CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

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In order to be enrolled at any school operated by the DeMotte Christian Schools corporation, families must commit to the following articles of faith and educational philosophy.

PRESCHOOL

The beginning of it all. Here’s where your little one first comes to see what school is all about. Want to know more about what your preschooler will be learning this year?

ELEMENTARY

Where we lay the groundwork by introducing students to all the subjects that help them learn more about God’s world and their role in it.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

A critical time for our students to build relationships with each other and with the Lord. We help our middle schoolers develop their God-given gifts and abilities through lessons in math, language arts/grammar, literature, social studies, history, science and physical education.

High School

We joyfully teach grades 9-12 here at CCHS. High school is a time of change, growth and looking forward to the future so we take accreditation seriously and hire professional, licensed faculty to help us promote academic excellence and a love for learning.

PRESCHOOL

BIBLE

We introduce simple truths about God and the Bible. Preschoolers learn the importance of God caring for us, that He is our heavenly Father and creator and that He loves us. Bible memory, Bible stories, prayer and all-school worship help develop their knowledge and faith.

ART

Our art curriculum is often integrated with other subjects as we encourage preschoolers to use many different materials to create artwork. While creating, we focus on developing fine motor skills, following directions and taking care of our art materials.

SCIENCE

Our God has created an awe-inspiring world. Preschoolers focus on observing nature and appreciating God’s creation. We study the change of seasons, the five senses, body parts, life cycles, and how to keep ourselves and our world clean.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Young children are curious about their communities. Our social studies curriculum provides opportunities for students to explore God’s place for them not only in their immediate community but also the world at large. We also explore how our actions affect our peers and communities.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Students participate in activities that help develop oral language and listening skills, including games and ideas for reading readiness. We also focus on the beginning of writing.

MATH

Preschoolers begin to learn the basics of mathematics through problem solving, manipulation, sorting, counting and grouping. We use a hands on approach to understanding math and how it orders the world around us.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Through gym class, recess and class activities preschoolers will develop basic locomotion and coordination skills. We also learn how to develop age-appropriate, Christian responses to physical activities.

MUSIC

Music is a wonderful expression of God’s glory. Preschoolers have the opportunity to hear a variety of music and develop a basic understanding of musical elements.

Elementary

BIBLE

Students focus on Bible concepts and stories through a curriculum from Christian Schools International. Each year, students focus on different Biblical principles and how that affects their daily life:

Kindergarten – God’s Wonders – We learn more about creation through the parables of Jesus, as well as the meaning of Christmas, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost.

First Grade – God’s Plan – Students learn about God’s plan for his people by studying Genesis 1 through the beginning of the Kings of Israel. We also learn more about Paul’s Missionary Journeys in the New Testament.

Second Grade – God’s Promises – We study God’s promises for His people from the book of Genesis through the book of Revelation.

Third Grade – Calling of God’s Tribe – Our third graders study the Old Testament from Creation through the book of Ruth.

Fourth Grade – Record of God’s Nation – We focus of the kings of Judah and the kingdom of Israel through the time of the exile.

Fifth Grade – Witness to the Gospel – Students learn about the Old Testament patriarchs, King David, King Solomon, the Judges and Prophets. Then they move into the New Testament and study the life of Christ, the Early Church and the life of Paul.

ART

Students spend designated time each week learning different art mediums, creating artwork, learning the importance of art in our culture and expressing themselves and their God-given talent through art.

SCIENCE

The Interactive Science curriculum guides our students through units about life science, earth science, physical science, the solar system, technology, forms of energy and nutrition.

LIBRARY

Our students visit the library weekly to learn about identifying types of books, how to locate books within a library and to check out books to take home to help them understand responsible library use.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Our elementary students cover a wide range of topics including communities, our country’s history, continents, Native American history, geography, being a thoughtful consumer and our government.

LANGUAGE ARTS

We use the Reading Street curriculum to guide our elementary students through language arts concepts including: the alphabet, phonics, reading, grammar, spelling, types of literature and comprehension skills.

MATH

Our elementary students use the Envision Math curriculum where they explore age appropriate math concepts such as shapes, number patterns, fractions, money, time, addition, subtraction, multiplication and measurements.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

During weekly physical education classes, students participate in activities that help them develop body awareness, balance, gross and fine motor skills, overall fitness, sportsmanship, introduction to sports and teamwork.

MUSIC

Elementary students begin to explore musical concepts such as beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, etc. through the use of singing, playing rhythm instruments and listening. The work on performance skills through All-School programs. Fifth graders have the opportunity to participate in beginning band and begin to learn to read music in multi-part harmony from a choral score.

Middle School

BIBLE

Middle Schoolers study the New International Version (NIV) Bible from beginning to end. Using a curriculum from Christian Schools International, 6th graders study Creation through the time of King David. Our 7th graders study the reign of Solomon through the book of Nehemiah. And our 8th graders review the Inter-testamental period through the book of Revelation.

ART

Students explore and practice various art media, focus on art elements and principles, learn to recognize and appreciate art and complete art projects designed for success at any ability.

SCIENCE

Middle schoolers use the Interactive Science Curriculum to cover units on the nature of science, earth and space science, physical science and life science.

LIBRARY

Our students visit the library weekly to learn about identifying types of books, how to locate books within a library and to check out books to take home to help them understand responsible library use.

LITERATURE

Students begin to learn the basics of writing. They begin by learning how to write paragraphs, stories and the research process. Then our students progress to writing poetry, letters, a variety of essays and persuasive pieces. By 8th grade, students move to concepts such as pre writing, editing, rewriting and publishing. We extensively use computers and electronic media to cover these topics.

SPELLING & VOCABULARY

Middle schoolers continue work on weekly spelling tests and also learn word definitions.

COMPOSITION

During their middle school years, students focus on vocabulary, comprehension, word structure, decoding skills and clarifying. Starting in 7th grade, students will read two novels each year as a part of their literature curriculum.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Our 6th and 7th graders study geography as well as topics such as the ancient world, medieval times, and history of other countries as well as current events. Our 8th graders focus on U.S. history and current events.

LANGUAGE ARTS

We use the Holt Traditions curriculum to guide middle schoolers as they work with sentence components, grammar, parts of speech and sentence structure.

MATH

Students in grades 6th-8th review whole numbers, patterns, decimals, factions, geometry, measurement, graphing and algebra.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students participate in physical education 40 minutes, two to three times a week.

MUSIC

Our 6th graders have the opportunity to participate in intermediate band and all students are a part of the choir where they study music reading skills. The 7th-8th grade students can choose to participate in advanced band and all students also participate in choir.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

In 6th grade, students master keyboarding and begin the introduction to hypermedia, word processing, software and online research. Our 7th – 8th graders progress into concepts such as drawing tools, text boxes, tables and desktop publishing. Computer use is integrated into all aspects of curriculum and not simply a separate curriculum subject.

High School

Our students complete the typical school subjects just like any other high school, but one major difference is that each subject is taught from the perspective that Christ, who is Sovereign over all, is woven in the fabric all of human existence. Our educational philosophy is based on the historical Reformed understanding of the Scriptures that God reigns over all creation. With this in mind, we train students to learn about and become actively involved in this world. We strive to show students how their faith can influence each subject they study.

STUDENT SUPPORT

Friendships, laughter, learning, development, fun, memories – all words that describe the four years that make up high school. But with all the learning and growth during these years also can come times of uncertainty with questions about what God has planned for our students’ futures.

To help our students navigate the path to their future, we have a full time guidance counselor who is passionate about loving students and challenging them to discover God’s will for their lives. Being a student at CCHS means you develop ALL areas of your life, not just the academic area. Our guidance office is here to support students as they made decisions about their future and to be a listening ear when they need relational, social or spiritual support.

Our guidance counselor, Mrs. Stephanie Rodriquez is available during the school year full time Monday through Friday. You can contact her at 219-987-7651 or srodriquez@dmcs-in.org.

Students: Visit the Guidance Page under the Student Tab for more information from the Guidance Office!

College Reps: Please email Mrs. Stephanie Rodriquez to schedule your visit to CCHS. Thank you!

DeMotte Christian Grade School

PO Box 430
1223 Begonia Street SE
DeMotte, IN  46310
P: 219.987.3721     F: 219.987.3724

Covenant Christian High School

PO Box 430
611 15th Street SW
DeMotte, IN 46310
P: 219.987.7651     F: 219.987.3724

Copyright© 2019 DeMotte Christian Schools

Copyright© 2019 DeMotte Christian Schools