The GGCA K-2nd grade curriculum features the BJU Press program, the Zaner-Bloser Superkids reading program and the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Into Math mathematics program as its core components. BJU Press materials are also used for science and social studies. Twice a week, students enjoy music, art, and physical education classes in our well-equipped gymnasium. Students also enjoy regularly scheduled field trips, which include visits to the Maryland Science Center, local farms, theaters, museums, the zoo, and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
With so many new skills to learn, our kindergarten is a full-day program designed to prepare the young student for a lifetime of learning. Students learn to sit for longer periods than they may be used to, practicing self-control and building listening skills. The Superkids reading program (www.rowlandreading.org) is a comprehensive phonics based reading and language program with a cast of characters that children love. A fundamental principle in the Superkids program is that students hear it, see it, say it, and write it. Students learn to decode words smoothly and quickly, leading to automaticity and fluency. The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Into Math curriculum features hands-on activities and rich mathematical conversations that actively engage students in the learning process.
In first grade, students learn reading strategies to help aid comprehension, and learn letter-sound associations, word parts, and context to identify new words. They are not only reading stories, but also begin to write them. Reading well is the key to success in all subject areas, and we are committed to providing the very best reading instruction possible.
Math skills develop in earnest, with lessons from Into Math guiding these young students from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract. Students learn mathematical vocabulary and recall facts through the use of pattern recognition, manipulatives, timed drills, and recitation. Parents are asked to encourage regular, daily practice at home.
In the second grade, students become skillful and confident readers and writers. In mathematics, they are developing deeper conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and problem-solving skills and strategies. They are also learning science and social studies.
In BJU’s curriculum, Bible truths are studied in a systematic way, moving through the big story of the Old and New Testaments, and leading students to appreciate God’s grand design for mankind and creation. Elementary Bible strives to instill a greater love for God and His Word by encouraging consistent Bible reading habits, singing, and regular Scripture memorization. It helps to bridge the gap between head knowledge and heart knowledge by guiding students as they study, interpret, and apply a biblical worldview.