8324 Bradshaw Rd
Sacramento, CA 95829
info@bradshawchristian.com
Main: (916) 688-0521
HS: (916) 525-4550

Curriculum Overview

At BCS, a typical day in the elementary classroom presses a student to demonstrate his desire to be excellent in all that he attempts. Teachers, instructional aids, parent helpers, and resource teachers are responsible for establishing an environment that meets the needs of those God has entrusted to us to educate. The cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual development of each child takes a primary role both in and out of the classroom. Students who attend Bradshaw Christian elementary school experience a rich and varied academic program.  Teachers spend a great deal of their time getting to know each student so they can better meet the needs of the many different types of learners God has placed in their classrooms.  Some of the highlights of our academic program for our young learners include: leveled reading groups in our K-2, leveled math groups in our 3rd-5th grades, a focus on differentiated instructional practices, field trips to compliment the curriculum, fine art opportunities, additional academic opportunities for our most advanced learners, and additional resources available for learners who are in need of a little extra support. Students receive a rigorous academic program while the teachers create an environment where there is an emphasis daily on creative implementation of the curriculum.


Curriculum By Grade Level

Language Arts

Pearson Language Arts Zoo Phonics: A method of learning phonics through music and movement

Areas that are of focus throughout the year include:

  • Reading: Kindergartners begin the year with letter and sound recognition. By the first trimester students will have begun reading short vowel CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant)
  • Language: We focus on “3 part” sentence structure; capitalization of the first letter, space between the words and punctuation at the end.
  • Spelling: Students will practice spelling short and long vowel words through decoding.
  • Handwriting: We believe handwriting is a developmental process that occurs over time. We teach the Zaner-Bloser style of penmanship, however, no letter grade is assigned to this concept until 1st grade.

Mathematics

EnVision Math, Pearson-California Edition

Areas that are of focus throughout the year include:

Use of this curriculum as well as hands-on learning centers developed by our teachers creates a “math rich” envirionment. Our students have many opportunities each day to work with hands-on activities that help build the foundational concepts of math.

Science / Social Studies

We alternate our focus between Science and Social Studies throughout the year. Concepts are taught through hands-on activities, core literature, and arts and crafts.

Science

  • All about Me
  • Fall
  • Woodland Animals
  • Weather

Social studies

  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • 100 days of school
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Black History
  • World cultures

Bible

Teacher Created Curriculum

Our Bible curriculum is presented in 4 units: Creation, Faith, Hope and Love. Each week is filled with inviting stories and fun activities that teach our students God’s word and Biblical truths. In addition, students attend chapel once a week.

Enrichment Classes

Computer Lab

  • How to use computers to acquire, organize, analyze and communicate
  • Plan, revise, edit and publish, clear and effective writing

SoftwareSkills
PaintStudents will:
  • Learn to open and exit a program
  • Learn basic drawing tools to create shapes using a program and will be able to draw images
  • Storybook WeaverStudents will use inherent creativity to write and illustrate a story, create illustrations that depict their storyline, and develop a picture story.
    Keyboarding
    Students will become familiar with the keyboard by locating the letters of the alphabet.
    All Software ProgramsStudents will:
  • Learn to open and exit a programs / files
  • Learn basic file management skills
  • Students will have computer instruction once per week

    Music

    In Kindergarten music class, students will listen to, analyze, and describe styles of music. They will learn about the role of music and dance in different cultures around the world. Students will play percussion instrumentsto help them learn the notation of rhythm and the beats that go along with each note (ie. whole notes, half notes, quarter notes). Every day, students practice vocal warm-ups using scales that are played on the piano. During each semester, the class will learn age appropriate songs to perform for school chapel. Students will also have the opportunity to create their own rhythms, sing along with instruments, and move to the music in class.

    Students will have music instruction once per week

    Language Arts

    Reading readiness is determined at the beginning of the year and is assessed throughout the year. Differentiated groups will meet the needs of the emerging reader. Reading books are then selected to meet the student where they are, but also challenge them to grow into confident readers.

    Pearson: Reading Street Various Chapter Books (may change from year to year)

    • Flat Stanley: The Original Adventure
    • Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark
    • Molly’s Pilgrim
    • Charlotte’s Web

    Pearson: Writing & Grammar

    We include an outstanding program for Language Arts. Within our differentiated reading groups, students are learning phonics, reading skills, and comprehension skills at their readiness level. We use a variety of curriculum to meet the individual needs of our students. Spelling, writing, and grammar take place in your child’s core class. At the first grade level, language arts takes up a large portion of the day.

    Students will have music instruction once per week.

    Victory Drill

    These are daily timed readings that improve speed and accuracy in reading, leading to greater fluency. Victory drills are part of your child’s oral reading grade each trimester. Victory Drill also provides one of the best opportunities for parent involvement. Parent involvement is KEY for successful implementation.

    Math

    Pearson: EnVision – Math 1

    This curriculum meets the needs of a wide range of student abilities and will help students achieve a high level of proficiency. Horizons Math is a spiraling curriculum in that it introduces a concept and then the concept is repeated throughout the year to further improve comprehension and mastery of a skill. Students will also engage in many hands-on activities with various learning centers to reinforce key concepts.

    Science

    A Beka: Discovering God’s World

    “Discovering God’s World is a class reader designed to stimulate the students’ interest in science through a study of the wonders of creation. From beginning to end, the students read exciting facts about themselves and the world around them. As students learn more about these things which captivate their interest, they are led to a deeper reverence for God Who planned it all.” (publisher)

    Science units include:

    • Discovering Animals
    • Discovering Insects
    • Discovering Plants
    • Discovering Weather

    Social Studies

    A Beka: My America, My World

    Students will learn that America is a great place to live. We encourage a sense of patriotism and pride as students learn more about their country, its flag, its freedoms, its symbols, its people, its history, and its places.

    The Social Studies program will expand in focus from the classroom, to students’ country, and then to their world. Social studies units include:

    • Symbols of America
    • Pilgrims
    • Christmas around the World
    • Key American Figures
    • Geography (students are introduced to beginning map skills)

    Bible

    Positive Action: Enjoying God’s Gifts

    This study teaches first graders that all we have comes from God and that the greatest gift that God gave us is His Son, Jesus Christ. Stories from everyday life are used to encourage growth in Christian character.

    Bible is a part of everyday instruction just as academic instruction. There will be Bible-centered stories, workbook activities, and a bi-weekly memory verse. In addition, students attend chapel once a week.

    Enrichment Classes

    Library

    Students will visit the school library with the teacher each week where they will have the opportunity to check out a book.

    Computer Lab

    • How to use computers to acquire, organize, analyze and communicate
    • Plan, revise, edit and publish clear and effective writing

    SoftwareSkills
    Paint
    Students will open and exit a program, learn basic drawing tools to create shapes, fill shapes using the program and will be able to draw images.
    Storybook Weaver
    Students will use inherent creativity to write and illustrate a story, create illustrations that depict their storyline and develop a picture story. They will also explore the writing process by using a simple word processor, write one sentence per page and enhance vocabulary by associating words with its picture.
    Microsoft WordStudents will demonstrate proficiency in beginning word processing skills by typing numbers, letters and words using upper and lower case letters and use space bar, shift and enter keys.
    Keyboarding
    Students will learn and practice home row keys

    Students will have computer instruction once a week.

    Music

    In first grade music class, students will listen to, analyze, and describe patterns and styles in music. Students identify instruments in a given piece of music and learn about the role of music and dance in different cultures around the world. Students will play percussion instruments in order to learn the notation of rhythm and clap independently to the beats that go along with each note (such as, whole note, half note quarter note, etc). Every day students do vocal warm-ups using scales played on the piano. The class will learn age appropriate songs to perform for school chapel. They will also have the opportunity to create their own rhythms, sing along with instruments, and move to the music in class./p>

    Students will have music instruction once a week.

    Language Arts

    Pearson: Level 2 – Reading Street

    The second grade classes will split into leveled reading groups to better meet the needs of each child. Lessons are integrated with reading, writing, discussion, research, and exploration activities. The lessons become increasingly complex and demanding, developing students critical thinking skills.

    Various Chapter Books

    • The Hundred Dresses
    • Sarah Plain and Tall
    • Because of Winn Dixie (advanced reading group)
    • Tales of Despereaux

    Victory Drill

    These are daily timed readings that improve speed and accuracy in reading, leading to greater fluency. Victory drills are part of your child’s oral reading grade each trimester. Victory Drill also provides one of the best opportunities for parent involvement. Parent involvement is KEY for successful implementation.

    Math

    Pearson: EnVision Mathematics

    This curriculum uses problem-based interactive activities and a strong emphasis on visual learning. The students work with graph tools, pictures of money and counters, and other visual representations to help them work their way to thinking about abstract mathematical concepts. Grade 2 topics include writing number sentences, comparison, adding three numbers, even/odds, writing numbers, relating shapes to figures, reasoning, time, temperature, place value, patterns, and more.

    Science

    A Beka: Enjoying God’s World

    Science units will cover: Myself and Others, The Animal Kingdom, The Planet World, Things that Work Together, Things that Move, The Air Around Us, The Stars and Planets, and Planet Earth.

    Social Studies

    A Beka: Our America

    Content will cover: America, Our Home, The People Who Built America, Tomorrow’s America

    Bible

    Positive Action: Finding God’s Promises

    In the study of the life of Moses, content will cover: God Gives Us Promises, God Creates the World, God Prepares a Leader, God Delivers His People, and God Guides His People. In addidition to in class study, students will participate in a weekly chapel.

    Enrichment Classes

    Computer Lab

    • How to use computers to acquire, organize, analyze and communicate
    • Plan, revise, edit and publish clear and effect writing

    SoftwareSkills
    PaintStudents will open and exit program. Learn basic drawing tools to create shapes, fill shapes, use text, magnify and use line and curve tools using program and will be able to draw images.
    Storybook WeaverStudents will use inherent creativity to write and illustrate a story, create illustration that depict their storyline and develop a picture story. Also, explore the writing process using a simple word processor, write several sentences per page with purpose and enhance vocabulary by associating a words with its picture.
    Microsoft WordStudents will demonstrate proficiency in beginning word processing skills by typing numbers, letters and words using upper and lower case letters and use space bar, shift, tab and enter keys. Change Font size and Font color.
    KeyboardingPractice home row keys.

    Library

    Students will visit the school library with the teacher each week where they will have the opportunity to check out a book.

    Music

    In second grade music class students learn music terms for dynamics, articulation, tempo, and rhythm. Students learn about music history, composers, culture context, and make judgments about works of music. They will look for and derive meaning from different works. Every day students do vocal warm-ups by singing solfege scales accompanied by the piano. The class will learn age appropriate songs to perform for school chapel. Students have the opportunity to create their own rhythms using instruments and sing along with instruments in class.

    Students will have computer and music instruction once per week

    Enrichment Classes

    Teacher Created Curriculum

    Our Bible curriculum is presented in 4 units: Creation, Faith, Hope and Love. Each week is filled with inviting stories and fun activities that teach our students God’s word and Biblical truths. In addition, students attend chapel once a week.

    Enrichment Classes

    Teacher Created Curriculum

    Our Bible curriculum is presented in 4 units: Creation, Faith, Hope and Love. Each week is filled with inviting stories and fun activities that teach our students God’s word and Biblical truths. In addition, students attend chapel once a week.

    Enrichment Classes

    Teacher Created Curriculum

    Our Bible curriculum is presented in 4 units: Creation, Faith, Hope and Love. Each week is filled with inviting stories and fun activities that teach our students God’s word and Biblical truths. In addition, students attend chapel once a week.


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    Kristen Hage, Elementary Principal

    (916) 688-0521 ext. 105

    khage@bradshawchristian.com


    Jennie Dressler, Elementary Vice Principal

    (916) 688-0521

    jdressler@bradshawchristian.com

    Upcoming Events


    19Nov

    Minimum Day- ELEMENTARY ONLY-Parent/Teacher Conferences (Daycare/Preschool open)

    Monday
    21Nov

    Thanksgiving Break (K-12 CLOSED) Daycare/Preschool open

    Wednesday
    22Nov

    Thanksgiving Break ALL SCHOOL CLOSED-NO CHILDCARE AVAILABLE

    Thursday