The Robinson Township Christian School Grammar School (Grades 1 through 6) program provides the foundation to a superlative classical Christian education in a caring, nurturing environment. During these formative years, students are immersed in a variety of subjects and activities as they are encouraged to open their wide eyes and explore far and deep the truth, beauty, and wonders of God’s creation.
In grades 1-4, students are taught through a Riggs Institute phonics program how to decode words, spell words, and use them in sentences. Fifth and sixth grade students have weekly spelling words that include vocabulary words and Latin root words.
English grammar and written expression are taught in every grade. “Shirley Grammar” is employed to focus on memorization to learn grammar. Third through sixth grade students do daily sentence correcting to practice grammar rules and proofreading.
In first and second grades, proper sentence writing and structure is emphasized as students learn how to put their thoughts into a sentence and then a full paragraph. Third and fourth grade students use “Wordly Wise” to learn new vocabulary words regularly. Students work on writing skills in each subject area, spend time journaling, learn to write a paragraph and begin to put many paragraphs together. Fifth and sixth grade students continue to learn new vocabulary words through “Wordly Wise”, and they these words as they learn to write with more figurative language. Students learn how to write an essay, report, and book report.
In first and second grades, “Open Court” literature books and primary phonics readers are used and can be individualized for each student's needs. In third through sixth grades, both reading comprehension activities and novels are used in the classroom. Fifth and sixth graders will also read poetry.
In first grade, students are taught proper and neat writing of each letter and in sentences. In second grade, students learn how to write in cursive properly. In third and fourth grades, students use cursive in their spelling sentences and some writing activities. Fifth and sixth graders will use cursive in their daily work and writing activities.
Our elementary program uses a research-based Math curriculum that focuses on developing students’ conceptual understanding and skills through step-by-step instruction. The focus is on key ideas in mathematics, rich problem-solving lessons that build the reading and writing skills necessary for powerful problem solving and differentiated instructional options to meet the needs of varied learners. First and second graders will focus on mastering addition and subtraction facts. Third, fourth, and fifth graders will focus on mastering multiplication and division. Sixth graders will learn to explain why a math concept is true.
Bible is taught in every grade. Bible stories are taught and discussed to build a strong Biblical worldview. We have a strong Bible memory verse component in each grade. The first grade Bible curriculum will focus on the OT, and the second-grade curriculum will focus on the New Testament. Third grade students will learn the books of the Bible, memorize scripture, and study the OT from Samuel through the prophets. In fourth grade, students will study the OT from Genesis through Judges. Fifth grade students study creation through Moses with a focus on the promises and covenants; they memorize scripture passages including all of Psalm 105. In sixth grade, students have regular memory work as they study the NT focusing on Jesus' ministry.
Our elementary science program is based on a Christian, reformed worldview that emphasizes that students should move beyond merely knowing about God to participating in His Kingdom. True faith involves the whole person-the head, the heart, and the hands-when students truly grasp the beauty of God's kingdom through science instruction, their hearts will be stirred; and they will desire to use their lives in service to it.
Specifically, our elementary science program is a hands-on program that encourages students to become actively involved in scientific discovery. The concrete, creative learning experiences are based in God's Word and will enrich students' knowledge of creation, affirm their faith in the creator, and enable them to use science to the glory of God.
In grade 1, our science curriculum focuses on focus on animals, rocks, and trees. Grade 2 focuses on health, plants, water, light, and space. Grade 3 will zoom in on pond communities, plants, birds, energy, and sound. Grade 4 science explores animals, senses, machines, space, and electricity. Grade 5 will study the animal kingdom, ecology, energy, and forest communities. Grade 6 science will dive into insects, plants, body systems, structures, and matter.
Basic science concepts are taught for each unit. Vocabulary and facts are taught and practiced building a strong science foundation. Hands on experiments are conducted as appropriate.
First grade history lessons include studying landforms, memorizing the continents, and PA history. Second grade history lessons focus on the United States of America that includes our nation's symbols and information on how our country began. Third graders will study geography and landforms, Ancient civilizations, the Middle Ages, and PA history. In fourth grade, students will study the United States including its landforms and history. Fifth grade students will study Ancient Greece and Rome, the Enlightenment, Industrialism, and the French Revolution. Sixth graders will learn about Mayan, Inca, and Aztec civilizations as well as the Renaissance and Reformation.
We have a strong emphasis on teaching history and geography. Vocabulary and facts are taught and practiced building a foundation in history.
Psalm 40:3 states “he put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God”. Music education is an important aspect of teaching children how to learn about using God-given gifts and abilities to return praise to our Creator. Music class begins with Kindergarten and extends through to 12th grade. Students of all ages will participate in choral programs throughout the year. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in the school play which typically is a musical.
Physical education is taught to all grades, and it involves teaching children physical activities of all types (running, sports, and games).
Art classes begin in Kindergarten and are taught through 12th grade. Students will learn age appropriate art skills including drawing, painting, and sketching. Students of all ages display their work in an art show at the end of the year.