Math- Students are introduced to mathematical concepts in a developmentally appropriate way through hands-on and small group learning. Students learn the importance of numbers through addition/subtraction, number correspondence, measurement, and geometry.
Reading- Students are taught phonics through The Spalding Method while also increasing their base of high frequency words. Through read alouds, shared reading, and independent reading students begin to develop important comprehension skills and critical thinking. Our stories cover a wide range of genres including animal fantasy, realistic fiction, expository nonfiction, and poetry. The children learn grammatical concepts and their proper usage as demonstrated in writing assignments that go along with their reading genres.
Science: Students that the world has order through units on plants and the environment. Students are introduced to the human body and that we are God’s creation. Students learn about their five senses and how they can use those to investigate the world around them.
Social Studies: Students learn about being a citizen and how to be a part of their community at home and school. They learn about community helpers and the impact they have. Students learn about their city and state and where they are in relation to both.
Math: First grade covers many topics such as addition and subtraction strategies through twenty, graphing, place value to 100, geometry, money, time, measurement, two-digit addition and subtraction, and fractions. Lessons use hands-on manipulatives, practice for reinforcement, and small group learning to meet the needs of each student.
Phonics, Spelling, and Reading: Students will continue to build in the area of phonics through The Spalding Method while also increasing their base of high frequency words. Through read alouds, shared reading, and independent reading students begin to develop important comprehension skills and critical thinking. Our stories cover a wide range of genres including animal fantasy, realistic fiction, expository nonfiction, and poetry. The children learn grammatical concepts and their proper usage as demonstrated in writing assignments that go along with their reading genres.
Science: Students will investigate Earth, Space, living and non-living organisms, ways objects can move, and forces and changes in motions. Students will begin to see how we see God at work and how He is a God of order. Students will investigate through free exploration, class discussion which helps students answer the question, “how do we know?”
Social Studies: Students begin to understand the importance of rules and who makes rules/laws within school and their community. Students will compare life now with life in the past and identify people who showed character traits of honesty and courage. Students will look at Biblical heroes, presidents, veterans, and community leaders and see how we can learn from those people to be responsible citizens today. Students will learn map skills and be able to locate Florida and key places within Florida.
Bible – Character traits and Biblical truths are taught through our Bible curriculum, Positive Action for Christ, stories, plays, devotions, chapel, service projects, and classroom discussions. Second graders study the life of Moses through the book of Exodus. The promises of God are evident as the Israelites and their leader see both victory and tribulation as they learn to trust God.
Math – The goal of the mathematics program is to help students build a solid foundation in mathematical concepts, logical thinking and problem solving skills. Students begin by reviewing simple addition and subtraction problems. We then move into the teaching of addition and subtraction with regrouping. Students are introduced to the concepts of fractions, geometric shapes, measurement problems, story problems, and multiplication. We use a hands-on approach to reach each student where they are.
Phonics, Spelling, Grammar, and Reading – Students practice and review decoding of words, listening skills, critical thinking skills, and analyzing skills through different types of literature. Students have weekly word study tests to gain a deeper understanding of word patterns. We use a balanced literary approach to instill a love of reading in our students and encourage higher level thinking.
Science- Students begin to make observations through the scientific method and compare observations with classmates. Students study rocks, soil, properties and changes in matter, forms of energy, and forces and motions. Students also participate in S.T.E.M based activities to develop science skills and teamwork.
Social Studies-Students will use maps to locate and label their hometown, Florida, North America and the countries within North America. Students will study the Natives Americans and compare different tribes. Students will also be introduced to the Constitution and learn what it means to be a responsible Citizen. Students will learn about the freedoms we have as Americans and why that is important to us as a Christian school.
Math – The goal of the mathematics program is to help students build a solid foundation. Students begin by reviewing simple addition and subtraction problems. We then move into the mastery of multiplication and division facts. By completing these simple problems, the students are able to move on and solve more complex problems. Students are introduced to the concepts of division, fractions, geometric shapes, measurement problems, and story problems. Story problems enable them to use their critical thinking skills and logical reasoning skills to solve for the answer. Students develop a conceptual understanding and skill proficiency by participating in all these various concepts. We use a hands-on approach and real life application projects to teach these skills. Some examples of these are students designing a zoo (area and perimeter) and starting a fast food restaurant (adding/subtracting with regrouping, money, area).
Phonics, Spelling, and Reading – Students are taught reading through genre study. Students learn story elements through the genres of historical fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature, biography, autobiography, memoir, informational, and poetry. Students are engaged in novel studies, independent reading and book clubs where students are taught to have meaningful literature conversation with other students. Students are given weekly word study assessments to deepen their knowledge of word patterns. Writing is taught through the genres that they are doing in reading. Students are able to see authors use the craft of writing then use those skills to create their own writing piece.
Social Studies– 3rd graders focus on North America and the countries in North America. Students compare and contrast the land, climate, and customs of the countries and are able to label them on a map. Students study the 5 regions of the United States and learn about the characteristics of each. Students also look at the purpose of government and how it was started. Students learn about Ancient Greece and how they influenced our political system today.
Science- Children explore a science rich environment and learn that God is at the center of all creation. Students will learn about animal classification, diversity of living organisms, Earth and it’s structures, properties and changes of matter and forms of energy. Students participate in a weekly S.T.E.M challenge to encourage deeper thinking and strengthen their problem solving skills.
Math: Students will engage in deeper, independent learning of math. The students will gain an understanding of multiplication, division, fractions, geometry, place value, money, graphing and probability. The students will see that our God created a world of order, and they will see how math applies to their everyday lives. Students will learn through small group learning and hands-on application. The students will leave fourth grade with a solid foundation and mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts, and an excitement for math. They will also cultivate mathematical proficiency.
Reading -The reading curriculum uses Fountas and Pinell and novels to continue the development of oral and independent reading. Students practice and review decoding of words, listening skills, critical thinking skills, and analyzing skills through different types of literature. Vocabulary words are introduced each week using a variety of games and activities. A variety of comprehension strategies are taught including story mapping, note taking, discussion, partner reading, acting out plays, and questioning. We also read multiple novels during the school year. Through the novel studies students learn to think deeply about their reading and have meaningful conversations with one another.
Science- During the second semester of fourth grade we will work through our science curriculum. Units of study include: Earth and it’s structures, properties of matter, and energy and transfer of energy. This curriculum incorporates a Christian worldview by showing God’s nature and man’s responsibility as revealed through creation.
Social Studies – Social Studies is covered the first semester of the year. Our social studies t integrates government, culture, economics, and geography, all presented from a biblical perspective. Students will also learn skills such as formulating opinions, reading maps, and showing respect for heritage.
Fifth grade math builds on the solid foundation they gain in the lower grades. Students continue to learn fundamental skills, but are also taught to apply their knowledge to higher level thinking. We increase the students’ math foundation by introducing them to decimal concepts and operations, fraction operations, variables, and mastery of long division. Students will learn to integrate math into their everyday lives through project based learning
Language Arts: Literature groups, oral reading, poetry and class discussions are but a few of the activities by which students will explore their world through reading. We discuss selected readings in detail and integrate the Scripture throughout. We also read and do unit studies on a variety of novels. Students continue to build on their knowledge of parts of speech, sentence structure, and word usage. They apply their knowledge of the English language in their writing. Students learn the stages of writing development: generating and organizing ideas, producing a rough draft, sharing ideas with others for the purpose of gaining feedback, revising, editing, proofreading, and publishing.
Science: Activities and experiments are included throughout the year to support the learning of basic science and the development of thinking skills, giving the students an understanding of scientific principles. The following are some of the major topics included in our curriculum: matter and change, forms of energy, Earth and Space, Water Cycle, Plants and animals survival and adaptation.
Fifth graders study American history from the 1900s to the present time. Studying history helps the student understand who he is as an American and the values and Christian principles that shaped our nation. Special emphasis is given to the concept of freedom and how Christians should view it through God’s Word. The children will come to understand that God truly is interested in the affairs of man and that He plays a vital role in history. It is so important that the students recognize and build on the unique gifts that God has given them for the purpose of impacting the world for Christ.
FBCA provides a safe place our middle school students to accept new challenges, embrace new perspectives and come into their own without getting lost in the crowd. Our Middle School curriculum compliments this rapid intellectual and emotional development by providing a thoughtfully measured transition between the discipline of early learning and the rigorous pace of advanced study. During this time, our dedicated Middle School faculty are instilling valuable study habits, encouraging spiritual development and leading our students toward future success.
Middle School Classes
•Language Arts (6th, 7th, 8th) •Science (6th, 7th, 8th) •Social Studies (6th, 7th) •Civics (8th) •Math (6th) •Pre-algebra (7th) •Algebra (8th)
•Drama •PE/Health •Bible •STEM •Art •Coding