GRACE ACADEMY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 2020-2021 WITH BOOK AND SUPPLY LIST
Textbooks are subject to change. To order books, please select the link(s), if applicable, that are underlined and blue under the individual course description. Grace Academy recommends ordering books no earlier than 7/01/2020.
Each TK-1 student is required to bring each of the following:
- Pencil Box (please no pouches)
- Pencils – 3 pencils to be brought to school each day (not required for TK students)
- Colored pencils – Crayola 12 count ( not required for TK students)
- Crayons – Crayola 24 count ( not required for TK students)
- Color Markers – 10 count Crayola Classic Colors(not required for TK students)
- Glue sticks – Elmer’s 2 count
- Child scissors – round tip child
- Erasers – 2 count smudge free pink
- Disinfecting Wipes- 75 count in plastic closable container (as available in stores)
- Hand Sanitizer- as available in stores
- Lysol Disinfectant Spray- as available in stores
We recommended brand name as they are better quality and last longer. Students will keep their pencil box of supplies in their book bag to be used in each class. The pencil box of supplies needs to come school each day. Directions for art supplies will be given the first day of class by the Art Teacher. Please see below for any additional supplies needed in each class.
Fees will be totaled per family and included in your Family Folder at Orientation. Fees will be due the first week of school payable to Grace Academy.
Transitional Kindergarten: Transitional Kindergarten, known as TK, is designed for children who are not quite ready for Kindergarten. Our TK class will move at a slightly slower pace than the Kindergarten classes. In order to foster a sense of routine in a predictable environment, students in TK will remain in one classroom from 1st through 4th period Monday through Thursday with their lead teacher. Students will engage in academic, social, and emotional preparation for Kindergarten. (must be 4 years old by August 1, 2020)
Supply Fee: TBA
The following courses are Kindergarten and 1st grade level unless otherwise noted.
Art – This class will introduce students to the art world through the Elements of Art: Line, Shape, Color, Texture, Value, and Space. Students will be continually creating projects that help them develop motor skills, increase their awareness of the world around them, and encourage confidence in independent decision making. They will be introduced to a variety of art medias: pencil, crayon, marker, paint, watercolor, paper mache, clay, and collage. All lessons are integrated with other areas of learning and will encourage the students problem solving and linking skills. All students will have projects included in the Night of the Arts show in the spring.
Supplies: glue sticks, bottle of liquid Elmer’s glue, pack of black sharpies, 1 roll of 1.41 inch 3M Brand Blue Painter’s Tape, roll or package of paper towels (These supplies go into the Art Room’s shared supplies.)
Character Lessons/Bible – Students will learn character development through the stories of creation, Jesus and various Old Testament and New Testament people. The focus will be on God’s gifts, growing in our knowledge of the Bible through class discussion and weekly lessons. Art, Bible verses, and songs are incorporated into lessons.
Workbook: Enjoying God’s Gifts, 1st Grade – Positive Action Bible Curriculum (978-1-59557-062-8)
Supplies: one 2-pocket folder labeled for this class
Drama (Grades K-3) – Students will learn theater skills, techniques and history by performing simple skits and plays based on parables and popular fairy tales, incorporating the principles of Galatians 5:22-23. This course includes storytelling, puppet theater, speaking and confidence building activities. Students will also be given the opportunity to sing simple songs with choreographed movements.
Supply Fee: $10
Enrichment (Grades K-5) – Enrichment is a fun and exciting time for K-5th Grade students from 12:35-2:00. Students will eat lunch together, socialize and participate in enrichment activities, such as art, exercise, music, science experiments, and seasonal projects.
Supply Fee: $15
Health/PE (Grades K-2) – This class is to help improve student’s sport skills and fitness. Students will participate in exercises, games and various sports. These activities will teach coordination and build confidence. Most games are cooperative in nature and will have a low-key competitive element or variation that will help students understand how to work together. Students learn how to compete appropriately and use good sportsmanship. Students will also learn about important health issues, such as how to take care of their body, exercise and proper nutrition. Students will learn the value and benefits of physical activity.
Supplies: Comfortable clothes for activities and tennis shoes and a folder. Bringing athletic wear to change in to change for class is optional.
Math (Kindergarten) – This class is very hands-on! Students will learn recognition and applications of numbers 0 through 30. Concepts of measurement, recognizing basic shapes, collecting data, creating and extending patterns will be covered. Homework and parental involvement are required to reinforce concepts learned.
Textbook: Math Connects K Volume 1 Student Edition– McMillan McGraw Hill (978-0021057238)
Math Connects K Volume 2 Student Edition– McMillan McGraw Hill ( 9780021057245) Please purchase new student editions for both volumes
Supplies: One 2-pocket folder
Math (1st Grade) – This class will introduce and explore Mathematical topics through a hands-on approach. Patterns, addition, subtraction, and problem solving will be discovered through the use of manipulatives. Students will learn these concepts in a fun way and be able to see the reasoning behind the math. Homework and parental involvement are required to reinforce concepts learned.
Textbook: Mathematics Grade 1 –Purposeful Design Publications (9781583315774)
Supplies: Addition and subtraction sets of flash cards (can be found at Dollar Store, Target, or Wal-Mart), cow-marbled notebook, 2 pocket folder
Performing Arts (K-3) – Students will acquire performance skills through hearing, creating and performing skits and one-act plays that will often incorporate the use of music, song and choreographed movements. They will build confidence and sharpen speaking skills by working together to produce skits and plays from many genres including parables, fairy tales, and stories from around the world.
Supply Fee: $10
Reading/Phonics I – Pre-requisite: Students must know uppercase and lowercase letters. An assessment will be given. – This hands-on class will focus on learning phonics in a structured manner in order to prepare students to learn to read. Homework and parental involvement are required to reinforce concepts learned.
Workbook: Letters and Sounds K5– ABEKA (Choose paperback not unbound)
Books: My Blend and Word Book – ABEKA (100943)
Basic Phonics Reader Set (Set of 13) – ABEKA (101109)
Supplies: one 2-pocket folder labeled for this class
Reading/Phonics II – Prerequisite: Students should start class with a working knowledge of basic phonics rules and the ability to read “easy reader” books, or have completed Reading/Phonics I at Grace Academy. – This class will build on the phonics rules and work on reading comprehension skills. Homework and parental involvement are required to reinforce concepts learned.
Workbooks: Handbook for Reading – ABEKA (201103)
Letters & Sounds I – ABEKA (Choose paperback not unbound)
First Grade Readers: Fun with Pets – ABEKA (195227)
Tiptoes – ABEKA (195251)
Stepping Stones – ABEKA (195278)
Supplies: One 2-pocket folder labeled for this class, one 1-inch 3-ring binder, (to stay in class),
Science I – Students will learn scientific concepts through hands-on activities to create a strong science foundation. Students will be provided with opportunities to use science process skills and the methods of science as they explore the earth, animals, seeds, plants, simple machines, air, the body and teeth.
Workbook Fee: $15
Science II – Students will learn science concepts through a balance of hands-on activities and solid content knowledge. Students will be provided with opportunities to use science process skills and the methods of science as they explore weather and seasons, sun, moon and stars, the five senses, water, energy (sound, heat and light), forces and motion.
Supplies: one 1-inch 3-ring binder, 5 plastic dividers with pockets
Workbook and Lab Fee: $20
Social Studies –Students will learn about rules and laws, where people live, resources, US symbols, people of long ago, the first Americans and immigrants, and about goods and services. The students will learn about holidays, celebrations and will also learn basic geography skills.
Textbook: Harcourt Social Studies Student Edition, Grade 1, A Child’s View (9780153858826)
Supplies: One 2-pocket folder, labeled for this class
Spanish – This introductory class will emphasize vocabulary building. Students will be able to identify and understand words in Spanish through fun activities involving music and games. Homework is important in order to enhance class participation. Classes are conducted on a bilingual level. One project will be assigned per semester to reinforce the student’s knowledge of geographical and cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries.
Workbook Fee: $15
STEM – This course is to encourage the innately curious young mind. At this age everything is brand new and students are eager to explore situations that push them to ask “why?” STEM will offer them situations where they can observe and experience, bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life, so they can then analyze and connect dots.
Lab Fee: $30
Writing – Students will be using the WriteShop curriculum in this course. WriteShop introduces the steps of the writing process through engaging activities and creates an environment that promotes a joy of learning. The program accommodates beginning writers as well as developing writers. Lessons are divided into Activity Sets to fully cover a topic without hurrying the child. Students will learn that writing is a process made up of several steps:
Planning. Familiar topics, simple graphic organizers, and teacher guidance help unlock your child’s creative ideas.
Writing. Children who can’t write independently are encouraged to dictate stories to you. Writing assignments grow from 3 to 5 sentences. Lessons build incrementally, and as children grow in skill and confidence, they are encouraged to become more independent writers.
Editing. From the beginning, children learn that editing is a natural part of writing.
Handwriting without Tears is a handwriting curriculum that will also be taught in the class.
Textbook: My Printing Book– Handwriting without Tears (9781939814456)
Supplies: MEAD black and white composition notebook (wide ruled), 1-inch 3-ring binder labeled for this class
Study Hall – Independent study/homework time available to students K-12 during periods when no class is assigned. A Grace Academy teacher supervises Study Hall. Students must always attend study hall if they are not enrolled in a class. They may not leave campus.