We are dedicated to teaching a child as much as possible during each class. We use a developmental approach to education. We maintain an open and friendly environment that allows students to contribute without feeling pressured. The children are taught at their own developmental level using leveled readers, individualized spelling lists, centers and mini lessons.
Curriculum by Grade Level
Resource Classes - Kindergarten through 6th:
Library (1st - 6th grades)
Multiple Resources are used to form and supplement our curriculum. Portable Smartboards are used in the classroom to integrate technology. All text and materials are reviewed and chosen to meet Biblical worldview standards.
Pre-3 / Pre- 4
Our preschool curriculum creates a developmentally appropriate learning environment that enables preschool children to be successful, lifelong learners. Our language and reading program fosters students' language and literacy development, from alphabet recognition to story telling. Students are immersed in a literacy rich environment from the time they enter the classroom. Our math program builds mathematical skills that help our preschoolers solve every day problems, from calendar time to learning their shapes and patterns, our preschoolers are learning critical thinking skills that will prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. We encourage a curious and inquisitive approach to science and social studies, learning about the seasons, key holidays and themes throughout the year. Art and creativity are encouraged throughout the curriculum and music class is held once a week. Our preschool classrooms are filled will investigation, exploration, and discovery, where children can grow and expand their learning experiences.
Our preschool program uses a curriculum called "Sing, Spell, Read and Write." Sing, Spell, Read and Write (SSRW) is a multi-sensory, song-singing, game-playing, colorful and very creative program. The curriculum focuses on the language as a whole while making learning exiting and fun. SSRW covers:
Pre-School students will be assessed twice a year using the PALS, Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening, developed by UVA. This screening helps identify struggling pre-readers so that proper intervention can be given before a reading problem develops.
Kindergarten - Third Grade
From kindergarten through third grade our students are immersed in a print-rich environment to develop oral language skills, phonological awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and an appreciation for literature that will last a lifetime. Reading strategies are a part of each grade level's curriculum as the students are taught to read a variety of fiction and non-fiction literature which relates to all areas of the curriculum. Reading comprehension strategies are applied in all subjects as teachers use whole group, small group and individual readings sessions on a daily basis.
Skills that are fostered through our reading program:
Sight Word Recognition
Making connections: text to self, text to text, and text to world
Students in grades K-3 are encouraged to think about their reading in small, guided reading groups. Teachers use the DRA, Developmental Reading Assessment, to determine a student's instructional level in reading. The DRA is administered individually to each student by the teacher and/or reading specialist. The teacher helps guide the students to choose books that enhance curriculum topics at their own personal reading level.
Spelling is taught through word study groups. Each group has a spelling list that focuses on spelling patterns in words.
In our early grades, our students learn to recognize and print letters and use the basic phonetic principles to identify and write beginning sounds, identify story elements, and communicate ideas through pictures and writing. All of our students learn to use the writing process which includes planning, drafting, revising, and editing stories, explanations, persuasive essays, reports and much more. Our students also routinely use information resources including media and technology while writing.
Our math curriculum supports mastery of math skills, understanding of concepts, and problem solving strategies. Students are actively engaged, using concrete materials and strategies to succeed in key math subjects such as measurement, algebra, geometry, patterns, estimation, probability, numbers and number sense. Problem solving is integrated throughout the math curriculum and is a major goal of the mathematics program at every level. Students are taught a wide range of skills and strategies for solving a variety of problem types.
The study of science places an emphasis on developing questions, formulating hypotheses, making predictions, and gathering data. Using information to make inferences and draw conclusions becomes important as our students progress from one grade level to the next. Our science curriculum covers the core science concepts including earth science, life science, physical science and space and technology. Every spring our students participate in a science fair where each student showcases their own scientific investigation.
Our social studies curriculum covers core strands including history, geography, economics, and civics. Our students are introduced to the lives of American leaders and their contributions to the Unites States. They learn to apply the traits of a good citizen and recognize that communities in Virginia have local governments and include people that have diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions, who make contributions to their communities, and who are united as Americans by common principles. They also study the world's peoples, places, and environments. Students learn to understand and apply geographic concepts and skills to their daily lives.
From kindergarten to third grade, our students receive Biblical truths that permeate every aspect of our curriculum and daily interactions with one another. The goal of our Bible series is for every student to develop a Christian worldview. Key to the development of a Christian worldview is studying overarching themes that permeate all the elementary Bible materials for each grade level. These themes include, God's Word is truth, God loves everyone, God tells his great story in the Bible, everyone needs to come to a saving faith in Jesus, and Bible study, prayer, and worship are disciplines for spiritual growth. It is our prayer that our students leave Cornerstone Christian School having a greater understanding of who God is and His great love for them. Our students participate in chapel every Friday where they worship and come together as a school to learn more about God and His Word.
Classrooms take field trips at least once a quarter and sometimes more to visit museums, parks, historical landmarks, farms and local media offices to enhance the curriculum and encourage students to observe, ask questions and learn in the "real world".