Our day starts with a morning work then class worship. We have worship everyday together. Wednesdays and Fridays are extra special. Wednesday, the whole school gathers for a student lead worship and visited by a local pastor. Fridays we sing songs together in class and focus on praying for one another’s requests specifically.
Bible class follows worship with engaging lessons from the Encounter Bible Adventist Curriculum. Students are given the opportunity to dig deep into the Bible to discover God’s love for them. Every Tuesday, students are visited by the local pastor to have Bible study together.
Having both 5th and 6th grade in the same room means some classes are shared between both grades and rotated on a two year cycle. Shared classes include Bible, Reading, Science, Social Studies, P.E., and keyboarding. Split classes include Math, Spelling, and Handwriting.
We use the Singapore Primary Mathematics Curriculum which gives students a hands on approach to learning math. It fosters critical thinking as-well-as math fluency. Students also extend their learning through IXL and math computation practice.
In Science Class, students learn through the By Design Curriculum. This is a Christian holistic approach to discovering God’s world through Science. Students conduct experiments and learn through hands-on interactions.
Twice a week, students expand their minds through music. Students learn how to read music and play an instrument in Band class that is conducted by the Academy Band instructor.
Outdoor learning is also a key to this classroom. Not only do we have a classroom garden to care for but each year we take a trip to Indian Creek Camp in Smithville, TN. Here, we meet up with other 5th and 6th graders to learn in the outdoors for a couple days. Many outdoor lessons are planned where students not only discover about chemical reactions and how plants grow but are given a chance to grow in their knowledge of God’s wonderful design. This also provides an opportunity to develop friendships with others across the conference.
One way STEM education is focused on in our classroom is through our First Lego League Robotics team. Starting in middle school, student have the option of joining our Lego Robotics team. Here we focus on the engineering design process, learning the ins and outs of coding, community projects, and teamwork. Students are challenged each year with a new theme and set of missions to complete. A tournament is held each April to test their skills and hard work of the year.
Whether its worship, group work, experiments, nature, technology, music, or reading, students are given the opportunity to explore who God is and continue to grow their relationship with Him. Come discover our Creator together!