Curriculum

Twos & Threes

Casner Christian Academy is proud to offer a Two and Three-Year-Old Program by degreed and experienced teachers using a Christian-based curriculum: the A Beka Book curriculum. The school has three day a week classes on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and five-day classes Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Twos class is typically 7-8 students while the Threes class is typically 12-13 children.  To qualify for the Twos, students need to be two by April 2016 and potty-trained.  To qualify for the Threes, students need to be three by October 31st and potty-trained.

Key Concepts and Units:

  • God Made Me and God Made the World
  • Letters, Numbers, Colors, Shapes and Matching
  • Seasons, Body Parts
  • Writing Names, and Opposites
  • Development of Motor Skills and Hand-Eye Coordination

Additional activities for two and  three-years-olds include Music Class, Physical Education, Spanish Class, Flag Raising, Sing Song, Chapel and Bible Stories, Christian-based activities, Finger Play, Painting, Poetry, Science, and Games.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled in the fall and spring. Parents or the teacher may request additional conferences as needed.

Fours/Pre­-Kindergarten

Casner Christian Academy is proud to offer a Pre-­Kindergarten (Four-Year-Old) Program by degreed and experienced teachers using a Christian-based curriculum: the A Beka Book curriculum. The school has 3 four-year-old classes and accepts a maximum of 14 children per class. The classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The A Beka Book curriculum introduces number concepts and the formation of numbers 1­-20. Children enjoy counting and coloring familiar objects for each number and forming the number. Phonics­-based reading readiness pages are full of carefully sequenced activities in recognition, sound and formations of vowels (long and short), consonants, consonant-vowel blends and one syllable words of one and two vowels.

Key Concepts and Units:­

  • Numbers 1-­20, Letters and Vowels
  • ­Shapes and Cutting
  • ­Blending two and three-letter sounds, Blending words
  • ­Correct name writing
  • ­Five Senses, 4 Seasons, Daily Weather
  • ­Farm, Circus, Plants/Garden, Penguins, Dinosaurs, USA, Texas, Cowboys, Ocean Life

Additional activities for four-year-olds include Music Class, Physical Education, Spanish Class, Flag Raising, Sing Song, Chapel, Show & Tell, Weekly Reader, Painting, Poetry, Science, Games and Bible Stories.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled in the fall and spring. Parents or the teacher may request additional conferences as needed.

Kindergarten

Casner Christian Academy is proud to offer kindergarten instruction by degreed and experienced teachers using a Christian-based curriculum: the A Beka Book curriculum. The hallmark of our program is the individual attention each student receives that results in a confident child who is prepared for success. There is a maximum of 14 children per class. The classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Areas of Study:

  • Arithmetic – The A Beka Book curriculum for arithmetic introduces multiple concepts and then builds upon them throughout the year. All concepts are constantly reviewed instead of taught in isolation. Concepts include: counting from 1 to 100 by ones, twos, fives, and tens, number writing, reading numbers, place value, addition, money, geometry, graphs, calendar, ruler, clock, measurement, temperature, positional words, and ordinal numbers.
  • Phonics – The A Beka Book curriculum offers a complete phonics book. Each phonetic element necessary for learning to read is systematically reviewed in an appealing way through classroom instruction and workbook activities. Students learn to recognize short and long vowels, consonants, and the special phonics sounds (ch, oo, ay, igh, etc.).
  • Spelling – The A Beka Book curriculum for spelling partners with the phonics book to introduce spelling words. Using a phonetics­-based approach helps students recognize basic spelling patterns and gain confidence in their ability to spell.
  • Reading – The A Beka Book curriculum teaches the sounds of vowels and consonants and progresses to reading blends, words, and sight words. When reading groups begin, the children read a series of colorful, interesting books that help them apply and master the phonics skills they are learning.
  • Handwriting – Students learn the manuscript style of writing.  Print formation of capital and lower case letters is taught in conjunction with learning each letter’s name and sound. Handwriting is a daily activity.
  • Homework – Reading is the only subject in which regular homework is given. Beginning in the second semester, students take their readers home at least twice a week to read to their parents. Parents indicate on a bookmark which pages were read. Occasional math homework is given throughout the year.
  • Social Studies/Science – The A Beka Book curriculum offers Social Studies/Science two or three days per week beginning with American History and Children Around the World.

Kindergartners are given Report Cards three times during the year. The Stanford Achievement Test is a nationally standardized achievement test given over several days in the late spring that rates students against a national norm. Results are presented to parents at the spring conference along with the teacher’s recommendation for placement for the next school year. Other schools readily accept this test as an indicator of a child’s academic capabilities. Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled in the fall and spring. Parents or the teacher may request additional conferences as needed.

Kindergartners also participate in Music Class, Physical Education, Spanish Class, Flag Raising, Sing Song and Chapel.

First Grade

Casner Christian Academy is proud to offer first grade instruction by a degreed and experienced teacher using a proven curriculum: the A Beka Book curriculum. The hallmark of our program is the individual attention each student receives that results in a confident child who is prepared for success. Although the school will accept up to 12 children, the first grade class typically has 10 or fewer students. The class meets Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Areas of Study:

  • Arithmetic – The A Beka Book curriculum for arithmetic introduces multiple concepts and then builds upon them throughout the year. All concepts are constantly reviewed instead of taught in isolation. Students participate in timed mad minute drills each day. Concepts taught include: counting, number writing, reading numbers, place value, addition and subtraction, problem solving, money, geometry, logical thinking, graphs, calendar, ruler, clock, fractions, measurement, temperature and multiplication.
  • Phonics – The A Beka Book curriculum offers a complete phonics book. Each phonetic element necessary for learning to read is systemically reviewed in an appealing way through classroom instruction and workbook activities.
  • Spelling – The A Beka Book curriculum for spelling partners with the phonics book to introduce spelling words. Using a phonetics­-based approach helps students recognize basic spelling patterns and gain confidence in their ability to spell. A list of spelling words is given at the beginning of each week and is tested on at the end of the week. The spelling list also includes “sight words” (words that are not phonetically spelled and must be recognized by sight).
  • Reading/Language Arts – The A Beka Book curriculum for ROLA emphasizes vocabulary and comprehension, predicting, sequencing, phonics, main idea, grammar, creative writing, and sentence mechanics. Each student reads individually at home from a supplemental reader selected according to his or her level. Reading groups with the teacher allow each student to work on fluency and expression.
  • Handwriting – Students learn the Manuscript style of writing. Formation of capital and lowercase letters is taught in conjunction with learning each letter’s name and sound. Handwriting is a daily activity.
  • Homework – On weeknights, students read from their supplemental readers, review spelling words for the weekly test, practice mad minute for math, and complete an occasional math or reading skills worksheet.
  • Journaling – Students write in their journals every day about either the story being discussed or another topic of study. The teacher provides prompts to help them learn the different styles of writing including descriptive, “how-­to”, compare and contrast, and narrative. Journals are sent home at the end of each month.
  • Social Studies/Science – On Fridays, students explore a Social Studies or Science topic that corresponds with the season or stories being read.

First graders receive Report Cards that are given every six weeks. The Stanford Achievement Test is a nationally standardized achievement test given over several days in the late spring that rates students against a national norm. Results are presented to parents at the spring conference along with the teacher’s recommendation for placement for the next school year. Other schools readily accept this test as an indicator of a child’s academic capabilities. Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled in the fall and spring. Parents or the teacher may request additional conferences as needed.

First graders also participate in Music Class, Sportball Class, Spanish Class, Flag Raising, Sing Song and Chapel.