Bible (Abeka Curriculum)

Story cards are used to cover both the Old and New Testaments. Students have a Bible activity book in which they color, cut and glue their way through each story as a way to reinforce the lessons learned through the Bible. As the year progresses, students are given memory verses to practice at school and at home. By the third quarter the students are tested each Friday on a weekly verse. During our weekly chapel, the students worship and hear the Word of God.

Phonics and Handwriting (Abeka Curriculum)

Students begin the year reviewing their letters and sounds.

They are taught proper stroke order for both capital and lower-case letters. Handwriting is practiced daily. It begins with letters then soon builds to words, phrases and sentences.

In Phonics, students quickly move into phonetic blends and word-building -- first with short vowel words and then with long ones. Special sounds are also introduced to increase reading fluency. By the end of the school year, students will be able to mark vowels and recognize a word's beginning, ending and special sounds to decode new words. We also practice rhyming, matching a phrase to a picture and sentence structure.

Reading (Sam Book Series & Abeka Book Curriculum)

Our reading program begins in the first quarter. We begin with 'Sam' Books, a sight-word language program. Students develop reading confidence while exploring the world of 'Sam the Lion' and his friends.

We also use the "I Can Read" phonetic-based program. The series exposes students to compound words and is read orally in class.

Math (Saxon 1st Grade Curriculum)

Our math curriculum uses a combination of hands-on activities with manipulatives, calendar meetings and seat-work to learn the following concepts:

  • Identifying and writing numbers 1-100
  • Counting by 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's to 100
  • Counting with a one-to-one correspondence
  • Identifying the day of the week, month and year
  • Reading and extending patterns
  • Sorting objects by various attributes
  • Identifying and counting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters
  • Telling time to the hour, half-hour and quarter-hour
  • Identifying geometric shapes
  • Creating pattern-block designs
  • Using positional words and phrases
  • Identifying ordinal positions
  • Solving and writing story problems and combinations
  • One-digit addition and subtraction
  • Placing an object on a real graph
  • Copying line segments, shapes and designs on a geoboard
  • Measuring length using inches
  • Comparing and measuring objects by weight and capacity
  • Identifying and dividing into halves and fourths

Social Studies and Science (Abeka Curriculum)

Our social studies and science lessons are taught through weekly theme-based units. Each week students learn through stories, art projects and hands-on activities.

Here are some examples of weekly themes:

  • Community Helpers
  • Space
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Holidays
  • Zoo and Farm Animals
  • Plants, Flowers and Seeds
  • The Earth
  • Insects
  • Black History
  • Nevada Day


Students are given weekly written/oral evaluations in all subjects to determine their progress and retention of material. These scores determine their grade and are posted for parents in our online grading program.

Here is our grade scale:

E - Excellent
G - Good
S – Satisfactory
NI – Needs Improvement
U – Unsatisfactory


Homework is done nightly with the exception of Fridays. Homework consists of a small handwritten worksheet, reading with a parent and practicing the weekly Bible verse. It is turned in the next day.

Electives/Specials (once a week)

  • Music
  • Computers
  • Art
  • P.E.
  • Chapel