Greater Works Christian School multi-faceted curriculum is designed to help students in every area of life – spiritually, academically, physically, socially and emotionally. An individualized approach helps each child reach his/her God-given potential. The curriculum teaches lessons from a Biblical perspective and allows students to apply scriptural principles to their daily lives.
Language: The course focuses on composition and grammar, sentence structure and types of sentences. Subjects, predicates, clauses, parts of speech, abbreviations, titles quotations, word usage and commas usage. The writing process continues to be incorporated and all the styles of compositions.
Penmanship: Capital and lower case cursive letters and words are reinforced through weekly practice. Emphasis is placed on improving form, neatness, slant, size, spacing and smoothness of letters.
Reading: It focuses on comprehension, oral and silent reading, vocabulary and listening skills. Various novels are read, book reports each month, and they participate in the Book-It program. Participation in the Book-It program is required. Additional reading support is provided by using PSSA Buckle Down Instructional Series.
Spelling: Students are given a list of 20 spelling words each week. They learn the words through games, workbook pages, conversation, and overheads. They apply these words in sentences, through abc order, in writing, and everyday context of the classroom.
Math: Students begin to understand numbers and operations. They learn data, graphing, and time. They work on multiplication with two digit numbers, and division with divisors. Geometry, measurement, probability, basic algebra, fractions and decimals.
Science: Students read the material, complete comprehension questions and study guides, investigate concepts, complete graphic organizers, and complete skill sheets. They do experiments, play games, read informational books, and art. They study of light, geology, astronomy, matter, energy, plants, and sound.
History: The focus in this grade level is American and Pennsylvania history. They study early explorers, the first Americans, the 13 original colonies, the French and Indian war, Revolutionary War, honor historical African American figures. At the end of year, we explore the western United States and read a book about the Oregon Trail.
Health: The different systems of the body (skeleton, muscles, respiratory). The layers of our skin and parts of our teeth. We reiterate the importance of good posture, hygiene, and healthy bodies.
Character Development, Missions, Physical Education, Spanish, Music
Students are assessed by qualified teachers using both objective and subjective data to determine grade level readiness. Grading is completed during four (nine-week) report periods. Parent conferences are held following the first grading period. Additional conferences are scheduled upon request.