The Elementary students begin First Grade with a basic academic program including strong phonics, reading, math and communication skills. The curriculum becomes more intensive as the student progresses through the grades. By the completion of Sixth Grade, the student has a solid foundation in reading, math, English grammar, composition, communication, American and world history/geography, (including participation in the National Geographic Geography Bee) and earth and space science, and the basic principles of chemistry and physics.
The academics are complemented with music, including preparation for our annual Christmas musicals presented to parents and the public; listening skills; and art and physical education. Each classroom is equipped with a computer in addition to the desktop computer lab in the elementary library for expanded learning opportunities in all subjects. Students in First through Third Grades participate in physical education classes on our playground each afternoon in addition to their morning recess time. Grades 4 - 6 continue this training during their Physical Education classes on our High School athletic courts and fields five days per week. Throughout the year, these students participate in the President's Physical Fitness Program. Art instruction is given on a weekly basis to students in grades 2 - 6 by our art instructor. Many of their projects have received recognition and awards in local art competitions and shows. Island Christian School students always do well when participating in local poster and essay contests.
Each classroom teacher creates an atmosphere of comfort and success. Three basic rules are used in all classes: 1) Students stay in their seats. 2) Students are quiet. 3) Students face the front. Island Christian teachers stress strong character development and training for life-long contributions to society. Discipline is taught by modeling the positive. Wrong actions and attitudes are not over-looked. Teachers deal with problems as they arise according to their classroom routines. Corrective measures change as the students mature, but are consistent within a classroom. Parents are always kept abreast of their child's progress, both positive areas and those that need correction.
We at Island Christian School are proud of our school and consider it a blessing from God. We believe that we are instructed to educate the total child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6). To us, this means we are to give him an excitement for life and learning -not just book knowledge. As a part of our total education at Island Christian Elementary School, each class incorporates a number of field trips, guest speakers and hands-on learning experiences.
Elementary students are required to keep an assignment pad to record all homework assignments. Parents are to sign the assignment pad so that we know they are aware of the homework that is given. Each teacher establishes a file system to keep accurate records of missed homework assignments and problem areas. If a student is negligent in completing homework, disciplinary action may be taken based on the number of missing assignments.
Homework. In order to reinforce and practice classroom material, homework is assigned on a regular basis. Additional assignments are made over a long period of time to give students experience in research and writing. Homework amounts may vary from time to time but are always given in moderation to allow for proper family time, social development, and athletic activity.
Homework will be assigned by each teacher so that the average student spends the following amount of time each evening on the assigned work:
1st grade: 15 minutes 4th grade: 40 minutes
2nd grade: 20 minutes 5th grade: 50 minutes
3rd grade: 30 minutes 6th grade: 60 minutes
Elementary teachers will alter Wednesday night’s assignments in that no written homework will be given. Study, i.e. spelling, vocabulary and independent reading will be assigned. Sixth Grade students may be given a little written work Wednesday evenings during the 2nd semester as they begin their transition to the Junior High program.
Each of our Elementary students is highly encouraged to participate in the Eagle Reading Club. Recognition is given on a monthly basis by the Principal in an assembly for all students who have read and recorded the pages read independently outside of assigned class reading. This reading club is designed to encourage good reading habits at home, including parental involvement.