grades 1-8 curriculum


Religion Curriculum 
Our Religion curriculum is one aspect of faith formation at Redeemer Christian Academy. It focuses on the basics of Missouri Synod Lutheran doctrine in an environment where Christian virtues and values are reinforced. It is designed to foster the students' understanding of their role as Christians in the world today.

Our religion program also includes memorization, prayer, both individually and corporately, and service to others.

  • Each day begins with age-appropriate prayer time with their teacher and classmates.

  • Our school community celebrates Jesus together on a weekly basis. The students actively serve as ministers of music, and the class has the opportunity to serve as message leaders. These opportunities foster leadership skills in our students.

Curriculum Resources:
One in Christ series from Concordia Publishing House
Grade 6 in addition to the One in Christ series: Power of a Praying Teen by Stormie Omartian
Grades 7-8 Confirmation curriculum put together by Pastor Ferber in addition to the One in Christ series

 

Language Arts Curriculum 
Our curriculum integrates reading, writing, spelling, speaking and listening skills. In the early years, Discover Intensive Phonics and handwriting are included in the curriculum. These skills are incorporated into other areas, such as science and social studies. 

 

Accelerated Reader (AR) is also integrated into the Language Arts curriculum in grades 1-8. AR is a computer program that encourages reading independence and gives the students the skills needed to create a lifetime love of reading. Students set goals, receive help from the teacher to choose a book, and read independently at their own level, taking a short quiz for accountability. Students are challenged at their own levels.

Curriculum Resources:
Kindergarten-Grade 4: Houghton Mifflin Journeys Reading series, Discover Intensive Phonics (K-1), D’Nealian Handwriting (K-2), Language Arts (2-4 MacMillan/McGraw Hill)
Middle School: Classical Novels, Prentice-Harcourt, Spelling Connections (4-8)


Math Curriculum 
Math curriculum at Redeemer focuses on the essential concepts at each grade level to build in-depth understanding of major mathematical ideas. Hands-on and inquiry-driven, the curriculum teaches students how to represent solutions and explain their answers. This approach helps develop problem-solving and reasoning skills. The strong emphasis on representation and discussion opens up the world of mathematics to all learners.

Curriculum Resources:
Kindergarten-Grade 5: Saxon Math
Grade 6: Saxon Course 1
Grade 7: Saxon Course 2
Grade 8: Saxon Algebra 1, Geometry (based on student testing)

 

Science Curriculum 
We introduce the students to the scientific method as they learn to gather data, analyze results and reach conclusions. The three major strands in science are physical science, life science, and earth science. Hands-on learning and experiments are used throughout the curriculum. All three strands are covered in Kindergarten through grade 5. Typically, Physical Science is taught in grade 6, Life Science in grade 7, and Earth Science in grade 8.

Curriculum Resources: 
Kindergarten-Grade 3: Scott-Foresman
Grade 4: Glencoe McGraw-Hill
Grades 5/6: Earth and Space Science, Glencoe McGraw-Hill
Grades 5-8: Life Science, Glencoe McGraw-Hill
Grades 7/8: Physical Science, Glencoe McGraw-Hill

 

STEM Curriculum
In addition to the core science curriculum, our grades 5-8 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program involves coursework in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science and engages students in hands-on activities, projects, and problems; empowers them to solve real-world challenges; and inspires them to reimagine how they see themselves. Students learn problem-solving strategies, to think critically and creatively, and how to communicate and collaborate with their classmates. We were the grateful recipients of a $20K grant from Cargill several years ago to start this program.

Curriculum Resources:
PLTW (Project Lead the Way)

SMART Program
Our young students benefit by learning through movement. Every teacher in preschool through grade 3 has been trained in and uses the SMART (Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training) program, which incorporates jumping, walking on a balance beam, crawling or rolling while students are learning their letters, numbers and phonics. Teachers have watched their students skyrocket academically from this unique learning approach. Check out our TV spot as Redeemer was highlighted on Fox for our innovative teaching methods.

 

Social Studies Curriculum 
We help students develop an understanding of various aspects of our community and our world. The four main strands of social studies are Citizenship and Government, Economics, Geography, and History. Students also learn about the geography of our state, the United States and the world.

Curriculum Resources: 
Kindergarten-Grade 5: MacMillanMcGraw Hill
Grades 3-8: Scholastic News
Grade 6: Geography, Glencoe McGraw Hill
Grades 7/8: The American Nation – Beginning 1877, Prentice Hall

Computer Science
The computer curriculum at Redeemer introduces students to the multitude of ways to use the computer and integrates the computer as part of instruction in the classroom.

 

Other Classes

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Music
Students in grades K-3 participate in twice-weekly music classes, learning rhythm, reading notes, and mastery of a repertoire of age-appropriate songs. Our focus is on developing young singing voices, learning music skills, music appreciation, and sharing of our own musical gifts. It is an exciting and vibrant environment, in which students are encouraged to take a leadership role, respected for their efforts, and challenged to do new things. We take this K-3 group “on the road,” singing at senior centers and area churches, as well as our own concerts, church and chapel services.

Middle School students participate in music once a week and continue to build on the skills learned in the earlier grade levels. They sing for school concerts, chapel services, and at our church services.

In the music room, we learn to appreciate each other and the joy that music brings into our lives. It is a place where we can take chances and discover the inner talents that we all have. We strive to incorporate different learning styles and welcome each student as a unique creation of God. 

Band
Students in grades 4-8 have the opportunity to participate in band. Music lessons are offered for all concert band instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone/tuba and percussion. Lessons are 20 minutes and are scheduled during the school day. The students meet together as an ensemble once a week during the school day. The students are given several opportunities throughout the school year to share their talents with the Redeemer family and community through concerts, a spring recital, chapel, and school spirit rallies. With each performance, students learn that the music they offer is for the glory of God.

Art
Students in grades K-8 attend a weekly art class. Students learn a variety of art vocabulary and techniques, and also study major works of art. Student art is on display in the hallways outside their classrooms. Students have the opportunity to have their art selected for the Lutheran High School in Mayer’s art showcase in the month of April.

Each year parent volunteers train and bring copies of art works from the Minnesota Institute of Arts to all classrooms as part of their Art Adventure series.

Physical Education
This class focuses on increasing the student’s overall physical development while participating in fun and physically-active activities. The program stresses body awareness, basic motor skills, sports lead-up skills, and hand-eye coordination. Physical Education classes are provided for the students in kindergarten each day, and to grades 1-8 twice a week.