence-writing skills, and using the five-step writing process when writing paragraphs. Activities will also develop skills in listening, speaking, English grammar, and writing.  

In the last quarter, students are introduced to the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) curriculum that will be used for the remainder of their elementary school experience. 

Spelling: BJU Spelling 1

The Spelling 1 work-text focuses on application through studying generalizations, and using spelling as a tool for communication. Enjoyable guided activities help your student learn word structures and dictionary skills.

Spanish: BJU Press

Students are introduced to the structure and sound of Spanish through an interactive and enjoyable class which uses BJU Press’s elementary Spanish educational materials, Pasaporte al Español.  The structured approach to language development prepares students ears and pronunciation for further development in middle and high school.  

 History: Veritas (History of Me and History of US)

Bede (pronounced like “bead”) is a timeline … who strongly resembles a ball of yarn. This loveable character introduces young children to the basics of history in a fun way–once a week–all year long. Topics include: how a timeline works, family history, the history of holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc.), the history of toys, the history of sports, and more. Even a little Church history is included! History is, in a sense, a compilation of all of the victories and failures of humankind as God leads us. It is important that students not only understand the events of the past, but the significance of how those events affect their own lives. This appreciation of history will help them shape their future. Bede’s History of Me lays a groundwork for later years of study.

In Bede’s History of US 1st graders are introduced to American history. Topics include: Columbus Day, the Great Awakening, George Washington, Ben Franklin, Lewis and Clark, Abraham Lincoln, the Wild West, the history of flight, the history of inventions, famous American artists, and more. This is the perfect preparation for serious history study when students are ready. Also included is an in-depth, state history lapbook project.  

Geography: MCP Maps, Charts, and Graphs

Coinciding with history, students will be introduced to basic geography concepts such as maps and charts and land forms using MCP Maps, Charts and Graphs as well as other teacher directed activities. Students will learn how to make and read maps as well as identify landforms and specific geographic elements. 

Science: BJU Science 1

This highly visual, interactive course uses engaging visuals, age-appropriate text, and special interest boxes to introduce students to science and scientific concepts. Students will cover basic concepts in life science, earth-space science, and physical science, and they will learn to defend the truth that God created all things and sustains their existence. Activities encourage inquiry-based learning as well as employ effective questioning strategies. The student has the opportunity to apply foundational science skills to learn problem solving on a weekly basis.

Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears

Handwriting Without Tears has become the gold standard in writing instruction for elementary school because of the simplicity of its font and the logical structure of its lessons.  Developing fluent handwriting is critical in early elementary schools as it frees the student’s mental attention and energy to focus on word choice and content when composing sentences and paragraphs.   The first grade workbook emphasizes the correct use of lowercase letters in words and sentences. Activity pages combine handwriting instruction with other language arts lessons. Practice pages also teach writing on different styles of lines.  Teachers will incorporate handwriting templates with other lessons. Co-teachers are important to the process of developing fluent handwriting by carefully observing and coaching student progress.

2nd Grade

Math: Singapore

The Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition series of elementary math textbooks and workbooks is meant to be part of a system of learning in which adult supervision and independent practice go hand in hand. The main feature of this series is the use of the concrete to pictorial to abstract approach. Students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully. This approach encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem solving, which helps develop the foundation students will need for more advanced mathematics.

Reading: BJU Reading 2

Four reading texts provide interesting, developmentally appropriate selections from a variety of genres, such as realistic and historical fiction, fables, folktales, Bible accounts, biography, and drama as well as poetry. The reading selections provide a progression of difficulty in readability. Instruction is provided in phonics, oral reading, literary techniques, and comprehension. The selections are sequenced logically for readability and skill progression to help all students succeed.

Additional Literature:

C.S. Lewis reminds us that literature allows us to see the world through the eyes and experience of others:  “But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself.”   Literature is a proven means of developing empathy in children.  In keeping with our values, HLA’s literature selections focus on formative and multicultural experiences.  Students are encouraged to read independently, with their families and with their class.  

Within literature students build comprehension and critical thinking skills that develop their abilities to make predictions, improve their understanding of content, sequence or character and connect whatever they are reading with their own experience and knowledge. Mastering reading comprehension for any student is the foundation to all future academic success and is one of the most valuable and lasting skills a student will develop.  For class literature selections, students are given reading comprehension questions that build in difficulty to challenge your student. 

Grammar and Writing:  Institute for Excellence In Writing: Bible Heroes

From Enoch and Noah to John the Baptist and Paul, students will get to know the heroes of the Bible while working through six of IEW’s nine units. A variety of games teach vocabulary, reinforce elements of style, and add to the fun

 

Spelling: BJU Spelling 2

The Spelling 2 Student Worktext includes colorful work text pages with activities such as word sorting, word studies, proofreading, dictionary skills, and writing to strengthen spelling and communication skills. Thirty-two weekly spelling lists are included, and each list contains approximately 20 words.  This program is designed to reinforce phonics skills learned through the reading program. 

Spanish: BJU Press

Learning another language enhances an elementary child’s education and prepares him or her for future careers and ministries.  BJU Press’s elementary Spanish educational materials, Pasaporte al Español, contains 6 progressive teaching steps to language development.  Interactive lessons engage students and build their capacity for further language study. 

History/Geography: Veritas – Creation to the Fall of Rome

The students will be taught a chronological sequence or timeline of history, with the benefit of seeing biblical history in the context of all history. Students will start by memorizing names, dates, and places to learn how God has worked throughout history. This learning occurs through multi-sensory learning, interactions and games that make the work fun and exciting. This will also provide a foundation for more in-depth study in later years. 

Coinciding with history, students will be introduced to basic geography concepts such as maps and charts and land forms using MCP Maps, Charts and Graphs as well as other teacher directed activities. Students will learn how to make and read maps as well as identify landforms and specific geographic elements.

Science: BJU Science 2

Science 2 teaches the student how to use science process skills to learn and tell about Gods creation. The program focuses on what scientists do, living things, plants, environments, fossils and dinosaurs, the layers and features of the earth, how the earth moves, natural resources, light, forces and motion, and how the body works. The student develops his science process skills as he participates in hands-on activities and projects.

Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears: Cursive Kickoff

This workbook is for second grade students to begin the transition to cursive in third grade. Learn & Check helps teachers and students check letter, word, and sentence skills. Activity pages combine handwriting instruction with punctuation, paragraph, poem, and language arts activities for practice. Practice includes writing on single lines.  Co-teachers are critical to the development of fluent handwriting by monitoring student practice and reinforcing good habits in daily work.  

3rd Grade

Math: Singapore

The Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition series of elementary math textbooks and workbooks is meant to be part of a system of learning in which adult supervision and independent practice go hand in hand. The main feature of this series is the use of the Concrete to Pictorial to Abstract approach. Students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully. This approach encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem solving, which helps develop the foundation students will need for more advanced mathematics.

Grammar: Easy Grammar by Dr. Wanda Phillips

Easy Grammar is a highly rated grammar program that is also recommended by Institute for Excellence in Writing.  This program is unique in presenting prepositions before other parts of speech. By teaching students to identify prepositions and prepositional phrases before other parts of the sentence, it eliminates such problems as confusing the object of a preposition with the subject.  Further grammar development includes identifying and understanding the role of different parts of speech in sentences. Punctuation and other grammatical conventions are also taught.  

Word Study and Spelling: Megawords 1

Megawords is a research based program in word study, spelling, vocabulary and reading fluency. Because automatic decoding and pronunciation of multi-syllable words is crucial to developing reading fluency, Megawords focuses on phonetic patterns and word structural analysis. This format teaches the reading, spelling, and contextual use of multisyllabic words through multi-sensory instruction and a systematic progression of skills. Its goal is “to teach students word attack strategies that they can apply to sounding out any unfamiliar word.”  Within each book, words are presented in lists arranged by word structure and spelling pattern. Practice is also provided to allow students to monitor and record their own progress in reading fluency.  

Spanish: BJU Press

Learning another language enhances an elementary child’s education and prepares him or her for future careers and ministries.  BJU Press’s elementary Spanish educational materials, Pasaporte al Español, contains 6 progressive teaching steps to language development.  Interactive lessons engage students and build their capacity for further language study. 

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW):  All Things Fun and Fascinating

Using a theme based series of passages, students will work through IEW Units 1–7 as they learn to take notes, retell narrative stories, summarize references, write from pictures, and compose original pieces of writing.  Humorous characters and fascinating creatures will help young students enjoy learning to write with structure and style. This series includes vocabulary cards, literature suggestions, and access to helpful PDF downloads for the co-teacher. 

Reading: BJU Reading 3

Reading 3 Student Reader 3A (3rd ed.) contains developmentally appropriate selections from a variety of genres with a progression of difficulty in readability and skills to provide success for every student. New Bible retellings closely follow the text in Scripture. In this course, students will read great literature and continue to work on their phonics fundamentals as they read aloud and read on their own. Students will improve their reading skills through written and oral comprehension exercises, engaging projects and journal writing. Their vocabulary will be expanded through the application of contextual clues and use of the dictionary. Students will learn to apply a Christian worldview as they examine qualities of characters in stories and recognize those worth emulating. They will learn to identify different genres of literature as they read a variety of styles. And most importantly, they will continue to increase their love of literature. 

Additional Literature: 

C.S. Lewis reminds us that literature allows us to see the world through the eyes and experience of others:  “But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself.”   Literature is a proven means of developing empathy in children.  In keeping with our values, HLA’s literature selections focus on formative and multicultural experiences.  Students are encouraged to read independently, with their families and with their class.  

Within literature students build comprehension and critical thinking skills that develop their abilities to make predictions, improve their understanding of content, sequence or character and connect whatever they are reading with their own experience and knowledge. Mastering reading comprehension for any student is the foundation to all future academic success and is one of the most valuable and lasting skills a student will develop.  For class literature selections, students are given reading comprehension questions that build in difficulty to challenge your student. 

History/Geography: Veritas – New Testament, Greece and Rome

The students will be taught a chronological sequence or timeline of history, with the benefit of seeing biblical history in the context of all history. Students will start by memorizing names, dates, and places to learn how God has worked throughout history. This learning occurs through multi-sensory learning, interactions and games that make the work fun and exciting. This will also provide a foundation for more in-depth study in later years. 

Coinciding with history, students will be introduced to basic geography concepts such as maps and charts and land forms using MCP Maps, Charts and Graphs as well as other teacher directed activities. Students will learn how to make and read maps as well as identify landforms and specific geographic elements.

Science: BJU Science 3

Science 3 provides age-appropriate scientific information through text, charts, and colorful photographs and illustrations. The 3rd grade science educational materials also contains detailed instructions for all experiments, activities, and projects. The last page of each chapter provides key terms and concepts as well a brief writing activity to exercise higher-level thinking skills.

Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears

This workbook is for third grade students. Cursive Writing facilitates an easy transition from printing to cursive. Lesson plans incorporate letter review with words and sentences. Activity pages combine handwriting instruction with paragraph, poem, composition, and language arts activities.

4th Grade

Math: Singapore

The Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition series of elementary math textbooks and workbooks is meant to be part of a system of learning in which adult supervision and independent practice go hand in hand. The main feature of this series is the use of the Concrete to Pictorial to Abstract approach. Students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully. This approach encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem solving, which helps develop the foundation students will need for more advanced mathematics.

Grammar: Institute for Excellence In Writing Fix It Grammar: Nose Tree

Fix It Grammar requires a student to learn grammatical conventions while editing mistakes.  Students hunt for and correct errors in daily passages that cumulatively tell a story. Fix It! encourages students to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing.

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW):  Fables Myths and Fairy Tales

Using a theme based series of passages, students will work through IEW Units 1–7 as they learn to take notes, retell narrative stories, summarize references, write from pictures, and compose their own fables, myths, and fairy tales. This series includes vocabulary cards, literature suggestions, and access to helpful PDF downloads for the co-teacher.

Reading: BJU Reading 4

Reading 4 (3rd Edition) provides age-appropriate selections in a variety of genres, including literature and informational text. Before, during, and after reading sections emphasize comprehension strategies and literary skills. Biblical discernment is an important component of the program.

Literature:

In addition to the formal reading program, students will read a variety of great books on their own, as well as orally in class. Comprehension skills will be emphasized through both oral and written answers. Common literary techniques will be taught and students will be able to identify them in all the different books. Students will learn to apply a Christian worldview as they examine character qualities and experiences in these enthralling works. Most importantly, they will fall in love with reading!

Word Study and Spelling: Megawords 

Megawords is a research based program in word study, spelling, vocabulary and reading fluency. Because automatic decoding and pronunciation of multi-syllable words is crucial to developing reading fluency, Megawords focuses on phonetic patterns and word structural analysis. This format teaches the reading, spelling, and contextual use of multisyllabic words through multisensory instruction and a systematic progression of skills. Its goal is “to teach students word attack strategies that they can apply to sounding out any unfamiliar word.”  Within each book, words are presented in lists arranged by word structure and spelling pattern. Practice is also provided to allow students to monitor and record their own progress in reading fluency.  

Handwriting:  Handwriting Without Tears Cursive Success

In this year students will continue to practice cursive letter formation while moving to smaller paper spacing.   The goal is for students to write fluently in cursive by the end of this year.  

History/Geography: Veritas – Middle Ages, Renaissance & Reformation

The students will be taught a chronological sequence or timeline of history, with the benefit of seeing biblical history in the context of all history. Students will start by memorizing names, dates, and places to learn how God has worked throughout history. This learning occurs through multi-sensory learning, interactions and games that make the work fun and exciting. This will also provide a foundation for more in-depth study in later years. 

Coinciding with history, students will be introduced to basic geography concepts such as maps and charts and land forms using MCP Maps, Charts and Graphs as well as other teacher directed activities. Students will learn how to make and read maps as well as identify landforms and specific geographic elements.

Science: BJU Science 4

Science 4 allows students to explore creation through an understandable and engaging presentation of text, diagrams, photographs, and illustrations. This elementary science educational material contains instructions for interactive experiments, projects, and activities. It promotes higher-level thinking skills through brief writing exercises. The textbook discusses a spectrum of scientific fields including ecosystems, plants, insects, the eye, the digestive system, and principles of motion and energy.

Latin Introduction:  Latin For Children Primer A

Latin for Children is a strong, inviting, and creative program designed to introduce students to Latin structure, grammar and vocabulary. This program, led by a talented teacher, incorporates elements that will engage students of every learning style.  Latin is the perfect language to develop student vocabulary and prepare them for formal language study of any other modern language. 

5th Grade

Math: Singapore 

The Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition series of elementary math textbooks and workbooks is meant to be part of a system of learning in which adult supervision and independent practice go hand in hand. The main feature of this series is the use of the Concrete to Pictorial to Abstract approach. Students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully. This approach encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem solving, which helps develop the foundation students will need for more advanced mathematics.

Grammar: Institute for Excellence In Writing Fix It Grammar Nose Tree

Fix It Grammar requires a student to learn grammatical conventions while editing mistakes.  Students hunt for and correct errors in daily passages that cumulatively tell a story. Fix It! encourages students to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing.

[In 2019 students will use Fix It Nose Tree.  In 2020-2021 5th grade students will return to Easy Grammar 5 for a thorough review of grammatical elements, punctuation and letter writing as a transitional year before their return to IEW’s Fix It again in 6th grade.  These two programs complement one another and this sequence is recommended by the publishers of IEW Composition programs.]

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) US Writing Based Writing Lessons

Students will develop their skill with writing skills while moving through the 9 units of Teaching Writing Structure and Style.   This is accomplished while learning about interesting, important people and events in U.S. history from the explorers to the twentieth century. 

Reading: BJU Reading 5

Reading 5 (2nd ed.) provides engaging reading material for the 6th grade level. Presented in a colorful, richly illustrated format, the literature selections help students build reading comprehension and cultivate an appreciation of literature.

Literature:

C.S. Lewis reminds us that literature allows us to see the world through the eyes and experience of others:  “But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself.”   Literature is a proven means of developing empathy in children.  In keeping with our values, HLA’s literature selections focus on formative and multicultural experiences.  Students are encouraged to read independently, with their families and with their class.  

During class literature study, students will learn to apply a Christian worldview as they examine qualities of characters in stories and recognize those that are worth admiring. They will learn to identify different genres of literature as they read a variety of styles. And most importantly, they will continue to increase their love of literature.

Word Study and Spelling: Megawords 

Megawords is a research based program in word study, spelling, vocabulary and reading fluency. Because automatic decoding and pronunciation of multi-syllable words is crucial to developing reading fluency, Megawords focuses on phonetic patterns and word structural analysis. This format teaches the reading, spelling, and contextual use of multisyllabic words through multi-sensory instruction and a systematic progression of skills. Its goal is “to teach students word attack strategies that they can apply to sounding out any unfamiliar word.”  Within each book, words are presented in lists arranged by word structure and spelling pattern. Practice is also provided to allow students to monitor and record their own progress in reading fluency.  

Handwriting:  Students will continue to develop and practice handwriting with the goal of fluency throughout this year.   Final drafts in Fix It grammar and IEW will be written in cursive.  Students who need more practice in cursive are encouraged to develop this skill at home.

Latin Introduction:  Latin For Children Primer A

Latin for Children is a strong, inviting, and creative program designed to introduce students to Latin structure, grammar and vocabulary. This program, led by a talented teacher, incorporates elements that will engage students of every learning style.  Latin is the perfect language to develop student vocabulary and prepare them for formal language study of any other modern language. 

History/Geography: Veritas – Explorers to 1815

The students will be taught a chronological sequence or timeline of history, with the benefit of seeing biblical history in the context of all history. Students will start by memorizing names, dates, and places to learn how God has worked throughout history. This learning occurs through multi-sensory learning, interactions and games that make the work fun and exciting. This will also provide a foundation for more in-depth study in later years. 

Additional topics in NC state history are covered in class as students progress through the events of the exploration of the American continent and founding of the United States.  North Carolina geography is also part of this learning series. 

Coinciding with history, students will be introduced to basic geography concepts such as maps and charts and land forms using MCP Maps, Charts and Graphs as well as other teacher directed activities. Students will learn how to make and read maps as well as identify landforms and specific geographic elements.

Science: BJU Science 5

Science 5 explores God’s creation in a study of minerals and rocks, fossils, matter and heat, sound and light, weather, ecosystems, and the respiratory and circulatory systems. Students develop science process skills by participating in hands-on activities and projects. The Science 5 student text provides fascinating scientific information through understandable text, charts, diagrams, and colorful photographs and illustrations. The student text also contains detailed instructions for all experiments, activities, and projects.

6th Grade

Math: BJU Fundamentals of Math 

Fundamentals of Math covers math concepts such as whole numbers, decimals, number theory, fractions, and an introduction to algebra and geometry. Problem solving skills and the applications of math to real life are emphasized.  Fundamentals is an excellent transitional text to solidify math computational skills and introduce algebraic concepts before students move into traditional a upper math sequence.

Grammar: Institute for Excellence In Writing Fix It Grammar Robin Hood

Fix It Grammar requires a student to learn grammatical conventions while editing mistakes.  Students hunt for and correct errors in daily passages that cumulatively tell a story. Fix It! encourages students to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing.

Reading:  BJU Reading 6

Reading 6 (2nd ed.) provides engaging reading material for the 6th grade level. Presented in a colorful, richly illustrated format, the literature selections help students build reading comprehension and cultivate an appreciation of literature.

Literature:

C.S. Lewis reminds us that literature allows us to see the world through the eyes and experience of others:  “But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself.”   Literature is a proven means of developing empathy in children.  In keeping with our values, HLA’s literature selections focus on formative and multicultural experiences.  Students are encouraged to read independently, with their families and with their class.  

During class literature study, students will learn to apply a Christian worldview as they examine qualities of characters in stories and recognize those that are worth admiring. They will learn to identify different genres of literature as they read a variety of styles. And most importantly, they will continue to increase their love of literature.

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) World History Based Writing Lessons

Students will develop their skill with writing skills while moving through the 9 units of Teaching Writing Structure and Style.   This is accomplished while learning about interesting, important people and events in World History. 

Word Study and Spelling: Megawords 

Megawords is a research based program in word study, spelling, vocabulary and reading fluency. Because automatic decoding and pronunciation of multi-syllable words is crucial to developing reading fluency, Megawords focuses on phonetic patterns and word structural analysis. This format teaches the reading, spelling, and contextual use of multisyllabic words through multisensory instruction and a systematic progression of skills. Its goal is “to teach students word attack strategies that they can apply to sounding out any unfamiliar word.”  Within each book, words are presented in lists arranged by word structure and spelling pattern. Practice is also provided to allow students to monitor and record their own progress in reading fluency.  

History: Veritas – 1815 to Present

The students will be taught a chronological sequence or timeline of history, with the benefit of seeing biblical history in the context of all history. Students will start by memorizing names, dates, and places to learn how God has worked throughout history. This learning occurs through multi-sensory learning, interactions and games that make the work fun and exciting. This will also provide a foundation for more in-depth study in later years. 

Additional topics in NC state history are covered in class as students progress through the events of the exploration of the American continent and founding of the United States.  North Carolina geography is also part of this learning series. 

Coinciding with history, students will be introduced to basic geography concepts such as maps and charts and land forms using MCP Maps, Charts and Graphs as well as other teacher directed activities. Students will learn how to make and read maps as well as identify landforms and specific geographic elements.

Science: BJU Science 6

Science 6 reveals the incredible intricacies of cells and organisms, matter and energy, astronomy, heredity, the nervous system, and the immune system. This elementary science educational materials includes exciting, but manageable science experiments and science projects.

7th/ 8th Grade

Fundamentals math: BJU Press 7th grade as needed.  See explanation in 6th Grade

Pre-Algebra: BJU (7th Grade)

Pre-Algebra eases the transition from arithmetic to algebra. Algebraic expressions and linear equations are applied throughout a thorough review of operations on integers, fractions, decimals, percents, and radicals. Students explore relations and functions using equations, tables, and graphs. Chapters on statistics and geometry extend foundational concepts in preparation for high school courses. Problem-solving and real-life uses of math are featured in each chapter. Dominion through Math exercises regularly illustrate how mathematics can be used to manage God’s creation to His glory.

Algebra 1: BJU (8th Grade)

Algebra I develops an understanding of algebra by justifying methods and by explaining how to solve problems. Concepts discussed include graphing, solving systems of equations, operations with polynomials and radicals, factoring polynomials, solving rational equations, and graphing quadratic functions.

Geometry: BJU Press (9th grade)

The geometry program by BJU Press is traditional in nature, requiring students to prove theorems and calculate with formulas. Each lesson reinforces geometry concepts and helps develop critical thinking skills.  This program also continues practice in algebra. 

Science: BJU Press

Students will learn the science of life in this colorful textbook that displays an engaging design sure to grab their attention from the very first day. 

7th Grade: Each chapter of Life Science includes well-researched material written at grade level, colorful images to reinforce text content, boxes with fun facts and helpful explanations, a list of key terms, a chapter summary, thought-provoking review questions, and extra questions to prepare students for standardized tests. Students will study cell biology, genetics, the history of life, microbiology, botany, zoology, ecology, and human anatomy and physiology, all within a biblical framework.

8th Grade (Apex) 7th/8th (Durham) :   BJU Earth Science  guides students in an examination of God’s handiwork. Affirming the young earth creationist view of the Earth’s history and disproving the evolutionary views pervading the scientific community and modern culture, the science educational materials presents an engaging study of scientific philosophies and models, meteorology, geology, and oceanography.

Science Labs: BJU Press

Labs are often the most exciting part of a life science class. These labs will make the subject come alive for your student! This updated lab manuals include worksheets, activities, and labs. Each chapter has 4–5 review worksheets called “Applications”. In addition, 2–5 activities and labs called “Investigations” are provided for each chapter. Class Investigation activities are true laboratory experiments. Each one provides clear instructions for the student and asks probing questions, requiring students to think through what they are observing and studying. Many of these labs can be completed with minimal materials. Research Investigations require students to use other sources to discover information about life science topics. Field Investigations involve students making observations outside the lab or classroom. Personal Investigations are activities that students can complete on their own and often involve preparing oral or written reports.

Literature – Composition – Grammar – History

Word Study and Spelling: Megawords 

Megawords is a research based program in word study, spelling, vocabulary and reading fluency. Because automatic decoding and pronunciation of multi-syllable words is crucial to developing reading fluency, Megawords focuses on phonetic patterns and word structural analysis. This format teaches the reading, spelling, and contextual use of multisyllabic words through multisensory instruction and a systematic progression of skills. Its goal is “to teach students word attack strategies that they can apply to sounding out any unfamiliar word.”  Within each book, words are presented in lists arranged by word structure and spelling pattern. Practice is also provided to allow students to monitor and record their own progress in reading fluency.  

Grammar: 

7th grade (Apex) 7th /8th (Durham) :  Grammar: Institute for Excellence In Writing Fix It Grammar Robin Hood

Fix It Grammar requires a student to learn grammatical conventions while editing mistakes.  Students hunt for and correct errors in daily passages that cumulatively tell a story. Fix It! encourages students to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing.

8th/9th Grade (Apex) Editor In Chief level 3

Editor in Chief level 3 improves students’ grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. This effective method teaches students to carefully analyze and edit stories that contain errors in writing mechanics and story details.

Writing and Composition:   

Durham 7th/8th Grade: Institute for Excellence in Writing: Teaching Writing Structure and Style Level B

During the year (30 lessons) students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics.  

Apex 7th Grade: Write With World II

The publishers of World Magazine and God’s World News have developed a writing curriculum which  “aims to produce young writers who love writing, can write effectively, and intelligently share ideas, beliefs, and their worldview. We hope to support a generation of young believers who aspire to use their writing skills in the service of God’s Kingdom and explain effectively the reasons for their beliefs.”   -from the website

The focus of this series is journalistic writing and a subscription to World Magazine is used during class. 

8th Grade/9th Grade: Write With Skill I  by: Susan Wise Bauer

Write With Skill I teaches paragraph construction, topic sentences, note taking, writing narrative summaries, outlines, word choices and the use of a thesaurus, chronological narratives (particularly from science and history), descriptions of places, scientific descriptions, descriptions of people, biographical sketches, literary criticism applied to prose, literary criticism applied to poetry, and researching, footnoting, and citing works that were used. Students apply research skills and documentation in brief compositions then write a thousand-word researched composition at the end of the year.

Literature and History:  During the middle school series history and literature are taught connectedly through historical fiction and excellent reference sources.   Students will practice literary criticism while learning about world cultures and important historical periods through reading excellent literature in a variety of genres. 

7th grade Apex/ 7th – 8th grade Durham: Sonlight: Eastern Hemisphere

History is taught through two reference books and great literature in this Sonlight curriculum which focuses on countries and cultures of the Eastern Hemisphere with a special emphasis on the 10/40 Window where 90% of the world’s un-evangelized populations live.   In this year students will read about missionaries and both ancient and modern cultures of this region of the world. 

8th grade Apex: Sonlight World History Overview

Through this literature and texted based overview students will see the connected flow of human history from creation through the present, and they’ll have a great time doing so. This level also helps students develop critical thinking skills and understand the world today by seeing how we got where we are. The 36-week study helps them understand their own and others’ cultures by seeing connections between civilizations around the world and throughout time.

(Durham) Spanish 1: BJU Press 

Spanish 1 introduces students to beginning Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, make small talk, and present the gospel. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language.  This course is divided across two years of instruction.

(Apex) Spanish Cultural Introduction

In this course students will be introduced to the Spanish language and Spanish cultures around the world through a series of activities and lessons.  

9th Grade: Apex Campus only

Math: Algebra or Geometry

Algebra 1: BJU Press

Algebra I develops an understanding of algebra by justifying methods and by explaining how to solve problems. Concepts discussed include graphing, solving systems of equations, operations with polynomials and radicals, factoring polynomials, solving rational equations, and graphing quadratic functions.

Geometry: BJU Press 

The geometry program by BJU Press is traditional in nature, requiring students to prove theorems and calculate with formulas. Each lesson reinforces geometry concepts and helps develop critical thinking skills.  This program also continues practice in algebra. 

Spanish 1: BJU Spanish

Spanish 1 introduces students to beginning Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, make small talk, and present the gospel. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language.  This course is divided across two years of instruction.

Composition:  Writing With Skill 1 

Write With Skill I teaches paragraph construction, topic sentences, note taking, writing narrative summaries, outlines, word choices and the use of a thesaurus, chronological narratives (particularly from science and history), descriptions of places, scientific descriptions, descriptions of people, biographical sketches, literary criticism applied to prose, literary criticism applied to poetry, and researching, footnoting, and citing works that were used. Students apply research skills and documentation in brief compositions then write a thousand-word researched composition at the end of the year.

Grammar:  Editor in Chief 3

Editor in Chief level 3 improves students’ grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. This effective method teaches students to carefully analyze and edit stories that contain errors in writing mechanics and story details.

Word Study: Megawords 5

Megawords is a research based program in word study, spelling, vocabulary and reading fluency. Because automatic decoding and pronunciation of multi-syllable words is crucial to developing reading fluency, Megawords focuses on advanced word study and analysis to develop fluent decoding when reading and accurate spelling when writing.  Its goal is “to teach students word attack strategies that they can apply to sounding out any unfamiliar word.” Within each book, words are presented in lists arranged by word structure and spelling pattern.  Practice is also provided to allow students to monitor and record their own progress in reading fluency. The word lists in this level are typically words which challenge older readers and spellers. 

History and Literature:  BJU Press, United States History and  American Literature

Using a US History Text and American Literature Anthology from BJU Press, students will cover the first half of American history from the pre-colonial period through 1870.  Literature will be introduced within this time period. In the 10th grade year students will continue the study of US History within the context of US involvement in world affairs.  The literature selections will mirror this timeline. 

United States History recounts the story of our nation’s history from its discovery and colonization up to the present day. Special attention is given to God’s providence and America’s Christian heritage. This high school level history textbook is presented in an engaging narrative style and seeks to bring United States history to life.   American Literature introduces students to more than seventy authors in a study that connects the authors’ lives and beliefs as revealed in their writings with the corresponding literary periods. Lessons examine Colonial-Revolutionary, Romantic, Realistic/Naturalistic, and Modern periods and issues relevant to each period such as Darwinism and religious liberalism.

Science:  BJU Biology

Biology emphasizes God’s power and glory in creation through the study of cellular biology, genetics, taxonomy, microbiology, botany, zoology, and human anatomy. When studying topics such as creation and evolution, human cloning, abortion, and stem cell research, students are pointed to Scripture as the ultimate authority and are encouraged to develop a biblical perspective about these topics.