Elementary School Academic Program
The language arts program integrates the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. To develop a lifelong desire for reading, students are provided meaningful activities and learning experiences that include quality children’s literature. As teachers guide them through the writing process, children learn to use writing to express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings as a tool for learning.
The math curriculum gives students a solid background in mathematical concepts, skills, and applications. Applying mathematics to daily life situations enables students to acquire high-level thinking skills. Aside from problem solving and math applications, the other skills developed in the program are estimation and approximation; computation; reasoning and proof; communication using mathematical language and symbols; geometry; measurement; reading, interpreting, and constructing graphs and charts; and the use of manipulatives, calculators, and computers.
The science program is premised on the belief that science should nurture children’s natural curiosity so that they can develop confidence to ask questions and seek answers based on evidence and independent thinking. Science should lead children to explore and investigate God’s world by using a hands-on approach and a variety of instructional materials. The strands of the program are Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Science and Engineering practices. Science processes emphasized are investigating, hypothesizing, experimenting, classifying, making generalizations, and designing solutions.
In kindergarten, the social studies program focuses on children in relation to the family and the community. An expanded and more outward look at countries and continents occurs in the elementary and middle grades, culminating in the different regions of the world and global issues. Geography, including map and globe skills, and history are incorporated. The international nature of the student body presents a wonderful opportunity to help students understand and appreciate other cultures while maintaining an awareness of their own unique heritage
Bible lessons are taught daily at each grade level. The emphasis of these lessons is on applying God’s Word to the child’s daily life. Bible verses are studied and memorized. Children learn about God’s characteristics and how valuable each life is to the Creator.
Preschool 3 and 4
The Dalat preschool department aims to integrate biblical principles into all areas of the curriculum. We will present the Bible as truth and differentiate it from traditional preschool fiction. We believe in helping children experience the nature of God through nurturing interactions between students and their teachers, learning that allows them to experience God’s world, and encouraging godly character. Our ultimate goal is to help students realize their need for a Savior and understand God’s everlasting love and grace.
Based on research of the U.S. National Association of Educating Young Children, the educational philosophy for the preschool program is that with teacher support and facilitation, students best construct meaning and understanding about the world through direct interactions with their environment.
In preschool 3, the curriculum focuses on early academic concepts taught through exploration, inquisition, and play.
Preschool 4 uses a curriculum called High Scope to facilitate the learning of language arts concepts.
Through a variety of hands-on and literature-based activities, children learn phonemic awareness skills, alphabetic principles, concepts about print, and a variety of comprehension strategies. In mathematics, the High Scope curriculum is used to facilitate the learning of number sense, beginning geometry, measurement, data analysis, and patterns and sequencing.
Our Bible curriculum, written by Desiring God Ministries, takes preschoolers on an exciting learning adventure through the New Testament and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Learning in all subject areas is achieved through practical and experiential activities that require both independent demonstration of understanding as well as cooperative and team-building components.
During the first quarter of the school year the classroom teacher (with help from the elementary school counselor) will help students learn skills in personal safety and social competency.
Teachers will do a review with students during third quarter. The curriculum is from Second Step (https://www.secondstep.org/). Talking about Touching — Personal Safety is used in kindergarten through grade 4. Teachers have the tools necessary to introduce any of the topics as needed and appropriate in the classroom.
Child Safety and Personal Protection
In Elementary, all students start by learning rules about common safety hazards, such as fire and sharp objects, then progress to learning about personal protection.
Students learn “The Always Ask First” rule, and recognize safe, unsafe and unwanted touch. Finally, students learn the three Rs of safety, which are “Recognize, Refuse and Report” any unsafe situations.
Bullying Prevention Unit
Using Second Step online resources (www.secondstep.org), students from Grades 2 – 4 learn the definition of bullying, with emphasis on recognizing the components that help students differentiate between bullying behavior and disagreements.
Students are taught to report bullying behavior and are empowered to stand up for themselves and their peers against any bullying behavior.
The elementary school uses a conflict management program for children called “Kelso’s Choice.” The Kelso’s Choice curriculum empowers children to solve conflict on their own by providing and teaching options to resolve problems in a fair, effective, and peaceful manner. These options are displayed by the “Kelso’s Choice Wheel,” a clear visual representation of the complete curriculum at a glance.
Students are taught nine choices to use when experiencing “small problems” (conflicts that can be handled on their own) and “big problems” (conflicts that require adult intervention). Teaching these skills to elementary students has proven to prevent bullying, reduce tattling, minimize classroom disturbances, increase students’ self-confidence, and promote empathy and communication skills.